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Old August 22nd, 2012, 09:56 PM
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My Landy 79 ltwt is helpless . Needs new shoes. Thinking about Treadwrights Crawlers MT 235/85/16. Running them with radial tubes on stock tube rims. Any thoughts? Any Wolf's available and or a set of treads.
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 10:15 PM
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 10:28 PM
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Any thoughts? Any Wolf's available and or a set of used treads.
Retreads? I wouldn't ride in a rig if I knew it had retreads on, let alone pay good money for them!
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 10:42 PM
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Thanks for the input so far. Have found a lot of good reviews on treadwrights so I thought I'd ask here. They are half the money of say BFG's. Not going that root. Many other things to drop a dime on than rubbers
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 10:54 PM
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Why not? Trucks use them all the time. Even if they weren't good, which they are fine, a 79 lightweight doesn't really sound like a vehicle he will drive everyday, nor at a speed that will push the tires.

Just inspect the tires before putting them on, and monitor them and keep proper pressure in them and you shouldn't have an issue.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 08:03 AM
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A representative from Treadwright states a 40-50k life expectancy. I imported her from Liverpool with 49k. In one year I've put 5k on her. If I had the time and a tdi I would of course drive all day long...camping and weekend adventures is all she sees atm.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 08:39 AM
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The rivetted rims don't need tubes. If you are really worried about air leaks, brush some paint around the rivets when you get the tires off.
Nothing wrong with retreads. Bazillions of retread tires out there on the road. The only thing is that the carcasses need to be in good shape and since you are relying on someone to assess whether they are, there is a certain uncertainty there.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 12:55 PM
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Can oversized valve stems fill the enlarged rim stem holes? If tubes are left out. I
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 01:01 PM
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Can oversized valve stems fill the enlarged rim stem holes? If tubes are left out. I
There is a plastic insert for this, I will look to see if I still have my old about
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 01:17 PM
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No. You just simply buy the correct sized stems. They should be available anywhere you buy valve stems.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 01:19 PM
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There is a plastic insert for this, I will look to see if I still have my old about
Thank you sir. My guy At the shop can be happy for this then. Thanks
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 01:56 PM
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I would look for take off 5.5in tubeless rims and tires off an 07 plus defender. Best deal going. Second best are take off tube rims and tires.
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Retreads are perfectly safe
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Retreads are perfectly safe
Ive been warned by folks here not to trust a retread for daily and/or highway use. You saying that youve had better experiences? My quest for the right set of tires for my truck continues....
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Old August 24th, 2012, 12:38 PM
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Ive been warned by folks here not to trust a retread for daily and/or highway use. You saying that youve had better experiences? My quest for the right set of tires for my truck continues....
Tractor Trailers use them, and as long as they are monitored for cracks, leaks, damage and low pressure on a fairly regular basis like tires should be anyway, then they should have no issues at all.

Everytime a truck with retreads has a blowout, everyone has there guns blazing about how unsafe they are, but if the operators of the truck did daily checks like they are supposed to the problem most likely could have been prevented completely.
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DAILY checks!

Sorry, that's not something you can expect anyone to do.

Tractor trailers use the all the time. Yep they also have lots of other tires to support the weight when one comes apart. And they will come apart. Your LR has 4 tires on the ground, one at each corner.

You can't drive anywhere in this country without seeing reasons against using retreads on your truck scattered all over the road.

The ONLY reason for using retreads is if you simply cannot afford regular tires. Of you cant buy new, you should consider looking for good used tires before getting retreads.
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Old August 24th, 2012, 02:24 PM
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In other countries they use retreads all the time..very common back home in Australia... It's not like new tyres are safe..take the Firestone ones for example..and it's hard to compare the tread carcasses you see on e road from hundreds of trucks that do millions of miles carrying thousands of pounds of weight doing on average 70-80 mph with a lightweight rover doing 60 tops ..
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Old August 24th, 2012, 04:54 PM
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I've got a set ot Michelin zxl's on wolf wheels if ur interested. 700 for a set of 5 wheels and tires.
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Old August 24th, 2012, 06:31 PM
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DAILY checks!

Sorry, that's not something you can expect anyone to do.

Tractor trailers use the all the time. Yep they also have lots of other tires to support the weight when one comes apart. And they will come apart. Your LR has 4 tires on the ground, one at each corner.

You can't drive anywhere in this country without seeing reasons against using retreads on your truck scattered all over the road.

The ONLY reason for using retreads is if you simply cannot afford regular tires. Of you cant buy new, you should consider looking for good used tires before getting retreads.
Daily checks are required on trucks, but I didn't mean that passenger vehicles need to, once every week or two weeks when you check the rover for leaks and add fluids would be a good time to check them. And you should check any tire on a fairly frequent basis, just because you bought them new doesn't mean they are any safer, those tires could be up to 5 years old!

That's also besides the fact that it takes all of 60 seconds to visually inspect all the tires and get the air pressures.
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