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Old 10-08-2016, 07:35 PM   #1
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How to determine if tires is a retread.

How would you determine if a tires is a retread or not. What would you look for on the tire to see if it is a retread or not?

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I grew up in the tire industry and my dad owned a 100 tire a day retread plant. That was 1965 ish. Retread tires will have a distinct line around the shoulder of the tire if it is a full retread. By line I mean a raised rubber ridge perhaps 1/16 " which circles the entire tire. Full caps are mostly passenger ties.

Top caps have a layer of new tread on top of the tire and are very obvious that they are retreads. Top caps are almost always truck tires ( 19.5- 22.5 ) you are not likely to mistake a retread for a new tire. It is illegal for a tire dealer to misrepresent a retread as new tire and are required to clearly state on the sales receipt that it is a retread. Even retreads have to be DOT marked with a date code. Images of retreads below...

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