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I only put about 4,000-5,000 miles per year on my Ranger....so these tires will last me a long time. I think I read somewhere that Ford recommends tire replacement after they are 6 years old.

I've also read that on some forums on the internet, that 6-8 years is the normal life span of a tire, after that, the rubber breaks down, dries out and cracks develop and they become unsafe as they can blow out anytime. They showed a video of a test driver who had a tire blow out under test conditions, and he still had a very hard time controlling his vehicle. He was swerving all over the place, I'd hate to have that happen while I'm driving on the freeway !!
Your right on there. Tires normally will break down in that 6-8 year life span. Some things will speed them up, like humidity, UV exposure, and tire pressures. In our shop we were cleaning out the back room, and we found 2 brand new tires that were 13 years old. They were race tires, and they felt like plastic. There goes like 900 bucks in tires lol.

We get alot of stuff like that at the dealership where I work. We have guys that ride on 20 year old tires, and then complain the bike rides like crap. Geeze people lol.

But those new ones look good. My dads Tubdra has a set of them, and he has put about 40,000,000 miles on them, and they are still holding up, and that is on a full size truck.
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Ya if you watch that video I posted, it's pretty scary what an old tire can do. I'm glad I now know how to determine a tire's age. I checked my new tires and they were made about 6 -8 months ago, which isn't too bad... at least they are not 12 years old like some tires on the new shelf at some tire stores. That video is shocking on how dealers are selling old tires as new. After watching that video, I couldn't wait to buy new tires, cause I don't want no accident. I feel much safer now.

It's interesting to know that Ford Motor Company strongly urges a 6 year age limit on tires.
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Well I've had my tires for a couple of weeks now, and took the truck for a 150 mile road trip. No problems to report. Tires were nice and quiet the whole way, not even noticeable. No problems in road handling either.

They look good and they are working out just fine for me.

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