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whats up with thornbirds?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by rjfguitar, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. rjfguitar

    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I have noticed that NO ONE is running super swamper thornbirds. Why? I have heard that they aren't very good in mud. they look like they would be ok for rocks and dirt plus I think they wear longer than TSL's and boggers. Is it the limited size selection? Not looking to buy a set for my truck but just curious why nobody runs them. Do they suck that bad? /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    They don't clean very well in mud, they don't grip very well on rocks... THE SIDEWALLS DO NOT FLEX AT ALL. My friend was around 6-8 psi and they looked like they were at 30psi
     
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    Two words..."they're gay."
     
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    And yes, they do suck that bad. They're loud and obnoxious, they vibrate way worse than regular swampers so the ride is total crap, plus no grip off road. The most pathetic tire ever made. IMO, only good for a truck that is driven onto and off of the trailer and no further.
     
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    Have a buddy who's girl has them on her HEEP /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif and they said those things blow.Ride like she-it, do not clean well,and wear very fast on the street
     
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    you mean stuckturds?? they're shat for tires..
     
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    Thornturds?

    Yeah there good for planter boxes and swings...
     
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    I think they look kind of funny, all smooth on the tread with these huge nobs sticking out the side. The tread looks WAY to tight to be worth anything in mud. I got the response that I figured. /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif I guess thats why Interco hasn't come out with any new sizes for them lately, they don't sell enough of them to make it worth it. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    My had them on an old Bronco. They had multiple blow outs, replaced each time by interco. Then finally interco gave them SSRs to try.(when they ahad just come out.
     
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    They are very popular with the big dumb poser truck here though... Cause of the things sticking out the side...
     
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    Aka shitbirds, stuckbirds, et cetera. There are some great pictures of horrible blowouts and such. There's even a picture floating around with a guy in a Bronco with slimed over Thornbirds and a K5 behind it with perfectly clean TSLs. There's also that picture of some kind of rig on thornbirds that are smoothed over so they look like brown Hoosiers.

    Thornbirds do make bitchin' lawn ornaments though.
     
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    i would guess that they were intercos attempt at an all terain. But from what i have seen they are not worth anything. I must say the tread design does look kinda cool and i have seen a few show trucks on em, so i guess thats why thier still around.
     
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    From what I've seen/rode, they're not all that bad on the road, not sure about wear, if you groove em in a good pattern they can get some grip on rock in addition to the side lugs. Not a horrible tire, just not worth the money.
     
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    I think they would be a great rock tire if you went to town with the grooving iron, the sidewall lugs are pretty cool. If they made a TSL with the Thornturd side lugs, that would be pretty neat. I've heard many stories about them wearing horribly on the street, but no personal experience.
     
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    doh! not the TurdBirdz!!! /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

    run away!!

    j
     
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    I had a set when they first came out on a lightweight toyota.

    They sucked worse in the mud than my Pirelli scorpions, and only slightly better than bfg a/t.

    They dont grip hillclimbs, dirt, anything.

    They're louder than an SX on the street the last half of their life.

    They hydroplane worse than a M/T Baja Belted Bias...that's bad.

    I got 18K out of mine before they were BALD...and that's on a Toyota.
     
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    They're loud and obnoxious

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    so how many people here have lifted trucks with big blocks straight pipes and 44's?
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    3" pipe 2-chamber 40 series flows 468cid 44" TSL's it's loud and obnoxious
     
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    Do they suck that bad?

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    Yes.
     
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    My had them on an old Bronco. They had multiple blow outs, replaced each time by interco. Then finally interco gave them SSRs to try.(when they ahad just come out.


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    The same thing just happened to a local guy here. He was running them on his show truck and had a few blow outs. The tires kept getting bubbles underneath the tread and the tires would seperate. So he called Interco and they replaced them with 39.5" STS tires. Good deal for him and it shows Interco has good customer service. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     

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