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Old 09-25-2012, 09:21 AM   #1
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Anyone have an idea of what it costs to replace one tire? I was thinking $150-$200. Long story short I parked my skoolie and came to run it this weekend and the right front tire was completely flat?!?! They are 12 ply tires, so I don't understand why it is suddenly flat. I know the PSI on the tires is 100-110 and I had them at about 65. Slow leak? Temperature change? I think it is very hard for those tires to get a legitimate flat tire. I did have a bit of spider cracks on the outside but not true dry rot. Thoughts?
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:35 AM   #2
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Re: Bus Tires

Spec is Steel Radial Cooper

Then a bunch of numbers

C120 124/120m 8R19.5

No idea what that means.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:53 AM   #3
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New tires ARE expensive. I was lucky to find two Bridgestone 11r 2.25 tires for $100 each plus $50 for mounting the two at a local small tire shop.

8r 19.5 is the tire size. 8 refers to the width. 19.5 refers to the diameter.



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Old 09-25-2012, 11:35 AM   #4
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Next to fuel, probably the most expensive thing to replace, other than an engine. Like John, I am running 12R 22.5's on the Crown. They run about $500 new these days
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:42 AM   #5
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I've seen some of mine for $200. Mechanic told me it might be a slow leak because it's been sitting so long. Said the tire looked dry rotted. I also only had 65 PSI in them when it requires 110. Was scared to put that much in.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:14 AM   #6
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Re: Bus Tires

When replacing a front tire with a used tire, make sure it's not a recap!
They are not legal or considered safe on steer wheels. Look for a multi number and letter brand on the side with the DOT marking;
it should be obviously branded or look like it's "cut" into the tire, not cast into the tire. Also, check the age.
Where the DOT followed by numbers and letters is, the last four numbers are manufacture date. First two is the week, last two is the year. If there's only three numbers run! it was made prior to 2000 and is too old. I paid $1200 for four new re-ring rears, two new Double Coin steers and six modern tubeless wheels this spring.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:33 AM   #7
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How do you like those Double Coins?
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:01 PM   #8
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I priced a set this year that where closer to $150 each.
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Double Coin tires are from the Socialist Workers' Paradise, and by some reports I've read they're not bad. However, is that "not bad" by Chinese standards, or "not bad" by standards acceptable to most of us? Definitely Caveat Emptor here.

When I was at ABC Bus a few months ago I saw a newish Van Hool owned by some Chinese charter outfit come into the yard. I was not only amused to see the driver chain-smoking, even though there was a sign on the door saying "No Smoking, No Spitting, No Eating or Drinking on board", but what also tickled me was that it had some POS Chinese tires on the back, but Michelins on the front. It seems even the Chinese don't trust their own tires on the front! The rear tires were called Long Dong, or Hu Flung Dung, or something like that.

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Tires are expensive. There is no way around it. Good tires are even more expensive. Just a few simple things. Recapps are not as bad as people make them out to be. DO NOT PUT THEM ON THE STEER AXLE. Buy new steers and rotate the others to the back if they have meat left on them. Make sure you get the right ply rating for the weight load you have on your bus. Yes you can go with fewer ply ratings but its UNSAFE. The tire sales people can look it up (which i suggest you have them do) to get the right ones. Typically 12 ply will work in most cases.


Most chinese tires are not very good. You loose fuel mileage (compared to tier 1 tires,) they dont wear a long, and you will end up spending more money on them buy the other 2 factors and putting a couple of sets of cheap tires on then you will with a good tire. I saw it time and time again when I worked in commerical truck tires. Cheap tires are cheap for a reason.
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