Retread tire cost

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

  1. BoxCarKidd

    BoxCarKidd Road Train Member

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    I thank we have changed subjects here. I was talking about recaps on large trucks. Not saying this is what you should do, just sharing.
    It you can get a fair price for your casings and have new rubber how can you beat that?
    I was putting caps down for the steer and said it was highly restricted. Got my hand slapped for that on this forum. You can search block it.
    A major company I worked for in 87, 88 and 89 had a steer tire blow out on a nearly new truck. That did $5,000 in damage and the operator kept it on the road.
    I am not buying or selling anything. I know the brand and age of every cap we put on. If I had some to really stay away from I would tell you. If you are following the guide lines I set out and are having failures you may need to change suppliers.
     
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  3. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    I had 8 drives capped with Goodyear unicircle about 4 or 5 years ago and it cost about $1,800. Probably gone up since then. From the looks of it what some of you paid for caps I got hosed on that. They were good tires and I did get my money's worth out of them. Got lazy one summer and quit keeping up with air pressures though. After the second one popped I decided it was time to get new tires. Luckily they didnt tear a bunch of **** up when they blew.
     
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  4. BoxCarKidd

    BoxCarKidd Road Train Member

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    Drives cost a bit more than trailer tires so that may have been a fair price.
    Years ago we quite capping brand XYZ. It was a first line tire. When capped they would blow one in eight on a regulator basis with sidewall failures. XYZ has long since corrected that. Who is the new XYZ?
     
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  5. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    No idea. I know when my retreads blew out I saw sidewall bulges the very day that they blew. I got lazy about checking air pressures but I am always looking at my tires sometimes several times a day. One day my truck was in the shop and I saw a sidewall bulge and thought to myself, hmmmmm, that doesnt look so good. Several hours later on the highway *boom* and that tire was history. A week or so later I saw the same thing and again the same thing happened.

    When I got home I had already decided to get new rubber and when I pulled the old caps off found another sidewall bulge "ticking timebomb". I got over 200,000 miles on those caps which I thought was pretty good. The tire casings were Yokohama and I had owned them since new. Got over 600,000 miles out of those casings at a total cost of $5,000.
     
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    Times 2........
     
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  7. Hero Biscuit vendor

    Hero Biscuit vendor Bobtail Member

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    I don't have a problem with caps as long as they are from a reputable manufacturer like bandag or Michelin. Before I drove I worked for a major leasing company and all they ran were bandag caps. Out of 1000s of tires in 9 years i saw one new one peel the cap off, one old one leaked between cap and casing, and one blew on our service truck with me driving. It failed at a previous repair, I had been speeding severely so I don't blame the tire (young and dumb). I did see one oddball stm trailer cap on Dunlop casing with no dot#, load, or pressure rating, which was pretty weird.
     
  8. "semi" retired

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    It's almost always the sidewalls. If you could have your virgin tires capped, I suppose that's ok, and you'll have to wait, they don't cap tires overnight, but to just go out and buy a recap, that casing could have half a million miles on it and they will grind the date off, I've seen that too. I doubt their quality control is very rigid.
     
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  9. truckaholic001

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    I think I was just replying to the OP

     
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