Speed Posted April 14, 2012 Share Posted April 14, 2012 Hi all; Hey,on another Forum I was told by several other members that installing radial tires on my ol' '54 GMC 2 ton would be courting tire failures. According to them,as I understand their stance,having Radials (9.00R-20's,in this case) on a truck that gets infrequent use will cause the tires to rot from within and cause them to blow out within 3 years. apparently,with Bias ply tires,extended sitting,as in storage,results in "flat spotting" which works itself out over a few miles,but Radials in this circumstance results in explosions or throwing of tread,or both. This is news to me-have you guys heard of this problem? One gentleman in particular referenced SEVERAL cases where his commercial trucks were experiencing blow outs at an alarming rate,apparently regardless of brand. I asked if maybe it was an air pressure or overloading issure rather than the Radial tires being the cause,and was "politely" told that he'd been running trucks most of his life and knew how to check tire pressures and load trucks properly. Anyway,I stopped short of raising the BS flag,but it seems like with that kind of self-destruction rate,the DOT would red flag Radials on OTR trucks. I'm currently puttinf a deal together with a man on still a different Forum for six very low miles 9.00R-22.5's on recently powder coated wheels that will fit my '54. I might not be doing 500 miles a day with full loads on 'em,but I DO plan to be making occasional runs to Reno with moderate loads and/or a trailer at the speed limit (or slightly over),so better-than-typical tires will be a worthy investment. BTW-I'm also working on getting "RE-MACK"ed. Don't wanna jinx the deal,though,I'll post pics if/when it's done. Speed Quote "Remember-ANY Gun Control is Unconstitutional!"<!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><i><b>MACK-E Model Registry # 36</b></i><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--><a href="http://www.nvabatetravel.com/"target="_blank">http://www.nvabatetravel.com/</a> Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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