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Author Topic: What tires are you using on your HD ???  (Read 32065 times)

Speed

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Re: What tires are you using on your HD ???
« Reply #60 on: February 18, 2010, 03:16:08 AM »
Hey,I just ran across a set of wheels and tires on eBay-sale #280465867007. Will these fit my '76 duallie?
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Re: What tires are you using on your HD ???
« Reply #61 on: February 18, 2010, 12:24:32 PM »
your 76' will need this style:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/DUALLY-TRUCK-8-LUG-19-5-STEEL-WHEEL-CHEVY-FORD-LOOK_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem1c0c69b2aaQQitemZ120467337898QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

8x6.5 bolt circle . . . he has 6 wheel's for $60 . . . Good price :o lowest i seen was $50 at the local yard's so $60 online is a decent deal . . .

Mike
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1962 GMC K3000.
1969 AMC AMX-390.
1977 Ford F350.
1982 AMC/Jeep J-5500.
1982 AMC Eagle SX/290.
1988 AMC/Jeep MJ-343.
1992 GTA Trans AM.
2007 Honda Rubicon TRX500.

A_DAB_will_do

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Re: What tires are you using on your HD ???
« Reply #62 on: June 18, 2010, 06:09:41 PM »
Hi all,

Just found the website.  Bought my 3500HD about 18 months ago.  125K miles, 6.5L TD.  I'm using it as a truck for my mobile welding business.  It's needed rear tires since I bought it, and I've never had the money for a set of high quality tires; not at $200+ per tire. 

Spotted this posting and checked out treadwright.  $90 ea for re-treads + shipping.  I ordered 4 of wrighttread's 'Crawlers', 225/70R19.5 for the rear axle of my rig.  I'll let you know how they work out.  My first choice would have been brand new tires, but that's just not possible right now. 

I do short trips, with a fair amount of off-road driving.  These were the first set of tires I've found that I can afford, and I need tires badly.  The current tires are Goodyears, and they are BALD.  I mean 2 of the four have No tread left at all. 

Fronts are Roadmaster 160's, and I bought them when I brought the truck home cause one of the original steering tires had a fist sized chunk missing out of it.  They've been good tires so far.

Thanks for creating this forum, I look forward to seeing what everyone has posted in the way of tech tips and advice.  There's a picture of my truck posted in the gallery.  It's a work in progress, as improvements come when I have the time and money...

225/70R19.5:

http://www.treadwright.com/shopnow/entity/tabid/60/entityname/category/categoryid/24/sename/225-70R19.5.aspx


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BigBlockV6GMC

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Re: What tires are you using on your HD ???
« Reply #63 on: June 18, 2010, 06:55:20 PM »
Very let me know how you like them, You got the Tread pattern i normally on my truck's . . . tho mine were mostly Biasply in that tread still got 45,000 miles out of them . . .

I'll be excited to see how the radials hold up do report back as you run them . .


Mike.
1953 Studebaker M275.
1962 GMC K3000.
1969 AMC AMX-390.
1977 Ford F350.
1982 AMC/Jeep J-5500.
1982 AMC Eagle SX/290.
1988 AMC/Jeep MJ-343.
1992 GTA Trans AM.
2007 Honda Rubicon TRX500.

A_DAB_will_do

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Re: What tires are you using on your HD ???
« Reply #64 on: June 22, 2010, 08:56:31 AM »
tires shipped yesterday, should arrive Thursday.  I'll let you know what I find.  Treadwright recommends 'static balancing', and advises that there is a 1000-2000 mile break-in period.  Like everybody else I've asked, they also strongly recommend maintaining the correct tire pressure(manufacturer's recommendation) for best performance.

My truck is missing the door sticker(assuming these trucks had them in the first place) that lists recommended tire pressures.

Does anybody know for certain what the recommended tire pressure is from GM for these trucks with 225/70R19.5 tires?

Very let me know how you like them, You got the Tread pattern i normally on my truck's . . . tho mine were mostly Biasply in that tread still got 45,000 miles out of them . . .

I'll be excited to see how the radials hold up do report back as you run them . .


Mike.
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BigBlockV6GMC

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Re: What tires are you using on your HD ???
« Reply #65 on: June 22, 2010, 06:57:28 PM »
85-95 PSI i do believe some place in that range, I found the mudder's work best and wear better when set at the max pressure.

Mike
1953 Studebaker M275.
1962 GMC K3000.
1969 AMC AMX-390.
1977 Ford F350.
1982 AMC/Jeep J-5500.
1982 AMC Eagle SX/290.
1988 AMC/Jeep MJ-343.
1992 GTA Trans AM.
2007 Honda Rubicon TRX500.

A_DAB_will_do

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Re: What tires are you using on your HD ???
« Reply #66 on: June 25, 2010, 07:31:22 AM »
3 of 4 tires arrived yesterday as expected.  FEDEX has delayed the arrival of 1 tire; no idea why.  But that's not the seller's fault.  The 3 tires received look like brand new rubber to me.  I'll get them mounted and balanced on Saturday and report back on how they ride compared to the donuts I'm riding on now...

So far, seems like money well spent.

tires shipped yesterday, should arrive Thursday.  I'll let you know what I find.  Treadwright recommends 'static balancing', and advises that there is a 1000-2000 mile break-in period.  Like everybody else I've asked, they also strongly recommend maintaining the correct tire pressure(manufacturer's recommendation) for best performance.

My truck is missing the door sticker(assuming these trucks had them in the first place) that lists recommended tire pressures.

Does anybody know for certain what the recommended tire pressure is from GM for these trucks with 225/70R19.5 tires?

Very let me know how you like them, You got the Tread pattern i normally on my truck's . . . tho mine were mostly Biasply in that tread still got 45,000 miles out of them . . .

I'll be excited to see how the radials hold up do report back as you run them . .


Mike.
Benson's Mobile Welding & Fabrication
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www.bensonmobilewelding.com

someotherguy

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Re: What tires are you using on your HD ???
« Reply #67 on: June 25, 2010, 11:56:03 AM »
Does anybody know for certain what the recommended tire pressure is from GM for these trucks with 225/70R19.5 tires?
Your typical 225/70/19.5 is a load range F, you're going to see max pressure listed on the sidewall of the tire probably around 80PSI, I could be wrong as it's been a while since I checked an F range tire (mine are G's.)  Look at the load capacity on the tire (which will often be different in single vs. dual configurations), figure what the 6 of them can carry, then scale your vehicle at a truck stop, feed store, etc. and adjust pressure accordingly.  If you don't need to run at the max pressure, consider a happy medium a little bit below it, your suspension and ass will thank you for it. :)

I run the G's on my truck at 80, and it probably weighs in around 7500 lbs right now - haven't scaled it since adding a bunch of extra weight, but when it was relatively stripped, just bare necessities to run/drive, it came in at 5300.

Richard
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A_DAB_will_do

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Re: What tires are you using on your HD ???
« Reply #68 on: June 27, 2010, 08:46:42 AM »
Hi Richard.  Thanks for the info.  Got the new tires mounted and balanced yesterday and road around for about 20 minutes on them.  Ride is nice, and actually seems quieter than the bald tires I replaced.  Believe it or not, my local GMC dealer did the mounting and balancing for $12.50 per tire.  I was expecting to be charged 2x that; and in fact the other local tire shop I checked with wanted $35 each to mount and balance with Equal.  The dealer just used traditional weights, which is fine with me.  Reviews for Equal balancing powder seemed about 50/50 +/-.

I'll have to scale the truck as you recommended.  I've got a 1700lb welder installed on the bed, the steel deck itself, gas bottles, air compressor, and a hefty load of tools I normally haul around.  I've added quite a bit since I bought the truck...so I really don't know how much it tips the scale at...

All things considered, I'm very pleased with Treadwright and the tires they sold me.  $118 each, including shipping.  The carcasses are Goodyear tires, and they are marked load range F.  If anybody's interested, I'll keep posting updates once in a while as the tires wear in...

Does anybody know for certain what the recommended tire pressure is from GM for these trucks with 225/70R19.5 tires?
Your typical 225/70/19.5 is a load range F, you're going to see max pressure listed on the sidewall of the tire probably around 80PSI, I could be wrong as it's been a while since I checked an F range tire (mine are G's.)  Look at the load capacity on the tire (which will often be different in single vs. dual configurations), figure what the 6 of them can carry, then scale your vehicle at a truck stop, feed store, etc. and adjust pressure accordingly.  If you don't need to run at the max pressure, consider a happy medium a little bit below it, your suspension and ass will thank you for it. :)

I run the G's on my truck at 80, and it probably weighs in around 7500 lbs right now - haven't scaled it since adding a bunch of extra weight, but when it was relatively stripped, just bare necessities to run/drive, it came in at 5300.

Richard
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www.bensonmobilewelding.com

BigBlockV6GMC

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Re: What tires are you using on your HD ???
« Reply #69 on: June 28, 2010, 10:26:27 PM »
 ;D Please do check in from time to time . . . Also get US some PHOTOS  ;) . . . Mudder's always look cool . . .


Mike
1953 Studebaker M275.
1962 GMC K3000.
1969 AMC AMX-390.
1977 Ford F350.
1982 AMC/Jeep J-5500.
1982 AMC Eagle SX/290.
1988 AMC/Jeep MJ-343.
1992 GTA Trans AM.
2007 Honda Rubicon TRX500.

Hagemann

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Re: What tires are you using on your HD ???
« Reply #70 on: July 01, 2010, 11:04:43 AM »
My 95 GMC C3500HD is a 84 cab to axle service truck with welder and crane, I run 225 G's at 105 psi rear, 85 psi front, truck wt is 17,500 - 18K. I agree with previous comments, you can't use the door sticker on a C3500HD, the sticker psi is based on the wt of the cab and chassis, which is about 7200 lbs, then its up to the upfitter to revise the sticker based on the new weight. I try to ajust for tire wear. 90 on the front is a little high, but it makes up for corner scrub. Typicle front axle wt is 4900-5200 lbs, rear is 12,000 - 13,000. I know its not easy to do, but change all four rears together, its cheaper in the long run, I usually get 65,000 or better on a set. If you replace just a pair on one side, it spins the spider gears in the rear end all the time, not good. Plus it wears the tires on side. The new ties will be at least 1.5 larger in diameter than the old ones, if you look at the rear end on a flat surface the new tires will be contacting the ground on the inside edge and the old tires on the outside edge, also not good.
« Last Edit: July 02, 2010, 11:46:00 PM by Hagemann »

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Re: What tires are you using on your HD ???
« Reply #71 on: July 01, 2010, 08:32:21 PM »
pictures

;D Please do check in from time to time . . . Also get US some PHOTOS  ;) . . . Mudder's always look cool . . .


Mike
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BigBlockV6GMC

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Re: What tires are you using on your HD ???
« Reply #72 on: July 01, 2010, 09:52:52 PM »
 ;D Man those are some SEXY tires  :o . . . I want a set or 10 . . .

Mike
1953 Studebaker M275.
1962 GMC K3000.
1969 AMC AMX-390.
1977 Ford F350.
1982 AMC/Jeep J-5500.
1982 AMC Eagle SX/290.
1988 AMC/Jeep MJ-343.
1992 GTA Trans AM.
2007 Honda Rubicon TRX500.

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Re: What tires are you using on your HD ???
« Reply #73 on: January 04, 2011, 07:44:08 PM »
If anybody's interested, I'll keep posting updates once in a while as the tires wear in...

So it's been several months, and I just wanted to report I've had no issues with the tires I bought.  The truck is just doing local trips, no long mileage.  But it runs nice on the free way.  Took a couple trips of 200-300 miles round trip and was very happy with the results.  I haven't totaled up the mileage since I replaced the rears, but there's no visible wear at all on the tread, so I'm expecting these to last a good, long time.
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Re: What tires are you using on your HD ???
« Reply #74 on: January 04, 2011, 10:58:00 PM »
I found this pic of a 4x4 conversion, I'm assuming the rims are stock and chromed. What size are these tires? Is this what the 245/70R19.5's look like on the front? Or is this a different rim?


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