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TSL vs Radial

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by TXsizeK5, Nov 26, 2001.

  1. TXsizeK5

    TXsizeK5 1/2 ton status

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    For 36x12.50/15
    Are tehre any Visual Differences in tread and side wall etc?
    What are differences off road? Also i read the desrciption for tsl and it said strict attention to air pressure when driving on highway, meaning...? what is it suposed to be at etc?
    Thanks.

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  2. Chris Demartini

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    <font color=blue>I have that size in radial. One is loud and wears fast, the other is louder, square when cold, and wears even faster. How much pavement driving do you do? Mud? Rocks? I need more info. If I could go back, I would have gotten SX's since they have stronger sidewalls, but I also dont have to drive my truck to work every day. Tires are a comprimise. They either work good off road, or they wear slow and ride nice. What do you want to do with your truck?
     
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    Isnt radial suposed to be quiter and wear slower?
    I do alot of pavement driving... offraod weekends... little highway, so im leaning towards the radials unless they totally suck off road or are just slightly better than the BFG KM's... what do you guys think... is it worth the 36 radial or go with 35 bfg Km?

    6in 87' K5 w/ 35" BFG muds.
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    <font color=blue>If you have to drive it every day, go with the BFG's. You'll like them better. Radials are a little quieter and last a little longer than bias ply, but the KM's are quieter than the radials and last longer.
     
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    If radials wear out faster, how come I've never seen a set of Ground Hawgs that were worn out?

    My next set of tires will be 38s. Radials are $50+ more expensive per tire. I'll put the extra $200 in the bank. 38s aren't going to have good street manners anyway.

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    <font color=blue>Construction alone does not dictate tread longevity. You never see worn Ground Hawgs because the rubber compound is so hard they dry out before they wear out. This is also why you never see them on the rocks.
     
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    I like the BFGs I have a set for my daily driver and going to buy them for my blazer. the new kms have a realy nice rim protecter.

    77 k5 400sb, edelbrock rpm, carter 625,4" rancho 3" body, 3.08 10bolt 12bolt 33-12.5 soon to be 4.56 and 35s bfg km
     
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    BigGrey summed it up pretty good. I assume that you are looking for a tire a bit larger then the 35's you have? I've heard the radial TSL's are ok on pavement, at least better then a Bias, Bogger, etc. I personally love the sound of a Swamper on pavement... tells me this rig is for real. I dunno about the SX's? Most fo the guys who run bias are because 1. they want a bogger or 2. because they want stronger sidewalls. On the otherside of the deal... butting wear aside, If you have nevered riden in a vehicle w/ cold BP's, well the tires do feel like they are square instead of round LOL. Good luck.

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    There are visual differences !
    Tsl Bias has no sidwbiters on the sidewall
    Tsl Radial has small sidebiters on the sidewall
    Tsl Bias has larger lugs and more space between the lugs
    Ts Radial has smaller lugs and less space betwwwn the lugs
    Tsl Bias has and 8 ply sidewall rating(actual pyhically has 4 thick nylon plies)
    Tsl Radial is Load C rated(actual pyhically has two thin polyester plies)
    There are measurable differences off road, traction, resistance to snag's(cuts),Snow ect.................
    Air pressure is critical to long life and long wearing, for both Tsl Bias and Tsl Radial.
    I did not read the words GOT ROCKS...........or GOT MUD.
    I think your looking for a street tire ?
    HTH
     
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    Alright check it out, I will be driving this everyday to school... average speed 35 with no trafik. Thats about it, just to school and back. Weekends an d stuff i can cruise around in my car. Beach... i can just ride with other people I guess cuz that requires a lil bit of highway driving.
    Weekends I off road and need a pretty good mud tire doesnt have the be awesome but i want to to be noticibly better than my BFG's. No rocks here just some hills that are dirt that traction is needed to climb. I also want a few sizes bigger if possible. I just want to know if i get 36 or 38 TSL's how long would they last me? They woldnt wear out extremly fast wouold they? What is ideal tire presure of TSL? Also for 38's would i have to cut alot of the fender??
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    6in 87' K5 w/ 35" BFG muds.
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    I've got the radials. And even with the air pressure at 32 psi on cold mornings I still feel a tad bit of a flat spot. But its usually gone by the time I get to the end of the street. As far as street performance......

    1, they are still noisy, but not too bad,
    2, they ride pretty rough at low speeds, after you get up above 30 or so they start to smooth out a little but thats when the noise starts to kick in
    3, The kick asss in the mud.

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    I'm running the 38 TSL Radials. I run 28-30 psi. For the 38s you'll need to do major cutting with just a 6" lift. I'm running 38 with 6" sus/3" body and I still rub, even after cutting the rear of the front fenders and moving the axle forward 3/4". I have pretty soft springs though and I use my truck somewhat agressively.

    Being that your in S. Texas and it really doesn't get "that cold" there. It really wouldn't take too long for the bias ply to warm up. I'd save the money and forget the radials.

    I live in South Dakota (temp in Tulsa) and I figured that the bias ply would never really warm up when the temps are below 0 for weeks. So I went with the 10ply radials.

    They ride ok on the street and still perform well offroad. I just drove 15 hours to SD on them and had no complaints from the wife. You get a little hum from them.

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    You get Flat spots on your TSL Radials in the mornings??? I never had that problem with mine.

    To the dude trying to decide between Radial and TSL...for you, I say, go with the Radials.


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  14. TXsizeK5

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    Well I mean in that magazine that oneguy ran 39 i think with a 4in lift... so i think i could clear 38's with a 6in.. i dont really care what my truck looks like as long as there is no rust and it does good offraod and doenst mess up.

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    Yeah, I park on the side of a hill and alot of the weight of the truck rests on the driverside tires. Sorta along the outter edge of the tread area. I've noticed in the mornings it feels like Im going over some small smooth speed bumps for about the 1st mile or so.

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    So im not the only one with radials that flat spot, i thought i was going insane, but i swear they do it, its probably more the sidewall than the tread though, anyway

    I've got 36" Radials and i drive it to work 15 miles on the fwy everyday, No complaints, Steve Fox (they are his old tires) put 10-15,000 on them and i think i've put another 8-10 on them, so they're up around 22-25,000 miles and i think i'll get into the 30-35,000 range easy. The key is inflation, find the right pressure for your truck and keep it there, also you should make sure they are balanced and stay balanced, i've never balanced mine and am starting to notice a little unevenness in one of them. As for offroad ability, i love my swampers, air'em down to 15 and they do real nice, and yes they kick ass in the mud, but also do well in dirt and on the rocks, at least the rocks i try to drive over. And as was said you can get the 10 ply load range E? 36" TSL radial if you're worried about the sidewall.

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