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  1. #1
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    Shelf Life of Tires

    I’m just curious on everyone’s experience or knowledge of the shelf life of tires....used and unused. From what I have read the company’s recommendations are replacing after ten years of production. Has anyone experienced any tires failing them from being to old aside from dry rot/cracking?



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    I’ve seen plenty of examples of tires that rotted from the inside out and failed due to age online, but I have not personally experienced it.

    I put about 2,000 miles on my 12 year old tires when I first got my car back on the road. Replaced them soon after as I began to drive the car more often.

    Unfortunately the failure mode can be catastrophic. I’d mitigate running on old tires as much as possible, they also don’t perform nearly as well as when they are new. Which is important if you plan on slowing down in a hurry.
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    6 years shelf life and 10 years use life from date of manufacturing

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    Thanks Cuda and Iceman! That’s kinda what I was afraid of. I found a pair a unused 335/30/18 BFGOODRICH tires. $325 for the pair...new they were $380 each but these were manufactured in 2014. Probably shouldn’t chance it. Just have to bite the bullet and buy them new just to be safe.