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Help Me Pick out Tires

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by cederic, Apr 14, 2001.

  1. cederic

    cederic Registered Member

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    Went shopping for new treads for my newly acquired 85 today.
    BFG 32X11.5,
    Good Year Wrangler 31X10.5 and
    Bridgestone Duelers 31X10.5.
    All three saleman said "This is what you want" Okay, dude.
    What I want...And I may be dreamin, Is a good highway tire that will also perform well in sand, mud & snow.
    I'm not financially able to lift my rig just yet, and my wife likes the running boards.
    So I need to find a size and make that will work on factory rally wheels to satisfy both my wife and more importantly...
    MEEE.
    I don't ask for much do I.

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  2. bigerik

    bigerik 1/2 ton status

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    Give up on trying to get a nice highway ride and get Super Swampers. They have TSL/SXs in a size like that. You will be glad you got Swampers when you wheel--you can't get stuck on the highway!

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  3. Pure Insanity

    Pure Insanity 1/2 ton status

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    heh!i never thot of it that way!thats how ill justify the whole thing now.why lift your blazer so high?well i cant get stuck on the pavement!!!!I LOVE IT!!!!for real ill use that.hahahahaha![​IMG]check out the new(i think)goodyear m/ts im not sure what theyre called but theyre a radial and have a REAL aggressive tread.i just seen em the other day,theyre impressive.

    PURE INSANITY
    86 blazer see it at:<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.zing.com/album/pictures.html?id=4292792569>http://www.zing.com/album/pictures.html?id=4292792569</A><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by pureinsanity on 04/14/01 09:18 PM (server time).</FONT></P>
     
  4. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    A lot of the guys here don't care for the Duelers- I was never a big fan of Firestone/Bridgestone products myself because of some bad experiences with their products in my teen years.......

    HOWEVER

    The local tire guy(and buddy) suggested I try the Dueler ATs about a year ago when I was in the market for new tires. He gave me a smokin' deal, and I'm glad I followed his advice. Although I can't vouch for their performance in severe off-road conditions, the Duelers have proved to be a pretty good all around tire. Good on the highway, not too noisy, and they don't seem to be wearing out very fast.

    Check out my snow pics in my photo album below. I had NO problems travelling through 28 inches of snow!!!!!!!!!!! My old Goodyear Workhorses sure didn't work that well..........



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  5. Pugsley

    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    Of the 3 you listed, I'd go with the BFG. The new All-Terrain KO is a good all purpose tire, more than capable of anything stock suspension will get you into.

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  6. Peeetah

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    Pro Comps

    Just Purchased some 33's All Terrian. Got them at 4Wheel Parts for 112 each and no tax(However, I had to really argue to get them to honor their lowest price guarentee!) I ended up picking them up at the warehouse distribution center. It seems they are made by Copper tires. The All Terrians look great are 50 state seveare weather rated and have more tread then their BFG counterparts. However The Pro Comps are only double cored while the BFG's are triple cores. Pro Comps spins this as the double core dissapates heat faster and prolongs the life of the tire.
     
  7. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Re: Pro Comps

    I have BFG MTs, 33x12.50s. Been on almost four years with about 50,000 miles and still have 5/32nds tread depth left. Take that for what you will.

    "Liberals ain't mean, they just don't have any common sense!"
     
  8. CaptCrunch

    CaptCrunch 1/2 ton status

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    Well no AT tire will perform as well as a MT and no MT will ride as quiet as an AT. My truck came w/ Dueler AT's and they SUCK! They are loud and don't offroad for crap... at least mud and snow. Sand I dunno... I hear the BFG AT's (tko's) are great! Also have heard great things about Pro Comp AT's (I went w/ MT's and they ride pretty quiet on my friend's J@#p). I'd say go for the Pro Comp MT's because they will off-road a lot better then an AT. They don't clean themselves very well IMO. Best AT's I ever had were Kelly AWR's... whisper quiet, 40,000 mile warranty w/ road hazard, and handled mild mud and snow AWSOME! You wouldn't guess from looking at them. BTW, if she was refering to Goodyear MTR's ( and I believe the new Pro comp extremes or whatever are like this too) they just melt on rocks... But they give no milage and really wear down qiuick on the street.. spendy too.

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  9. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    You must have had a different version of the Duelers than I do, Crunch............Mine are nice and quiet, and snow, well, the pics speak for themselves!!!!!!!!

    Maybe mine were made in Canada............[​IMG]


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  10. CaptCrunch

    CaptCrunch 1/2 ton status

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    LMAO... I checked out the pics... you're truck looks way too much like mine w/ the snow on it... same paint scheme and all LOL.
    I dunno, but not very thrilled w/ them. We had a alot of wet stuff here in MN so I guess I really can't expect an at to clean it out... but they were always clooged w/ the crap. The AWR's I put on (which I have always had good luck w/) Got moved to the back despite the less aggressive tread look because they never were clogged up. Other then that then have worn pretty good since I have got the truck and look brand new. They don't roar, but I would say they are louder then a BFG AT (IMO). All going bye bye for my 35" Pro Comp mt's very soon though [​IMG]!


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  11. solowookie

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    I gotta tire question... What does everybody think about Pirelli Scopion AT's?

    I've seen them, and they look pretty nice. I even had a set on a S-10 Blazer and I liked them. However, I've never really run anything else I could compare them to...

    <font color=blue> Jeff </font color=blue>

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  12. Twiz

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    Goodyear ATS have my vote! (not on the list but that is what I would get) They have that dual channel thing, I've driven alot of trucks/suv with these at work, and they seem to do great in the snow, good on the freeway and probably hold their own with the BFG A/T off road (althow I don't know for sure, the trucks I drive are not mine) I don't know how the compare doller wise.

    Twiztid

    Oh yeah, DITCH THE RUNNING BOARDS !!!<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by Twiztid on 04/15/01 06:30 PM (server time).</FONT></P>
     
  13. taterblazer

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    Depends where you get them. If your using them on road mostly make sure you get a milage warranty. If they're off roaded a lot a hazard warranty would be good. Check with Les Swab and Big O. I went with the Hankook's from Big O. Good warranty and price.
     
  14. dyeager535

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    Gotta say that the 33x10.5R15's BFG AT's on my K5 ride real nice. Just bought them, but even with no sound deadening in the vehicle at ALL I can BARELY hear the tire "hum" with the window down (not at all with the windows up) unlike my dads with MT's, which you can really hear. No chance to take them off road yet, although by the sound of dirt hitting my wheelwells after taking a short detour, they clean out decently.

    With no lift, factory 3 leaf fronts, 6 leaf rears, in the '81-91 wheelwells, there is no rubbing, and unless I really softened up the suspension (IE softer springs) to let it flex, there is no way they can rub. On factory 15x8 Rallyes too BTW.

    Should do real well in water, and light snow, since the narrow tread will allow the vehicle to "dig down" and cut through water a bit better than wider tires.

    They fill up the wheelwells VERY nicely and look sharp I think.

    Don't forget your speedo is going to be off once you change tire size.

    Dorian
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  15. muddin4fun

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    BFG's are the best "bang for your buck" tire. And they're really good tires. I would go the BFG route.

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  16. chvyhs

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    Just get AT's on the front and MT's on the back. That's how my Blazer was when I got it. It was kind of the middle ground for the previous owner. Haven't you ever seen the competion trucks with the Boggers on the back and the regular Super Swampers on the front?
    Seriously I would go with the 33" AT's. A friend of mine had 35" AT's while I had 35" Gumbo Monster Mudders and he went everywhere I did on a trip to Ocitillo Wells(desert). You can see some of the pics at my web site, http://chvyhs.coloradok5.com
     
  17. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Here's some insight to Pirellis. Last year I pitted for a Class 8 off-road team that was running them. It was the third race on them, they were R&Ding them for Pirelli. First race, they sucked; second was a little better and the race I went with they didn't have any tire related problems. At the time all they went up to were 33's, but were planning on 35's soon. But Pirelli has shut down their plant here so I don't know what the status was. My father-in-law has a set on his truck. Overall impressions of the tire are good but I would be leary of them now.

    "Liberals ain't mean, they just don't have any common sense!"
     
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    Thanks for the info... Always appreciated.

    I don't really hear much about them, and man, was the price right!! I thought it a bit strang that I haven't really heard much about them.

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  19. tRustyK5

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    Have you considered the General Grabber MT? I had/have a set in the 35x12.5 size and they wear like iron. They also dig real hard and self clean very well. Tire noise wasn't too bad until a bad ball joint on a long trip cupped one tire badly...[​IMG]
    The cost is very reasonable too.

    Rene

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  20. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    They announced the closing of the plant in Hanford; that's Central Valley CA. Claimed they were not making enough money, blah blah. I had a contact inside Pirelli management at the time, told me they were moving to GA. When the time was right, Pirelli announce they were moving to GA. Makes sense from the money standpoint, problem is this area just about has the highest unemployment in the country.

    "Liberals ain't mean, they just don't have any common sense!"
     

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