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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-19-2007, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Tire replacement frequency??

Excluding obvious tread wear, what is the suggested time interval for replacing tires? Mine (Dunlop Elite II's) have very good tread -and still have the "whiskers" - but the DOT date on the rear is 4 years old (the front is 2 years). Assuming there is still good tread, how many years can a tire be used safely before it is replaced? Thanks in advance!


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I would watch the side walls for the tel tail dry rot cracking.
It would depend on how much time it is in the sun.
I got just under 10k on my stock tires and now have almost 15k on my MEtzlers and they still look great.

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I would agree with Chad on that, especially watch the older tire... I had a Firestone dealer tell me that the dry rot cracks on my boat trailer were only cosmetic, I lost one on the interstate doing about 75mph in a slight curve and it almost cost me a Ranger Bass boat and my pickup + could have got me and others, they are NOT to be over looked IMO...
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I have a five year old Elite II 490 on the rear that is still going strong. No cracks and lots of tread left. As long as it's still got tread and no cracks, I'll keep riding on it.

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