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Tire choice help...

Discussion in '6.9L IH & 7.3L IDI Diesels' started by saburai, Sep 1, 2019.

  1. onetonjohn

    onetonjohn Full Access Member

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    Glad you got the Coopers. I love mine (ST MAX). As a bonus, I think Coopers are one of the last tires made in US.
     
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  3. saburai

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    Thanks!
    RE: Dynabeads, I looked at the website for the weight suggestions for my tires and I noticed that the beads are much smaller than airsoft bb's . I'm assuming that's so you can pour into the valve stem. They also state that the beads are ceramic. I'm pretty sure that airsoft bb's are plastic. Would you be concerned about the different size and density in regards to the effectiveness and longevity? Are the beads much better than lead weights on the rim?
     
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    Adding to the tire discussion, here's my BFG's. Let me say up front, I've always had excellent luck with BFG tires, not so much on this set. While these tires are nearly 8 years old, they have very few miles and the truck is 90% garage kept. Heck there's a 66 mustang parked in the same garage with tires that were installed in the 1980's and they look better than these! Hate to start a hunting season driving hundreds of miles from home on these! IMG_0076.JPG IMG_0077.JPG IMG_0079.JPG IMG_0080.JPG
     
  5. saburai

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    I'd ditch them.
     
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    Yep, (similar to you) it's really only a matter of what to buy at this point......
     
  7. chillman88

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    Can't answer about size differences but pouring the beads in through the valve is horrendously tedious. Been there done that. Next time I'll take it to someone to break the bead and dump them in.
     
  8. snicklas

    snicklas 6.0 and Loving It!! Staff Member

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    I believe there are charts out on the web for airsoft beads. I've not used beads, but have considered them. Here in Indiana, out tires take a pretty good beating, so dynamic balancing would be nice. I've got an odd vibration at ~50 on my F-150 and wonder if it a balance issue. I do know that the regular cab and 8 foot bed do feel differently going down the road than in Dad's SuperCrew. You can really feel the change in torque in the rear axle from stoping, to stopped, to back on the gas. Since the rear is so much lighter with the weight of the back of the cab being almost 3 feet in farther forward than the SuperCrew. I actually wondered if there was something wrong with my truck. But you put just little bit of weight in the bed, the feeling chenges.....
     
  9. IDIBRONCO

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    They made tires better back then. Today's tires just don't seem to last as well.
     

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