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Old 08-21-2009, 11:25 PM   #15
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I just took my 2004 Bambi to the tire shop and I can't believe what they found. I am not sure how the tires didn't blow out but they were all deformed with bulges and so on. I only checked my tires for thread (which looked great) and tire pressure, didn't know I had to also check for "mutants". I went on line and read about the Marathon tires and dam, what reviews! How can these tires still be in the market?
If you stick with the Marathons, make sure you get tires that haven't sat around the tire warehouse for years, and do what you have been doing....check them OFTEN. If you are checking tire pressure, and you have one that is losing even just a small amount of pressure, that is another forewarning of an impending failure. Feel both sides of your tires with your hands....any bulges should be taken seriously!

Frankly, I think you are fortunate they have lasted this long....we lost 3 of our 5 (1 spare) Marathons 2 years ago on our 2004 Classic! We bought new rims and run Michelins now....no problems, no pressure loss, no worries.
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Old 08-22-2009, 01:10 AM   #16
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Feel both sides of your tires with your hands....any bulges should be taken seriously!
If you do this, stay away from the area that has tread. I have had my hands cut so many times from steel wires coming through the tread I have lost count. Wear gloves, your hands will thank you the first time you find steel cords coming out of the tire.
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Old 08-22-2009, 03:18 AM   #17
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We replaced our Bambi's tires with new Marathons...so far we have not had a problem with them...ANY tire will fail given age and poor air pressure maintenance.
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Old 08-22-2009, 08:11 AM   #18
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We replaced our Bambi's tires with new Marathons...so far we have not had a problem with them...ANY tire will fail given age and poor air pressure maintenance.
My Marathons lasted far longer then they should have, my bad.
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:22 AM   #19
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Inspection

Since tire inspection came up, I will make a correction to my previous post. The tech showed me a 'belt' seperation in the tread area not a tread seperation.

The seperation showed as a raised portion of the tread running the circumfrence of the tire that was both visible and tactile. I never noticed it in my inspections of the tires. I always dwelled on the side walls and inflation pressures. Now I know to check the tread area as well.

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I have been told by several people, including at tire outlets that some bulges are not a problem. They are caused by how the tire sections are joined in the manufacturing process. These are fairly uniform bulges in the sidewalls.
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I have been told by several people, including at tire outlets that some bulges are not a problem. They are caused by how the tire sections are joined in the manufacturing process. These are fairly uniform bulges in the sidewalls.
The indents are normal, that is where the sections are joined internally. Bulges are not normal, and show something is not right with your tire's world.
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The indents are normal, that is where the sections are joined internally. Bulges are not normal, and show something is not right with your tire's world.
What overlander 63 calls "indents" is what I referred to above calling them bulges
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