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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-30-2003, 12:45 PM
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Hey all, I am getting fairly close to getting tires for my IH. Right ow I have it narrowed down to 34x10.50r16 Swamper LTB's or Q78x16 Bias-ply Buckshots. As of now I am leaning towards the LTB's mainly because of the price. I would like to hear some opinions on the tires, I know about the Buckshots and have seen them in action, but I haven't heard a lot about the LTB's.

Also, I have 4.10's in the axles (D44/14-bolt from a '75 Chevy K20) and I am runnin a 392/727/NP202 for the drivetrain, I know it will spin the 34's without a problem, but do you think it can spin the 36's alright? Also you think a D44 with OEM shafts and spicer 760 u-joints would hold up to 36's and the torque from the 392? Thanks...
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Re: Opinions needed on tires...

I think 36's would work just fine for you.

I run 35's with 4.09's and a T-19/D-20 and have no problem spinning the tires.

Tsm1mt runs 36's with a stock scout d-44 front and hasn't busted a u-joint or shaft yet, or, at least he hasn't bragged about it [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

I haven't broken anything on my d-44 front either, but I think I am easier on my drivetrain than tom is [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Re: Opinions needed on tires...

The D44 might be ok if you go easy on the gas. 36 in. is usually the limit on a fullsize with a D44. It also depends on what kind of wheelin you do. Only way to really find out is to try it and see. If it breaks then you can upgrade.
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Re: Opinions needed on tires...

I mostly run mud bogs and muddy trails since that is about all we have up here in WA, I do find some rocks to play on every once in a while though.

Iím usually pretty easy on the gas, well most of the time. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] Once I am done it will be locked front and rear (rear is already done), so I donít think I will have to get on the gas too much.
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Haven't (knock on wood) broken any front end parts since going to the 36s..

But I DID frag two front axle shafts (one per side), one Lockright, and about 3 locking hubs when I was running 33s.. half of that damage happened with the original 196, before the 304.. and before the current built 345.

But built 345/36s.. so far so good. I do weld my U-joints to the axle shafts now though.

I broke a rear axle since going to 36s..

I'm going to run 31s on my '74 200 pickup - with a Dana 60 front and RA-15 rear behind a built 406cid 392/4spd. Think I'll have any problems with breakage?
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Well, I think I am going to go with the 36's and see what happens, thanks for all of the feed back!

tsm1mt, I don't think you will have too many problems with breakage with the 31's, but one thing about the RA-15, it only has 17 spline shafts if I remember right. A friend of my dad's has a old IH he uses for a tow rig that has RA-15 and he has stripped the splines off of 3 shafts so far, he is going to be switching to a 14-bolt pretty soon. That is one reason I pulled my RA-15 out of my truck and put in a 14-bolt, plus I checked and they don't make any parts (ring & pinion sets, shafts, so on...) for it, so stuff has to be found in a wreckin yard.
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Yes, I agree that Tom should put a 14 bolt under the travelette. [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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Told ya.. I have a Farmall to do the plowing with, I don't need to do it with my tow-rig. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Opinions needed on tires...

I haven't heard of too many folks breaking the 1.5+" shafts in the RA-15.. good to know.

I know new parts are hard to come by / don't exist.. fortunately, they seem to last "forever". :-)

The RA15 is in my tow rig, primarily a pavement pounder. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

I guess when the day comes that I have to do something with the RA-15, I'll end up with a lowly 14-bolt.. or maybe a Dana 70.

I'll worry about it when I get there, I guess.

In the meantime, since it ain't broke..

Maybe I should pull a shaft and get some measurements have some some spares made.. or use my currents for spares.

Dutchman or Moser'll build one to my specs cheap enough.
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>Told ya.. I have a Farmall to do the plowing with, I don't need to do it with my tow-rig

We'll see how much of a plow I have when I shave my 14 bolt. It will probably have more ground clearance then that RA-15. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] Not to mention the fact that it has those carrier adjust screws so I don't have to worry about those stupid carrier shims anymore. [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

Also, you should be able to get axle shafts in the 1.6" diameter area, speaking of that, I really need to have some spares made.
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