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Old 09-27-2012, 12:49 AM
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First off Northernmedic glad your wife is ok and your truck undamaged. All good suggestions on tires, I had Coopers for a short while on a K5 I owned and liked them. I'd like to add Hankook to the mix. I had all-terrains on small Jimmy for 100,000 km and they were the best tire I had on a 4x4. I replaced them with the same tire but LT's and had the truck for 50,000 km with those. They were great in the wet BC snow and the drier Alberta snow too.
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I'm also with GTYankee.

Speak to a tire shop and they'll tell you the weakest link of a tire is the sidewall. A tire's sidewall is almost always molded or "glued" onto the tread layer. A tire fails often because the sidewall seperates from the tread and you can clearly see wear-n-tear along this mold from bulges to cracks to tears and chips.

That tire in the OP has completely seperated across the tread from one sidewall to the other. I worked in my uncle's tire shop on-n-off for many years back home during my late teens and into my early twenties; so I'm no tire expert by any stretch. However, I've never seen or heard of anything remotely like that; that is a tire completely shredding from one sidewall to the other, without coming into contact with anything.

Driving over something [very] sharp [at ANY speed] has completely torn the tread of that tire from one end to another.

I echo the forum's sentiments that your wife came away unscathed, but tell her to by a lottery ticket.... it could have been a lot, lot worse.

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PS: If it were me - simply to put my mind at ease, among other reasons - I would pursue this further through the tire's manufacturer. Get in touch with the manufacturer's regional rep and demand that he visually inspect this tire. Yeah, your wife and ride came up just fine, but, if in fact it did happen due to a production fault, your actions just may save the next person's life.....
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Thanks everyone for your input. I played with the tire and I was able to put it back together layer by layer to take a good look at it. Everything lines up perfectly and there is nothing to indicate that there was even the smallest of punctures. I've filled a complaint with Goodyear over this so we will see where it goes.
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Every truck I had latley had Goodyear on them, and they always seemed to have a faint white wall around the tire over the letters that just got worse with time. When the time came to get new ones I never get Goodyear.
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