There are some basic principles to consider when storing your tires to ensure you get the full life out of them:
1. CLEAN! Begin by storing your tires in a clean evnvironment. Keeping your storage area clear of dirt and debris lowers the chances an object will be sitting under the sidewall, wearing at its integrity. Remember, gravity never stops pulling. Also, make sure the desgignated area is free of petroleum products such as gas and oil, as petroleum products can cause damage to the tire's rubber.
2. NO SUN! Keep your tires out of the sun. You should cover the tires and keep them in a shaded area. The sunlight can dry tires out prematurely, causing cracking and aggressive aging.
3. CLIMATE CONTROL! Even though the garage is acceptable for storing your tires, it would be best to store them in a climate controlled environment, such as your basement. It is important to note for residents in colder climates, that sub freezing temperatures in your garage can cause damage to an extreme summer tire or racing tire.
4. MOUNTED? This is based on whether or not the tire is loose or mounted. If it is mounted, you may stack them horizontally. If loose, vertical storage is recommended so the weight of the tire doesn't cause stretching or flattening of the sidewall that can lead to difficulties during installation.
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