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September 22, 2015, 12:17 PM #0

Dan

With the wheels about to come off for the season, i'm curious if anyone has some suggestions on "how to" store them properly.

I plan on keeping them in the basement, with a few towels in between.   Will also be cleaning them and giving them a sealant to protect them when its time to put them on.

Let us know you're methods and suggestions!

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    September 22, 2015, 12:22 PM #1

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    I stack them in a corner. They're metal so I really hope they don't melt in the extreme temperatures of my basement.
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      I bring mine to the cabin, and put them in the shed.
      On a wood floor, stacked with a packing blanket between each so they don't somehow manage to scratch each other if they're moved around.
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      I'm not a fan of blowing for a long time anyways ; )


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        store them on a tire rack here at the dealership!
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          Seasonal storage  I do the same, the only step I add is letting the air out so the tires are relaxed on the wheel.  I don't feel that it's needed but I do it anyways.
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            I stack them in a corner w/ tires. Nothing too special about it.
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              Why do you guys take your wheels off?
              I leave mine on the car just make sure the air is pumped up to avoid flat spots.
              What are you guys putting on your car?


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                Since heat and exposure to the elements are the important factors that influence a tire's aging process, drivers can prolong their tire's life by minimizing their impact. Here are some tips for storing tires that will not be used continuously.

                Don't store a vehicle with weight on its tires for extended periods of time. Long-term inactivity is more harmful to tires than weekly drives that flex the tires and help maintain oil dispersion within the rubber compounds.
                Keep the tires out of direct sunlight whenever possible. The sun's ultraviolet rays and radiant heat are detrimental to rubber. We have used a pyrometer to measure tires that were simply sitting in direct sunlight on a parked vehicle. Surprisingly those tires' temperatures measured 135 Fahrenheit on their surface.
                Before storing, use a tire brush to clean each tire with soap and water to remove brake dust, dirt and grime. If the tires are still mounted on wheels, use a wheel brush to clean the wheels with an approved cleaner as well. Dry with a towel and let any remaining moisture thoroughly evaporate.
                DO NOT APPLY ANY TIRE DRESSINGS. Tire compounds are formulated to resist ozone cracking or weather checking.
                Place each clean and dry tire in its own large, opaque, airtight plastic bag (such as lawn and garden bags) for storing. Avoid allowing any moisture to remain and remove as much air as practical (some drivers even use a vacuum cleaner to draw out as much as possible). Close the bag tightly and tape it shut. This places the tire in its own personal mini-atmosphere to help reduce oil evaporation.
                While Seasonal Tire Totes make it neater to store tires, easier to carry tires and reduce the possibility of depositing brake dust, dirt and grime in the trunk or on the back seat during transportation, Seasonal Tire Totes are not airtight nor designed to prevent exposure to the atmosphere. The recommended solution would be to place each clean tire and wheel into the airtight plastic bag and then cover the sealed bag with a Tire Tote.
                If you choose not to store white letter/white stripe tires in plastic bags, it is important they be stored or stacked white-to-white and black-to-black to prevent staining the white rubber. The black rubber used on the tires' white letter/white stripe side is compounded differently then the black rubber used on the opposite side. A layer of non-staining black rubber covers the white rubber on the tire's white side to prevent oils in the tire from migrating into the exposed white rubber and discoloring it; however the black sidewall uses standard rubber. Stacking all tires white sidewall up will allow the oils from each tire's black sidewall to migrate into the white rubber of the tire below it.
                Place the tires in a cool, dry location. It is better to store tires in a dry basement or climate-controlled workshop than in a standard garage, storage shed, hot attic or outdoors. While basement and shop surroundings tend to remain cool and dry, conditions found in typical garage, shed, attic and outdoor locations often include a wide range of hot and cold temperatures, as well as seasonal precipitation and humidity.
                Keep the tires away from sources of ozone. Electric motors that use contact brushes generate ozone. Keep your tires away from the furnace, sump pump, etc.
                While tires will age somewhat regardless of what precautions are taken, these procedures will help slow the process compared to taking no precautions at all.
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                    I bought 5 tires racks, each one is like 48 inches wide, so that holes like 4 or 5 wheels each.

                    I sold some of my "shoe" collection so I think 5 racks should be enough.

                    Prior to this, i just stacked them on cardboard


                      September 22, 2015, 01:43 PM #10

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                      Originally posted by heiyuu
                      I bought 5 tires racks, each one is like 48 inches wide, so that holes like 4 or 5 wheels each.

                      I sold some of my "shoe" collection so I think 5 racks should be enough.

                      Prior to this, i just stacked them on cardboard

                      you make too much money.

                      Thanks all for the tips.   Big thanks to @Matthew for the detailed post!

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                        Originally posted by Madbuzz41
                        Why do you guys take your wheels off?
                        I leave mine on the car just make sure the air is pumped up to avoid flat spots.
                        What are you guys putting on your car?


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                        Winter tires?

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                          Originally posted by Shaun
                          Winter tires?

                          Oh I store the whole car .. That's why I was confused


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                            My racing tires (summer only rated) goes into the basement where it is heated. My all seasons for the other cars goes in the shed.

                              September 22, 2015, 02:11 PM #14

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                              Originally posted by Madbuzz41
                              Oh I store the whole car .. That's why I was confused


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                              The car is not being driven this winter, but i dont feel like leaving my wheels on the car over the winter.  (it will be outside)

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                                Originally posted by Dan
                                The car is not being driven this winter, but i dont feel like leaving my wheels on the car over the winter.  (it will be outside)

                                What will your car be sitting on?


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                                  September 22, 2015, 02:12 PM #16

                                  Dan

                                  Originally posted by Madbuzz41
                                  What will your car be sitting on?


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                                  Steel wheels with junk tires. (dont care as long as it holds air)

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                                    Originally posted by Dan
                                    Steel wheels with junk tires. (dont care as long as it holds air)

                                    Be sure to inflate the wheels to near maximum PSI. You will lose air.

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                                      Originally posted by Dan
                                      Steel wheels with junk tires. (dont care as long as it holds air)

                                      I store my car in my garage , even though the car sits on its tires is that bad? Not exposed to the elements.


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                                        Originally posted by Madbuzz41
                                        I store my car in my garage , even though the car sits on its tires is that bad? Not exposed to the elements.


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                                        I like to park the car on some scrap pieces of wood/particle board. This acts as a barrier.

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                                          Originally posted by Madbuzz41
                                          I store my car in my garage , even though the car sits on its tires is that bad? Not exposed to the elements.


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                                          is your garage heated?
                                          leaving the weight on them all winter could leave you with flat spots, I say could because I've heard of it happening but never had it happen to me
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                                            Originally posted by DonR
                                            is your garage heated?
                                            leaving the weight on them all winter could leave you with flat spots, I say could because I've heard of it happening but never had it happen to me

                                            No not headed(could be but I don't run the heaters) but VERY well insulated. Was built 10 years ago.


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                                              Originally posted by Madbuzz41
                                              No not headed(could be but I don't run the heaters) but VERY well insulated. Was built 10 years ago.


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                                              should be okay with what themikewoo mentioned,
                                              if you have further concerns you could always leave the wheels on but put the car on stands to get the weight off of the tires.
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                                                Originally posted by DonR
                                                should be okay with what themikewoo mentioned,
                                                if you have further concerns you could always leave the wheels on but put the car on stands to get the weight off of the tires.

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                                                  Originally posted by DonR
                                                  should be okay with what themikewoo mentioned,
                                                  if you have further concerns you could always leave the wheels on but put the car on stands to get the weight off of the tires.
                                                  I wouldn't do this.
                                                  Did it one year I stored my car and wouldn't do it again. It keeps the suspension at an unnatural (sagging) position.
                                                  Originally posted by Madbuzz41
                                                  I'm not a fan of blowing for a long time anyways ; )


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