10% off with BLACKFRIDAY10
18158519484513 31959646699617 18158519517281 31959646765153 18158519550049 31959646863457 53581328149 31942253543521 2264279744533 31942253576289 53581328341 31942253641825 35386850438 31960533237857 2264329846805 31960533270625 35386850502 31960533303393 5386798979 31960552144993 2264333811733 31960552210529 5386799043 31960552276065 9480766595 31960557617249 2264347901973 31960557650017 9480766723 31960557682785 5386801923 31960564662369 2264360419349 31960564695137 5386801987 31960564727905 15266927494 31960626954337 2264610177045 31960627052641 15266927558 31960627085409 12471587209313 32343771873377 32343779344481 32343813161057 32343849762913 32343861100641 4364126322709 31960675418209 4364126355477 31960675483745 4364126388245 31960675516513 18071724949601 31960742658145 18071724982369 31960742723681 18071725015137 31960742756449
Your Cart

There's nothing here yet!

Suggested Add-Ons:

6 Myths of Retread Tires Exposed | TreadWright

Retread Tire Myths Exposed

To the general public, retreaded tires can carry a bad reputation. Maybe they’ve seen a delaminated tire from a truck on the side of the road and assumed it was a retread, or overheard someone saying that they are simply illegal. 

But in reality, retread tires are one of the most common types of tires in America. In the commercial trucking industry (which is the biggest user of retreads), has been increasing its retread use by over 20% every year since 2009.

Retreads are also commonly being used for daily drivers, off-roaders, overlanders and various other outdoor enthusiasts. Their lower cost and green nature combined with grip enhancing components like Kedge Grip make these the tire of choice for many outdoor enthusiasts and environmental cautious people.

 Take a simple look at our TreadWright Instagram page and you will see numerous people using our product on a daily basis. 

So why are retread/remolded tires not more popular? It is because people are stuck on 6 big retreading myths:

Myth #1: Retreads Are Not Safe

A big myth of retreaded tires is that they’re unsafe. As we mentioned before, many people see parts of discarded tires on the side of highways and freeways and assume that it’s a retreaded tire that has delaminated.

In fact, studies from both State and Federal Bodies have shown that most tire failures are caused by vehicles being overloaded or tires being underinflated. There is almost no difference in the rate of issues and accidents being caused by retreads than new tires.

To ensure constant improvement in retread technology and tire safety, the American tire industry actually has its own internal set of standards in regards to retreads. Every retread has DOT number which has date and manufacture location stamped on the tire. Due to these internal standards, the Department of Transportation has not developed Federal Regulations for retreads. 

Retreaded (sometimes called Recaps) are just as safe as regular tires. Remember, the trucking industry, which probably has the highest miles per vehicle of any industry, mostly use retread tires. As well as commercial trucks, other high impact vehicles use retreads like the U.S. Postal Service, commercial and military aircraft as well as emergency services like ambulances and fire trucks.

To top it off TreadWright has made advancements in retreading with their mold cure process, which is very similar to a brand new tire. Read up on the differences in a typical retread and a remold

Myth #2: Retreads are illegal:

Due to a lack of clarification of laws and backyard mechanic chatter, there is a lot of people who think that retreaded tires are illegal in some states. In reality, there are no states that ban the use of retreaded tires on vehicles of any type.

The only piece of legislation that has any comment on retreads in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) and it states:

Question 3: May a vehicle transport HM when equipped with retreaded tires?

Guidance: Yes. The only Commercial Motor Carrier (CMV) that may not utilize retreaded tires is a bus, and then only on its front wheels.”

So the only part of a vehicle that is not allowed to use retreads are the front wheels of buses.

By misinterpreting this law, a lot of people think that retreaded tires are illegal on the front, steering tires of all vehicles. When in fact, there is only one specific vehicle that is not allowed to use retreaded tires.

Myth #3: Retreads Wear Faster Than Normal Tires:

TreadWright Retreads use the mold cure process, which is far superior to the pre-cure retreading. TreadWright uses unvulcanized rubber from some of the top rubber manufactures in the US to create a long lasting tire.  All TreadWright Tires are DOT rated for 40,000 miles and have an option of premiere wear to get a 60,000 miles upgrade to your tires. 60,000 miles is well above the standard Mud Terrain average of 40,000 miles.  Of course, just like new tires, all things can vary depending on weight load, under-inflation of tires, highway vs non-highway miles, driving style, traction upgrade and etc.  We recommend using the penny test to keep track of tread wear and tread depth. 

TreadWright Penny Test

Myth #4: Heat Kills Retreads

The old wives' tale that heat will kill your retread and cause the bond to fail is simply false.  Yes, heat can ruin any tire new or retreaded.  However, the biggest cause of heat on a tire is underinflation.  That is why properly inflating your tires and keep track of your air pressure is important. Make sure you always have a tire gauge handy and know how to properly use a tire gauge

Myth #5: Retreads Do Not Perform

This is completely false. As we stated before just check out our Instagram page to see many users over a vast amount of applications using our TreadWright Tires.  Our tires are even tough enough to take on the toughest one-day race vehicle race in the world competing in King Of Hammers.  Our tires are the first remanufacture tires to ever run in such a tough race.  We are completely satisfied with the results of no blowouts, air leaks, bulges, tread separations and etc.  The tires practically came out unscathed. 

TreadWright King Of Hammers

Myth #6: Retreads Don't Look Good

Have you seen our tires? Like I have stated many times before we are not your typical pre-cure retread. Our mold cure process gives us the ability to reprint the sidewall with our TreadWright brand and to the average viewer is indistinguishable from a topline tire. I mean just take a look for yourself

 TreadWright ClawTreadWright Guard DogTreadWright Axiom

Not Your Grandpas Retread

Retread tires were a common sight on American roads right up until the 1960s seen as a tire for the budget conscious consumer. Due to the technological limitations of the time, retreads of the 1950s were good for low speed and low weight applications and could delaminate after a few hundred miles. And as the manufacturing technologies of new tires improved, retreaded tires on cars became less and less popular. 

Fortunately, time and technology have moved on. Modern retread tire manufacturing such as remolding has a much higher level of quality. Unlike old retreading where new tread was glued to the cleaned up old tires, modern remolded tires are cleaned, inspected and then bonded to the new rubber through a curing process to ensure a high level of adhesion. Treadwright presses and molds use the same mold curing process that is standard in all new tire manufacturing plants.

Remolded tires have a lot of benefits that new tires cannot beat:

  • They’re up to 40% cheaper than new tires
  • They’re excellent for off-roading (especially if you look at our Kedge Grip tires)
  • They’re much better for the environment - Remolded tires only require a fraction of the oil that new tires do.
  • Remold tires are made in the USA, keeping jobs and the industry local.
So the next time someone tells you that retreads are illegal, get them to read this.

Related Posts

Retreading Pre Cure VS Remolds
Retreading Pre Cure VS Remolds
Retreading Tires: Pre-Cure VS Remold Curing When it comes to retreading tires, there are currently two popular curing...
Read More
How Tire Dumping Harms the Environment
How Tire Dumping Harms the Environment
Happy Earth Day and thank you for considering TreadWright Tires!! When you are considering Treadwright Tires, you are...
Read More


Jun 03, 2019 • Posted by Viv

Do you make any 14" tires?

Jan 17, 2019 • Posted by David Maruca

I’m looking for a set of mud tires 31 10 50 15 do your tire have white letters on side walls

Jan 17, 2019 • Posted by Ian

I’m looking for 4 retread tires 245/70/R16
Can you help?

Aug 27, 2018 • Posted by Steve Nichol (steve Nichol Transport)

I am a 1 truck company, and I run Hot-shots in 48 states. How do your tires hold up in extreem hot, and cold?
Do you have any problem with delamanition?
Do you make a straight tread tire for trailers?
The size I use is 235 85 16 , and have a weight limit of 26000 lbs
Do you make 22.5 inch tires.
Thank you
Steve Nichol

May 10, 2018 • Posted by Larry d Cousin

I an looking for a set of 20 inch wheels like the ones you use the black with chrome bolts on the front of the wheel like the ones you use. Do you sell wheels if you do please call me @ 904 553 2695 thank you Larry D Cousin

Leave a comment

Get "Traction" Or Get Left In The Dust

Sign up for our e-News "Traction" to receive the latest information, new product introduction's, and specials.