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Old 11-21-2011, 06:35 PM
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Do tires last in storage?

Has anybody stored a truck for several years in an indoor facility (ie mil storage or equivalent)? I'm currently thinking about getting new tires, but will most likely be going overseas in about 8 months for ~3 yrs. I plan on keeping my truck in mil storage, which they say is indoor, climate/humidity controlled, and apparently they start the truck/move it once a month or so.

I currently have Michelin LTX AT2's on factory 20's, which were awesome in Texas, and on their last 10k miles by my estimation. They are currently awful on snow & ice. My decision is whether to kill the Michelins and risk the rest of the Oregon winter, or buy new tires (deciding between Nitto Terra Grapplers, Goodyear Duratracs, or BFG AT's) and have them possibly sit for several years. Online sources suggest they last around 4-6yrs.

Would these tires be trashed by the time I got back from the states (and be a waste of ~$1200)? How bout an alternative, like finding some used snow tires on 18's or something that I could resell? I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:31 PM
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Few things I do know is you should change all fluids, e.g. radiator, oil, brake just prior to storage. Make sure fuel tank is full to prevent condensation. Air up tires completely to avoid flat spots, putting vehicle on jack stands would be better if you can do it so it sits at it's natural height, this will prevent the suspension from drooping. Leave emergency brake off. Wash and wax the vehicle before storage. Remove battery or batteries. If stored inside, leave windows cracked so seals are in a relaxed state.

Theres plenty of other things you can do, just google how to store a vehicle.

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Old 11-30-2011, 06:47 AM
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Don't buy tires. If they sit in storage like that for 3 years, they won't last another 3 maybe when you get back. They'll start to rot just as soon as you start driving it. I'd just buy a cheapo used set of snow tires or mt's or something to get you through the winter then run em bald and park it on them. Then you won't worry about ruining good tires etc..
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Don't buy new tires unless you just want to waste money. They will be hard when you get back.
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:20 AM
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Tires will last up up 8 years in a covered state. Cover them with black lawn bags to keep the UV away. Raise the truck on stands and keep the pressure around 30 lbs. They will be fine. I have purchased cars in barns that were 30 years old and the tires were not cracked or hard, I wouldn't drive at a high speed on them, but around town they were good to go.
Modern tires have compounds that help keep them pliable. Saying that, if you get a killer deal on tires, buy them. If you are not getting them at a great price, just wait.
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If I was going to be gone for 3 years I'd sell the rig.

Before I went to the first gulf war a couple of buddies gave my wife their keys, so she could drive their trucks while we were in the suck.
Every couple of weeks she would take one out just to keep 'em moving and spot on. 3 years parked - dude tires are your LEAST worry.
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:01 AM
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Well after some thought (and sliding all over the place again) I got a great deal on some barely used Terra Grapplers and kept the old Michelins, might put those back on if I do store it and maybe sell the Nittos or something. I agree w/ you Rodslinger that selling the rig makes sense, but I'm definitely selling my wife's car, and the idea of having to get 2 new vehicles when we get back doesn't sound fun when I could at least have this one paid off. I could try to let a relative keep/use it or something, I guess it's just weighing use, mileage, and 3 years in the Texas sun against sitting still in indoor storage for 3 years, with probably several grand of maintenance to get it kicking again. At least I have a while to get that gameplan together. Thanks for the help dudes.
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I've got a spare set of wheels and rims I can loan ya AND I have no problems at all keeping your rig moving in the Texas weather while you're gone....you don't mind a few mods on it when you get home do you?
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Now there's an idea...
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