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Hey everyone I am new to the group, I own a 04 Nissan Titan. I bought it used with 75,000 miles on it with brand new good year tires. It is now at 125,000 miles, and I'm looking to get a new set of tires but I have a few questions.

So a quick story that has lead me up to this point.
I picked up a nail on my way home from work yesterday, I got it all plugged up and reinstalled on the truck, and aired up. I checked the pressure and my gauge reads out to 40 psi I let some air out to read to at 35. So I'm putting all of my tools away and i hear a hissing coming from the tire. I think it might be the plug so i spray it with some soapy water and nothing, may be the valve stem, nope not a thing. As the water runs down the side wall I can see bubbles upon bubbles, the side wall had split all the way around the tire.

My first question is:
Would 40 psi on a 3.5 year old tire been enough to crack it? It was a little dry rotted but nothing i would consider horrible.

How can i keep my tires in better shape so this doesn't happen a again?

Lastly where is a good place to get tires from?

Are there any online places that will have any good deals or should I just go to Dobbs or Firestone?
 

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Me and many others here have good luck with Discount tire. I've always gone there. As far as keeping the tires in good condition, you can't really avoid dry rotting a whole lot. The sun is brutal. Those tire shine products are oily and keep the rubber moist. Not sure they truly are benificial
 

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If they took the tire off the wheel to plug it they may have busted the sidewall when they re-seated it on the wheel.

Discount Tire is the way to go if you have one near you. Never had an issue with those guys from multiple locations and in multiple states. They'll price match any deal if you can find it cheaper too.
 

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40 psi is a bit steep and cause a firmer ride. GY wranglers aren`t a very good tire for the Titan, as many have removed theirs for a better choice. take a look at the born on date of your tire, to see how old they are...

1st thing to do, don`t re-purchase the GY wrangler tire that came on our trucks.

buy a good set of tires for your needs and keep an eye on the pressures.

Discount Tire rocks! I have been doing business with them for a lonnnnng time and never disappointed in product knowledge, price, or the way they balance a set of tires. I usually always buy wheel and tire combo to avoid the NITS here in finding a decent shop to balance tires, sad but true...

(until recently, I found a tech who is passionate about his job, and did an excellent job on my recent Hankook ATM`s at the Nissan dealer)
 

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It may be a stiff ride, but is it enough to crack the side wall. I'm hopping this was a blessing in disguise, if the tire was that brittle it could have given me some issues while driving on the highway.

The closest discount tire to me is Springfield Ill. and that is a 2.5 hr. drive. what about a mail order outfit like tire rack? I have a good mechanic in town that can mount and balance for me.

Oh and btw thanks for the add to the group, long before i became a member this site has been my go to for advice and knowledge for my truck.
 

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Maybe so, but I think it depends alot on the tire too.
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according to his pic he has GY SRA`s, not known to wear well or last long, but there are flukes
I`ll run what the tire placard on the door jam states with a stock sized comparable tire.

Even with a D & E load, I`ve never had to run higher than 38 for the right patch/wear for the weight of the FJ cruiser. The Titan is pretty lightweight in the azz end until loaded down.
 

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I just put on some Yokohama geolanders 265/70 R18 114S H/T (70,000 mi. warranty) and they replaced my A/T geolanders same size . The ride and wear were good on the previous set of tires, but the determining factor for me was price and tread wear, I searched online for the best price then searched for coupons for that retailer. I went with tire rack just because they were the cheapest by like a $100.00, but in the past I have used performance tire plus, It just comes down to who can sell and ship for the least amount of money.
The best way to stop tires from dry rotting is not to let them sit for long periods of time after they are broken in. By long periods i mean a couple of months. Because with out constant use
(at least getting them up to temp once a week) after they have been broken in they will start to dry out faster.
when you wash the truck also wash the tires (sidewalls) because all of the road oils and other stuff you drive thru on a daily can shorten tire life
 

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man.. 40psi? That's flat in my book. but does depend on the tires. X2 on discount tire direct, I use them, and I have 2 Discount tire shops local. as far as tire reccomends.. Hankook Dynapro ATMs all the way, got 100K out of a pair, 70K out of the other pair. They make the Nittos i have on now look like junk for wear, dry pavement, and ice and snow handling. Only thing the nittos are better in, and it's only slightly, is sticky mud. Good luck
 

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That`s what I`m running now, Hankook ATM`s in OEM size. Otherwise for a street tire I also prefer The cooper HT Plus... excellent wet & dry traction.
 

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Thanks for all the recommendations guys. We appreciate it.

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