Retread tire cost

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Dino soar, Oct 19, 2019.

  1. "semi" retired

    "semi" retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    RECAPS ON THE STEERS? I'd be out the door.:biggrin_25513:
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  3. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2019
    Valrico FL
    Yup. I questioned it because I didn't think it was legal (I have no knowledge to back that up...just what I've heard) and I was told the law changed and vehicles under a certain weight were legal to use them.
  4. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

    Apr 11, 2019
    Fairbanks Ak
    As far as I know recaps have always been legal on steers on trucks, just not buses. The truck that held the land speed record ran bandag caps all the way around.
    I have had good luck with caps, put caps on one axle once along with virgin rubber on the other one, just to see, and the caps actually lasted longer, they were a harder rubber compound. Those michelin caps shown above are factory siped and a softer rubber compound. they are not suppose to last long on hot pavement. We do not get real hot here, no real high sustained speeds and not as hot of pavement, so I ran a set all year and they did pretty good.
  5. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    Fairmont NE
    If it’s your own truck and you drive it and monitor your tires then there really are no issues with caps that are different from virgin tires. But you do have to watch the pressure like a hawk. Low pressure is what kills them.
  6. Old Man

    Old Man Road Train Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    You might want to figure in the cost of mud flaps, fenders and lights.
  7. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

    Apr 11, 2019
    Fairbanks Ak
    I will sometimes have my casings capped, especially my steers, when I know they have never even had a flat, I will not hardly buy a cap, that I do not know the casings history though.
  8. danny23tx

    danny23tx Road Train Member

    Feb 16, 2016
    Recently replaced 8 drives with Goodyear retreads , they are higher end casings with Fuelmax retreads . Pulled some loads for JB Hunt and was able to sign up with their national tire account to get a huge discount on them and half off mounting , labor etc. I'm happy with the Tires so far , picked up mpg and the ride is smooth .
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  9. 379exhd

    379exhd Road Train Member

    Jun 25, 2012
    rolling through hell
    If you think that's bad call the boss 20 miles from the yard and inform him you've got a steer going down...60psi...I was told to air it up and "keep an eye on it" finished the week, turned the truck in said he was going to "fix it" blew on another driver 2 weeks later at about 11:30 at night 200 miles away.

    Some people just don't get it. $350 for a tire and an hours worth of downtime is a lot cheaper than a truck wadded up in the ditch. Even 700-1000 depending on the brand to put a set on is better than it wadded up in the ditch.

    On the recap note spend the money on a virgin same guy that told me to air up that steer ran caps in 3 months I blew 4 tires. And I checked my tires daily with a pressure gauge. I was lucky enough I didn't do much damage losing gators, but another guy had the entire right rear of a trailer cave in when one came apart about 2 weeks before I said enough was enough
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  10. xsetra

    xsetra Road Train Member

    Aug 21, 2011
    Last Monday I had 2 tires capped.
    I paid $178 for each retread on my old steer tires.
    I recap my steers for the drives.
    I run recaps on drive axles when I have my own casings to use.
  11. BoxCarKidd

    BoxCarKidd Road Train Member

    Aug 26, 2014
    Spread axle caps cost me about $185. That is on my own casing.
    I have good luck with them following these rules. scrap anything over 5 years old, needs a section repair, or has already been capped. Always replace the valve stems.
    That being said I still try not to run them on some applications. One is tanks with expensive full length aluminum fender - hose racks.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2019
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