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  • Do I really need new tires?

    My 2005 Anniversary edition has original tires with minor dry rot cracks, garage kept, just under 30,000 miles. I'm considering taking a long road trip. Thoughts?
    Thank you!
    Dee

  • #2
    I would replace them Deitra. In several states a tire dealer can not even fix a flat if the tire is over eight years old.In addition if something were to happen with one that caused any damage you could have an overzealous claim agent that looks for stuff like that. In the long run you will be safer, the car will ride better and you can relax and enjoy the trip.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 11TH GEN View Post
      I would replace them Deitra. In several states a tire dealer can not even fix a flat if the tire is over eight years old.In addition if something were to happen with one that caused any damage you could have an overzealous claim agent that looks for stuff like that. In the long run you will be safer, the car will ride better and you can relax and enjoy the trip.
      What Ric said! And said very well!
      Bill Coates-Canfield, Ohio
      2003 -THE GREY GHOST- MSG, Saddle with Saddle dash kit, door panels, boot and visors

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      • #4
        Agreed. New tires. You have a lot riding on them. Cheap insurance at this point.

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        • #5
          14 year old tires!
          "United we stand, divided we fall"

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          • #6
            After 14 years you've got your money's worth out of them. In fact you have been on borrowed time for nearly half of that. There are lots of less expensive alternatives with good reviews on this site. Check out this thread for ideas:

            http://www.thunderbirdnest.com/forum...-us-talk-tires
            17 years, 156K miles, 48 States X 2 & DC, 9 Canadian provinces, 8 European countries, 3 Caribbean Islands, 3 Hawaiian Islands, 100+ National Park locations, 100+ T-bird events, 160+ retrobird diecasts/models, 11 TOTM pics & some very special friends...THANKS to TBN !

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            • #7
              What Ric said, just do it, your life, and that of other drivers around you is worth far more. Then, have a great trip!
              Life without passion is no life at all.
              Sean Combs

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              • #8
                Welcome Deitra! You see a consensus forming? Change them even if you decide to stay home.
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                • #9
                  I ran into a 2013 van with only 15k miles on Michelins but sidewalls and treads were cracking. Had a big chunk missing by rim bead. It got all new tires. Personally I'm running used Michelins on my bird but will replace them when I see cracking or older than 10 years or so.

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                  • #10
                    Looking at it from a true reward point of view, the new tires with softer thicker rubber will improve not only the handling but also the ride. It is a little like how you feel in new comfortable high quality shoes that feel good as soon as you put them on!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by syllybird View Post
                      My 2005 Anniversary edition has original tires with minor dry rot cracks, garage kept, just under 30,000 miles. I'm considering taking a long road trip. Thoughts?
                      Thank you!
                      Dee
                      You need new tires now and I recommend these:

                      https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-NEW-235-5...53.m1438.l2649
                      02 Nieman Marcus-SS htp-f/sil. #165 - 21 states-DC
                      02 TB-TB htp-p/blue acc.-Nancy Gioia-25 states-DC
                      03 007-Coral htp-f/white acc. #468 7 states
                      03 WW-WW htp-p/red 8 states
                      04 VMG-VMG htp-p/white - 20 states-DC
                      04 PCR-Ash htp f/ash acc. #101 - 19 states-DC
                      04 Merlot- Merlot htp-sand- B. Grassnig-48 states-DC
                      04 TR-TR htp-blk 18 states-DC
                      04 LIB-LIB htp-p/white 15 states-DC
                      05 Cashmere htp-stone #408 21 states-DC
                      05 IG-IG htp-p/white #82 - 48&DC
                      05 Dusk Rose-DR htp-cashmere seats - 48&DC

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                      • #12
                        Old tires often suffer from ply separation. Very dangerous at highway speeds. In general 9 year old tires are unsafe. Enjoy your new tires and peace of mind.
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                        • #13
                          no such thing as "minor" dry rot. no way to tell how deep or where it is worse or better. those tires are detrimental to your life, and your Thunderbird. changing them should be your first priority before driving any more at all
                          figured I needed something here

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                          • #14
                            I just replaced mine last month, and my car had 3,800 miles on it. Zero visible dry rot (garage kept, yada yada), and it broke my heart to have to shell out money for new tires when the old ones still looked perfect, but I was afraid to drive it at highway speeds due to the tires' age. So yes, I'd replace.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by hippy_mailman View Post
                              ..... those tires are detrimental to your life, and your Thunderbird. ...
                              And in other unselfish news....Not to mention the results of a high speed blowout that possibly sends you careening into oncoming traffic where a semi creates a Thunderbird pancake or you plow into a mini-van wiping out the Brady family on their way to the HGTV premiere of their sitcom home rebuild.... (Sorry, must have watched Death Race 2000 recently with commercial interruptions)

                              Bird is the word.....
                              Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. H. L. Mencken US editor (1880 - 1956)

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