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Old 07-12-2015, 11:26 AM
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Tire DOT code

Hey everyone. I recently bought tires for my classic car and noticed the DOT code was 3413 which means they were made in August of 2013. They were quite expensive and hard to find as they are whitewalls reflective of the era (60's). My question is what is a typical age for new tires to be sold to consumers? These are 2 years old already and wondering your thoughts. Thanks for reading.

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I work for a large tire company, and we don't sell tires that are more than 2 years old.

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I think the industry standard is like 6 years old. Some people like fresh out of the mold tires others like tires aged a year or two. I figure a 2 year old tire is not big deal as long as they were not laying out in the sun. If in a warehouse somewhere no big deal.

I just realize it was a for a classic car so probably n driven a high speeds on the track I for sure would not worry about it. some specialty tires probably don't move much so stock is bound to be older but I am sure they were properly stored before selling.
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3413 is not the dot number the dot number has usually letters and number anywhere from 5-7 didgets
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Tires on new Jeeps are usually a couple moths old. Tires from SE Asia, Thailand, etc. are going to be 6-8 months old. 2 years old is pushing it, imo.
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But I am lead to believe that the last 4 numbers are the week and year of manufacture?
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I have used a lot of tires in my life...probably not really that many more than anyone else my age....but I am anal about things like tires/ brakes/ steering,,,it is what connects us to the road.

I replace tires usually before they are considered "worn out". Had one tire guy tell me that swapping early was actually a "really good idea". (I realize he could have been trying to sell more tires)

He said the warranty is for "3 years" on most tires. He also said RARELY do they have an issue where it is still in warranty, and fails because the tread is usually worn enough that it is just "pro-rated".

He also said a couple times where it MIGHT come into play were "classic/ muscle cars" because they were not driven as much, or cars of "elderly people". That just don't drive that much.

For whatever reason that has gotten stuck in my head so yeah about three years, am swapping tires...even if not worn out!!
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I have a 47 coupe and bought Wide white walls from Coker that were over 3 years old when I bought them
I think they do a large run and stock them for awhile...my tires-tubes and flaps are 16 years old and are still ok for the age...my junk doesn't sit in the sun which helps
just keep an eye on them for signs of cracking and or bulges...did you buy radials or Bias ply?
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The date code will be 4 numbers like that 3413 inside an oval. google tire date codes.
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They are radials. Replacements for the last ones I bought in 1996 and only had 13000 miles on them but I know were not at all dependable after 19 years. Definitely was lucky and got my moneys worth from them. Only do short local drives.

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