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What tot do to keep tires from dry rotting

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by SCOOBYDANNN, Jun 12, 2003.

  1. SCOOBYDANNN

    SCOOBYDANNN 1/2 ton status

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    in between "modifications" my truck can sit for long--(like lots of months long) and I was thinking of what to do to kep them from rotting in the Hot sun (usually 100's around here)

    any suggestions
     
  2. BowtieRed

    BowtieRed 1/2 ton status Author

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    1st suggestion- BECOME ORANGE!
    2nd look at Advance for some rubber protectant or armorall would work fine, just once or twice a week, keep them MOIST
     
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    i'd like to hear some advice on this too.. i have a set of tires that are off-road only... if I get swamped with other $hit to do they can sit for long periods. Any advice on what will keep dryrot at bay?

    j
     
  4. TruckNutzDude

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    I'm just guessing since I've never had tires sit long enough to dry rot. But how about take them off your rig and put them in a garage, shed, or your house? Something where they aren't exposed to the sun or extreme heat, plus they don't have to support your 5,000 pound truck /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif Just an idea, I'm sure other people will have better suggestions. /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif
     
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    Don 1/2 ton status

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    Keep em in the garage, or shade, or stand up pieces of plywood next to the tire's, to keep the sun off. Tire's are'nt cheap, scrap plywood is everywhere. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    Keep away from anything with silicone in it, and I believe that includes armor-all.

    Some kind of reaction with the silicone and UV, it "sucks the moisture" out of rubber or something. Covering them sounds like the best bet.
     
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    Armoral will help them rot faster.
    Zaino makes a good treatment for tires.
    Actually the easiest is to get some tire covers from an RV shop or as mentioned lay some plywood against them.
     
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    RVs come with "bags" to put over the tires while they are parked. You could get make some kind of bag to put over the tires while it sits.
     
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    Check out Summit for the sun covers that drag racers use. I'm not sure what the biggest size is though...
     
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    its a combination of ozone, UV light, and whatever else was left on the tires that cause them to crack. DO NOT USE ARMORALL. That stuff acutally breaks down rubber.

    For long term storage, put them in black construction grade plastic bags, and some desica/silica (moisture asorbing) packets. Then zip tie them. This will keep the air/additional moisture out. You may also want to wash and then air dry the tires to make sure there are no petrol stuck on them.
     
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    take em off, use a tarp or an old towel to cover the tire... any kind of rubber protectant from the auto parts store would work....either way, keep the sun off them as best as possible and you'll be ok
     
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    yeah, idk what i was thinking, armor all protects LEATHER and vinyl sorry. . . hehe. . .but they do seel rubber protectant.
     
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    armorall does NOT protect leather, and is not intended for leather. Do not use them on your upholstry!
     
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    I've been cleaning cars for my living for 2 years, and I can say that Armor-all is the worst thing you can put on your car. Exactly like they say, it sucks out the moisture. I see the same cars come in, they request it, and we put it on...but each time, it requires more and more to get a shine to where it doesn't shine anymore. If you're going to use something, use Black Magic as it has a different base or Leather cream. These protect better than anything else I've personally seen or used. But I second taking the wheels off and putting them somewhere in the shade or even in the A/C. Leaving them on the car can hurt the sidewall if you let it sit in the same spot for long periods of time.
     
  15. ryoken

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    one oldschool trick is to spray them periodically with WD40. and obviously getting the weight off them is beneficial for flatspotting..
     
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    I store mine in my closet in my apartment. I would love to see the look on the landlords face if he ever opens that closet!! 4 big ole mud tires...still caked with mud!! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     

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