Motorway Retreads, any good?

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 17:07
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I've just been quoted $80 a tyre for All Terrains and $88 a tyre for 31x10.5R15 Muddy's. They are a bead to bead retread. It's and intersting concept, I've never had much luck with retreads in the past but these are supposed to be u-bueat new types that are stronger etc etc.

Has anyone heard of them, used them? It's bloody cheap rubber if they are ok. Even if you only get half the k's out of them, I just don't want to be half way to the middle of nowhere and find I've got problems with them.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 17:23

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 17:23
The 31x10x15 I have as a spare with only a few mm of tread is still in good nick but I have no idea about its history. It is speed rated to 120Kph
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 17:56

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 17:56
they are made (or is that re-made?) in stawell in Vic, the full re-manufactured tyres are not bad for cheapies, but im still very wary of basic re-treads.

Nearly every taxi in melb runs on motorway re-manufactured, so they arent too bad.

Only bad point ive heard to do with 4x4 is that because the re-manufactured tyre has extra layers of rubber on the sidewall, they dont bag out as well when aired down.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 18:45

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 18:45
I'd be happy if they didn't bag as much, less chance of a stake. Do you know how they handle loads? Like we are probally 2.5 - 3 tonne when we go away, hot roads? That was always a no no with conventional re-treads...
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 22:03

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 22:03
dunno mate, best give 'em a call to find out. 1800 036 061
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Reply By: Member - Matt Mu (Perth-WA) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 18:59

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 18:59
OK, as I have NEVER owned them and only going off others reports, take this as you like!

I have heard the same about the sidewall stiffness, not much trouble in mud but a pain in the sand if you want them to bag. Not highly rated for speed (only a problem if you speed). Not too good for long distance touring, reports of them letting go on hot sustained highway runs. But on the upside most I heard were from the more 'full' size 4bys, LC Patrol etc. Smaller lighter 4wds seem to accept them better.

Personaly I would love to have a set of Mongrels on a spare set of rims for pure play and keep my others for city/day2day.

Is that price a one off can we all get them for that, Im sure I got quoted lots more a few years back!

Thanks

Matt.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 19:04

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 19:04
No everyone should be able to get that price, I was told about $115 from a friend who told me about them so I gave them a call, I was pleasantly supprised with the pricing. I like my touring and it's very often REALLY hot on the road where we go and that's also what I had heard. I am just finding it hard to justify spending $220 on a set of all terrains when I can get these babys for $80 inc GST!! ARRGH.
That's a HELL of a difference over 4 or 5 tyres.

Yeah, those mongrals look pretty awsome, I reckon some sunraisers and those would look good in my back shed for the days out with the boys! ;-)

The bagging out should make that bigger difference in the sand as the length of the tyre is what counts.
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt Mu (Perth-WA) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 22:05

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 22:05
I agree Jeff, just the baggin out of a tyre sideways dedtermines the foot print lengthways. When you deflate, the contact surface of the tyre front to rear lengthens and so the overall footprint in the sand increases. If the sidewall resist the flattening of the tyre, the length of the footprint will also suffer!
I see what you mean about width baggin not being a help in sand, but thats what determines the length in footprint!

Yeah I would love a set of Mongrels on cheap sunnies for play!!!

Matt.

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Reply By: Wetty (W.A) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 19:23

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 19:23
Re-treads go on wheelbarrows, not cars. . . . . unless it's a Government vehicle!
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 19:32

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 19:32
Speed rating of 120kph becomes an insurance problem if your vehicle is required to have a specific rating or higher.
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Reply By: brumac - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 19:38

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 19:38
I had a set on my 60 series a few years ago. I only did about 5000km on them before i sold the car but they did start to crack between the blocks.
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 19:40

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 19:40
I hate it when I post half a response... Take 2:
Had a look at some at The Tyre Factory in Dandenong and must say I was less than impressed with the quality. The MT's they had(listed as Motorway) were only a re-tread NOT a bead to bead remould. Also the tread on 3 I looked at didn't line up and looked as though it would take half a kilo of lead to balance. The AT's were equally poor on the eye, they looked to be bead to bead but were very rough and once again the tread looked a bit skewiff. Took me all of 5 mins to decide to spend the extra and get real tyres. JMO
Blue
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Reply By: Member -Peter (York 4x4) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 21:47

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 21:47
HI mate , take it from one who will not go for saving a few $ on a saftey item or one that may save your life and that of your loved ones , its better to save a bit longer and pay the extra and know it is safe that hope you hear more good reports than bad , the only thing that is between you and the road is your tyres , save money where saftey is NOT an issue
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 21:54

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 21:54
I'll agree with that.

what price is your families safety?
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 22:21

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 22:21
On the median strip on Leach Hwy, just west of the freeway, is a complete retread that has separated from its casing. Scary stuff.........and someone is currently driving on steel belts.
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Reply By: thepilot - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 23:52

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 23:52
Hi Jeff
I have them on my 90 pajero not a problem at all . My friend has them on his 2001 patrol and he as not had a problem with them and we did a trip from syd - tas -vic great ocean rd back to syd as well as weekend trips out of Sydney and he is up for a new set . Both our tyres are 275 x 70 x r16 .Not sure on the K's ? Hope this is f some help

Dave
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 06:11

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 06:11
Dave where do you get them in sydney.

Many thanks
Eric
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Follow Up By: thepilot - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 18:25

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 18:25
Hi Eric

I get them from their shop in Moorebank cnr of deadman and heathcote Rd they have a toll free No 1800 036 061

Hope its a help

Dave
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 19:48

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 19:48
Thanks dave rang them today 103 fitted and balanced 31*10*5 *15

They will do fine for second set.

all the best
Eric
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Reply By: allaussie - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 21:28

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 21:28
I have had 3 sets in four years one problem tyre in the hole time it was replaced free of charge by motorway still have em on my jero now
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