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I have put around 4k miles on the tires since they have be mounted up. I am very happy with the tires so far. I went with the "UltraGrip Upgrade" which was $10 per tire. It is walnut shells that are blended with the retread rubber. The idea is that it will provide more grip in snow/icy conditions. I have yet to expirience the winter performance, but I do believe the upgrade causes the tires to wear more though making wish i would not have checked that box. The tires are sorta loud, but being a mud terrain tire I expected that. The craftsmanship on each tire seems to be top notch. I have driven the jeep for 1hour 45minutes at highway speeds without stopping and have had no trouble. The tire shop did say that each wheel did require alot of weight to balance correctly.

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I have owned these as well and thought that they were a great tire for the money.  I was told to make sure that you check the pressure level when the weather gets cold.  You need to watch it carefully or it will wear faster.  I think that I kept mine around 32-35 but don't remember for sure.

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I saw something in your build thread and was wondering if this thread had been posted. Someone had asked about reliability with retread tires and seeing them all over the highway from OTR trucks. Think it was Grumpys. Having driven semis I can tell you the treads you see on the highway, yes some are retread but some are also new tires when you see them like that. You would never, in a car, see anywhere near the same stresses that a semi load or driver go through. The weight, combined with near 1K miles a day being put on each tire causes a lot of wear and tear. The heat is extremely immense on these tires which helps to break down the glues used to hold tires layers together. Depending on types of loads being hauled these drivers have to get out and check the heat level of their tires to make sure it is not to high because it can reach such a high temp it can cause a danger to certain dangerous and hazerdous cargos. If the temp hits that point they have to stop and let their tires cool before they can move the truck at all.

Also, you have to consider, 99% of the time, seeing a retread, you notice you never see the truck? There is a reason for that. The main tires itself, while bald, is still in tact and will allow the driver to continue if they have to. I have personally lost anything from a 1 foot chunk of tread, all the way to the entire tread band, and it will still make it to a service station or safe place to allow you to change it. They are highly reliable tires in general, but as with anything, something can go wrong in the process. The DOT has high requirements for tires being used on OTR trucks and if they were unsafe they would not be allowed to run them at all. The DOT states how much tread has to be on any steering tire and then on a regular tire as well and retreads are a good investment as they do not cost as much as a new tire but do hold up very well. And as stated, if you consider they put 2 years worth of use on tires in the space of a two month period, it is understandable why the tires wear and fail in a more visible way if you consider the amount of vehicles running them vs. the mileage they are all receiving. You also have to take into account the laziness of people who run their own business....owner operators, who try to stretch out the useage of their tires as long as possible in an effort to save money.

All that being said, odds are, buying a retreaded tire for your off road vehicle is a fairly safe bet. Most get a warrenty with them, the price is good, they will never see the same stresses as a semi tire would, no where close to it. And even if there is a flaw in design, you will still be able to make it to a safe place to change it out for the time until you can get it replaced under warrenty. Warrenty usually will only cover manufacturing defects which is what it would be if the tread itself inexplicably came off.

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I should have added that each tire was $125 w/ shipping so to have the set at my door cost me 500 dollars. To have them mounted and balanced cost $65. I was happy to pay the total for 33" tires.

I tried them out on the muddy trails(due to rain) at Redbird today and was pretty impressed.

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Tested out the "Ultragrip" for the first time in the snow today and it seems to handle only slightly better than the old street tire stockers. I would say save your 10 bucks if you go with these tires and skip the "Ultragrip".

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how much snow did u get-we only got about 1/2" to 3/4" max up here in Wabash,IN. the snow that got packed down and frozen my other motorists made it icey. I have to say that my Maxxis tires done great in the fresh snow-I'd nail the gas and didn't hardly break tires loose-the Bighorns grabbed hold pretty good and the icey stuff-I could slip the rear wheels if I nailed it but I would not lose control or go into a full bore drift. Can't wait to see what these bad boys do in some real snow!! biggrin

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I would say less then a 1/2" but it of course packed into pretty much ice.

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I called TreadWright today to ask them about airing down their tires. Their response:

"We do have customers that do air down their tires and have no problems, but it voids the warrenty."

I would like to see what aired down tires will do, but if I happen to blow a tire at 60.....thats another story.

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Why would you be doing 60 with an air'd down tire?

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Ummmm, cus all the cool kids are doing it.

I guess I didn't make that clear. I am talking about airing down for the trail, then airing up for the road(like doing 60). My fear is that since they are retreads I could damage the connection between the new tread and old casting while they are aired down. So, when I am doing that 60(with them aired up) I might loose a tread and flip or leave the road.

For anyone reading this: It is not from experience nor have I read any stories similar to this, just a worry I have.

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