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Old February 3rd, 2009, 10:10 PM   #21
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EDIT: I edited to suggest balancing your "new" tires with airsoft beads when you get them....it doesn't control vibrations quite as well as actually mounting the tire/rim on a tire balancer, but in my experience it does a good enough job to make the tire ride decent and wear decent....plus, you don't have to get them balanced every 5-10k miles
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 10:45 PM   #22
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what do you mean balanced with airsoft beads?
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Old February 4th, 2009, 06:45 AM   #23
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what do you mean balanced with airsoft beads?
You take airsoft beads (or anything round - people use golf balls on the larger (40''+ tires) and put them inside the tire....as you drive down the road, centripetal force disperses the beads to the "low" weighted portion of the tire, and essentially balances it.

This concept has been used for years with semi tires; they're often balanced with a product called equal, but it is powder and is susceptible to clumping due to moisture. Airsoft beads will not clump, will not rust (like normal BB's), and if you get the heavier ones they work great.....or, if you want to spend $$$ you can buy these I suppose:Dyna Beads

That website has a chart to tell you how much weight to put in each tire - for my M/T's I found it to be a little low on the weight side, so I ended up putting a little more in.....

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Old February 4th, 2009, 07:12 AM   #24
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I have been running Kumho Road Venture MTs (tread pattern is similar to MT Baja Claws) for about almost 2 years. They have worn great and performed excellent the whole time I have had them. They are priced pretty reasonably too. They are quiet compared to other MTs I have ridden on or had. I get a little "bump" from them when crawling on pavement ("mall crawling").

If I had to buy a new set of tires tomorrow and they had to be muds, I would buy another set of them. I will probably go with Toyo ATs as I originally planned next though because I am doing more road driving than planned. Not that the Kumhos are bad, I just think they are overkill for a mostly street driven truck.
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Old February 4th, 2009, 07:47 AM   #25
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On the topic of balancing... There is a company that sells "balancing compound" I believe the company name is Magnum. The product is actually small glass beads and is TPMS safe. It's what I'm running and works wonderful. No vibrations what so ever!
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Old February 4th, 2009, 07:55 AM   #26
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Oh yea, I am running them on plain old black 15x8 steelies and have no balance issues and they run vibration-free at 80.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 08:06 PM   #27
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i have the 12/37/15 swamper ssr's. they are really quiet! they balance no problem. the sidewalls are not very strong like most swampers though. the weak sidwalls are easily damaged like any other radial tire. 3 of mine are damaged. they do ride great on the street though.

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Old February 8th, 2009, 02:47 PM   #28
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I run 33" Trxus MTs on my d-max. great tire for anything.

I also ran that same tire in a 37" on my s10 until I upgraded to 1 tons and 42s

IMO, great offroad tire and has very good road manners. it's a radial AND has some siping to help with wet/snow.
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