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Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Waldorf, Maryland
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Re: Retreaded Tires?
I just responded to Anton in another post about the High-Tec retreads. Here is a copy of the post, hope this helps:
<font color=blue>Like I said before, the pattern is so close that if it was any closer, BFG would probably be seeking a copyright law suit. If you notice, the pattern differs slightly here and there, but not by much. They are just as close as any other BFG knock-off such as the Pro-Comp mud tires.
I do not have a pair of BFG to compare the rubber hardness too. I know they are harder than Swampers are, but that rubber is pretty soft. The sidewalls are very pliable - you can actually push it in with your palm. I would expect the same performamce out of these tires as the BFG MT tires. June 2001 4Wheel magazine did a comparison this month with BFG MT's so check the article.
I only run 15psi in my set on and off road. I find that I get enough sidewall flex yet they are firm enough for the street. The Samurai only puts no more than 600-700lbs on each tire (my Suburban weighs just under 6000lbs, so figure out the wieght difference) while standing still depending on your front to rear weight distribution. With that little weight, any higher pressure gives you a very stiff ride. I ran 25-30psi when I first bought them and the ride would send a jolt up my spine with every bump. I have over 3000 miles on my tires and High-Tec said to expect around 20,000 miles out of a set of retreads. I suspect much higher for mine are showing very little wear.
The price can not be beat. Even the Pep Boy brand tires will run you $89.99 each for mud tires. The last time I checked, these tires were only $49.99 each, shipping was not that much and I received my tires in 5-7 days. Yours might be slightly higher due to Canadian import tax. However, he lives in South Dakota, so depending on where you live in Canada, it should not be that expensive. It would probably not be cost effective if they were shipped from Florida or Southern California.</font color=blue>
87' Samurai/1.6L/dual 40mm Mikunis/header/2" exhaust/MSD 6AL/5.5" SPOA/1" shackle lift/CJ-5/Sami springs/31" High-Tecs/roll cage, bumpers & pumpkin caps in progress...