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Old 08-30-2006, 11:51 AM   #15
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Just received two new Goodyear Marathons from Tire Rack, what a surprise, they were made in New Zealand.
63air, it would be interesting to know the DOT number on your tires, and hence how long it took them to get from the factory in New Zealand to you. I am particularly interested, as I'm about to order 4 from Tire Rack.
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Old 08-30-2006, 11:53 AM   #16
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However, they are relatively close to China, so I wonder where the raw materials are coming from?
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Rubber plantations, some are in the Phillipines, relatively close to NZ.
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Old 08-30-2006, 06:08 PM   #17
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Well, that does it. I'm going to shut up and go away.

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Old 08-30-2006, 07:13 PM   #18
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I thought tires were not made frrom natural rubber any more. Just synthics.

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Old 08-30-2006, 07:15 PM   #19
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I thought tires were not made frrom natural rubber any more. Just synthics.

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They are predominately made from oil products, but there is still rubber content.
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Old 08-31-2006, 12:38 PM   #20
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Thanks.

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Old 08-31-2006, 01:26 PM   #21
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FWIW, aircraft tires are still mostly natural rubber due to its higher heat rejection/dissapation properties. Downside, they don't wear as long as the synthetic compounds i.e. most over-the-road tires nowadays....can't have everything
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Old 08-31-2006, 04:51 PM   #22
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During a factory tour in Jackson Center, late 1987 we saw huge stacks of oak paneling from USSR in the manufacturing area. Guess they used wood from USSR back then.....
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Old 09-02-2006, 09:25 AM   #23
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Second week of' ' 06 on the tire code. Love the service from Tire Rack!
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Old 09-02-2006, 05:31 PM   #24
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Second week of' ' 06 on the tire code. Love the service from Tire Rack!
63air, that's good. Just what I needed to know. Many thanks.
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Old 09-04-2006, 12:16 AM   #25
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Hi, I first saw Michelins on new Lincolns in 1971 while working at a Lincoln Mercury dealer and they were from Italy. Also I was told that the sidewall indentations that you can find on vertually every tire made were caused by the overlap of the material used on the sides of the tires when assembled. Thus, normal.

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Old 09-05-2006, 10:10 AM   #26
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So I got new rubbers for pennies and they are now perfectly balanced and they track like a dream now.

My AS is back in storage or I'd post a photo for identification..
Now that you have made that investment. Make sure your tires are covered. The sun out here is brutal. If your storage place covers the tires from ALL sun throughout the day right on! If not get some tire covers. About $20 for two wheels. Or at least get a piece of wood or cloth to keep that sun off the tire. And another issue might be to park the tires on wood if it is a concrete slab that your baby rests on, to keep the tires out of contact with the concrete.

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Old 09-21-2006, 08:32 PM   #27
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Marathon blowout on 2007.

I just purchased a new 2007 Safari. Took it on our first trip and within 500 miles had a blow out! Was very surprised as my other Safari had same tires. Put on the spare and it is a Marathon same size etc. The spare tire itself looks different on the outside but is the same Marathon. Went to tire shop where we were camping and asked for a replacement to have a backup for return trip. He put on a used for now until I could get in touch with the dealer. He commented, the side wall on the Marathon blown out seemed on the thin side for a trailer this size. Trailer is a 28ft. at 7300 GVWR. The Marathons on it are a 6 ply which seems to be low based on what others are writing in the forums. I also noticed on 2005 unit and the 2007 that there are waves in the side walls as mentioned in other posts. I will surely look in to this. The dealer is currently checking in to the matter for me.
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Pimprnel,

I'll bet you were glad you had a tandem axle AS. Sorry to hear the tire only made it 500 miles.

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