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Old 06-03-2006, 12:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know the normal and maximum shelf life of performance tires...i.e...3 years...4 years....5 years....???


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Not sure, but I know DOT requirement for commercial vehicle tires here in IL is 5 yrs Max.
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If you have them sitting on their treads, rotate them every month, or you'll get flatspots in the tread and steel belt that wont go away. I had severe flatspots in an extra tire I had after only about 3/4 of a year.
If you leave them on their sides, I've heard that their sidewall can deform and the tire won't work properly. I do not know peronsally about this, but I'd put them on their treads, cover them, and rotate them every month or two.
I wouldn't let them sit for more than 5 years. Tires and brakes are two things that nobody shoud ever skimp on for saftey reasons.
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