Remould 4×4 tyres: Everything You Need to Know

Expert 4x4 remould tyres UK advice from the Pro Team at 4x4 Tyres

Kris Sarabadu by Kris Sarabadu - updated Jul 11, 2024
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Remould 4×4 tyres (sometimes called recycled, retreaded 4×4 tyres or remanufactured 4×4 tyres) carry a bit of a long-standing reputation for poor quality that has been hard to shake off. In this article, we’ll explain why this reputation is no longer fair, and why remould 4×4 tyres can make a great choice for certain 4×4 drivers.

What is a remould tyre

Remould 4×4 tyres are a combination of a used tyre carcass with a new tread and sidewall moulded to it. Remoulds made by the best brands, such as Insa Turbo, have been through rigorous design, research and development stages and extremely strict quality control.

The benefits of recycled tyres are well known to the commercial vehicle and civil aviation industries. According to the BTMA, 80% of civil airliners are fitted with remould/retread tyres.

Remould tyres on Land Rover

What are the benefits of remoulds

There are two main benefits of remould 4×4 tyres – cost saving and reduced environmental impact. 

Budget 4×4 tyres remoulds: Good quality remoulds like an Insa Turbo all-terrain is roughly half the price of an equivalent new premium-brand tyre, yet to look at one close-up you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a brand new tyre.

From an environmental standpoint, remoulds reduce the energy needed to make tyres, reduce the use of raw materials including oil and steel, and reduce the resulting air pollution. In fact, Insa Turbo says they have prevented 7 million tons of CO2 emissions in the past 20 years.

"Best all-terrain tire on a budget: Insa Turbo Ranger" - An image of a tire with the brand name "Insa Turbo Ranger" written on it, designed for all-terrain use and available at an affordable price point

Are remoulds safe 

 

As long as you choose a reputable brand, and look after them, they are as safe as new tyres. Insa Turbo tyres are made in Spain and must conform to ECE regulations (there’ll be an ‘e’ mark on the sidewall). Insa Turbo also inspects each used tyre one by one to make sure it’s safe to use again, and they only use carcasses under 5 years old.

Of course, you need to follow the same advice as with new tyres, like regularly looking for sidewall damage, and as they get older make sure you keep an eye on the manufacturing date (the 4-digit code that shows the week and year of manufacture). Once they get past about 5 years old you should consider changing them as the rubber will be starting to lose compliance.

It’s also important to consider the load and speed ratings of remoulds compared to new tyres, as they’re usually a little lower. For example, an Insa Turbo all terrain remould in 265/70R16 size has a load rating of 112 (1120kg) and a speed rating of Q (100mph), whereas the equivalent BFGoodrich tyre has a load rating of 121 (1450kg) and a speed rating of S (112mph). In the real world, it might not matter, but it’s worth knowing that you’d always be driving nearer the limits of a remould tyre.

Are remoulds suitable for 4x4s

In a word, yes. There are several situations where using remould 4×4 tyres, is all cost-related (leaving the environmental benefits to one side). If you’re going off-roading at the weekend but your truck doesn’t get used all week, you could consider budget 4×4 tyre remoulds to keep your costs down. Likewise, the lower cost of remoulds could make it easier for you to run two different sets of tyres on a vehicle, such as an all-terrain and a mud terrain. That way you could use a tyre that’s more comfortable and quiet for road use and a different tyre that’s designed to cope with heavy mud when you go off-roading.

Remould 4×4 tyres can also make a lot of sense for off-road racing, where you might want to have different treads available for different events, and where the cost of replacing potentially regular blow-outs could get pretty high It makes practical sense to opt for budget 4×4 tyres remoulds.

For off-road racing, pattern choice is also really important. Because Insa Turbo makes so many variations of MT and AT tyres, there’s plenty of choice of tread patterns. For example, we range five different Insa Turbo remould mud terrain tyres, each with a different level of aggressiveness. The more aggressive the tread, the better it will be at plugging mud, but this will be at the expense of outright speed. So depending on the type of racing you’re doing, you can choose something that’s really dialled into the terrain without needing to spend huge amounts.

What type of tyres are available as remoulds

A decent manufacturer like Insa Turbo will have a number of different tread patterns in their range. We also list three all-terrains including the popular Ranger, which uses a well-proven tread design that could easily pass for something twice the price.

Summary

Remould 4×4 tyres shouldn’t be looked at as inferior any more. Of course, you get what you pay for and a premium-brand new tyre is likely to last a little longer, be a bit quieter, and perform a bit better on the road if you don’t mind paying the extra cost.

If you do plenty of off-roading, you might find that a decent remould like an Insa Turbo gives you the performance you need with lower purchase and environmental costs.

 

If you’re still looking for help and advice about 4×4 remould tyres UK, just get in touch with our expert team by email, chat or phone and we’ll be glad to help. get in touch with our pro team for expert advice.

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