Around 19,000 km and I've noticed large chunks missing from the tires. Is this an effect of volcanic rock? I don't drive over that a lot, but crossing some is unavoidable. I don't think it could be caused by sand, but perhaps I'm wrong. Or is this normal off off-road wear?
For one I was going to mention the fact where Abdul-Hakeem lives and drives.. not the best of conditions or the greatest ability to access great or even good parts or services.. Tires included.. With a jeep that young or the tires that new.. I would take them back and show the manager..
That tire sort of reminds me of that pair of L.L. beans boots I took back.. seems the compound wasn't formed correctly.. and L.L. bean said get yourself a new pair.. and I did.. Life time warranty.. So far this third pair is lasting a bit longer then normal.. Anyway.. Just wanted to add.. @Abdul-Hakeem can you take a picture of the date code thats located on those tires and post it here?.. Then tell me how long you've had these tires on your Jeep.. They look like an inferior compound just like my boots.
Thanks very much everyone. After nmdriver's post, I checked with other people who know off-road driving in Saudi well, one British and one Yemeni, they both agree that it's caused by the sand plus the sharp rocks we have. I go out in my Jeep 2-4 times a week with 2-4 hours off-road driving each time. I think this rate is relatively high, so no tires I ever buy will probably last the normal life.
I checked the date on the tires, they are from the end of 2010. I put the spare tire in place of the most heavily damaged one, and I should be okay for another month or so, God willing. By the way, the jack is not that nice...
My final plan is to buy relatively inexpensive AT tires since I'll have to replace them maybe every 8 months. It's better than driving the Jeep less.
Some tires are known to chunck worse than others. Pro Comp comes to mind. Also it varies by region and terrain. My advice would be to research which tire would last the longest for your needs, cheap isn't the way to go. Hook up with some avid Jeepers or off roaders in your area and see what they run.
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