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Craigmri 09-08-2012 10:53 AM

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Hey guys,

Just brought home my "new to me" 1998 Aspencade with 7,950 miles on it!

The front tire appears to be original as it has a three digit date code so I intend on ordering a replacement tonight. My question is the rear. The stamped code reads "MI3307". Can I assume the reads, the "33rd week of 2007"? That outs it at 5 years and while thats borderline old, I may run it since it has no dry rot and barely looks worn.

What do you guys think?


rpeters549 09-08-2012 12:02 PM

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This is like an oil question, many opinions will arise. It looks great, but it may also be hard and a lot depends on how it was stored. If it were me, I might run it a little while I await a new one, but I would not place 100% confidence in it. It might be fine for 5 more years, it might separate tomorrow.
Also, You might recheck - I am not used to seeing letters in the date code box after the year 2000.
I wwould play it safe and get a pair.

akwright 09-08-2012 12:23 PM

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You need to change it it is not safe !!!!!!! Do some research on old tyres. They will delaminates at worse or last no time at all. I got a tyre that was 8 years old as it was cheap very cheap. So a bargain I thought. I was lucky it lasted about 1500 miles. Truly do do not use the tyre you are risking it all for sake of a set of tyres The tyres are too old and the rubber properties change and DO NOT PERFORM.

I no i have been blunt but it is that serious


Craigmri 09-08-2012 01:01 PM

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You guys are right, whats $150 in the big scheme of things? I ruined ride would be worth it alone not to mention my skin!

OK I'm ordering new rubber tonight!


RandyHut 09-08-2012 03:42 PM

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I just replaced the front tire on my 95 wing. The date code on the one i to off is 2000 which means it is 12 years old. I hated to replace it as it looks like it has 60% tread left. Was getting ready to take a 3 hour one trip so decided to replace it.

Picked up a Bridgestone Exdera Max for $114 delived to my door in 2 days. from

My Rear is 165/75/16 CT that i picked up earlier this year somewhere for $105 delivered

Craigmri 09-08-2012 08:36 PM

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Just ordered a set of Bridgestone G701 and G702. Chaparral....$253 delivered!


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