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Narrow Wheels up Front?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by m1ndless, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. m1ndless

    m1ndless Banned

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    I saw a truck today that had 31" X 9" in the front and 35" X 12.5" in the back, I asked him why he had it set up like that and he said its better for traction, narrow tires go deeper and its alot easier to control? I chatted witht his guy for a bit and it seemed like he knew what he was takling about, but I am not sure..I have never seen another truck like that before, it looked kinda goofy.

    Is this true? I know quads and sandrails are like that, big fat tires in the back and small skinny ones in the front..
     
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    he doesn't do much mud, does he? especially with the weight of these trucks, it sounds like he's just asking to bury his front axle and get stuck. the vehicles i see with that setup are small, light, usually 2wd, with IFS, if not independent rear as well. and how the heck did he do his gearing? he'd have to calculate what ratios to run front and rear to compensate for the different tire sizes. that's just strange. i'll stick with 4 same-size tires and keep the gear ratio the same inside both pumpkins, thanks.
     
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    m1ndless Banned

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    It wasnt a blazer, I should have mentioned that, it was a 2wd truck, I think a tacoma, it was an older toyota.
     
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    Big wide tires are good . Aired down and enveloping rocks :thumb:
     
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    I can understand 35"X9" (do they exist?) up front and 35"X12.50 in the rear.

    But not 31's front with 35's rear.
     
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    Yeah, it loooked REALLY goofy, I wished I had a camera with me, he said its alot better, but I don't want to try it out haha
     
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    not only would it look strange...

    I dunno, doesnt seem like a great idea. Might be an interesting concept, if you were doing oval track racing or something..
     
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    oh, a prerunner setup. then no, he wasn't talking out of his a$$. i don't think it would work well in mud or rocks, but i've seen some of them perform well in sand, as long as they keep their speed up and keep the front tires rolling. when the tires themselves slow down, they just start plowing the sand and dig a pit to get stuck in.
     
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    maybe he misunderstood you?? in the 70s around here in MICH. people used to put SNOW TIRES on the rears of 2x4s.maybe 245s on the front and 325s on the rear.for traction.i think Kelly Springfields were the most popular.:D :D
     
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    I've seen trucks on the dunes like that except they usually run paddles. I would think its set up for drags.
     
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    OK,was he driving it or trailering it??:D
     
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    70s...my dad still does that on his S10

    205s in the front and 235 or 245s in the back. They are some OLD OLD Sear tires:haha:

    It used to be my pickup and I did the same thing. Those tires and I had like 400 lbs of sand bags in the back. I cant ever remember geting stuck in that thing. Granted I stayed out of the stuff I knew I couldnt make it through.

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    and like I said...it used to be mine:wink1:
    2.8s and 5 speeds made for a tricky powerbrake but I could do it:D
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    It was on a trailer being towed by his silverado mall crawler.
     

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