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Old 01-17-2006, 11:04 PM   #1
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Default Storing winter tires.. Used vs. New

I bought a set of Dunlop M3's last Nov. I was planning on mounting them on stock rims. But only 3 days before the scheduled date, my wife got my car into a minor accident. My car has been in the shop ever since, due to stupid logistic problems.

Now here's my dilema. This winter turned out to be ridiculously warm so far, and it's already in the middle of january. I don't mind mounting the M3's right now in terms of cost, as that's what I'll have to do sooner or later. The problem is that it seems like there will be so little use for them this winter.

So my question is, do used winter tires "age"? In other words, do they deteriorate just by sitting in the garage? Is it really better to store them brand new? I ask because someone told me this long time ago.

Thanks guys.

P.S. I still have my stock tires that I can use over this winter.
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Old 01-17-2006, 11:10 PM   #2
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They should be fine stacked up in your garage. That should keep them from drying out and cracking.
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Old 01-17-2006, 11:17 PM   #3
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Shouldnt be a problem, just watch for dry cracking in the rubber. I would put em on anyway and sell the stock tires. The M3's will probably drive better in all conditions than the RE-92's. You'll love the M3's, I use them myself.

If you do end up leaving them off, it is best to keep them in a cool dark place. Also, some tire places have tire bags, this will help prevent anything from breaking down the rubber while sitting. I have also been told to always lay the tires flat
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Old 01-18-2006, 12:16 AM   #4
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Bags are good idea tires to have a life span 5 or 6 years i caint remember.Also Ozone is bad for tires so if you have a freezer in you garage it gives off lots of the stuff.Brad
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Old 01-18-2006, 12:21 AM   #5
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Thanks for the help guys. I really appreciate it.

I guess I'll put them on after all.

BTW, how much can I expect for 15K old stock rubbers anyway?
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Old 01-18-2006, 01:50 AM   #6
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I've always just put each tire in a big black plastic trash bag, then stacked them in a cool dry place... and they always come out perfectly, smelling new even.
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Old 01-18-2006, 04:24 AM   #7
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expect 5-6 years out of your tires if you keep them well, after that the rubber will start to break down and harden.
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