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    Default Retread tires? Has anyone used them?

    On Facebook, a friend of mine posted that he was looking for new tires for his wife's Jeep. He wanted to find the best deals, and was asking for recommendations... Well, someone responded with a place that sells "retreaded" tires. Curious about it, I started looking through and seeing what they had...

    So, my question is :

    A) Have you used or purchased a retreaded tire in the past?

    B) If you have, did you have any problems with it? Or do you think it was a good deal?

    C) If you haven't, would you consider them? Do you think they're safe?


    Any input is greatly appreciated. I'm about a month away from buying new tires, and the tires I usually buy cost about $210 each. But the no name retreaded brand, with the exact same tread as the tires I have now, they're about $100 less each tire.
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    Most states retreads are illegal except for trailers or for semis
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    I run them, on ranch trucks, don't run them on my vehicles that see any highway service. I do run them on my Jeep, but - it doesn't see speeds above 65 & thats rare. Personally, only lost one cap, no problem at the time, just the agrivation, the tire didn't blow, it just seperated & I had plenty of warning. Lots of those "gators" you see on the highway are the result of underinflation or running one tire flat on a set of duals. I worked for a couple of oil field companys that ran caps on all the drive and trailer tires on thier semi's and the rears on most of their dually service trucks. Did not have as many problems as you would think, the issues we had with all tires, caps or new, were lack of maintaining proper tire pressure or just ignoring symtoms of a possible problem. Am I recomending the use of recaps to you - NO. They have their place, but in modern highway service by the average driver - no way ! Ken

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    My usually tire of choice is a BFG All Terrain.. but you can't ever find them as take off's or used.. unless they're in horrible shape... I don't ever take my truck far. Just maybe ten minutes on the highway at most to get to the next town.... I've read plenty of reviews, and most of them are as Grampy said, lack of maintenance, or under inflation...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kady View Post
    A) Have you used or purchased a retreaded tire in the past?
    There are no local sources that are interested in working with individual light truck buyers. They market to fleets and OTR truckers.

    C) If you haven't, would you consider them? Do you think they're safe?
    I think that, today, on the whole, the quality is good and I would consider them if it made financial sense. I believe they are safe.

    Any input is greatly appreciated. I'm about a month away from buying new tires, and the tires I usually buy cost about $210 each. But the no name retreaded brand, with the exact same tread as the tires I have now, they're about $100 less each tire.
    Retreads work out great economically in high-mileage vehicles where treadwear is the main reason for tire replacement. The economic problem with running them on personal vehicles is that most people don't drive enough miles for a retreadable carcass to be able to be used 3-4 times before it ages out (6-10 years). New retreadable tires, like the Michelin XPS, are much more expensive than non-retreadable tires, and so there has to be a fleet average of more than one retreading per tire for this approach to pencil out.

    That said you want to be sure of what you're getting and understand the age of the carcass, the warranty, whether there's a deposit on the carcass or something, etc. I would be skeptical, but maybe there really are deals out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamm3r View Post
    There are no local sources that are interested in working with individual light truck buyers. They market to fleets and OTR truckers.
    Treadwright.com
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    Treadwright is who I use. I buy their "max trac" mud tire with what they call "Kedge Grip" . It's the only mud tire we ever used that was also good on hard pack snow and ice. We have these on three ranch vehicles, soon to be four. A lot of my tire expenses are due to sidewall damage or rock cuts. Hard to spend over 200 each for new 10 ply tires when caps will do the job for a bit over 1/2 the price. We don't use caps on either of our pickups that we use on the highway and tow with. Won't use them on the stock trailers either - we use 14 ply trailer tires only. Ken

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    The fleet of semi's we have used to use retread super singles. The life of the retread was shorter than the life of a new tire, so they went back to using new only. They use a Michelin tire also.
    I would not run a retread on my truck. Piece of mind is something you can not put a price tag on. I spent to much money on my truck to put a questionable product like a retread tire on it. I have a heavy right foot so getting a flat at speed is not something I want to deal with.
    Now if I had farm trucks as @grampy does that would be a different story. No highhway speeds and trail use only than it seems like a wise business choice.





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    I used retreads on my 2 off-road trucks, 1 only see's pavement if I'm loading it on the trailer and the other might go about 15-20 miles a month on county roads.
    My triple axle car hauler has had retreads on the rear two axles for about 25K miles. As mentioned before one key to long life of retreads is timely and diligent maintenance, before and during every trip I check tire pressures and ensure all the trailer tires have no damage.
    I didnt even realize I had retreads on the trailer until a post about retreads on here a while back prompted me to look into retreads for another trailer I have, while I was looking at the tires I noticed they were labeled "Retreaded Tire".
    A local retread company offers great deals and warranties on tires, about half the price of new tires.

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