How old should a new BFG tyre be

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 08:21
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There are no BFG ATR's in Syd to fit my Pajero (265 x 65 x 17's). So dealerships are bringing them in from interstate or country places who still have stock. The shortage may be due in part to the Giveaway of a @300 Black Max compressor with purchasing BFG's

But given there have been comments in this forum about tyres blowing out thru' sidewalls because of tyre "old age" regardless of k's travelled, how old should a new tyre be when you buy it new ? Does the tyre have a date of manufacture imprinted somewhere on the tyre ?

Also I would think the environment in which it is stored might be helpful to know ? Presumably somewhere out of the sun would be good ? but how do you know how they've been kept if the tyres are transferred from interstate to Sydney ?

The dealerships say there the new shipment is due on the 20/06/10. GREAT, we leave for a months holidy out west on the 24th. Do I wait for them or buy the transferred ones from interstate. Need your opinions quickly. Thanks very much Greg
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 08:36

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 08:36
Tyres carry a 4 digit "DOT" number. The first 2 digits are the week and the second 2 digits are the year of manufacture. So "0809" for example means the tyre was manufactures in the 8th week of 2009.

AFAIK the acceptable life of a tyre is about 5 years.
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 09:06

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 09:06
I wouldn't worry too much .

As long as they are worn out within 5-6 years.

I had a set of BFG ATKO on my Range Rover Classic for 10 years with no problems, until I got nervous because of the recent publicity by the industry. Maybe a way to sell more tyres!
IMHO , if tyres have no sidewall hardening and cracking, ie sun or heat damage, then they can be used for a long time.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 09:15

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 09:15
It isnt only that that causes troubles I had two Dunlop LT's on my van strip treads and delaminate and both were under 5 years old and had done less than 10,000k.
They were covered from the sun when stored.

I have read where emissions from aircon units can affect tyres that are parked in close proximity.

I dont know what they emit that causes it but someone may.

Some type on ionisation I believe

It also can be interior damage that can cause a tyre to fail.

In saying that the back two BFG a/T's on my Cruiser are well over 5 years old and still have 10,000k left on them.

I do intend to change them in the near future.

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Reply By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:26

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:26
What a bummer, we had a new set of BFG A/Ts fitted only last Tuesday (1st/06) and there was no such promotion here in Tassie.
Go caravaning, life is so much shorter than death.

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:46

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:46
I would be more concerned if they were not from the same batch , rather than if they were up to a year old Greg.
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Reply By: Member - Barry (NT) - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 11:22

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 11:22
friend just had sidewall split on old tyre on Patrol but we didn't check the date of man,,, pity
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Reply By: SPRINT-GTO - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 12:30

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 12:30
Why BFG??
Check out the Bridgestone D694LT in 275 x 65 R17 118 load rating
Run them on my T/D Cruiser--brilliant tyre!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 20:44

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 20:44
IF you can get them, there are none in NSW and I have been waiting 5 weeks for my next set!
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Reply By: Member - mazcan - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 13:45

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 13:45
hi greg s
have a look at this thread 78577
this topic has been discussed before not long ago
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