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Tires feel like they float...SCARRY Feeling HELP.

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by DuneRunner, Feb 20, 2002.

  1. DuneRunner

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    For about a month now I have had a set of used Mud Kings. And recently in the rain I have noticed that the truck likes to feel like its floating on a thin bed. And I feel that the lines in the road direct where it is that the tires go. I need a new steering stabilizer cuz the one on it now is 10+ yrs. old. I checked the air in them and I know that 1 is slightly low but that should not matter. Should IT?
    They where recently balanced, and when I break it starts to pull to the right. Now I'm thinking that it could be the big nuts behind inside the hub. So that's what I shooting for.
    Also would Siping or Seeping the tires work? I had BFG Alterains on before and no prob... Any HELP would be appreciated. And sorry for the long letter.

    Late <font color=green>KEN</font color=green>
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    The floating feeling is probably just that. You are basically floating or hydroplaning. It is common in mud tires. Siping should help, from what I understand, but I cannot vouch for it personally. I know I have to REALLY slow down when it gets wet out. Amazing how well these tires can grip wet rock and wet dirt (otherwise known as mud) but suck at gripping wet pavement!

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  3. DuneRunner

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    You know I must admit I'm going [stupid] o they don't have one for that...[​IMG] for going 65-70 on wet roads...
    Other then that They are great tires. Thanks for the reply. I thought that It was me going crazy.

    Late <font color=green>KEN</font color=green>
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    Wasn't too long ago that a friend on here was heading out to one of our "local" ORV parks. It was pouring rain and he has 38" swampers. He had to stop for the night and let the rain pass! Probably would have been better driving in the grass median than on the road!

    Brian
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    When I went from 31's to 33's my tires would get sucked into every little crack and rut in the road. Just hold on and ride it out. I'm on 35's now and it doesn't get any better.

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    I have Goodyear MTRs on the Jimmy and havent had any problems going fast in the rain, but on the otherhand the burb has BFG MTs and float all over the place in the rain. GO MTRs if you have alot of rain, luckly I dont have to worry about that here :)

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    Ken,

    They ride and hold the asphalt a heck of a lot better than my Swampers!! Especially the 38's. That's why those were my on-road tires.


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    I have the BFGs and I never noticed any floating.

    I absolutely hate the way these big tires track down the road. I keep convincing myself that my steering is worn out but I can't find any worn parts (balljoints are new).

    Oh well this just irritates me. I wanted a big truck that steered nice. :)

    Tim
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    If you are having tracking problems, the first thing I would do is let some air out of the tires. You are probably running about 35psi right? That's too much. Big tires need less air than smaller tires. Try 20psi and see if that doesn't help.

    Over 600 posts and still a "pavment pounder"...
     
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    HOLY COW. I'm going to try that cuz 35 PSI is what I have in now. letting it out tonight....THanks

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    Yeah airing down the tires will help a lot.Your rig should ride better too.
    My truck is all over the road when I have over 43 psi in my 31s" (rated for 50 psi). I keep about 28 psi or less in my 33s"(rated for 35 psi) At higher air pressures it likes to go where it wants, and I'm constantly fighting it on the freeway.

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    Thanks for the good word. I'll be heading to the ever so Popular Hollister hills in the morning and it is about an 1.5 hour drive so I'll find out how they do. Thanks again...[​IMG]

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    won't running it that low increase tire wear?
     
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    I have 2 sets of tires one set 33" MTs an one set 31" ATs I run the pressures stated in my above post and my tires are wearing nice and even.
    If the tires are wearing out in the middle they are over inflated. if they are wearing on inner and outer edges they are under inflated. I check my tires with a tread depth guage when I rotate them ( every 5K miles) And adjust the pressure to get the most wear out of them. My Wrangler ATs have way over 40K on them and I'll probabally get 1 more summer's use out of them.
    My 33s seem to wear and ride the best around 28 to 30 psi. depending on how much load i am carrying.

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    sweet, thats good information to know. Thanks alot, I'll be having to do that from now on... it may be a little more work "dialing in" the correct tire pressure, but if you getting that kind of milage out of the tires then it is very worth it.
     
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    I am running 32*11.50*15 and I pull a 23' travil trailer. I was having problems when a truck or semi comes up on me I can realy feel it. I have just had the front end re-done knowing that it was way past due.. I thought maybe that would help on the handeling pulling the trailer but it really didn't. I currently run 45 lbs in the tires, do you think if I lower the presure it might help? I use the proper load leveling hitch and a sway bar.

    84 K5, Crate 350, 700r tranny, 3.73 rear, 32 11.50 15, Q-jet
     
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    I just took the air out to 33 psi. and tomorrow I'll try it out for sure. I feel ya about the Semi trucks blowen by and it is a scary fealing.

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