Replacing six drive tires economically

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by kanidana, Sep 18, 2020.

  1. kanidana

    kanidana Heavy Load Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    Mesa, AZ
    So I replaced two drives with brand new goodyear tires. Cost me 1200 bucks. The rest need to be replaced and I'd like to do it a little more cheaply without completely throwing away quality. I was thinking retreads but not sure. Any advice greatly appreciated. 15 more payments this trucks mine but I don't want to bust my maintenance account on tires. Thx.
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  3. Bill51

    Bill51 Heavy Load Member

    Jul 27, 2015
    Old article.
    Fleets Weigh the Benefits of Retreads Versus New Tires
    The main point in the article, that the tech has advanced to the point that re-treads are just as good as virgin, is supported by the various tire guys / mechanics I've talked to over the years.
    Most of the gators on the side of the road appear to be from older re-treads, improperly inflated re-treads, or cheap re-treads from overseas.
    You may want to do a few different searches on this website. Seem to recall some discussion on some kind of tire buying discount program. Sure someone else can help with info.
    Good luck.
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  4. WhiteLineFeverHeyNow

    WhiteLineFeverHeyNow Bobtail Member

    Sep 18, 2020
    You need to use a trustworthy tire guy. The good ones will know (and let you know) if the recap has ever been patched before it was capped, you don’t want that. Stay away from Chinese tires too. Japanese are ok and of course all the big brands. Also he should guarantee for at least a couple months. Recaps have come along way just make sure and put a tire gauge to them at least once a week.
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  5. danny23tx

    danny23tx Road Train Member

    Feb 16, 2016
    Good year Retreads, the are based on high-end casings with some good tread . I did all eight over a year ago , so far so good .
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  6. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    Fairmont NE
    Make sure the casing is in good shape, no patches or anything like mentioned above. Check the manufacture date on the casing and make sure you’re not putting on 5 year old casings. Then watch your tire pressure like a hawk. They’re not as forgiving as a virgin tire when it comes to building heat from underinflation. I worked for a company for 10 years and we ran caps and the two tire failures I had during that time were both virgin tires.
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  7. abyliks

    abyliks Medium Load Member

    May 2, 2010
    ludlow MA
    Hard to get much cheaper then pos good years, unless you go Chinese....

    retreads are just going to be ever so slightly taller with the tread, I would put a matched set of Goodyear’s on one axle and if you really want caps just go with 4 on the other axle

    you get what you pay for. Caps will never go on anything I own
  8. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Just a little suggestion, if you go with retreads, get a tire pressure monitor system with internal sensors to monitor tire pressure. This is one of the best investments you will make on the truck.

    I would suggest a brand but we are re-evaluating a few to decide what one will be on the trucks going forward.
  9. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Medium Load Member

    Feb 4, 2019
    I won't run recaps, I did and have, but when 1 goes it can take out air bags I have heard the B S about their Quality. There are cheap Virgen tires for a little more $$ than a recap.
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  10. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    Virgin tires don't cost much more and they last so much longer.

    Caps just aren't worth it. You'll end up spending more money in the longer run.

    Specially if you have spread axles.

    Virgins will hold up better also if your tire pressure gets slightly low.

    Caps would be alright if you're local. Being out in the middle of nowhere can be expensive.

    Some local companies have finally figured out they're spending too much on caps.
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  11. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    The only thing we run caps on are the off-road water trucks and the logging dollies. The caps are from our own casings and we've had decent results from them.
    The only thing a virgin tire is costing you is ever how much more expensive they are than caps. It's not much to pay for avoiding down time and damage from a cap coming apart.
    I acknowledge that this wouldn't work for everybody but where we do a lot of short local runs and short regional a blown cap might cost us a couple of loads.
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