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Rory McNeil
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From: Surrey, B.C. Canada
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 05-14-2006 11:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil        Reply w/Quote
My 74 F350 dually ramp truck is due for another pair of front tires real soon. I`m just wondering what experiances you guys that haul heavy loads have had concerning tire choices. My truck is very rarely driven without a car on its back, total weight is normally between 10,000-10,500 lbs, with about 3,000-3,200 lbs on the front tires. I currently have 7.50R16`s all around, but since this tire size is not very popular anymore, I`m thinking of going to a 235/85R16 10 ply tire. I have used this size in the past, but with my rear dual wheels, the sidewalls were lightly touching each other at the "bulge". However, this is not a concern on the front. In the past, I have had the Michelin XPS rib tires, which worked quite well, but they are pretty expensive. A friend has a similar truck that he hauls scrap cars on, and he really likes the Goodyear Wrangler HT, but I have heard others that didn`t like them. I don`t need an "All Season" tire, as the truck is basically used only for getting to & from the dragstrip, so no winter driving, and only wet roads on a rained-out race. I only put 2 or 3,000 miles a year on the truck. Any reccomendations, or tires to avoid?

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78 Fairmont 428 4 speed [email protected] 1.32 60 foot
80 Fairmont 302 5 speed [email protected]
85 Mustang NHRA M/Stock 302 5speed. [email protected] 1.63 60 foot
59 Meteor (Canadian Ford) 2 dr sedan 332, auto
74 F350 ramp truck 390 4spd

73torinoqcode
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Posts: 515
From: Buffalo,NY,USA
Registered: Jun 2003

posted 05-15-2006 12:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73torinoqcode        Reply w/Quote
Its not an answer but I would look on RV.net on thier message board, search the Truck Camper forum. Truck campers can be extremely heavy and have axle loads very similar to what you carry. They log tons of miles on thier rigs also and are very helpful. You can probably find a lot of answers just by search. I have got some great answers there. Hope this helps . Bill

Whitson
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Posts: 290
From: Western Canada
Registered: Dec 2005

posted 05-15-2006 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Whitson        Reply w/Quote
On our 1 ton dualies at work, I run Hankook RH03. They stand up the best, last the longest. It's a 10 ply and for the price you can't beat them. Better, but a lot more $$$ is the Michlin XRV.
I don't like Goodyear either....great marketing, crappy tire. (like a Fram filter)

Whitson
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From: Western Canada
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posted 05-17-2006 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Whitson        Reply w/Quote
BTW, the perfect size match for your 750/16's are a LT215/85R16. But because a 235/85 is more popular, they are cheaper.

Poes Fords
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Posts: 178
From: Medford, OR USA
Registered: Oct 2004

posted 05-18-2006 02:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poes Fords        Reply w/Quote
Not cheap at all, but Toyo's M54 is a tough, ribbed tire. Jason.

Ryan Wilke
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From: Stanton, Michigan, zip 48888
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 09-06-2006 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke        Reply w/Quote
Rory,

So what tires did you end up putting on the front for your race car hauler?

Ryan

Rory McNeil
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From: Surrey, B.C. Canada
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posted 09-07-2006 01:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil        Reply w/Quote
Well, when I went to the tire store, I was leaning towards another set of Michelins, but the owner of the store had a pair of nice used Generals, for a great price, so I wnet with them for now. I must say that all the work I did on the truck this summer (rebuilt power steering box and new "rag joint", poly radius arm bushings, new shocks, a pair of Firestone front airbags,new brakes and calipers,new headers and dual exhaust system, etc) made a HUGE differance is how the truck drives. I`ve done a couple of 300 mile treks to dragstrips in Washington state, and the truck drives so nice now, it`s hard to believe it`s over 30 years old now. Plus, so far, the front tires are actually wearing evenly!

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78 Fairmont 428 4 speed [email protected] 1.32 60 foot
80 Fairmont 302 5 speed [email protected]
85 Mustang NHRA M/Stock 302 5speed. [email protected] 1.63 60 foot
59 Meteor (Canadian Ford) 2 dr sedan 332, auto
74 F350 ramp truck 390 4spd

Ryan Wilke
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Posts: 3237
From: Stanton, Michigan, zip 48888
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 09-07-2006 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke        Reply w/Quote
Sounds like a sweet race car hauler, Rory!

You mentioned installing, "...a pair of Firestone front airbags..."?

Are those the type that go inside your front coil springs or ?

What do you think they did for you?

Any pics of your hauler?

Thanks for sharing your hauler info!
Ryan

Rory McNeil
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Posts: 1889
From: Surrey, B.C. Canada
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 09-08-2006 04:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil        Reply w/Quote
Yes Ryan,the Firestone air bags go inside the front coil springs. I origionally wanted to buy a new set of front coils springs for my ramp truck, as the front end tended to sink a bit with the car loaded up, and the Twin I Beam front end would go into negative camber, and wear out the inner tread of the front tires much faster. However, Moog doesn`t have a listing for my 74 F350, and custom made springs could be made locally, but at $400.00 pr, PLUS a 2-3 week wait, AFTER I remove my original coils, so they could measure the spring diametor, height, and spring rate. I bought the Firestone AirBag kit from Summit for $65.00, and they work great.I measured the front camber with a 3 foot carpenters level, and it seems that 30 psi in the air bags puts me near zero camber with the truck loaded. Although I seldom drive the truck unloaded, I can remove most of the air to get the correct camber for the truck being unloaded. I`m quite pleased with the F. air bags. As for photo`s of the truck, well, it`s beauty lies more in it`s hauling capability than it`s outward appearance! I`ll try a put up a photo or 2 this weekend if I can.

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78 Fairmont 428 4 speed [email protected] 1.32 60 foot
80 Fairmont 302 5 speed [email protected]
85 Mustang NHRA M/Stock 302 5speed. [email protected] 1.63 60 foot
59 Meteor (Canadian Ford) 2 dr sedan 332, auto
74 F350 ramp truck 390 4spd

Ryan Wilke
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Posts: 3237
From: Stanton, Michigan, zip 48888
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 09-08-2006 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rory McNeil:
As for photo`s of the truck, well, it`s beauty lies more in it`s hauling capability than it`s outward appearance!
I`ll try a put up a photo or 2 this weekend if I can.

LOL! Not to worry. I wasn't looking to judge it's shine,,,rather I was hoping to checkout it's layout & functionality as your hauler. I've always liked the idea of a hauler rather than trailer & tow truck. I was just hoping to maybe see what you've done....

Heck, my '65 tow truck (F100, 390, T-18, 3/4T leafs) likely has the most faded & chalky (laid down 24yrs ago) old paint around these parts! Sadly, rust has been popping out on my ol' Dude... ...but he's still a towing beast!

Thanks,,,, if it's not a bother, I'll really like to see a few pics of your hauler....if you'd rather, you can email them to: [email protected]

Thanks again, Rory!
Have a good day!
Ryan

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