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Storage life for new tires(4 posts)

Storage life for new tiresVlad the Impaler
Jun 20, 2001 6:11 PM
I was planning on stocking up on tires if I run into a "too good to pass up" sale. My questions are, do tires have an indefinite life if they are stored? My second question is, would you recommend storing them bundled up as they are when purchased (Axial Pros) or should I store them unpackaged and round?
Indefinite is a long timeKerry Irons
Jun 20, 2001 7:11 PM
Tires stored in a reasonably cool and dry place will last for several years (5 anyway) without any serious deterioration. Leaving them tied up runs the risk (but not certainty) of a crease or kink. Just let them assume a natural shape.
re: Storage life for new tiresDINOSAUR
Jun 20, 2001 7:50 PM
I've starting doing the same thing. Whenever I see a killer deal on tires, I order two or three. I open up the container and let them hang in my garage until they are ready for use. They are a lot easier to put on my rims if all the folds and creases are gone. I can't see storing them for an extended period of time, perhaps no more than a couple of months. I've purchased older model tires at my LBS and they seem to wear very quickly. Perhaps the rubber compound breaks down after awhile. I went through a Conti GP3000 in 500 miles. Back in the "old days" tubular tires were hung in cool, dry places and aged like fine wine. Maybe that's how you should store your tires. Like Kerry stated, I wouldn't leave them boxed up and folded. It's also nice to have the security to have a couple of new tires ready for use, nothing worse than slashing a sidewall on a new tire. My tires usually get trashed the first couple of weeks after I start using them, or they last until they wear out, there seems to be no in between...
re: Storage life for new tiresMel Erickson
Jun 21, 2001 8:42 AM
The biggest enemy of tires is ozone. Don't store them where there is an electric motor nearby or in the same room, they generate ozone (basements aren't the best because there is often a fan motor in the furnace, dryer motor, washer motor, table saw, etc). Garages are not the best place where I live, but may be ok in a more temperate climate. My garage goes through some extreme temperature changes (110 in the summer and -20 in the winter, everything inbetween). I also agree to take them out of the box and let them relax. I store my rubber compound stuff in a large closet in my house, good air circulation, controlled temperature, no sunlight, no motors.