Bicycle tire dating
We do suggest using "rollers" (aka junk tires) to roll around the shop while a car is being restored.
Then, when it's time to drive, order your tires, so that you can get the most use out of them.
Tire age is a tricky subject at Coker Tire, because we manufacture NEW tires that look like old tires.
There can be some confusion in regard to tire age, and that's why we wanted to put together this guide to decoding your tire and therefore determining the tire's age.
You’ll need to determine the tire age before you can confidently drive on them.
Luckily, decoding a tire and determining the tire's age is a pretty straightforward process, as a standardized 10-digit Tire Identification Number (often called a DOT number) was mandated by the United States Department of Transportation in 1971.
If you buy them in 2018, but the car is in the shop until 2021, you're that many years closer to the tire's expiration date.
Whether you choose bias ply or radial tires for your collector vehicle, tire age is an important detail that should not be ignored.
We have also stepped into the radial tire market with several brands and styles that mix the vintage look of bias ply tires with the smooth ride quality of a modern radial.
If you have a question about your tires, or need to replace your expired tires, feel free to call Coker Tire at 1-866-516-3215 and a tire expert will be glad to help!
You can also reach us by email, or live chat on our website.
For tires built after the year 2000, the date code features four digits, and most Tire Identification Numbers are now 12 digits instead of 10.
The first two digits of the date code are the week of production and the last two are the year of production.
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You could get lucky and the tire could last until the tread is worn down, or the tire could separate without warning.