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What is the tallest, skinniest 15" tire?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by SilverMiner, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. SilverMiner

    SilverMiner Registered Member

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    Like the title says, I'm interested in finding the tallest, skinniest tire I can run on a 15x8 rim.

    I know Interco makes a 35x10.50x15 in their SSR series, but I'd like to hear of some other options. Does anyone make a ~35" tire with a tread width less than 10"? I suspect there might be something in a metric, but I'm not sure what the magic combination of section width / aspect ratio to search for. If there are more options available in a 16" rim, I may consider that also, as I'm currently running 255/85R16's - but I'd sure like to go back to the classic Ralleye wheels.

    So I'm sure you're wondering WHY DOES THIS IDIOT WANT TO RUN PIZZA CUTTERS ON A K5???

    Well, in nearly 25 years of working in the Northern Rockies of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming I've learned that 90% of the time when 4WD is REQUIRED to get where I absolutely NEED to be (working in the mining industry), it's because there is snow or ice on the ground. And nothing beats a narrow tread width for those conditions, whether it's creeping down I-25 in a blizzard trying to make it to Casper or bombing up a narrow drill road after 12" of fresh snow has fallen.

    Anyone else admit to having a tall/skinny fetish?
     
  2. stockk5

    stockk5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    i dont like the way they look, but fuction over form for u....when u put big tall skinny tires on ur truck, u have to drive around playing "she thinks my tractors sexy":D
     
  3. Citizen Rider

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    I know Super Swamper Boggers come in 38.5-11. I also remember SS had a TSL that was 9.5 wide just don't remember how tall they were. Lifted Dually's have to run a skinny tire so yeah there are some out there..........or I could take 2 seconds and see the person above me already said all this..............hey it's late.
     
  5. SilverMiner

    SilverMiner Registered Member

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    Interco seems to be the leader in the tall/skinny market, no doubt. I'd forgotten about lifted Dually's - but that means a 16" rim, and for whatever reason I've got a strong urge to go back to the classic 15" Ralleye's.
     
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    skidpan 1/2 ton status

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    the military tires are tall and skinny
    i have a set of 325/85 but they are 16.
    see if you can get ahold of the ralleye's in a 16
     
  7. diesel4me

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    new ??

    I had some old bias ply 9:00/15's I found on an old "P"series step van at a boneyard I ran on my 72 K5 for a few winters--they were THE best snow tires I'd had on any of my trucks!--tall and skinny is definately better in the snow than wide tires are..the 900:15's were about 31- 32" tall--they rode like steel tank treads,being bias ply with nylon cords!--but you could run curbs over and never hurt them!--they had an 8 ply rating!..

    I tried using 700:750/19.5" tires on my 74 K20 ,that I got from another old 60's Step Van,a 1 ton duallie..but the rims hit the calipers,since they were designed for drum brakes..after buying spacers,I decided I didn't trust having them held on by only half the threads on the lugs,and I didn't feel it was worth trying to find longer wheel studs,so I ended up taking them off..the truck looked VERY aggressive with the 19.5's though--looked like I'd lifted it 4",without doing anything but put the tires and rims on it..they didn't rub either,and I only had a 3" body lift...I wished I had tried getting longer studs,but lack of funds prevented it..

    I found some 6 lug 16.5" wheels after that,and ran 8.75 / 16.5 tires --they were only about 30" tall,but skinny..only about 6" wide!..
    I could outplow bigger trucks with big wide tires and lift kits--they would slide sideways,my truck went straight as an arrow..:D ..if I really wanted to show off,I'd put tire chains on all 4 tires..it was more like a bulldozer than a truck then!..:crazy:
     
  8. Citizen Rider

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    http://intercotire.com/site32.php Dually tires-

    34x9.50-15
     
  9. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    yeah, those michelins are always thin for their height. Look at a 48" michelin vs a 49" irok (aka baloon!) sometime. :thumb:

    j
     
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    qr78-15 Buckshot Mudders.36 inch tall and skinny. I had them on a 87 GMC 3/4 ton and they worked great in the Ontario,Canada winters.Once I drove 2 miles to work before I realised I had a rear flat.
     
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    Thanks for all the great links!

    I think what I'll do in order to scratch my itch for the 15" Ralleye is run them with a set of 35x12.50-15's in the summer, and continue to use my 255/85R16's in the winter. I've already got an good set of chains for that size tire anyway, so it would probably make the most sense money wise.

    Thanks again
     

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