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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:58 am 
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I have never bought used tires or "recaps" but this video makes it sound as though there are no safe ones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ0jbPgSAs4

Any opinions? Is there any such thing as a safe used tire?

Any known companies with a safe product?

I know trucking companies often used "Bandags" and believed they were safe.

Anyone with knowledge of such things that care to comment?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:00 am 
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PBB wrote:
I have never bought used tires or "recaps" but this video makes it sound as though there are no safe ones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ0jbPgSAs4

Any opinions? Is there any such thing as a safe used tire?

Any known companies with a safe product?

I know trucking companies often used "Bandags" and believed they were safe.

Anyone with knowledge of such things that care to comment?

Thanks.


I don't know much about tire, but don't think I'd go Used on a Car.
I'm pretty sure there are new tires available for every budget.
Yup trucks use Bandags but as far as I know they only go onto Trailers, or where ever there is more than 1 tire on that axle.
I Believe they are Not used on Steering tires in the front.
Also I'm sure you've seen some of those those recaps on the side of the road on highways.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:13 am 
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I don't know if I would ever really trust a re-manufactured tire on a passenger vehicle. If done properly, they are probably safe....but I somehow doubt that retread shops have the same level of manufacturing consistency and quality assurance as a reputable OEM tire plant.

I could maybe see installing retreads on something like a bush buggy or farm truck that would never see highway use, but never on a daily driver.

Personally, I've always bought the best tires I can afford from a reputable manufacturer (most often Michelin). When you consider what you are asking a tire to do, going top shelf seems like pretty cheap insurance.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:58 pm 
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I seem to recall that airlines use retreaded tires because of the hard wear during landing makes the use of newly manufactured ones cost prohibitive in a deregulated industry. Scary thought, but like everything else in aviation the quality standards are well above the norms for other industries. Case on point: When was the last time you heard of a passenger jet losing an entire wheel on the runway?

For me, passenger tires are not expensive enough to bother with used or retreads. I think the added labour to rim, balance and mount the tires more frequently would offset any potential savings.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:07 pm 
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I am not suggesting buying them for use on one's car.

I am intrigued as to where the line is between legit remanufacturing of tires and what clearly is a fraudulent practice.

I am also quite intrigued by the looks of the tires once this "art form" is used.

I wish someone could make vintage audio equipment look as new!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:25 pm 
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In the documentary I saw, the entire outer tread is removed leaving only the core with the beads and cord intact. Then, a whole new tread is moulded onto the core. It's effectively a newly remanufactured tire. What they show in the video is fraud....that's the difference.
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I am intrigued as to where the line is between legit remanufacturing of tires and what clearly is a fraudulent practice.

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