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Super Swamper wear question...

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by reddog64, Feb 12, 2002.

  1. reddog64

    reddog64 1/2 ton status

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    Looking to get the swampers soon...

    I drive alot...

    Looking for a 35 to 39.5 range... must be 16 inch rim...
    You guy's have any ideas on which wear the best, last the longest?
     
  2. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    No idea on what you consider "good mileage" for a set of tires. For me.....12,000 miles is usually pretty good....although that's mostly on sports cars, not my K5! [​IMG]

    Just as a W.A.G. (Wild A$$ Guess) I'd say the radials might wear better on the street than the bias-plys. You gotta pay more attention to those bias-plys too, because it's easy to forget they're low on air....they still look normal. That kind of thing would certainly wear them out faster!!!



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  3. reddog64

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    someone said, I thought, they got 40,000 on there swampers? Anyone?
    Will the radials last longer? Providing trail carnage doesnt take a toll...
     
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    SWAMPRNR 1/2 ton status

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    About 20k is all i get out of mine . They dont wear good on pavement .

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  5. reddog64

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    what about the new KM's from BFG?
    Anyone got them yet?
     
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    I dunno about the swampers on road deal. I have heard guys say that the radials (Both TSL and SSR's) wear great, or that they wear like crap. Unless you want to shell out for new rims, in MT tires your options stop at supposably 35". I also think that on pavement you will get much better wear out of them if you rotate very often. Also keep in mind a locker is gonna make anything wear moe too

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    I got around 30,000 with some SSR's ...I got Radial TSL's now.



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  8. juanblzer

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    i have 36 tsls on 16s and they wear pretty fast. Some chunking if your on the "go" pedal too. This is definitely the softest tire i've ever owned. I've spun them on tires and there is always grindings of tires (a nice little pile i might add) under the rocks. They do wear quickly and I only bought them last December. I'm already worried about making them last. I rotate them often and all but I just might buy a set of 315 75 r16 pathfinders for street use. I've used those tires and thats about a 35" so It will make my swampers offroad only. The reason i choose pathfinders for street and light offroad is:
    they last a long time
    they are cheaper than BFG allterrains (by far)
    I've beaten a set of 305s and they never failed. air em' down and roll around.
    MY TWO CENTS. But who am I?

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  9. jekbrown

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    i may be wrong here..but doesnt BFG or ProComp make a 37x12.5 MT? maybe I am think of MTRs... I dunno...

    J


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  10. fr8train

    fr8train 1/2 ton status

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    BFG has a 37x12.5x17 .....nothing in the 15, 16, 16.5 in that size....and even then its not really 37"

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    BFG makes 37's in 17 rims only. Same on the MTR's, but they both cost a small fortune. PJ Dirt grips I believe come in 36 as do the Dick Cepik (sp?), but again the PJ's cost like $200 a tire and I have heard the DC's suck canal water except sand or rocks.

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    thats kinda lame...why dont they make bigger ones? Surely some peeps (with 15-16.5" rims) would like to run 37" MTRs...I guess some market-analysis geeks how found that there isnt a market...otherwise theyd make'em already!

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    My best recomenation is to get a set of all terrains for the road and a set of Swampers for off-road.

    I will never buy a tire like the M/Ts I have now again. Sure, they're good in mud and halfway decent on the road...but why not go to the extreme and have tires that are great in mud and another set that are great for the road? It just makes more sense to me.

    Plus, the older the M/Ts get, the crappier they are in the mud. Imagine if they never drove on the road...they'd be brand new for a long time.

    To me, it's just better to have two sets.

    I personally wish tire manufacturers would make 38x12.50 radials in a street oriented tread pattern that'd last long. Either that or make really hard mud tires.

    Tim
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  14. 76_Cheyenne

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    I've had my BFG KM's for a few months now and they seem to have harldy worn yet. But of course there are not 5,000 miles on them yet. I was gonna go for the swampers but this is a daily driver and I have to go from Washington to Montana and back for college. So i went with the BFG's

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    2 sets of tires isnt a bad idea...but unless u have a trailer for them, its hard to bring them along if u want to run your street tires to drive to the 4x4 site. If you are wheeling close to home, its no biggie just put on the swampers.....if u are driving 500 miles to get there..then u have a problem. Of course, even if you do have a trailer...what do you do with it while wheeling? Just leaving it somewhere with some nice street tires sitting on it is begging for theft...and you cant wheel with the trailer attached (duh!). Guess the only solution is to bring along a couple buddies who would "take one for the team" and watch the trailer. Leave them some beer...that might help. =p

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    If I was driving 500 miles every time I went 'wheeling, I might take my chances. That's a lot of miles to be putting on off-road tires.

    If you don't take my advice, I don't really care, but, I learned my lesson. No more off-road tires on the street for me once these are worn out.

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    I have BFGs too. Mine are a year old and they're showing wear that is less than exiting for what I payed for them.

    Tim
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    yeppers. I guess you could always have some kind of enclosed/lockable trailer. That might work. I wasnt suggesting that running offroad tires on-road was a good idea...just that dragging 2 sets of tires everywhere you go can bring up its own set of issues that should be addressed as well.

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    Does anyone know how Ground Hawgs wear?
    I have 40's on my truck that I bought used and my truck has been off of the road since 1997. Hopefully I will get to drive it by summer... that is my goal..
    I read alot about everyone buying super swampers but I really like the ground hawgs.... also i know a guy that has a daily driver with radial super swampers and he doesnt go through them that bad.???
    my $.02

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    oh yeah... I was talking to a guy and he said get the REAL MILITARY hummer tires.... oh they are 16.5 but they are so hard (rough ride) but he heard them lasting for 50-70k miles!!!!!!!

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