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ChrisRac

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So I was informed a couple days ago about how to read a tire to find out when it was manufactured. I bought my current set about a year and a half ago only to learn they sat in a warehouse for about 3 years before being sent to Discount Tire.

I'm looking to purchase some new tires this week and want to know the appropriate way to ask for tires that aren't collecting dust for years before being installed? My thought process leads me to believe that if I present a request like that, it will only delay the delivery of the tires if they don't have them in stock and I don't have a lot of free time due to work schedule. But I also don't want to end up with tires that will again need replacing soon.
 

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That happened to me with my last set of tires I ordered from tire rack. I received early 2016 manufactured tires in late 2019. By the time I noticed, they were already mounted and driven on.
 

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Yes, I love tire shopping...

I would be more concerned about a tire being driven on and used being old vs. one that sat in a climate controlled warehouse collecting dust that is old. Age, while important, is a little over sold IMO. Some of us here would have to put a new set of tires on the vehicle each time we drove our car in some instances just based on age. I'd focus on being more vigilant in monitoring your tires for issues if they're older.
 

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For my Mustang, I'm not too worried about getting an older set of tires. I drive the car aggressively enough that I end up replacing tires every other season. I would be more annoyed if I got an older set of tires for my daily driver, since I expect to get 3-4 years out of them.
 
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For my Mustang, in not too worried about getting an older set of tires. I drive the car aggressively enough that I end up replacing tires every other season. I would be more annoyed if I got an older set of tires for my daily driver, since I expect to get 3-4 years out of them.
I only got a little over a year and 22K miles out of my current set
 

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The tires that were on my GN were older than I care to admit, but the car sat indoors all the time while still being driven enough to not develop flat spots. There still isn't any cracking or signs of the tires falling apart. I think age is kind of relative to the environment. I know for a fact that DTC wouldn't touch my old wheels if I didn't intend to buy new tires, but it's a liability thing I guess.
 

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For car/truck tires the added on year or so to the age prior to mounting isn't too big of a deal. Yes, we'd all like the freshly molded stuff, but typically the contact patch size and compounds are enough to offset the age. If they were sitting outside the whole time then yeah, I'd be telling them to take them back and put on something new(er).

On motorcycle tires, especially sport/soft/race tires you want as fresh as you can possibly get. Even sitting around for a year is enough to degrade the adhesion characteristics of the rubber to the riding surface. If/when I get tires at the track they're usually from the tire manufacturer themselves. The last three sets I had swapped on were less than 90 days old at the time of purchase/mounting.
 

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I bet with how demand is for tires, if you got something popular it wouldn’t be very old.

3 years is a bit much sitting in a warehouse for me because I barely put 5k miles on a year so they’d be dry rotted before worn out.
 

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