New tire...how old is too old?


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New tire...how old is too old?

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Came across an ad on Craigslist for a new, in plastic wrap Dunlop K177 rear tire. Price is fair I think. I asked the gentleman for the date code, he got back to me right away and said he had to remove some of the shrink wrap but it looks like 2014. Is that too old to mount and run or am I better off just buying a new new tire? BTW, the tires on my bike now are way older, I think '06ish, they need replaced before riding anywhere.

https://erie.craigslist.org/mpo/d/clyme ... 36527.html


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5 yr old tire with a "fair" price is OVERPRICED (IMHO)!! A general rule of thumb is a 6 yr old tire is ready to be "replaced with a new one". That 5 yr old tire should probably be a "no thanks, not at that price" by most riders. Sweeten the price and consider it a "bridge" tire to a newer one within a short time, , , maybe a deal could be made.

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It might be fine. Tire rubber breaks down largely with exposure to oxygen. A tire that's been sealed air-tight in plastic (as that one looks to have been) may well be as good as new.

If the price is right, it's probably still a worthwhile purchase.

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That was kinda my thought as well, thanks for the response.
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Hey I was thinking I should add that I will be mounting tire on a sidecar rig. Would that make any difference, since I won't be leaning into turns and whatnot?
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You are going to have labor involved in mounting the tire, either by you or a shop, pay a little more and get a fresh new tire.
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Or pay a little less and mount it on your hack. I would.

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dingdong wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:05 pm
Or pay a little less and mount it on your hack. I would.
Won't fit on the sidecar, i thought of that too.
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joeincalif wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:52 am
You are going to have labor involved in mounting the tire, either by you or a shop, pay a little more and get a fresh new tire.
This was pretty much my thoughts too, seems like the labor of doing it while the sidecar is off will be better spent putting on a "new" tire.
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Thanks everyone for the input. Much appreciated.


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