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Old 03-09-2016, 06:48 PM   #29
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I've seen these "dents" before. I have them in a few of my E rated Carlisle ST tires. I'm no tire expert but IMO you see them more in ST tires because they are not constructed as well as passenger/light truck tires. Go check out the LT tires on my truck... The don't have the "dents". No dents in the tires on my wife's car. None in the tires on my work truck. But at least 4 of the 6 on my trailer have them. Inferior construction is my take on it.
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Old 03-10-2016, 04:42 AM   #30
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Those dents can be in any/all tires.
They are from the construction process.
"Banding" marks-


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Old 03-10-2016, 04:49 AM   #31
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Those dents can be in any/all tires.
They are from the construction process.
"Banding" marks-

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All mine have them, I would worry more about the tread area bulging, then you know what is happening...
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Old 03-10-2016, 05:37 AM   #32
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A dent in the sidewall is no cause for concern.
If you look closely, there are several dents- evenly spaced- symmetrical-
A bulge in the tread, however...


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Old 03-11-2016, 09:11 PM   #33
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Eight 18" Michelin radials LTX on our Tundra and Land Cruiser... no indents.

Four 15" Marathon trailer tires... 1 with indent, 3 without indents.

My Marathons on my 2006 23 footer with 14" Marathons... all had the indent. I asked the dealer... "What is that?" He said radial tires have the indents. Those 14" tires were the curse until I replaced all of them with Maxxis and my last set of tires Tow Max or Tow Master from Costco. Never had another tire issue.
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:19 PM   #34
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Don't notice them on Bridgestone on Tundra or Firestone on Pathfinder or Airstream or Michelin on Avalon, but have noticed them on many tires in the past-


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Old 04-02-2016, 03:49 PM   #35
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I'll be getting a better set of replacement tires, given the obvious problems being reported with GYMs. I also will be looking much more closely in the future.
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It's getting time to de-winterize and get out camping very soon. I've ordered five new 16" Sendel wheels, and got the local Michelin dealer to match the Costco price on Michelin LT225/75R16, Load Range E, LTX MS/2 tires (nearest Costco is 100+ miles away.) Seems to be a popular combination as I've followed several recent threads here on this.

Next weekend will be the time to get the new tires/wheels on, peeled trim replaced, WBCCI numbers installed, aluminum spit-shined, floor (bubble) reset, plumbing de-winterized, furnace running, and TV serviced & ready. We should then be ready for the fun stuff.

I appreciate the input from folks.
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Last fall on the return of our last trip of the season our 2 1/2 year old maxxis had a total blow out. I was already planning on replacing them this spring, but they didn't make it. The damage to the wheel well and belly pan was pretty bad. When you feel how thin and floppy the side walls are on these chinese/taiwan crap you will be amazed. I don't know how they give them the 2600lb rating. The policeman that helped me when I was on the side of the road was amazed at how much tread was on the tire that failed. As I said I was planning on changing them out this spring due to age, And I probably would have purchased some more maxxis tires. After reading all of the posts on this subject on the forum, I know what to replace them with now. Im not going with 16" wheels, But changing to the 235 lt 15" Michelins
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Sidewall indentations as seen in the pictures are not of concern. I can find similar on almost any passenger, ST or LT type tire as I am trained in tire inspection and know what to look for. These are the result of the "splice" where body ply overlay each other and do not stretch as much as where there is no overlay. A sidewall bulge out is completely different and while are not an indication of a belt separation as belts are under the tread not in the sidewall. Sw bulge could be indication of broken body cord due to impact or overheating of body cord due to operation in low inflation.

I agree that many comments in this thread are from those who have no tire engineering or first hand manufacturing experience and as such are not much better than old wives tales.

I have written on tire quality and tires made in China on my blog and in numerous threads on this and other forums. The facts are out there. You just have to do a little digging for them.
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