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Old 11-07-2006, 05:14 PM   #1
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Storing Tires

I have an opportunity to buy a set of very slightly used Michelin Pilots. (I'm not sure which model.) The problem is that I don't really need them right now.

How long can a set of tires be stored without suffering age-related deterioration? Also, are there any issues to be concerned with when tires have been take off one set of wheels and mounted on another?

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Old 11-07-2006, 05:25 PM   #2
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I have an opportunity to buy a set of very slightly used Michelin Pilots. (I'm not sure which model.) The problem is that I don't really need them right now.

How long can a set of tires be stored without suffering age-related deterioration? Also, are there any issues to be concerned with when tires have been take off one set of wheels and mounted on another?
There was a thread on this not long ago. You will want to see if Michelin has a recommendation on these specific tires.

In general, the industry story is unmounted tires shouldn't be used after 6 years. Ten years mounted. But like I said, each tire is different and you'd have to call Michelin.

There's no problem with unmounting and mounting tires 2 or 3 times as long as they're not damaged but again, Michelin would have to tell you specifically how many times the particular tire can be cycled.

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Old 11-07-2006, 06:49 PM   #3
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There was a thread on this not long ago. You will want to see if Michelin has a recommendation on these specific tires.

In general, the industry story is unmounted tires shouldn't be used after 6 years. Ten years mounted. But like I said, each tire is different and you'd have to call Michelin.

There's no problem with unmounting and mounting tires 2 or 3 times as long as they're not damaged but again, Michelin would have to tell you specifically how many times the particular tire can be cycled.
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Wow, the benchmarks you profer are at the extreme of what is typicaly accepted as the norm. 5 Years is the utmost a tire should be kept unmounted, no consideration for mounted tires whatever. Where are you getting your info?...

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Wow, the benchmarks you profer are at the extreme of what is typicaly accepted as the norm. 5 Years is the utmost a tire should be kept unmounted, no consideration for mounted tires whatever. Where are you getting your info?...

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Check the earlier thread that we talked about this. It's got links to Ford's web site and thetirerack.com.

Where does your infomation come from?
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Check the earlier thread that we talked about this. It's got links to Ford's web site and thetirerack.com.

Where does your infomation come from?
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Uh...Ford right? Those were the guys with the Explorers and the Firestones right?

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I think what gets left out of these formulas are storage conditions. I would have no issues with tires stored for a couple of five years given that they were in the dark, not too hot, and not too dry.

That said there are different models of Pilots. I don't think I'd like the Pilot's that I have on my Lexus much on my Boxster. Probably not the right speed rating either.
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Old 11-07-2006, 07:07 PM   #7
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Uh...Ford right? Those were the guys with the Explorers and the Firestones right?

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Yeah, you'd expect them to be pretty conservative wouldn't you?
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Similar question for me - I've just picked up a spare set of wheels/tires for track (& stop chewing up my road tires).
What's the preferred storage (I have them in a garage, normal humidity, doesn't freeze inside the garage even though not heated).
Do I:
a. Stack vertically laying on their sides forming a cylinder?
b. Build a rack to hold them standing upright, as on the road, with 3-4 bars as contact points to spread the load?
c. other?
The wheels/tires will get used 4-6 times a year for track days, sit the rest of the time.

Pressure? leave them at normal psi? deflate a little? fill with argon (ok, kidding on that one). Any thoughts welcomed...
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Similar question for me - I've just picked up a spare set of wheels/tires for track (& stop chewing up my road tires).
What's the preferred storage (I have them in a garage, normal humidity, doesn't freeze inside the garage even though not heated).
Do I:
a. Stack vertically laying on their sides forming a cylinder?
b. Build a rack to hold them standing upright, as on the road, with 3-4 bars as contact points to spread the load?
c. other?
The wheels/tires will get used 4-6 times a year for track days, sit the rest of the time.

Pressure? leave them at normal psi? deflate a little? fill with argon (ok, kidding on that one). Any thoughts welcomed...
I have a similar set up with swapping out for winter wheels/tires on my trucks as well as my track wheels/tires for my Boxster. I stack them via option "a" in your explanation and take the pressures down to 15-20 psi.

I use to fill them with hydrogen but one time I was smoking a cigar while doing this and BOOM... there went the garage...

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