FAQ

What is the "Special/Limited" category for?  

This is the category for tires that we don't usually stock, have limited quantities of, and/or have for sale at a special price. This section will be updated whenever we stock a new or rare size, or sell out of one. 

Why are military tires so inexpensive compared to civilian tires, is there a catch?

The only "catch" is that military tires will almost always be at least 4-6 years old. According to government regulations, all tires over 4 years old are to be disposed of, regardless of quality or tread depth.

Are military tires DOT legal for non-government use?

Yes. All of our tires are Non-restricted and DOT legal. Due to varying laws and usages of military tires, we recommend them to be used for Off-road use only. That doesn't mean it's illegal to use them on the highway, just that it's up to you to decide whether your application is legal in your location/situation. 

Can I arrange my own freight?

Yes. Just select the "arrange your own freight" option at checkout, then use the "contact us" tab so we can exchange shipping information. We operate at several local locations, meaning the pickup address will vary depending on what you purchase. All of these addresses, however, are in the 75570 zip code. Which should be all you need to get a quote from your freight company.  

Can I pick up the tires from you locally?

Yes. You can either select the "arrange your own freight" option at checkout, or you can purchase them in person with cash, debit, or credit. All local pickups are by appointment only. Please call ahead before you make plans to travel here.
       
How is freight different from UPS/USPS?

Freight companies are typically much smaller, regional, and rely mostly on large shipments that don't require anything more than a basic tracking system.

They also have to come out and pick your shipment up by appointment, rather than you dropping the shipment off with them. Being that they rely mostly on FTL (Full Truck Load), LTL (Less Than Truck Load) sometimes gets put on the back burner. While they typically pickup within 1-3 business days, it can sometimes be up to 7 days, depending on where the shipment is going and what FTL loads the LTL can hitch a ride on. Once they are picked up though, it's typically a 2-7 day trip to the destination.

The advantage to these downsides, is pricing. Our smallest tire (without a wheel and runflat) (37x12.50x16.5) is the heaviest weight (82Lbs) that you can ship via UPS Ground. Which typically costs about $150-$250 per tire. Whereas freight would only be $35-$80 per tire.

Will I get a tracking number when my order is shipped?

The major difference in freight and UPS/USPS is that the tracking system is outdated, and sometimes inaccurate. There's also no way to automate tracking emails.

We have to manually look up the tracking information for each shipment, and some systems take 24-48 hours to update. Because of how time and labor consuming this is, we only offer tracking information if you contact us either over the phone or via the "Contact Us" form on this website, after your transaction is completed.

How long does it usually take to receive an order?

Typical time from the day of purchase, is 7-14 business days until the day of arrival. In some rare cases, up to 30 days. There's several reasons for this variable.

When the tires come in, they come in on large trailers in bulk loads. They come in all different sizes, tread depths, and conditions. Meaning they have to be sorted, before they can be shipped out. And of course, as stated above, freight is arranged by appointment. In many cases, it may take longer for the freight company to pick up your shipment than it does for them to deliver it to you.

Also, due to the size, quantity, and equipment required to sort them, sorting is typically done outdoors. So, weather plays a part in this process as well. We're located in North East Texas, which is right in the middle of "Tornado Alley". It's also a place where freight companies, banks, and schools shut down if we get 2" of snow. (Not kidding, at all). There's also the fact that we never sort tires in the rain. It's difficult to judge the quality of a tire when it's wet, for the same reasons that "tire wet" makes your old tires look new again. We guarantee our tires, and want to meet your expectations of quality. If your shipment is delayed because of rain, it's because we want to make sure you get quality tires that have been properly inspected while dry.

What's the difference between "weather checking" and "dry rot"?

Many will argue they are both the same thing, on a civilian tire, but these phrases have different meanings in the military tire industry. "Dry rot" is typically what we refer to when the sidewall has visible cracks in the rubber, which would eventually cause a blowout. Whereas "weather checking" typically refers to a tire with a healthy sidewall, but has some minor surface cracking on the tread. Surface cracking ("Weather checking") is merely cosmetic and doesn't affect the performance of the tire. Some of the tires we ship may have some weather checking, but are guaranteed to have healthy sidewalls that will safely hold air.





What quality standard should I expect to receive?

Every tire we sell is considered "used". Even the tires with nipples on them, because while they may have 0 miles on them, they were likely mounted to a vehicle at some point that simply never moved. Being that military tires are mostly used in rough terrain for military exercises, it's common for good tires to have scratches, scuffs, fading color, and possibly some gravel marks.

The best way to judge what to expect, is the tread depth. While "new" tires may still have some weather checking in the tread, they won't have all the wear and tear that a tire with 60% tread has. That said, we guarantee our 60% tread tires to hold air and have healthy sidewalls, the same as our 100% tires. Less tread just means they might be uglier than the 100% tread option.    

I ordered a set of 37x12.50x16.5, How do I remove the rubber runflats?

We will be doing a video on this soon and adding it here, but we recommend using a chainsaw or sawzall. You simply position the runflat where the top is in the middle of the tire, and make a single cut down the middle. Just be careful not to knick the bead on the other side of the tire when you cut through, especially if using a chainsaw. Also, we recommend a gas powered, name brand chainsaw with a new chain. Electric chainsaws and off-brand chainsaws typically don't have the power to cut through fiber lined rubber.

Once the cut is made, just pull up on one side of the runflat and unscrew it from the inside of the tire.

Alternatively, if you don't have access to power tools, this article explains how to remove a runflat with a ratchet strap. We haven't tested this method ourselves (yet), but it appears to be inspired by a military manual. (We are not affiliated with flashoffroad.com)

http://www.flashoffroad.com/Maintenance/wheels_tires/tirechange.htm

          


What bolt pattern are the wheels for the 37x12.50x16.5?

They are standard GM 8x6.5" wheels with 7" of backspace. While we haven't tested them ourselves, our customers have reported that they will direct fit on First Gen Chevrolet Duramax 3/4 and 1 Ton trucks, and certain F-350 1 Ton trucks made in the late 80's early 90's. (If you have exact specifications and year models, please email us and we will update this answer.)





Where can I get wheels for the 37x12.50x16.5, that will fit my truck?

There's more options than most people think. The most common being, you can either "recenter" the military wheels or buy 16.5" one piece wheels. We recommend recentering, because you will be able to utilize the bead lock and run flat system. Not to mention, the durability of the military wheels is much higher than that of civilian steel one piece wheels. The downside is that reentering is somewhat costly. The entire process, not including the price of the wheel, is about $150 per wheel on average. Here's an example of a recentered wheel:



The next-best solution is to order a set of 16.5" one piece wheels from Summit Racing. We aren't endorsed by them, but they do have the best price on the web for one piece 16.5" wheels. Brand new, they range between $85-$140 each, depending on size and bolt pattern. Here's an example of a one piece wheel from Summit:



The third option is to look for a set of used wheels through local markets (Craigslist, Pawnshops). Ford and Chevrolet made several steel and aluminum 16.5" wheels back in the 80's and 90's, and you can still find them floating around for a couple hundred bucks a set.

While we don't recommend them, there's also spacers and wheel adapters. Several of our customers have reported having good luck with spacers and wheel adapters to adapt the military wheels to their trucks. We don't recommend them because of durability concerns, as most are made from machined aluminum, but they may work for you depending on the application. Here's an example of a standard aluminum wheel spacer:



Can I have my order shipped to where I work?

As long as you're approved to do so, we will ship them to your place of work. Residential shipping requires a residential delivery permit, which is why it costs $80-$120 more. There can be a commercial business next door to your house, and it would still be $80 to have it delivered to your house. However, we can ship to any commercial address so long as the business agrees to receive them for you. This can be your place of work, the shop that mounts your tires, or a friend's business. We have even shipped to a Japanese Steak House before. It just has to be a commercial address.

What's the difference between a "commercial address" and a "business address"?

A commercial address is a business that resides on property zoned as commercial property. Whereas a business address can be on commercial or residential zoned property. If you run a business out of your home, it's (typically) still residentially zoned, therefore you would still be required to pay for residential shipping.

Which 37x12.50x16.5 is the best tire?

They are all equally good tires for different reasons. It really just depends on what you're going to use them for. The data here is based on 6 years of customer feedback over our company's history.

The Goodyear Wrangler MT is the highway king. Our customers commonly report getting 40K miles out of them. They only come in D load range, and are typically mounted to the 12-Bolt wheels. They have a stiffer sidewall, which makes for a stiffer ride, which could be a good or bad thing depending on your application. The only actual downside is that, while they still manufacture these in limited quantities, the majority of them are typically a few years older than the modern BFG Baja and MT/R. However, because they are older, they are more common. Making finding a spare, in a tight situation, a little easier. Also, if you're using one piece wheels, the stiffer sidewall makes mounting them slightly more difficult and without a bead lock, losing too much air pressure will cause the tire to unbead itself from the wheel.

The Goodyear MT/R is the beauty queen. The MT/R is undoubtedly the best looking tire of the 3, and arguably the best off-road tire. I say arguably, because several of our rock crawling customers have reported that the firm, puncture resistant sidewall, isn't flexible enough. Which makes them more prone to blowing out, if while rock crawling, you come down hard on a hard surface. Our mud bogging and trail riding customers don't typically have these problems, and still argue that the MT/R performs the best off-road (out of the 3). The biggest downside to the MT/R, is that it's universally reported that they have the worst tread life. Averaging around 15K miles. Like the MT, if you're using one piece wheels, the stiffer sidewall makes mounting them slightly more difficult and without a bead lock, losing too much air pressure will cause the tire to unbead itself from the wheel.

The BFG Baja seems to be the best of both worlds. They have a more flexible sidewall, which makes them quieter and more comfortable on the highway, despite having the same sidewall thickness as the MT and MT/R. They aren't quite as aggressive looking as the MT/R, and they can't achieve the same mileage as the MT, but they perform well both on road and off. Our customers report an average of 25-30K miles, that they rarely have unbeading problems even at 0 PSI, and that they are easier to bead on a one piece wheel. They are also an older design like the MT, that's been around almost as long. Making them easier to find than the MT/R and also available on both the 12-bolt and 24-bolt wheels.

Does the military Goodyear Wrangler MT/R have Kevlar like the civilian MT/R?

No. They do not. Though the reason for that may surprise you. When we first started stocking the MT/R, this question came up more often than not, and this eventually lead us to speaking with a Goodyear representative with the Goodyear Military department. He explained to us that the Kevlar in the civilian model is simply used as a noise suppressor. The Durawall technology that's in both civilian and military models, is the puncture resistant portion of the tire. The Kevlar doesn't actually add any puncture resistance, and is therefore not needed for military applications.

Who is Rallequip.com?

Rallequip.com is a small business outside of Texarkana, Texas. We've been in the military tire business for over 8 years. We operate with 1-5 employees, depending on workload and time of year. We pride ourselves as being one of the top websites and resellers in the industry, by providing the easiest, most convenient, and informative military tire buying experience. We take calls, make appointments, and check our email 7 days a week between 10:00am-7:00pm CST.

As a small business, we also take pride in doing business with other small businesses. If you're a small business owner or reseller, feel free to contact us anytime about bulk discounts. Own a truck accessory shop? Email us your information and we can discuss cross promotion marketing (We post your ads, you post ours). Like our website? We designed it. We do all of our own graphics, business cards, and marketing in-house. If you're looking for assistance with getting your own automotive website running, need a logo designed, or just need some marketing advice, email us and we will do what we can to help get you going.  

If you have any questions or comments about this FAQ, please email us by using the "Contact Us" link on the home page. Rallequip.com Copyright 2017