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Old 08-25-2014, 06:37 PM   #1
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Gone to the "darkside" (lt tires)

In the motorcycle world going to the darkside means running a car tire usually on the rear as a way to extend tire change intervals. Those that do it claim no adverse handing, longer life, better traction, etc.
After my blow out last month of the 3 year old, never seen sunlight unless the were spinning and always properly inflated oem China bombs I spent literally minutes on the intraweb researching tires. Decided to go the LT route. What's the worst that could happen.... A blow out? Been there done that. I found a couple Mesa ap2 tires (by Cooper) on craigsist that looked like they about 4 miles on them. I picked up 2 matching tires new from a local shop. They are lt245/75/16 load E which are the same diameter but a smidge wider than the 235/80/16 road riders. All mounted and balanced for the next trip. Time will only tell.
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:45 PM   #2
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Interesting idea. I wouldn't have thought about mounting vehicle tires on out TT. I have read about and seen a few car tires on bikes though.
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:01 PM   #3
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Actually fairly popular...... and controversial.....lol
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:38 PM   #4
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Yes I have known about the controversial aspect of car tires on bikes. Is it controversial to have them on a camper?
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:26 AM   #5
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One of my buddies drives a truck for his fathers trucking company, they have several gooseneck trailers for hauling heavy equipment and I asked him to get me the size and type of tires on them and almost all of them were 16" E rated LT tires with a few on the dual tandems being G Rated. That Cat Dozer I have seen him haul weighs hella more than my 5th, riding on 4 16" E rated LT tires and I know for a fact they abuse the ever loving shite out of their tires, low press, high press, rough terrain etc. I will be getting appropriately load rated LT tires soon for mine.
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My triple axle 5 er equipment trailer has had nothing but e rated tires it's entire life. 300k miles and counting. Loads up to 22k

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Old 08-26-2014, 06:16 PM   #7
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My triple axle 5 er equipment trailer has had nothing but e rated tires it's entire life. 300k miles and counting. Loads up to 22k

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Oem were e rated st. I switched to e rated lt.
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:32 AM   #8
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Oem were e rated st. I switched to e rated lt.
What is your max load on the new tires? And how much do you need per tire?

From what I have read, the LTs have lower carrying capacity than STs. From my weighings, I think I'm right on the cusp of that cut off.
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3080 @ 80 psi. Can't remember exactly what the ST's were but the lt is a couple hundred pounds less. Bottom line I still have 6160 lbs worth of tire on 5200 lbs axles.
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:21 PM   #10
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I will be doing the same thing. don't want to take any chances with the crappy st tires being sold and mfgd these days.
It was night and day difference when I switched to lts on my boat trailer. The trailer was tracking better and did not bounce as much. It had Carlisle brand on and it was all over the road with these.
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