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Old 04-27-2011, 01:15 PM   #1
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Default Off-season tire storage

This may be splitting hairs, but... I have a set of Blizzaks on an extra set of steelies, so I'm always storing one set (either the Blizzaks or the summer tires/rims) off-season. Doin' the same thing with a set of Blizzaks for the wife's pickup. Just wondering what's a better way to store them, standing up vertical or stacked horizontally. They'll be on a concrete basement floor, basement is aprx. 50*F winter, 75*F summer. Stored in those white plastic tire bags they give you at Discount Tire. Looking around at the tire stores, I seem to see them stored both ways. You can actually buy a rack at DT / TireRack, but there's no way I'm gonna lift those bigeffin' 235/85R16 rims and tires for the PSD.

Is this a "six of one...." sorta thing?

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Old 04-27-2011, 01:32 PM   #2
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Default Re: Off-season tire storage

I do the same thing only I do it for 3 cars. I store them both ways. Flat for some and then on edge for the others. Never had any issues with either. As long as they have air in them I do not think it is an issue either way.

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Old 04-27-2011, 01:35 PM   #3
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Default Re: Off-season tire storage

For short term (months, not years) storage with no real weight on them, I don't imagine there's much of a difference.

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Old 04-27-2011, 01:37 PM   #4
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With no real weight on them it really does not matter, I tend to store mine on the sidewall all stacked up in a tower. But that is just because it is easier for my storage system. If you want to stand them up, the big challenge is to keep them from rolling. without any real weight flat spots are not a problem.

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Old 04-27-2011, 02:20 PM   #5
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Default Re: Off-season tire storage

From what I've read there is no definitive storage method - each manufacture (and forum) seems to have conflicting views. Although, there are some common points which may help you make your decision ....
  • don't store directly on concrete
  • don't store close to any motors as they emit ozone which breaks down the tire compound
  • keep dry and cool
  • keep out of sunlight
  • some recommend deflating tires to 15 lbs to reduce the amount of air that naturally pushes through the rubber.
  • when storing horizontally some recommend using spacers between rims so that the tires do not touch one another (keeping the weight on the rim)

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Old 04-27-2011, 03:48 PM   #6
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Reduce the pressure to about 1/2 of max rated cold pressure and keep the dirt off of them. Store in any position. It is best to keep them off of direct contact with concrete.

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Old 04-27-2011, 04:01 PM   #7
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I do the same thing with my Blizzaks, and they have stayed in great condition throughout the years (despite the occasional nail and plug), but the tread wears out after so many seasons anyways lol...splitting hairs

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Old 04-27-2011, 04:23 PM   #8
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Armor-all is great stuff too

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Old 04-27-2011, 04:38 PM   #9
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Reduce the pressure to about 1/2 of max rated cold pressure and keep the dirt off of them. Store in any position. It is best to keep them off of direct contact with concrete.
...and that's Max Rated 44psi/ 2 = 22psi

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Old 04-27-2011, 06:55 PM   #10
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Armor-all is great stuff too
I've read from several sources that armor all actually dries rubber out and can prematurely age it.

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Old 04-27-2011, 09:04 PM   #11
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The hot setup for a vinyl, rubber, plastic, leather, fiberglass protector is the product "303 Aerospace Protectant" It works, but also is not cheap.

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Old 04-27-2011, 10:06 PM   #12
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I've read from several sources that armor all actually dries rubber out and can prematurely age it.
Ditto what I've read/heard, for years. It's good for making rubber, vinyl, etc. look good when you're fixin' to sell a car.

Thanks for all the info, everyone. I'll def deflate them to the specified pressure, and the bags will keep 'em off the concrete. Treadwear will be the least of my concerns; we're lookin' at maybe 2500 miles a season on the truck, and 1000 miles a winter on the Saturn would be on the high side.

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Old 04-27-2011, 10:20 PM   #13
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ArmorAll is evil stuff on tires. I stopped using it back in 1993 when I started autocrossing. It made my tires slip and slide all over the course. Anyhow I store my wheels and tires in Discount Tire bags stacked on the side on top of a wooden box.

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Old 04-28-2011, 12:05 AM   #14
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I've read from several sources that armor all actually dries rubber out and can prematurely age it.
Ha! You know, I was just waiting to hear something like this. I swear there is a dark side to everyhting. But you know what, it won't stop me from using it on my own cars, because I've been using it since i was a little kid, I believe in it, and it makes me feel better. So it's good stuff. lol

...kinda like NGK spark plugs...

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I remember being obsessed with ArmorAll when I was a little kid. I'd use it on my Timex watch like every hour, and I would saturate my stereo system with it. I still have both things actually lol. The 8-track slots on the stereo have never looked better.

It is kind of like JB Weld, that stuff used to be great way, way back (before my time actually). Today, it what, resembles hardened plastic with the adhesion of Elmer's Glue-All? But yet all the old-timers still flock to the JB Weld shelf at Farm & Fleet (I know, I use to work there).

But how about ArmorAll Tire Shine?

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