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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-02-2002, 02:13 PM
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Used tires makes my suzuki drive scary

I just bought this suzuki and it has been setting up for years. The tires that were on are dry rotted and belts were showing. So I was afraid to drive it much. I want to but bigger 235/75/15 tires but the wheels on there will not hold them 5.5x15. So I have to buy bigger wheels and then get the tires and I don't want to spend the money for that just yet. So I thought I could get some used tires and this will hold me over for a few weeks. So I bought some used tires and now the suzuki drives worse than before when I was driving with the old tires. The tires seem to be barking or chirping while I am driving and the zuk is all over the road. The used tires size is 215/65/15.
Is the problem with the tire size or could it be tire pressure? And can I put on a 235/75/15 tire on a stock wheel?? Thanks guys for helping a new guy.
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235/75/r15's will fit fine on stock rims...
the only thing you will have to do is a little trimming off the sides of the front bumper...
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How much pressure in in the tires? 22-25 PSI is all a zuk needs. Also, what mods does the rig have? Long shakles can remove front castor and make things interesting.
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LOL I put 33-12.50x15 tires on a stock rim a long time ago, in a time period I try to forget .. haha
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Doug, you scare me sometimes! LOL
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Re: Used tires makes my suzuki drive scary

Thanks guys for helping. I'll go let out some air and see if that helps. I did not know that 235/75/15 will fit on a 5.5/15 wheel. Thanks again. My zookie is all stock right now. I am just tring to get it going good before I but on some mods. The front axel shafts are out and the rubber bushing on the end of the axel tubes are gone and it is leaking fluid. This is my next thing to do. Thanks again guys.
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Re: Used tires makes my suzuki drive scary

Yeah, we kinda need to know all the modifications that have been made (if any...)

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1. Has the suspension been modified (longer shackles on the front/rear or an SPOA -- post pics of the new perches on the front axle) As was stated in another post in this thread, poorly done suspension mods will make it handle like [email protected]

2. Has the stock front bumper been removed and the tubular support mounts for the bumper been cut off? Just removing those will give you space for bigger tires -- especially up front! You'll have to figure out a new front bumper that attaches directly to the front of the frame, though. Check out an example of a bumper in the URL that is part of my signature. There are many ways to build/buy and attach a bumper to your sammy.

If you take a measurement of your stock Samurai wheels to a junkyard that has older full sized broncos/jeeps/dodges, you might find a wider set of wheels real cheap!! I got a set of 4 - 8" wide Bronco aftermarket wheels for only $40.00 at a Ford Trucks only yard.

Good luck!
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Your steering gear box is prolly out of whack and needs some adjustment, with nice firm tires it can get real squriley.
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>>The tires seem to be barking or chirping while I am driving and the zuk is all over the road.<<

Just reread your post and noticed this ... when are they doing this? All the time? around corners?

I dont think the width is much extra, but with wider tires(esp car tires), the truck will grab the road more, and with its light weight, the road will actually throw the samurai around in its groves.

I remember a set of tires I put on they were Mickey T sportsman 29x12.50's on 15x8s I had them from my camaros, anyway, certain areas of the road just took me for a ride, the more wear groove in it, the worse it was. I had the same problem with my 36x15.50 Cepek Fun Country's they were just so wide it took me for a ride.
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DougO,
These tires are doing the barking when hitting a rough part of the road. It was almost like the death wobble or something like. I think it was just too much air in the tires. I do want to get some 29" tires soon, but not today.
I want to get the 4x4 working first. Thanks DougO
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