View Full Version : So many tires, arrrrgh!!!!

12-21-2008, 09:33 AM
OK here's where I am.

Easiest thing to do, 44" swampers, 16.5 x 9.75 wheels work just fine, no rubbing, done


........ making up some fender flares would be easier too

They only measure 42.5", mounted no load. I wanted to run 49" Iroks, good luck locked with 1 ton axles.

I also have the choice of 44" STS,


.......... they measure 43.75". The only reason I'm considering them is the fact the mild tread should be easier on drivetrain and I can get away with just using them in the winter for snow running. Studding for ice, I like that too.

This truck came with 35" Swamper SX's, man it rode horrible, it would shake and wobble something aweful by 80km/h so I was hoping to stay with a baja claw, irok or the sts.

For my first season in the snow with this truck, open front diff, welded rear, wheels with be a 16.5 x 13 (another beadlock set from scratch), what tire should I run. Am I overreacting being cencerned with a shorted 44" swamper, maybe should I do a swamper front/bogger rear combo?

The conditions, varies from glare ice to snow several feet deep, 99% solo touring, driveline reliability a priority.

Thanks in advance for the feedback/insight!!!! I got a feeling this site is going to be quite entertaining!![36]

12-21-2008, 11:48 AM
ive had a lot of good experience with the swamper ltb, never tried the sts`s, i think there mostly for sand arnt they?

12-21-2008, 12:18 PM
Very popular in Iceland with big trucks

12-21-2008, 12:22 PM
go wit the swampers much better tire they clear out alot better

12-21-2008, 01:22 PM
my vote for the swampers. more versatile tire

m j
12-21-2008, 01:32 PM
OK here's where I am.

Easiest thing to do, 44" swampers, 16.5 x 9.75 wheels work just fine, no rubbing,

you are dreaming if you think those wont "rub"

12-21-2008, 04:47 PM
id say run tsl sx's i got them on my truck 38.5" no shimmy or shake at high speed and great in the snow

12-21-2008, 10:56 PM
Sitting here in the Vancouver Airport, kids running around, waiting to get the connector to Prince George. Love Xmas winter travel.........

I missed out 1/2 the no rubbing comment (new laptop), I will definitely need some butchering once flexing through deactivations. Sx's a definite no, the truck came with them. I dunno what to run, I just want to take a shot of wisky and hit the bed.

m j
12-21-2008, 11:09 PM
42 Iroks
cheap, oddly enough round for an interco tire
they work way better then the old TSLs

like any interco product you have to thoroughly inspect the tire for flaws before paying for them
they are not above jamming balance weights into a bad tire and selling it as 'new'
a friend got one of those

dirka dave
12-22-2008, 12:34 AM
40" MTR's

12-22-2008, 10:43 AM
I'm a big fan of bias Iroks, uncanny build quality, I too have had horrible Interco products, including radials. My current 39.5" Irok radials did need quite a bit of weight but they do ride just fine. I did a set of 39.5" bias on cheapo white steelies and homemade BL, 24- 5/8" bolts, 2 rings of 1/4 steel, 3/8 x 1/4 " shoulder to keep the outer ring from dishing when torqued, massive amounts of bead, and the all balanced out.


Just found out my 14b has a 4 pin, detroit ordered, maybe I'll just do some 49" Iroks........

12-22-2008, 01:08 PM
you are dreaming if you think those wont "rub"
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