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Old 09-26-2007, 08:50 PM   #1
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anyone ever hear of retreaded mud tires?

i was talkin to one of my buddies at the firehouse the other day and he was sayin how is dad bought a set of retreaded tires for his cj of the internet dirt cheap. i knew they retreaded semi tires but never heard of retreadin light truck tires. he says they look and function as if they were new but got them for like 65 bucks each. anyone ever hear of these and if so are they safe?

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same as you for the semi's but never for anyhting smaller.

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Old 09-26-2007, 09:17 PM   #3
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They used to have passenger tire retreads for years. My dad lost several at inopportune moments like the middle of a family vacation. Nothing like a thrown tread, resulting flat tire, and a car full of kids and stuff on the side of a freeway.

Pay the extra few bucks and skip the retreads!
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:25 PM   #4
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Here is a link. 33's for 100.00 with diamond chips for ice driving.
http://high-tec-retreading.com//Desk...240&tabindex=1
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i've heard of them before. but my dad has always told me they're junk so i've never delt with them
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I doubt I would run retreads on the road, but for off-road only I might be willing.
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Ditto. Vulcanizing has come a long way but I wouldn't trust them for highway speeds.
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Ohhhh. Re-TREADed tires. Okay. Was fixing to go check my tires just to make sure.
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I doubt I would run retreads on the road, but for off-road only I might be willing.
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Ditto. Vulcanizing has come a long way but I wouldn't trust them for highway speeds.
Agreed; wouldn't trust 'em on road.

However, wouldn't trust 'em offroad on the rocks either. Dunno 'bout you guys but the rocks beat the hell outta my tires offroad.

Don't think its worth it in either case.
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im still not sure of what to think of them, google landed me at the hi tec retreading place like posted above. they have good reviews but the only thing that stands out in my mind is all that rubber on the highways! i dont wanna have to worry bout my tires doin that!
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High Tec Retreading has a good reputation and I would not hesitate to run them either on or off road. JP magazine ran them on one of their project Jeeps a couple of years ago and only had good things to say.

I would think that if price is important to you and you want to be environmentally conscious/friendly, then they should be on top of your list of tires.
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High Tec Retreading has a good reputation and I would not hesitate to run them either on or off road. JP magazine ran them on one of their project Jeeps a couple of years ago and only had good things to say.
I would think that if price is important to you and you want to be environmentally conscious/friendly, then they should be on top of your list of tires.
I didn't see that one, I'll have to check it out.

Found it:

High-Tec Retread - High Tech, Low Buck
One-Year Update On The Retreads
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Man, when we chose to put a set of High-Tec Retreading's mud terrain retreads on Jp Magazine's Project Hatari! CJ-6, we had no idea it would create such a firestorm of interest. If you build it they will come. If you build it inexpensive, they will come in droves. Or so it seems.

First, to continue the testing we had to call up Collins Bros. Jeep for a set of decent stock Jeep rims. The original CJ-6 rims had wallowed lug holes and were in danger of pulling the lug nuts right through the centers. Collins Bros. selected five good wheels, sandblasted them, and shipped them to us. We sprayed them with some Rustoleum Almond paint and had our retreads remounted.

The Tires
When you only spend about $50 for one tire, you really can't expect too much. However, I've found the High-Tec retreading tires to be of really good quality. Much of this may be based on the BFG AT carcass they're built on, but the recap seems to be vulcanized to the carcass efficiently. You can see where the cap ends on the sidewall and you can peel it back ever so slightly with your fingernail, but the gap is the same as when the tires were delivered and hasn't grown.

It's relatively rough to gauge street characteristics from an early CJ with stock springs, no swaybar, and no top, but the tires seem to ride quite smoothly on the road. They don't flat-spot, the tread isn't coming off, and there's just a faint hum audible over the sound of the exhaust and the rush of the wind. Hard cornering and panic stopping really can't be tested in this vehicle because attempting either would almost certainly lead to disaster. But the tire tread is relatively soft, and we have to believe that when pushed they would grip well. The tires have only logged about 3,500 to 4,000 street miles, but they're wearing evenly. It looks like you could get at least 25,000 miles out of a set before the tread was worn down.

Off-road, the exceptionally soft tread blocks are a real boon for traction. On the hard, slick granite surfaces of the Rubicon with the tires at 10 psi, the tires gripped and clawed right up there with the big-name brands. We wouldn't call their performance in rock exceptional, but it also wasn't at the back of the pack. They were nicely middle-of-the-road. What little mud we were able to find was handled, but not extremely well. The tires chew and work, but they don't self-clean very efficiently.

The tires seem to be most at home in the alluvial terrain of the desert southwest. The tread reminds us a little of the knobby tires from an '80s BMX bike, and in mildly packed dirt they really shine. Even though High-Tec calls them a mud tire, we consider the tread design more of a bastardized all terrain, so it's little wonder they grip and claw without digging. This helps the vehicle stay on top of the terrain and continue motoring up the obstacle.

Bottom Line
While we'd consider their looks pretty ugly on a newer Jeep, we think the tread design fits perfectly for a resto-mod wheeler. It's sort of an old school knobby-meets-NDT look. In truth, we were surprised to find so much performance in such an affordable package. The best part about the tires is the price. If you tear one up, you just buy another and motor on.
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Old 09-27-2007, 03:43 PM   #13
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Wheew, I was wondering how you could tell if you had Retarded tires then I read it again. But I suppose the reatarded tires would ride the short Bus.....
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My friends got a full set on his 4-runner DD. He's had em 2 years, with no issues, and he got all 5 for like $400. They are great as long as you don't plan on driving freeway speeds in hot weather for over 4-5 hours of straight driving so i've heared.
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I don't know how good retreads are now days, but my dad used to buy them in the 80's and 90's. Then one day he was driving his truck to work and the tread started to pull of one. It wrapped up around the front passenger caliper and locked the tire up. Then since the tire wasn't spinning it blew out causing the truck to flip. Luckily he wasn't injured, but his truck was totalled.
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Retreads are a hell of a lot better than they used to be. most of the gaters you see on the highways are from running low on air, the tires heat up so hot on a semi you can't touch em and then the vulcanizing fails.
BTW, you can lose the tread section on a new tire as well, I've seen it happen a few times.
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I don't know how good retreads are now days, but my dad used to buy them in the 80's and 90's. Then one day he was driving his truck to work and the tread started to pull of one. It wrapped up around the front passenger caliper and locked the tire up. Then since the tire wasn't spinning it blew out causing the truck to flip. Luckily he wasn't injured, but his truck was totalled.

From my understanding when I used to work for Ryder (Logistics Manager/Dispatch/Auditor) is that you had to run new tires on the steering axle and you could run recaps in the rear. Is it still done this way? And I agree, I think retread tires have probably advances a lot with all the new materials they have to use.
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Yep, no retreads on steer axles.
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Treadwright Guard Dogs seem to be best of breed in the retread market Jeep Articles / General (Treadwright Guard Dog M/T Update - 1 year later) - MoabJeeper Magazine , about $110 each. Only 31" are available (no 33 or 35s).

Traedwright web site--> https://www.treadwright.com/c-7-31-10-5r15.aspx
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Old thread. Thats y I said oops. But I totally agree. Narly tires for sure

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