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Old 06-27-2004, 11:13 PM   #1
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outdated tires??

my bus has 9.00R20 tires on it and i need to replace the 4 rear ones becouse they are dry rotted,what are the chances of finding some used ones in good shape ? I had a guy tell me they are outdated and kinda hard to find used....
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Old 06-28-2004, 12:02 AM   #2
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I have 8.25R20s that need to be replaced ASAP because they are also rotted. I was able to find new ones no problem.
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Old 06-28-2004, 01:04 AM   #3
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so far i have found some new ones for $250.00 each,thats why i was hopeing to find some used ones....but,...as they say.....you have to pay if ya want to play i guess.....
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Old 06-28-2004, 04:04 AM   #4
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I would check with your local school bus company and see if they would be willing to sell you some of the old tires as they replace them on the buses. They are required by law (at least in Alaska) to replace them once they wear down so far. They still should have plenty of wear left for occasional use.

This of course assumes the local bus company uses the same size tires your bus needs.
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Old 07-19-2004, 04:48 PM   #5
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I have been looking very seriously into getting new tires on my bus here is what I have found:

The local school districts will retread the tires (11R22.5 are the current size) once and after that exchange them to the tire company.

My bus has 20" Widowmaker style bud rims, NOBODY will put tires on these anymore. I've called everywhere.

New 20" split rims are no longer made, at least that is what everyone is telling me. So a new set would have to come from the junkyard.

Replacement tires for the 8.25-20 are around $160 each mounted and balanced.

I can fit on some new 22.5" wheels which will run me $145.57 each new. Maybe I can find some cheaper at a junkyard.

However new tires for the 22.5" wheels which are 11R225 are an incredible $270 mounted and balanced.

Uhg, I don't think my bus is going far till someone wrecks their truck.
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Old 07-20-2004, 02:51 AM   #6
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As I posted earlier in another thread, my local private bus company (that hires out school buses to our city school district) replaces their tires once a year. They store away all the good used ones with about 70-80% tread left (for what reason I don't know, maybe emergency spares?) so I would start by talking with someone in a private company in your area (if there is one). $270 a piece is crazy. Man, I'd have to take a second job driving a bus to be able to buy new wheels for mine...lol.
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What state are you in?
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I found a place selling retread drive 11R22.5 tires for $175 each, that at least helps out with $400 of the cost.
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Here is an update, you can save a chunk of money by getting 10R22.5 tires instead. They are going for:

$240 for the front (new BF Goodrich)
$140 for the rear (retreads)
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