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Old 10-10-2014, 08:07 AM   #1
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Ordered new Goodyear Marathons to replace the Lakewood China tires moved up a size had 20575r14 changing to 21575R14 not much change but maybe will run slightly cooler. Now just hoping they come from the Alabama plant.


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Old 10-10-2014, 08:47 AM   #2
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I believe the Marathons will come from China. They will be a much better grade than the Lakewood tires. The Marathons are made to GY specs, the Lakewoods ???
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:11 PM   #3
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Yes U know most GY marathons made in china have had 3 sets of them. They are a little better than the lake what ever china tires but GY has a plant in Alabama that makes some marathons but getting them is sorta like playing power ball. Slim and none. I have had several GY to separate in the tread but so far never a blow out with them hope that luck holds up. Just heard about to many of china brands explode trying to avoid that.
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:48 PM   #4
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They came in Friday get them mounted with metal stems & balaned tomorrow now 4 more trips before years end and about 3000 miles
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Hi All -
Just had a tire failure last Thursday night after traveling all of 3 miles from home. Tore up the whole wheel well. Since I was heading on a 250 trip, I did not want to continue without a spare. So we stayed overnight in Victorville, CA, made temporary repairs to the wheel well and bought 4 "Transporter" tires, 205/75R14's. Did not realize that ST tires are rated so low for speed. My axles are 3500 lbs. each. Total weight is about 6500.

Two questions for you all: I'm thinking of replacing all four with LT195/75R14's, either Yokohama or BFG AT's. Each is weight rated at 1709 lbs. (slightly less than the ST's), but speed rated at 99 mph I think. Is this a viable option?

Second: when the tire stripped its tread, it whipped the plastic wheel liner to nothing, took out the 1/4" wood wheel well and 4 feet of the 1/2" flooring. Does anyone make an aluminum wheel well liner for trailers, or should I get one fabricated? Anyone have experience with aluminum vs. plastic when tires fail?

Thanks for your reply.
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Yes ,Nascar uses Alum. in their wheel wells! You see how well that holds up! Youroo!!
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Old 10-15-2014, 04:54 PM   #7
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Brilliant. NASCAR is doing 200mph. I'm doing 55-60.

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Brilliant. NASCAR is doing 200mph. I'm doing 55-60.

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If you look under your car or truck, you will most likely find plastic liners also.
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Hi All -
Just had a tire failure last Thursday night after traveling all of 3 miles from home. Tore up the whole wheel well. Since I was heading on a 250 trip, I did not want to continue without a spare. So we stayed overnight in Victorville, CA, made temporary repairs to the wheel well and bought 4 "Transporter" tires, 205/75R14's. Did not realize that ST tires are rated so low for speed. My axles are 3500 lbs. each. Total weight is about 6500.

Two questions for you all: I'm thinking of replacing all four with LT195/75R14's, either Yokohama or BFG AT's. Each is weight rated at 1709 lbs. (slightly less than the ST's), but speed rated at 99 mph I think. Is this a viable option?

Second: when the tire stripped its tread, it whipped the plastic wheel liner to nothing, took out the 1/4" wood wheel well and 4 feet of the 1/2" flooring. Does anyone make an aluminum wheel well liner for trailers, or should I get one fabricated? Anyone have experience with aluminum vs. plastic when tires fail?

Thanks for your reply.
Probably cheaper to buy a tpms then you'll more likely to be able to see a temperature rise or a pressure decrease in the tire before it blows.

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I have TPMS on my truck (2010 Ram 2500). What a waste! When they are not working, they give inaccurate info. Like, on my way home, one tire's monitor showed it had 61psi, then 57, then 56, then 78, then 254psi. I've had 3 stop working altogether in the year + that I've owned the truck. I don't have much faith in the TPMS. Because my past experiences, most of the time, I don't even have it on. It's just too annoying.

On the tire that failed, it had no pressure drop. It was still holding air with half the tread gone. My only warning was the sound of the tread pounding the wheel well. I went at most 1/4 mile before I got it pulled over and stopped. The tires were not hot. I had just left a restaurant after a 2 mile drive, sat for half an hour, then one mile to the freeway. It failed as I reached 55 at the end of the on-ramp.

Yes, my truck has plastic liners. But if a tire shreds, there isn't much behind the liner that can't withstand the flapping tread. Behind the liner on my trailer is 1/4" plywood for the wheel well box, and the a 1/2" plywood floor. I'm just wondering if a metal liner will help protect things more.

Very frustrated!
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