View Full Version : Tires: rethreads - any opinons

11-10-2010, 01:40 PM
With the big jump in tire prices recently I'm considering re-threads but have had no experience.

Any opinions on the following?


Also looked at a few second-hand tire stores but most have very little available on-line and all require some legwork (aka visiting/walking)


11-10-2010, 01:42 PM

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11-10-2010, 02:04 PM
Personally (and with a disclaimer of no first hand experience) I would only run re-treads at lower speeds where failure would likely be less catastrophic. I figure if a tire carcass has already been run 30-60k over 3-6 years, not sure I would want to continue to run that for twice that long. That being said if I had a town/trail rig those 315 mtr look alikes are priced pretty low.

11-10-2010, 02:09 PM
A little more specific:

11-10-2010, 03:26 PM
You'll never see retreads on my rig.

Still the best value in a do everything tire IMO: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/NIT-200000/ Nitto TG's

11-10-2010, 06:00 PM
My brother has those on his Xterra, no problems so far. I've read that accident from ih8mud also, so who knows? I think Woody also runs them on his, might have to search mud for the thread, I think it was a year or so back.

Air Randy
11-10-2010, 06:15 PM
I don't know anything about Treadwright's specifically, but I do know a lot of your big over-the-road trucks run retreads. They have improved the retreading processes dramatically in the last 10 years so they should be much safer than before.

One of the keys to a safe retread is the condition of the carcass. On the big trucks they wear the tires out pretty quick so they are retreading carcasses that are usually only 1 to 2 years old. However on a car tire it could be a lot older and you can't always tell if there is damage within the steel bands in the carcass. Thats why occassionally a retread will fly apart.

Honestly, as competitive as the Big O and Discount tire prices are, I would probably be inclined to buy a new, less expensive model from them first. That way you get a new tire with a road hazard warranty on it.

11-10-2010, 06:35 PM
I have had a set on my 99 Dodge, they were JUNK. I took them off with in 200 miles


11-10-2010, 07:01 PM
I don't know anything about Treadwright's specifically, but I do know a lot of your big over-the-road trucks run retreads. They have improved the retreading processes dramatically in the last 10 years so they should be much safer than before.

and you don't see any where near as many "gators" on the road, but you do still see them. also, they are not legal to run on single tire axles for big rigs. remember, if one blows, you could die. is your life worth that?

11-10-2010, 11:37 PM
Interesting .. will look some more at lower tires and see what I can find in AT range

11-11-2010, 06:13 PM
I ran retreads on my F-150 back when I was young and poor. They were fine for me and I never had a problem with them. The F@rd OTOH...


11-11-2010, 07:23 PM
I know a couple guys using Treadwrights.



11-13-2010, 09:48 PM
I have a set of the MTR tread on the Goodyear MTR carcasses. I paid extra for the sure edge feature and I love mine. I have them in the 285-75-16 on my 80. The are great on the street, in snow and on the trail. I had a smaller set of their old MT's and liked them too. I think I paid $760 for a set of five. I would recommend them for my type of driving, not sure about towing with them.

11-14-2010, 01:03 PM
Thanks for the info Chris's

Been trying to talk to people that actually have run them on their 80's and impressions. I researched lots on-line and a few negative comments but majority positive across various forums (80s, Jeeps, Fords ..)

I talked with Joel (at ThreadWright) regd the wheel on that 80 in Calf from a tire (PO) that blew-out and rolled the truck.
He is waiting to talk to the owner to get the tire and have it independently analyses regd casings v's rubber separation. From the pictures it thought it was casing.


01-19-2011, 10:44 AM
I went ahead and purchased a set of 5* 265/75/R16 E Walden AT's from TreadWright. Just back from a 1600 mile road trip to East Coast. All fine, no issues and seem to run well so far. Not tried offroad yet

01-19-2011, 11:05 AM
Damn, I would never feel comfortable rolling on retread tires! I would rather spend the money on good tires than to take that risk. I have seen what happens when they fail, but maybe quality has improved since then!

J Kimmel
01-19-2011, 11:18 AM
big rigs run them but they generally have 9 other tires on the tractor in case one blows...or 7 others on the trailer.

for the prices, a couple hundred bucks more and you can have new tires...no way I would run those!