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Is this an original 2002 tire?

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I decided to clean out my trunk today. So I removed the trunk panels and spare tire. Ive had my 2002 for about 5 years and have never used the spare. I think its the original tire. It looks to be in very good shape. So my question is, is it safe to have this tire as a spare? Or should I replace it with a newer tire? Sorry for the crappy cell phone pics.

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Yes, I wore out 2 sets before changing styles. Have one set on rims now and the spare in the trunk is the same. Tube type, metal valve stems.

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yep...i bought a 69 parts car several years ago that still had the original and unused spare...just like that one

i framed it and it hangs on the wall behind my desk at the office

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Very nice tire, very original and very unsafe to use.

This is what happened to mine when I took them of the wheels.

I got 4 new-production XAS's earlier this year.

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Just playing stupid here...If the tire has not been in the UV and dryrotted, or on a car to terminally flat spot, how could it be bad. I just bought some brand new Michelins, XVR's, that are 15 years old. Should I be worried? The guys would not warranty, but figured that was a time frame thing. What could be bad? C.D., any reason to be concerned....? Dave V. in NC

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Just playing stupid here...If the tire has not been in the UV and dryrotted, or on a car to terminally flat spot, how could it be bad. I just bought some brand new Michelins, XVR's, that are 15 years old. Should I be worried? The guys would not warranty, but figured that was a time frame thing. What could be bad? C.D., any reason to be concerned....? Dave V. in NC

I had bought 4 never-used spare tires, that had been in the trunk and inside a non-climate-controlled warehouse for over 35 years. The rubber was melted to the lips of the rims and disintegrated when removed. I am not a rubber expert, but I guess that rubber, dryness, heat and time don't go very well together. The gentleman whom I bought them from, a local 02 specialist, wasn't very pleased of course when I showed it to him but he did give me a full refund, which was the right thing to do. 15 years is a lot less than 35 years, and your XVR's might just be fine, but I would inspect them carefully before mounting.

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Just the kind of answer that I wanted...I guess that heat, pressure, expansion all have to be taken into account...as well as UV....Much thanks, sounds like you are coming up for V @ V. If my tires make it , I'll try to hook up and say hello.

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My car came with a very old XAS Michelin mounted on the spare wheel. It looked really good after I cleaned it and applied some dressing, but it bothered me when I would have to trust using it on the car.

Just before last year's V@V drive, I replaced it with a Yokohama 185-70R13 from the Tire Rack. Upon closer examination, the bead areas of the old tire were really bad and dry-rotted.

Keep your old one (if presentable) as a trophy, but please don't use old tires. I used to work at the main NTW warehouse and saw lots of bad tires turned in from multiple states. The old Pirellis seemed to be the worse.

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I know this thread is done, but I was wondering about the "JUPITER" tire. Anyone know about that name? I had one in my 75 as a spare, and appeared to be of that time, and was unused.

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I was wondering about the "JUPITER" tire. Anyone know about that name? I had one in my 75 as a spare, and appeared to be of that time, and was unused.

That's one brand I've never heard of. Remember Metzler, Phoenix (Stahlflex) and Kleber radials? Starliner and Jetson are two others.

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US-delivered cars came either with the Michelin XAS or with Continentals. The XAS were an extra cost option, something like $48. I think the tiis may all have had the XAS, since they were H-rated for speed.

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yep...i bought a 69 parts car several years ago that still had the original and unused spare...just like that one

i framed it and it hangs on the wall behind my desk at the office

Thanks for the idea Esty, your always spot on! I didn't know what to do with that thing.

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heh, I've still got the original tires on my 1983 Yamaha RX50. There's lots of cracks in the sidewalls, but the tubes inside them still hold air OK. I'm still fully expecting the treads to rip off.

I just use the bike for in town and only rarely ever get up to 50 mph, and usually keep it around 35 or so.

I'm shopping for new tires, but its such a weird bike with weird sizes that its tough to find them. I'm gonna have to find a size thats 'close enough.'

Until then, I've been using my '81 xs400 most of the time. It had the original tubeless tires on it when I bought it. I rode with them a few days in town, but they couldn't hold pressure overnight. I've got new tires on it now.

So anyways, I guess from a redneck's point of view.... if a tube-type tire holds pressure OK, I wouldn't mind using it in case of emergency. I would try putting the weight of the car on it for a couple days in the garage to test this though, as just sitting in the trunk doesn't squeeze the tire much. And yeah, I know, one tire failing on a car is way way gentler and easier to deal with than on a motorcycle...

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