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Old 12-05-2012, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Was working on the truck this morning installing an Addco sway bar from Mike. I knew my OEM GoodYears were getting old and have been watching tread wear (or lack there of) and the side walls. Our truck is admittedly a garage queen with only 9K miles and always parked inside. At most every wash, I treat the outer sidewalls with Maguiars Tire shine and the outer sidewalls showed no cracking. However, with the passenger tire removed for the sway bar change-out, I inspected the inner sidewall and was surprised at how cracked it was. Drivers side was similar. FYI, My GY tires have date codes of 2904.

Any R's out there with the original OEM GY's are now at an age that warrants close inspection, especially since these low profile tires (especially the fronts) take some pretty high stress on the sidewall with our somewhat heavy trucks. Check them inside and out, mine looked good from the outside. Got Nitto Invo's on order, will be taking it easy on the GY's until the new tires are installed.....
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Was working on the truck this morning installing an Addco sway bar from Mike. I knew my OEM GoodYears were getting old and have been watching tread wear (or lack there of) and the side walls. Our truck is admittedly a garage queen with only 9K miles and always parked inside. At most every wash, I treat the outer sidewalls with Maguiars Tire shine and the outer sidewalls showed no cracking. However, with the passenger tire removed for the sway bar change-out, I inspected the inner sidewall and was surprised at how cracked it was. Drivers side was similar. FYI, My GY tires have date codes of 2904.

Any R's out there with the original OEM GY's are now at an age that warrants close inspection, especially since these low profile tires (especially the fronts) take some pretty high stress on the sidewall with our somewhat heavy trucks. Check them inside and out, mine looked good from the outside. Got Nitto Invo's on order, will be taking it easy on the GY's until the new tires are installed.....
Great advice, River_Rat . . .

FYI . . . Code 2904 means your OEMs were manufactured mid July 2004.

According to the experts, anything over 6 years is definitely not worth the risk, regardless of the mileage.
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok

You talked me into it, I still have the original GY's and my car was built in 10/04, so my tires are older than that. I ordered the Nitto's as well. I have to drive to Wake Forest, N.C. to get them installed (150 miles) that is the closest Discount Tire. I had to pay more than you all, $1,261.00 that includes tires, disposal fees, tax, mounting and balancing. I could have gone with the Grabbers for a couple hundred less, but decided to go with these based on all of your positive reports! I must say, they do have a strange looking tread pattern, but I guess it works.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Good advice to check the date codes.

Shadowman, thanks for your support.
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