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Technical Good deal or not?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. A friend of my daughter ask me if I wanted to buy the tires he had bought for his pickup, it seems he bought new set of B.F. Goodrich tires (225/70R15) in May and blew up the engine last week and can't afford to fix the truck right now.

    He told me the tires don't have more that 3000 miles on them if that much and he showed me the receipt where he paid 610.56 for them, at 250.00 I believe it's a good deal but he took them off the wheels and didn't mark them as to which side of the truck they were on so I don't have a clue as to which direction they were run.

    I remember that it was suggested in the past a certain way to rotate a tire to prevent a problem. since I usually use staggered sizes I have never worried about that.

    I am open to suggestions. HRP
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  2. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 1,018


    Some tires have arrows on them which tell you which way they rotate.

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  3. KevKo
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 320

    from Motown

    If it is a directional tread tire, there will be markings on the sidewall, either arrows or "Outside".
    If not directional tread, I don't know why it would matter. Did I miss something?
  4. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 43,429


    decades ago, radials were thought to come apart if you ran them one direction, then changed direction, such as by installing them on the other side of the car. That is ancient can rotate radial tires now, any way you want.

    although there are many tires that have direction tread patterns, and should be installed so the arrow goes the way the tire will rotate in normal forward driving.
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  5. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 14,234


    Every tire rotation pattern has a cross in it. They need to go on the opposite side at some point. Don't worry about it.

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  6. Thanks Jim, I guess I was thinking about the decades old adage about them separating if run in different directions, I have seen them yet to check to see a arrow or if the tires are directional, I do know he ran them with the white letters out so with me I would go black wall out to solves some of my worry. HRP
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  7. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 5,722

    from Idaho

    Go ahead & mount them … it doesn't matter.
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  8. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 43,429


    If they have raised white letters, they won't have directional tread.
  9. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
    Posts: 2,600

    Corn Fed

    Check the seating area to make sure they werent chewed up during removal. Years ago I had some tires switched to different rims and the monkey doing it tore up and actually bent some of the beads.
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  10. BF T/As aren't directional, just mount them whichever way you want.
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  11. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 2,470


    I've even taken the death challenge of running bias and radial tires on the same vehicle.... not for an extended period but long enough to get to the tire shop... didn't notice any symptoms of dire consequences
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  12. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 129

    from CA

    if everything on the vehicle is aligned right and the tire pressures are close to what is needed, you shouldn't have a problem accidentally rotating them out in a different pattern. Or in your case, putting them on a different vehicle all together at a random rotation. The problem is that alot of people NEVER rotate their tires at all.

    Most of my vehicles are 4wd vehicles, and I keep a full-sized spare tire for each of them, which I rotate in so that all the tires get worn evenly. I've missed rotations here and there, and rotated "incorrectly" several times, and I've never noticed any odd behavior with the tread.

    I think you'll be just fine. If the price is right to you, go for it. :) 3000 miles isn't much for a street tire. Even if his alignment was sub-par, they should still be great tires.
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  13. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 802

    jim snow

    I say yes they are a good deal. Grabem. Snowman
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  14. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
    Posts: 683


    Not a death challenge until you get crossed up.
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  15. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,723

    from Iowa

    Only a good deal if you have a use/need for them.
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  16. CA. 280
    Joined: Jan 8, 2010
    Posts: 205

    CA. 280

    Check the manufactured date on the tires, they can be "recently installed" but sat on a shelf at a distributors for years.
    Most tire manufacturers say maximum of 8 years of age no matter how low the mileage. Tire shops here won't even
    fix a flat if tire is that old no matter the tread depth.
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  17. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 5,431

    Bandit Billy

    If you run them backward and hear Beelzebub talkin to ya, drive the car in reverse to the nearest tire shop and reverse them.
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  18. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 6,773


    Paul is dead
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  19. I just don't take the chance with tires.....they might be the cheapest insurance you buy.
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  20. derbydad276
    Joined: May 29, 2011
    Posts: 1,205


    you dont want them.. send them to me
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  21. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 3,345

    from Berry, AL

    Less than 1/2 price with only 3000 miles on them and you haven't already got them? That's a steal if they are a size you can use. 3000 miles is nothing on a good tire like a BFG, they will last probably 50,000 if they don't dry rot before you wear them out!
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  22. What CA. 280 sez; check the date.
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  23. Los_Control
    Joined: Oct 7, 2016
    Posts: 601

    from TX

    The price sounds right, I paid $550 for my 235-75-R-15 last year ... 70k mile tire.
    I was angry with the dealer, double dipped me for the price of the tire and then again for mount & balance.

    I agree with the others, it makes no difference what position the tires were in ... they are now used and do not care where they go back into play.
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  24. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 6,773


    I don't recall ever buying tires from a dealer that did not include charges for mounting/balancing/tire disposal/new valve stems and weird federal taxes.
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  25. Check the manufacturing dates. If within the past three years buy them. You and I are old school, but rotation doesn't mean anything anymore unless it's a directional tire. Those will be marked with an arrow. Some might have an asymmetrical tread and will be marked "this side out". BFG Long Trail T/A might be an example.
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  26. I told him I'll take them, he said the date code indicated 2018. HRP
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