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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by DesertDueler, Oct 18, 2001.

  1. DesertDueler

    DesertDueler 1/2 ton status

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    I am getting ready to buy a new set of tires. I have the MTRs on the Jimmy now, but want to go with a swamper. I am going to put the MTRs on the burb. Never had a problem with the MTRs, even held up to the rollover, but jst want to go to a more aggresive tread and a little taller tire. I want to run in between a 36-38" swamper. Which one is the best for rockcrawling? The only street driving on them will be to the trail. I was thinging either the TSLs or the SXs.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&35"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Either is good, but if you're not going taller than 38.5 go with the SX...it's just evil[​IMG] I really like the extra tread down part of the sidewall, looks like it would work good on the rocks, plus I've heard they are a tough tire.

    Rene

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  3. DesertDueler

    DesertDueler 1/2 ton status

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    I will not go any bigger than 38.5". I am looking more into the 36x12.5-15 or the 38x12.50r15. I want to go tall, but stay narrow so I can fit through the trails. Dont want to go any bigger than 14.5" I only have a 4" lift, so I am trying to figure out what will fit without having to get rid of the inner fender wells in the front.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&35"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
  4. 77Blazer

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    Dueler go for the the 38.5X14.5 sx's. I love the combo of huge meats and a small lift!

    350, sm465, NP205, 14ff w/detroit, yucky ten bolt 4" springs,38.5x14.5 swampers
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    I agree with 77. I have the same setup.

    '79 K5, '79 Suburban, '76 Br**co, 77 K20
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    Everyone says to go with the SX because they think it looks cool. Tell them to send you the extra cash to pay for them and the extra gas they are going to suck. 38x12.50 SX is 9 lbs heavier than reg TSL, I think 38x14.50 SX is 96 lbs!!!! [​IMG]

    I have the 38x12.50 TSL and I have been really impressed. They have a really good profile that works well in a lot of different terrains.

    Still Poundin' "pavment" after all these years!!! [​IMG]
     
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    I wish they made the boggers in 38.5 x 14.5 I would be in heaven....

    -Zakk
    '77 K5 SB 400 TH350 NP203 p/t 6" Lift D60 14BFF 4.10's 36"Wrangler II's

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  8. Hossbaby50

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    Personally I like the 37" Bogger, but anything swamper should do you okay.
     
  9. DesertDueler

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    I have heard boggers dont work that well for rock climbing because of the big lugs not giving. It will be either TSL, TSL radial, or TSL SXs.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&35"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    Anybody? I am ordering them on monday or tuesday.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&35"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    one note about the 14.50 is that they stick out and it keeps your sheetmetal offof stuff (at least more than 12.50s) i noticed this alot at tellico where the dirt/rock sides of the trail are up to 4-5 feet in some places. the sidewalls hit before the body does. they are really pretty good (at least more than you would think) on the road. nothing really seems to bother them i.e. grooves, potholes etc. i agree about the extra weight. esp. on steelies [​IMG]!!!

    350 TBI, 700R-4, NP241, D44-14FF, 4:10's, 38.5 TSL/SX's, full conv., full cage
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  12. 84_Chevy_K10

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    I imagine that Boggers wouldn't be too good on the rocks. They're not even that great for sideways traction in mud. They do great in a straight line though! They're made for mud bog competition!

    Tim
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  13. DesertDueler

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    Not much mud here in AZ. Which ever tires I go with they are going on the black rockcrrawler rims 15x10.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&35"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
  14. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    No "S" yeild. I've got the dent to prove it. I am thinking 36x14 TSL-Rs on a 15x10 rim.

    Jim '80 GMC & '73 Blazer
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    I am not worried about dents, remember this is the Jimmy I rolled 6 times. It is pretty beat up.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&35"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    I'm about as worried as body work as you, but picture this: Going over a small but steep rock between two berms. Between the wet mud and watching too many other thing at once I slide and hit the left bank. No big deal just drive out, NOT. Where I slid there was a tree stump sticking out of the berm that almost completely filled the rear wheel well. I could go forward or back about 4". I ended up just gassing it and adding an new dent to the quater. Now this was at the top of an obsticle, if it had been in the middle or the ditch had been narrower things might have gotter ugly fast. Just something to think about.

    Jim '80 GMC & '73 Blazer
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    BTW I want the tires to tuck really well. The 35x12.50r15 MTRs rub the innerfenders in the back already pretty bad, if I set up to 14.50 will I have to cut those out and install new ones, or buy new rims with less offset? I dont want to have to buy new rims, and want to keep the back seat. Also I cant have them stick out to far because most of the trails in AZ are for jeeps not fullsizes.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&35"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    Please what ever you do, don't use a Radial Swamper, and 6000 lbs. they just don't go good together.
    The sidewall is just toooooooooooo weakkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.
     
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    Hey Executioner, how does it compare to the BFG. I heard they were having problems w/ the SSR, didn't know the TSL-R was having probs, too. Its a 2 ply, right? But they are thick plys like the Gennerals?

    Jim '80 GMC & '73 Blazer
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    My blazer doesnt weigh anywhere near 6000 lbs. I have not fiberglass top, no doors, no glass, and a plexyglass windshield. It is a 4" lift that is close to 5.5" now.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&35"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     

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