WIDE TIRES

Submitted: Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 07:39
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Do wider tires affect driver fatigue,or am I just getting too old?
Having owned a number of patrols I find that the GU with wider tires generates much more road feel vibration than the skinny wheel versions.
Is this the difference between 285x16 radials against 750x16 ?
I am interested in getting a learned opinion on this,having reached the conclusion that fitting say 235x16 (Toyota cruiser size i believe)would reduce the surface are presented to the bumps and so improve driver comfort.

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Reply By: Footloose - Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 08:10

Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 08:10
Wider tyres might spread the weight of the vehicle over a larger area, thus hitting more irregularities. More narrow ones would hit less but with slightly more force ?? Whether this would translate into discomfort at the steering wheel, or in the rear end, I'm not sure.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 14:30

Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 14:30
Yeah I'm on the same thought pattern... Personally I would have though a smoother ride out of wider tyres as there would be a great surface area to dapen the ride. More air in the tyres?? Would make them absorb more bumps?

Maybe you should look at your tyre pressures, that would much more of an effect on road handling than the width.

But I second Wolfie's comment.

Too Old. LOL
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 08:18

Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 08:18
... too old...
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 08:43

Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 08:43
Never too old Wolfie. 50 is the new 30. So listen you young whippersnapper ............:)))
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Reply By: floyd - Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 09:58

Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 09:58
Ask Truckster he is the king of everything.

He has 69 inch Track Rooters on his Automantic Patrol.
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Reply By: Member - Kimberly Kruiser (WA) - Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 12:07

Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 12:07
According to most popular magazines the general consensus is that size doesn't matter, it's more how you use them.
I would however be careful about mixing brands. I once mixed a BFG with a Bridgestone which caused me too fall asleep every time I turned left.
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 14:40

Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 14:40
just don't mix those saturns with uranus, geez it's difficult, can get you into areas you just don't want to know about

sorry, it's friday b4 long weekend.......best wishes to all :)
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Follow Up By: vuduguru - Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 22:47

Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 22:47
thats what the wife says!
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 16:14

Friday, Jun 10, 2005 at 16:14
power steering or not, wider tires take more effort to turn.. theres more on the ground, so there must be more friction.

Troopy we had in the RFS was on cheeze cutters, was Piece of P to drive.
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