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Tire Dry Rot or Not

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One of our vehicles has Michelin Defender tires with close to 50K miles on them. The tires are 6 years and 3 months old. Tread is 5 - 6 32nds. Since the car will be around longer than the useful life of the current tires I figured I would just replace them now. I'm also curious if any of the photos show dry rot. Dry rot photos online typically show tires with far worse but figured I would share here for some feedback.

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At 5/32" I would not be doing any long distance high speed hot weather driving. 70 miles on the interstate in the summer, it would be time to change them Then put the old ones on CL and ask $125 for the 4 of them. I run the LXT MS Defenders on my truck. I used to drive back and forth on the interstate from Tucson to Silver City, about 4 hours @80.
Run into any wet weather at all the low tread tires would slip just a bit. Time to change them. The Defenders I buy are rated for 70K miles, @ 60K I am changing them. Hot weather and a blow out is not fun, from experience.
 
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