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Will I Run Into Problems Trying to Tow With Big Tires?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BrianDamage, Sep 22, 2005.

  1. BrianDamage

    BrianDamage 1/2 ton status

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    Not worried about mileage or anything, but I hope to have 38's on my K5 in the near future (although..I was looking at some pics of someone's with 42's and it looked mighty sweet :thinking: ) .. . anyway, I want to be able to tow about a 14 foot trailer. 99% probaly only have a 4 wheeler on it. May have to occasionaly load it up with cnostruction-type materials.

    Am I going to run into problems trying to tow with tires that big ? Can I just run a dropped hitch and be cool ?
     
  2. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    The only problem I have had with 35's is when pulling heavier loads on the highway. With a stock engine and 4.10's I could use more power. Other than that, I have had no problem at all. Just take it easy.
     
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    cool . As long as it doesn't get all squirrely on me going down the road, I can handle that.
     
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    Do you have 63" springs in the back? That would make it real soft. With tires that big you'd probably need some sort of drop hitch.
     
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    I'd definitly look into getting a decent tranny cooler. You might be alright with little loads but I'd rather put one in and have one less thing to think about.
     
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    already got that put on when I had the tranny rebuilt :D
     
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    I have had the misfortune of towing many fullsize trucks on a trailer behind my 1 ton on 39" Boggers. The tall sidewalls seem to flex a fair amount, and tire wear is definately an issue. But with a little trailer and light loads you will be fine.
     
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    I have an ORD shackle flip in the rear. The 63's would probably be a little soft.
     
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    Make sure you get a gear ratio that makes all happy (motor and tranny). Larger tires means lower gears to keep the equivilent performance. Also if you go big make sure you've got a good breaking system that can stop them and the trailer.
     

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