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Running radials and bias plys at the same time

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by xnoahx, Jul 23, 2001.

  1. xnoahx

    xnoahx 1/2 ton status

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    i heard somewhere that you shouldnt run radial tires with bias ply tires somewhere, and i was just wondering if you really arent supposed to do it. Also, what is better, radial or bias? Im wondering because its almost time to replace two of my tires(36" Swampers) and i would like to go with the radials if they wear better and are safer. but i will still have two bias tires on the truck.

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    Re: Running radials and bia plys at the same time

    I've heard the same thing, that is not run bias with rad.
    As far as wich one is better , Bias are a little tougher, but thats about all I know about them.

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    bias have stronger sidewalls and get a flat bottom when they sit so you have to drive it out which only takes a couple miles and radials have better tread life for onroad and alittle better manners too. But they are both good

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  4. HarryH3

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    They handle quite differently and having a mixture of types on a vehicle will make it feel pretty squirrely going down the highway. [​IMG]

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    It is especially important not to mix them on the same axle.

    Pete

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    Just curious, why would you only need to replace 2 of your tires? Am I the only one that rotates my tires with every oil change to keep the wear the same? Please don't tell me I'm wasting time.......

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    I have herd of this befor but did not remember untill now. I have 36" TSL bias plys but my spare is a 35" BFG. I don't ever plan on blowing out one of the TSL's but stuff happens. Would I be safe to drive it home (lets say 50mi or so)?

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
     
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    Hay xnoahx you live in SoCal too. If you are replacing your 36's would you mind giving me one of your warn down ones? Than I would not have to worry about having a 35" radial as a spare.

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
     
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    i already have two old 36" swampers laying around but the tread on them is just about gone. Im talking almost slicks. but if you want one its yours. Im not exactly sure when im going to replace my two tires that are almost done because i dont have the money right now. And the reason that im only replacing two is because i already replaced two and i couldnt afford the $700 for all 4 at once

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    I would not mix them. Very bad idea, although radials are best for the road.

    Tim
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    It is not recommended to mix them but...
    I drive a Class A motorhome.
    I've put two radials in front and the four rear tires are bias.
    I haven't really noticed any difference driving it but I intend to change the four rear ones to radials.

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    My trailer has 7.00 x 15 Bias plys on it. I had to put on the spare, a 235/75R15 radial. Can't tell the difference, but I so still plan on fixing it.

    Pete

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