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Old 09-06-2014, 08:21 AM   #11
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I will be replacing my " china bombs" with LTs within the 2 year time frame. I have exploded STs all over the south/southwest.

Honestly, I haven't looked at the maxxis. I will do my research then but I am pretty set on dumping any ST from china.

-said the man who's has 12 trailer tires to deal with.

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I think you will find all ST tires are made on the Asian continent, either China, Korea, Malaysia, etc.
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Old 09-06-2014, 04:29 PM   #12
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I now have 17.5 inch Goodyear LT, H rated tires. Before trading, I had both Carlisle and Maxxis, after blowing out two China bombs. The only ST tires I would own would be Maxxis.
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Old 09-07-2014, 11:42 AM   #13
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Carlisle does make car & truck tires. The problem with their ST tires is that they moved production from USA to China years back. That's why they are now categorized as China bombs. I am very happy with my Maxxis M8008 ST tires.


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Old 09-07-2014, 12:10 PM   #14
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Carlisle does make car & truck tires. The problem with their ST tires is that they moved production from USA to China years back. That's why they are now categorized as China bombs. I am very happy with my Maxxis M8008 ST tires.
As are the vast majority of the GY Marathon owners, myself included.
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:44 PM   #15
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I am in Michigan thinking about replacing my OEM tires on my Windjammer. I just ran a "Dealer Locator" search on the Maxxis website for ST tires and the only dealers are in Virginia and North Carolina? Is that right? That's over 400 miles away from me. I'd need new tires by the time I got them home.
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:49 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the replies so far. I'm really wanting to change over to LT tires but am concerned about their weight capacities. As stated earlier LT 235 /85 R16s would only leave 1/2 inch between the tires so that's not an option. The LT 245 /75 R16s as recommended are about the same diameter as the STs on the trailer now (ST 235 /80 R16s). The STs have a weight capacity of 3,520 lbs. but the LT 245 /75 R16s have a weight capacity of only 3,086 lbs. That's a loss of 1,736 lbs. of total capacity. My axles are 6,000 lbs. which means each tire should be able to carry at least 3,000 lbs. at the max axle rating. I realize the the pin carries a portion of the 13,774 GVWR of the trailer but don't feel comfortable not having a cushion with the tires.

However, assuming my pin weight is 18% of the 13,774 GVWR (2,479 lbs.) that would leave 11,295 lbs. on the axles. Each tire would then support 2,824 lbs. (a cushion of 262 lbs. per tire or 1,048lbs. for all 4 tires).

Here are my questions.

1. Am I thinking this out right or just worrying too much?

2. Does anyone know what 16" LT tires come on some of the newer models?

3. What is the GVWR of those that have installed LT tires?

4. Where is Sabre Sam when you need him? (Just kidding. I know he went with Montana).
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Hey OC - When you changed the OEM tires on your 5'er to Marathons, did you go up a load range?
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I am in Michigan thinking about replacing my OEM tires on my Windjammer. I just ran a "Dealer Locator" search on the Maxxis website for ST tires and the only dealers are in Virginia and North Carolina? Is that right? That's over 400 miles away from me. I'd need new tires by the time I got them home.
I would check with your local shops. The website is not all inclusive. The dealer I purchased from is not listed. They are listed as a Carlisle dealer, however the owner recomended Maxxis over Carlisle.
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My only concern with LT tires is their softer sidewall than a comparable ST's.
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Old 09-07-2014, 04:15 PM   #20
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Hey OC - When you changed the OEM tires on your 5'er to Marathons, did you go up a load range?
Yes, sir, I certainly did, from a LRC to LRD. On the way back from Goshen when we had a valve stem start leaking, I even replaced the spare with a new LRD Marathon and then bought a new alum wheel to match the ones on the trailer. Also went to the all steel (with neoprene gasket)screw in stems (Thanks FT Turbs & Ms. Amy) to accommodate the 507 flow thru sensors.
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