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Tell me what tires to buy...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by clubba68, Aug 16, 2004.

  1. clubba68

    clubba68 1/2 ton status

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    Alright guys. Just found a gash in the sidewall of one of my Swampers so they can't be used on my project. Need to get new tires tomorrow. Here is the details on my K5:
    1970 K5
    D44/14BFF w/ 4.10's
    6" TC EZ-Ride front lift
    Echobit 5.5" + 1" E-Zero rate rear
    I was thinking something in the 37" range.
    I looked at the SSR series Swamper TSL's and it says the tire diameter of the 37x12.50 is 33.9" while the 35x14.50 is 35.2"
    Are the 35's going to be taller? Didn't really understand that spec. What do you guys think? It won't be driven on the street much, mostly a weekend wheeler, but it is also my only vehicle. I will be at school though and not driving the roads too much. I want radial tires, but tell me what you guys think. BTW, the tires don't have to be Swampers. Anything you guys want to throw out there. Only have about $1000 or less to spend and would ideally like to do 5 tires, but 4 is fine. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  2. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    go with the iroks they are a awesome tire /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Andrew, you misread something somewhere, cause a 37x12.5x15 SSR TSL has a O.D. of 36.8" look here
     
  4. clubba68

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    [ QUOTE ]
    Andrew, you misread something somewhere, cause a 37x12.5x15 SSR TSL has a O.D. of 36.8" look here

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    I read it on DesertRat's page.
    What do you think Jeff?
     
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    My next set of tires will be 37's, but I'm getting the Goodyear MT/r's

    The IROK's or the SSR's are a good tire, but if you want them to last any length of time, you'd better get the radials and not the biased ones.
     
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    Mostly mud and muddy trails and snow. No rocks. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I'd say for [ QUOTE ]
    Mostly mud and muddy trails and snow. No rocks.

    [/ QUOTE ] Boggers or Ground Hawg's. I went with the Ground Hawg's because they will out last most tires on the market. But I did spend more then a grand for mine. Have you check the parts forum for used tires ??
     
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    what about the 36 x 13.5 claws to get a little wider?
     
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    I just spent like 750 for my 38.5 ground hawgs...and that was a shipped price!! they are for sale at Tyres1
    Pretty damn good price for 38.5's if you ask me!!
     
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    mrk5 The Sticker Guy Moderator Vendor GMOTM Winner Author

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    36" IROKS
     
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    IROKS! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    go with boggers
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Mostly mud and muddy trails and snow. No rocks. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    I'd go with either the TSL's or TSL SX's.... SSR's aren't that bad either.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
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    Mostly mud and muddy trails and snow. No rocks. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    SSR's aren't that bad either.

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    Having seen them in operation this weekend, I disagree. SSRs are completely worthless off road. They are designed for quiet road performance and it shows.
     
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    Having seen them in operation this weekend, I disagree. SSRs are completely worthless off road. They are designed for quiet road performance and it shows.

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    Well, then I must be blind. A friend of mine ran them on a K5 the same time I had my TSL's and there wasn't a huge difference. You sure you're not thinking of the Thornbirds?
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
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    Mostly mud and muddy trails and snow. No rocks. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    SSR's aren't that bad either.

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    Having seen them in operation this weekend, I disagree. SSRs are completely worthless off road. They are designed for quiet road performance and it shows.

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    I have to disagree, SSR's are not completely worthless, they are still a step above BFG and similar MT's. I do however wish I had the regular TSL's now that my truck is only driven for wheeling.

    As to the question at hand, I was just looking over the ad from 4WPW and they list the 37x12.50x15 SSR's and Irok radials for the same price. If it were me I would go with the Iroks, the SSR's are not as aggressive enough IMO for a truck that will mostly see trail duty. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    My vote is for 38x12.5 or 14.5 tsl sx's
     
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    /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif The 42" IROKS are out, but there a little skinny, only 14"...........boggers /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
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    Having seen them in operation this weekend, I disagree. SSRs are completely worthless off road. They are designed for quiet road performance and it shows.

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    Well, then I must be blind. A friend of mine ran them on a K5 the same time I had my TSL's and there wasn't a huge difference. You sure you're not thinking of the Thornbirds?

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    You're looking at the tread design and obviously not the void ratio and lug spacing.

    SSRs are probably better than BFG M/Ts but IMO if you're going to deal with the tradeoffs of swampers you sure as hell better have something better to say than that they're slightly better than BFGs or Goodyears. If I wanted radials I certainly would have BFG M/Ts or Goodyear MT/Rs or similar, or IROKs as you say.

    If all I ever ran was mud I would certainly have Boggers without question, especially with minimal street use.
     

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