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235 75 15 tires with stock gearing Is it too slow?

I want to put 235s on. How is it on the freeway? I know that I would not have fifth gear anymore. Anyone try this combination before?
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Re: 235 75 15 tires with stock gearing Is it too slow?

I am no expert by any stretch of the imagination. I have read that the 235's are the biggest you want to go with stock setup. I have those on my 86 and I can travel at 85 on a flat level highway.

I am sure someone can give you some better info though, just my less than 2 cents worth.

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Re: 235 75 15 tires with stock gearing Is it too slow?

I have no problems on the freeway...actually both of mine had 235's with stock running gear and they both cruised with ease. It only seems to be a problem whent there is a strong head wind...
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Re: 235 75 15 tires with stock gearing Is it too slow?

I was going to ask the same question. I just bought an 87 sammy and am dying to put 235/75's on it but don't want to lose all my power. Do you guys with 235/75's and stock gears ever use the interstate? How bad is it? I don't mind a little downshifting here and there as long as I don't drop below 55-60 when I come to a hill. I have a Weber carb so maybe that will help a little.
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Re: 235 75 15 tires with stock gearing Is it too slow?

235s with stock gearing should be fine. I've been running 30x9.5s for two years now. With stock gearing, I can still roll right along 60 to 75 mph easily. I can even do over 80 downhill! On longer grades you'll find yourself shifting down, but it's not that bad.
Low range is where you'll suffer. You'll discover that you can't go as slow over obstacles as you'd like to.
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Re: 235 75 15 tires with stock gearing Is it too slow?

I rode on 235/75 r15 for years. 5th is still usable on the flat interstate. 4th is for any kind of incline. You will still kiss 3rd on the steep grades. If your engine is running strong and you haven't bolted any kind of "air brakes" on your ride like a light bar, you should be ok. If you have a hard top or a full top in the "up" position, even better.

I have a set (4) of mud kings that went out of balance from a muddy weekend (Vibrate at freeway speeds). They are mounted on 15X7 chrome modulars from 4wheel parts and still have some tread on them. I keep saving them for the next sami, but money is getting tight... Anyone near Dallas wanna see 'em?
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Re: 235 75 15 tires with stock gearing Is it too slow?

Your Mud Kings, how many miles are on them and what size?
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Re: 235 75 15 tires with stock gearing Is it too slow?

DL- if you're in New England, I'll have a nearly new set of 235 mud tires(Dunlop)with black AR 15x7 rims available in about a month(once I go spoa).They have approx 2K miles on them.PM me if youre in NE area.
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Re: 235 75 15 tires with stock gearing Is it too slow?

Its not too bad, I have 235's and it did pretty well when I had stock ratio. If you were into a head wind you would have to use 4th. Usually 60-65 was all I could muster up, 70 or more down hill. On the trail though was not so good. I had to use the clutch alot more than I liked. I often could smell the clutch burning on the rough areas where I needed to go slow.
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Re: 235 75 15 tires with stock gearing Is it too slow?

I am going to second the idea that it works OK on the street if you dont mind downshifting once in a while and not flying up any hills very quickly. I am on 30x9.50 with stock gears.

The place it isn't very good is on the trail. Like slam said, you end up using your clutch too much and I found myself constantly riding up the tail of people with lower gears when we were all just idling along over small rocks.

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