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      09-14-2010, 06:51 PM   #1
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Best way to ship tires?

I am going to be shipping out a set of tires this Friday, and I am wondering what is the best way to go about it? Fedex has always been the best priced, but I heard that now they require the tires to be enclosed? What is the best way to do that? Can two tires still be strapped together to create one shipment? I know this is not recommended for wheels and tires due to the weight and them being more fragile, but I think this is the best way to go for tires only...

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I do it all the time. 3 straps for 2 tires.
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I do it all the time. 3 straps for 2 tires.
Can these straps be purchased? And do you ship them enclosed? If so, in what?

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if you dont have straps, just use very thick tape and tape two tires together... you dont have to ship them enclosed. even disount tire/tire rack ships the tires without packaging.
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I've always just shipped individual tires "naked", no packaging. Never had an issue wiht Fedex or UPS. Highly unlikely to suffer any damage but you should also insure just in case.
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if you dont have straps, just use very thick tape and tape two tires together... you dont have to ship them enclosed. even disount tire/tire rack ships the tires without packaging.
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I've always just shipped individual tires "naked", no packaging. Never had an issue wiht Fedex or UPS. Highly unlikely to suffer any damage but you should also insure just in case.
When I said enclosed, I didn't mean a box... more-so some sort of plastic bag or wrap... I thought that was a requirement now, but I could be wrong. The last tire I had shipped to me came in a thick "pirelli" plastic covering. I have no idea where to get it though.

Thanks for the input...
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When I said enclosed, I didn't mean a box... more-so some sort of plastic bag or wrap... I thought that was a requirement now, but I could be wrong. The last tire I had shipped to me came in a thick "pirelli" plastic covering. I have no idea where to get it though.

Thanks for the input...
i ordered tires from discount tire a few weeks ago. it was strapped together in pairs and each pair of tires had a packing slip and billing info taped on the tire surface...no wrapping or bag or anything like that...

if you want to wrap it, how bout getting some tire bags from the local tire/wheel store?
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i ordered tires from discount tire a few weeks ago. it was strapped together in pairs and each pair of tires had a packing slip and billing info taped on the tire surface...no wrapping or bag or anything like that...

if you want to wrap it, how bout getting some tire bags from the local tire/wheel store?
Tire bags may work. Thanks for the suggestions. I will call and verify tomorrow regarding them being strapped without packaging... the more I search on the net the more conflicting answers I am getting.

What is better to strap the two tires together? Strapping tape or heavy duty zip ties? The strapping tape shouldn't damage the tires, right?
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I usually cut up a cardbox and cover the face of the wheel so it wont get messed up during shipping.
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I usually cut up a cardbox and cover the face of the wheel so it wont get messed up during shipping.
shipping two tires alone, no wheels.
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I shipped a pair last Month. I taped them together with brown packing tape, then wrapped them in cling film. No complaints from the courier at all
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We ship them with no covering all the time, so they shouldn't give you a hard time. We use both UPS and FedEx. Maybe policy is different over the counter rather than loading straight into their truck as we do, but unless that's the difference you should be fine.
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