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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by jimmyjack, Dec 27, 2000.

  1. jimmyjack

    jimmyjack 1/2 ton status

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    For Christmas I got tires. I get to pick what tires I want anyway. I'm deciding betwwen Discount Tire Pathfinders and Big O's. Ive never bought Big O but my friend swears by them. Anyway I have an 83 wuith a 2.5" lift, would 32 or 33's be better? They're all relatively the same price so thats not an issue.Whattya think and why?

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    also look at pep boys futura all terrain for 79 a piece theyre a bargain and bitchen tread
     
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    my friend has the futuras and loves them!!!! he swears by them

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  4. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I'd go with the 33" Big 'O's. They have an awesome warranty. You kill the tire, they give you another one. Off road or on.[​IMG] I would have bought them but they didn't make them in a 35x12.5x16.5.

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    Go with a 33" tire. And like Rene said, the Big O has an awesome warranty, and I have read a couple reviews on them, and they are supposed to hold their own.

    89 K5 Silverado
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    You know what? I say Discount. My dad had a set of Big O's on his truck, one of the belts broke, leaving a nice 2 inch bulge in the tread. Felt real nice driving down the street : ) Anyway, they prorated the replacement. There was plenty of tread left on the tire. I SPECIFICALLY asked Discount about this, and if you get a stick through the sidewall, they will replace the tire for FREE as long as it has over 2 or 3/32nd of tread left. Not only that, free rotation and balance for life of tire, as well as they do flat repair free for ANY tire brand! They earned my business with that alone.


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    If you go with the 33's and 2.5 lift, if you get much flex your gonna get some tire rubbage. You may want to go with the 32's.

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    Anyone ever run the 33X10.5R15's?? I will eventually be testing them on my truck (3/4 ton springs, no lift) to see if they will rub. Every 33 I have seen rub is the 12.5" wide ones, and its always RIGHT at the edge of the tread. If the tires were narrower, this wouldn't be a problem. Losing 2 inches of width would IMO solve this problem completely. Not only that, but better in mud, snow and water too than the 12.5's. The '81 3/4 ton pickup I'm driving right now has somewhere in the vicinity of 32.9" tires on it, but they are narrow (285mm) for their height and they aren't even close to rubbing. I think the 33x10.5R15's will solve that problem on our trucks...still haven't found someone that has tried though!

    Dorian
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  9. HarryH3

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    Dorian, I ran BFG AT's in the 33x10.50x15 size on the stock facotry aluminum wheels on my '87 Blazer, with the factory suspension. I wheeled that truck a lot and never had a problem with the tires rubbing.

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    Usually it's the rim offset that causes the 'rub'. Aftermarket rims that are wider than stock have more offset, this puts the tire edge out farther as well. No probs until the tire is turned and stuffed. If you stuff the 12.5 onto a factory 7" rim they probably won't hit. At least not as bad as with a rim with more offset.

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    i know a guy that used to have an '85 K5 with a 2.5" lift and he ran 35x9.5R15s and they never rubbed, but he only used it for mud.

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    Thanks a lot Harry! That gives me a good feeling. Another thing about Discount, they were the ONLY ones that said that after mounting those tires on my truck, they would check for rubbing by dropping the truck off the lift with one wheel on a stack of tires or something, to see if it would rub...very cool.


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    When they check for rubbing turn the wheel lock to lock if possible, thats usually when they rub.

    Rene

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    Here in Ca Discount is Americas tire and let me ell you i love those guys, i had a couple tires slashed on my Riv. and thats not covered by road hazard b/c its vandalism, but the manager gave me half price on the new ones, carried over all my covverages, and mounted and balanced them, no problem, i've never had a prob. getting any tire replaced there, And by the way, the pathfinders are made by Kelly, and i have always had good performance out of Kelly's I used to have the older style Pathfinder AT's on my truck, my brother had them on his scout and we both liked them alot, i can't really say anything about the new bfg looking tread design though i had the older design. My .02.

    RaisedK5

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  15. Channing74

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    ok i got money for christmas too ..... im gonna get the interco thornbirds...... i want the boggers but ....... im not in the mud that often ..... and it is a daily driver.

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    Uh... I've heard nothing but bad about the thornbirds. Do a search, it might come up. This board and off-road.com.

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    Just get yourself some swampers. That's what my wife got me for Christmas. If you don't want to go that route, I'd try a nice BFG. My last set lasted me a loooooooong time. They've got around 40k miles on them now and are only coming off because of the rebuild.

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    I would go with the Big Os. I have been running them on all my cars and trucks for many years and have had no problems. They also wear very well. I had a set of Bigfoots go 40000 miles. I use to run BFG mud terrains and TAs but I like the Big O tires A lot better. The bigfoots hook up good off road too.
     
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    I had the 35x14.50 thornbirds and I loved them. I never had one single problem with them. However they did wear fairly quick and the ride was rough due to being unable to balance them.

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    OK the jury is back and the verdict is in. I went with the Discount Pathfinders. The salesman at Big O kinda rubbed me thr wrong way so I went back home to Discount (I used to work there). Anyway instead of trading in my old Pathfinders the salesman did an adjustment and knocked 60 bucks off of each tire. I couldn't say no. They also have a 50,000 mile warranty along with the road hazard. Time to update the profile to include 33's!!!

    creepin' and crawlin'

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