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TSLs vs TSL radials vs. SXs

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by DesertDueler, Aug 20, 2002.

  1. DesertDueler

    DesertDueler 1/2 ton status

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    I am lifting my tow rig again (87 Burb). Its getting a 8" lift and 38-39.5s. It tow with it so I need tires that handle decently. I really only tow my 18' howard flat bottom (3000 lbs with trailer). Which tire should I go with for good on road handling. I run 35" MTRs right now and they are awsome, but since they only go to 37s, they arent big enough. And towing to the lake is a 120 mile round trip.

    Dan
     
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    Sandman 3/4 ton status Author

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    38" radial. The big bias tires suck on the street. Even worse when its cold.
     
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    Shaggy 3/4 ton status

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    <font color="green"> That's alot of tire on a tow rig... I'd say go for the TSL radials or a Ground Hawg Radial. I hear the that the Hawgs wear real good, but I've also heard a story about the Radials going 40,000 miles on a 3/4 ton Dodge when they are maintained meticulously. </font color>
     
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    DesertDueler 1/2 ton status

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    Well, I dont use the boat ramp at the lake, so I drop in on the mud. With the lakes keep dropping down, I need to go further in the water to get the boat off the trailer. The taller the truck, the less I have to worry about things getting wet.
     
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    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    TSLs are great i have em. /forums/images/icons/cool.gif /forums/images/icons/grin.gif and the SX is the narliest tire out there. i like the reg. TSLs more than the radials.
     
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    I would stay away form the bias ply TSLs personally. I have 15-35x16.5s and I'm about ready to shread them. Great off road tires and local road running. Any type of distance and they'll drive you nuts. I drove the truck 5-600 miles in one day when I picked it up and 300 mile round trip to the sand dunes last weekend. Really fed up with them for road running, but they do look great on the truck /forums/images/icons/grin.gif . Considering SSR radials, Parnelli Jones and Mickey Thompsons.
     
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    If you're towing, I say go for a radial tire. I like the regular TSL &amp; SXs the most, but the radial will ride smoother and last longer.

    Will
     
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    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    yeah they're loud. i went 170mi in one day and when i got back to vegas my ears were ringing, /forums/images/icons/frown.gif i wear ear plugs for highway use.

    but i still wouldn't trade em for anything! /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    They couldn't be that loud scott unless they're really high pitched.
     
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    Well I am not worried about the loudness, just the handling since I will be towing. I heard the SXs handle pretty well since they have a real stiff sidewall, is that correct?

    Dan
     
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    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    yeah the side walls on SXs are stiffer than TSLs and TSLs don't handle bad at all.
     
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    adam, (mudbogAD) combine the roar of the TSLs and the wind noise of having the windows down at 75mph for 2hrs straight. i couldn't hear the rest of the day. /forums/images/icons/frown.gif

    but i love them TSLs /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    Anybody else have any thoughts on this?

    Dan
     
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    If you are driving that much,I would stay with your MT/R's.The way I see it the Swampers are not going to give you the street performance of your MT/R's.But if you dead set on Swampers,I would go with the radials.If you are interested in 37" MT/R's I can get you a real sweet price at my local GoodYear dealer(under$160 each).Are you going to sell the 35's?Maybe we can help each other out.PM me if you interested.Mike
     
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    O may sell then, not sure yet. I may put them on my dads burb. I have a set of 5 with discount tire waranty on them. Can you get a warranty on the 37s through who you use?

    Dan
     
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    Yeah...It's an dealer(no five finger discount!).Brand new and ready to go when he orders a set.Let me know and I'll talk to him.He got FWP(Fred) his set.I want a set,but other things to get first(the set of Dick Cepeks are running fine for now).Mike
     
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    I wasnt trying to say you were stealing them, I just wanted to make sure that when I pop a tire on a rock, I can get it warrantied like I can at discount.

    Dan
     
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    Hey Dan,No big deal...I just wanted to be clear that I don't deal in that sort of business.I did'nt take it personally.Yes,It's a dealer...I believe the road hazard is $10-12 per tire.He just helped me out with a fellow CK/5er that had used tires mounted/balanced and installed for $32!Great guy....let me know if you're interested...ever.Mike
     
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    I will let you know if I go that route (37s) I will also let you know on the 35s.

    Dan
     

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