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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-08-2017, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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at what tread depth do you change your tires?

I believe the legal limit is 2/32. I've had a cpl state inspections rejected in years past for tires, but not for a long time. I'm running my winter tires now but gonna put the 3 season tires back on. the stock 225 60 18 Continental Procontact TX (which I like a lot) I think they are at 5-6/32

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-08-2017, 02:47 PM
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Beyond tire age and visual inspection, I switch them out before they get to 5/32" anywhere across the width of the tire. That's just a personal preference for safety, control, and comfort.

Wear bars indicating tires are worn out are usually set at 2/32", but between 4/32 and 2/32 depth the tire is dangerous in rain or snow/ice or emergency stops.
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I changed my contis early at 30k because they got loud . Past owner didn't rotate them and car sat dormant for 4 months on dealership lot before I bought it


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I usually get new tires long before they're worn out (usually when someone on this site says "Check out this new tire!").

With 50% tread depth left I've been able to sell my used tires for at least 50% of the new purchase price. Who knew there was a market for used tires?

Speaking of which, I have a new set of 265/65-17 KO2s at my tire guy's shop waiting to be installed after I get my Hazard lift installed Monday. Woo hoo!
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4/32 here. Ride quality and traction are pretty much gone at that point.
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When I walk out to the Jeep and see a swarm of honey bees setting up shop in one of my tires!
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Like @Array, well before the wear bars show. To me that's a "too late, you are going to kill yourself or someone else" indicator. Also, if there is unusual wear/damage. If a tire has to be replaced and the others are worn significantly, you need to replace all 4 anyway to make the AWD/4WD happy.

I personally like having at least 6/32s.
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wait we are suppose to change tires??.. i usually just buy a new vehicle..lol...4 to 5/32
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Depends.. if they wear too fast and I have treadlife warranty usually around 4/32

if I'm not running winter tires (on separate wheels) then usually around 5-6/32

and

When I can get a deal on them.

for example Discount tire frequently has triple rebate deals in excess of 200$ off.

I never run them to 2/32 too many bad roads with heavy rains and bad drainage here.

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Are there any good guides or resources on how to measure tread? I'm at 25k miles and never had a rotation done, just bought a clicker torque wrench off amazon for 22 bucks
Dood... You haven't rotated after 25K miles??? LOL! I try to rotate every 5K or so.

You can buy a tread depth gauge from your auto store for a few bucks.
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