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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-22-2005, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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My truck vibrates @70+MPH. I know it's the tires. I don't expect to be doing 100 or anything, but it's nice if you can get up to 80 to pass someone every now and then. Anyway, I have 36" TSL Radials balanced with equal. It's good up until 70, after that it vibrates. Is trying weights worth the effort or should I just give up because I have 36"s and deal with the vibration? Also are there any issues I should be worried about if the truck is vibrating?
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For what it is worth.....I had a set of 265 mud tires on my suburban for a short time and they shook that thing BAD at highway speeds. I ended up getting rid of them since it is mama's ride....she found no humor in it. AT type tires are smooth as silk on it now....
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try bf's m/t,s i am on my second set of of 34.8's and i can go as fast as i feel i need to to pass and no vibe at all(80-100mph)
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about the vibration causeing damage, mine viberated so bad it broke the bolts off of my front drive shaft which made it fall off, but its different because i have full time 4wd
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Re: Highway driving on Super Swampers

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are those the radials?

if they arent radials then i sujest you dont worry about the vibes, if there radials id have a good tire shop balance them without equal.

egual is kinda like stop leak, its bandaid to fix a problem not the cure.
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Re: Highway driving on Super Swampers

Yeah, they're radials. I just don't want to use weights because they get out of balance so often that I need to rebalance them all the time & that's annoying. I'm really looking for a permanent balance but failing.
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Re: Highway driving on Super Swampers

get the tires good and hot then head to tire shop to get em balanced. i bet balanceing a cold tire versuses a hot drivn on tire is difrent.

make sure they put weights on the inside and outside of the wheel.
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Re: Highway driving on Super Swampers

Friend of mine uses these and swears by them. Similar concept to BB's or Equal but without the clumping or rusting/degrading the tire problem.:
http://www.innovativebalancing.com

I'll be buying some to do my truck sometime in the future. Two of the rims are untrue from the factory and I have A LOT of weight on them to keep them balanced happily.
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Re: Highway driving on Super Swampers

Pull them off your truck and lay them on the ground on their sides for a while. Then take them to get balanced. Equal is a waste of money. As soon as it gets contaminated with dirt it clumps with water.

I've gotten all my TSLs to balance so far. Some take pounds and most tire shops piss and moan if they have to spend more than a few minutes balancing a tire. They like charging $40 for 15 minutes of work and get bent out of shape if it takes them another 15 minutes.

Worst case they have to dismount and spin a tire on the wheel and then add stick-on weights to go with the rim weights.

If they take a lot of time and they charge you less than $40 give them a few bones extra. They'll work that much harder than you next time.


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I don't like the loose **** rolling around in my tires. It's hard on the rim and it's hard on the inside of the tire. The crap doesn't work until you get to 25-35mph and is actually causing your tire to be more out of balance until then. And then it still takes at least a mile to stabilize. So, if you do a lot of city driving you are pretty much never driving on balanced tires, just beating the crap out of them. Most of the time it actually does more harm than good for a city driven vehicle. Having crap rolling around inside your tire promotes death wobble I found out.

At a minimum, tires should be rebalanced at every third of its lifetime. For a bias Interco tire that's about every 3,000 miles.
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