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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-30-2002, 11:38 AM
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Bias vs. Radial

I am in the process of gathering parts for a SAS on my '96 GMC. I am undecided on a few things yet, one is tires. I am planning on running 38's, probably an Interco tire just not sure what one. Is there really a big difference in ride quality between a Bias ply and a radial. Right now I have 35" radials that don't ride too bad, but I had a hard time getting the balanced and even keeping them in balance. Somebody told me they actually have a hard time making radials truly round!? As far as off-road use I live in Michigan so not much rocks but some mud, sand, and hills to climb. I wouldn't consider the truck a daily driver but I would use it to haul a jet-ski trailer and drive to work a few time a week(18 miles one way). What do you guys recommend??

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Re: Bias vs. Radial

I am almost done with my swap and I am running 39.5" tsl's. I don't care about ride, tread life, or flat spots so maybe I'm not the best to answer this[img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img].



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Yeah, thanks for rubbing it in!!
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hey Jason, what is the width of your 39.5s? I am think of 39.5s when my 35s go out and get a 60 front. I will go 15" though.
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They are 13" at the tread and 15" at the widest. Mine are skinny since I have skinny rims, 9.75". I went with those since I want as much bead pressure as I can get with 16.5's.

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that is what I would want a somewaht skinny tire, mostly for clearance issues of big tires and low lift kinda. I thik I will get 15x10 steel wheels with 3.5" backspacing to clear the 60 when I get it.... hopefully in Sept!!!!
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Re: Bias vs. Radial

I ran bias hawgs for years. It is livable. BUT................
Now I have radial BGF M/T's and man is it nice on the street. I was going to put a caddy emblem on the hood it was so drastic of a change. I forgot how good it could ride and drive.(on the street)
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Re: Bias vs. Radial

if you thought you had balance problems with your 35" radials, your gonna go nuts when you try to balance a 38" bias. i said screw it, i dont run weights on my trucks, and i dont run the balancing powder either becuase i break beads constantly, and i dont want to worry baout that crap turing into go when it gets mixed with sand or mud.
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Re: Bias vs. Radial

Thanks for the info. I think I will go with a radial, I don't want it to ride like a lumber truck. Anyone know of a good 38" radial?? How are the TSL radials??
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