If there is one word that is confusing to my customers, it is that of backorder. It means so many things in so many companies, but the easiest way to describe it here at The Tire Rack is with plan words:
Backorder literally means that I have no stock to fill your order, as the manufacturer has no stock to fill our order, and they are unable to give us a date at which they will have stock to fill our orders. As they cannot tell us, I cannot tell you how long it will take to get an item. Through experience, I would say the average wait on a tire that is backordered is around 6 weeks or so.
It does not mean that the item is discontinued, as they will make it again. It simply means that the particular product you are looking for is loosing out in production priority-Maybe it's an odd size or specialized product, for example.