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Old 07-14-2007, 10:57 AM   #1
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how do you read date code on tires?

i am wanting to know just how old my rear dunlop d208 is and was wondering how to read/find date code on tire?
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Old 07-14-2007, 11:01 AM   #2
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Tires have a date code, cast into the side of the tire. The last four numbers give the week and the year that the tire was made. This tire was made in the 39th week of 2002.

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Old 07-14-2007, 11:26 AM   #3
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when looking for a new tire, just how far back should a new tire sit on the shelf? in others words, can i buy a tire that has been on the shelf since 2006 or what time frame should i be looking at?
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Old 07-14-2007, 11:29 AM   #4
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Depends on the shelf. Is it out in the heat or in A/C. In the A/C where it is not too dry or humid a tire can be good for 10 years tops. Heat cycles reduce a tires life span as well as it soaking up/losing water (causes cracking or swelling). Also alot of newer tires have technology built into them that they knew nothing about 5 years ago.

2006 is

Street tires are made for hundreds or thousands of heat cycles, track tires are made for tens and get brittle after that.
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Old 07-14-2007, 11:54 AM   #5
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thanks dub
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Old 07-14-2007, 11:57 AM   #6
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NP man! I know little, but that little I do know I don't mind sharing!:icon_bigg

BTW the standard safe zone on a new sport tire (unscuffed never mounted) is 2.5-5 years. Anything past that is possibly too old, but 10 years max on touring tires. Just to clarify the broad statement I made earlier. It depends entirely on storage environment.

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Old 07-14-2007, 12:05 PM   #7
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NP man! I know little, but that little I do know I don't mind sharing!:icon_bigg

P.S. Engineering makes me get all technical and want to learn all physical aspects of things.

i think dub gets a hard on when he talks about engineering....

hey dub...what if they made a under water motorcycle that goes on land and sea, i know you got the know how to put that together.
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Old 07-14-2007, 12:07 PM   #8
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i think dub gets a hard on when he talks about engineering....

hey dub...what if they made a under water motorcycle that goes on land and sea, i know you got the know how to put that together.
Just like the preacher pitching a tent in The Little Mermaid Disney movie when the evil woman is getting married!

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About a sub bike, I think it would have to be a trike with special tires and seals. Coming out of the water would be a balancing nightmare! Plus the whole point of a bike is to not be in a cage!

Be careful of off topic posting too lilmckee, some take it personal!
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