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iceaxeman

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Posted: 09/02/06 07:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've got 19.5 " tires and they took about a thousand miles +/- to really break them in. There's a huge difference in the handling now, as opposed to the day I left Rickson. You might want to give it a little more time / mileage.





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Posted: 09/02/06 08:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sorry you had a bad experience; my SP-431 Dunlops have been great since day one. What brand were you running? I've had a bad set of tires on a car before -- bad tires are no fun!


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I have the toyo 245/75/19.5 and they are all over the road. it is a scary thing when changing lane and encountering roads that the big rigs have rutted up. literally, I can drive for a mile or two without touching the wheel when driving on roads that the big rigs have driven on. I will be taking my truck in for an alignment soon and if that don't help, I don't know what i'll do.

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Posted: 09/02/06 10:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I also have the Michelin XZE 245/19.5 and I'm very happy with them so far. They worked great from day one - no break-in needed. Only about 2000 miles so far so I don't know how long they will wear. No road noise at all. The truck handles better both with and without the camper than it did with the stock bridgestones.


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iceaxeman

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Posted: 09/03/06 04:07am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Isn't it strange the difference in performance of these tires & wheels on different rigs ? After spending over a year on this site, I've seen people all over the place regarding their opinions on these tires. Since I've spent nearly $3,000 on mine, I'm feeling really lucky to be one of those with good results.

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Here's my 2 cents, XDE's with over 3000 miles and absolutely perfect since day-1! Went from 'white-knuckle' with 265's to one-handed ease, and NO wander at all. I WILL agree to them 'singing' a bit, but it doesn't bother me.


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after installing my 285/70r17 toyo open country on 17x9 devino rims on my truck yesterday and removing the 19.5 i really dont see the point in the 19.5 set-up!!!! much better handling the load capacity is the same since you must air down the 19.5 so you can actullay drive them ,but then again im sure it has ALOT to do with the type of truck one is driving ....again i have a nice set of vision19.5 wheels i will make someone a smoking deal on...


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Posted: 09/03/06 11:00am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another 19.5" tire thread.

bcs

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Posted: 09/03/06 12:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

sasha_j wrote:

I'm very happy with the performance of my 19.5" hardware and rubber. No break-in period even. Rode on rails from day one.


The same for me.
The 19.5s made my truck handle like a sports car (an 8000 lb one [emoticon] ). They also made the rig with the camper handle 100000% better!


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Posted: 09/03/06 04:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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i really dont see the point in the 19.5 set-up!!!! much better handling the load capacity is the same since you must air down the 19.5 so you can actullay drive them


With all due respect, I am sorry to point out the flaw in that statement.

If you have a good set of tires, then you are NOT required to air them down to actually drive them.

Your statement implies that ALL 19.5 tire set ups have the fault you are experiencing. Most of us will tell you that we do not experience that problem. Like Sasha_j, I have not had one problem with my 19.5 since driving them off of the Rickson lot. When loaded I run them at full pressure to carry the load.

One of the reasons Ricksons takes so very long to deliver their product, is because Dan has to constantly send back tires that do not meet his demanding specs. He said most of the tires he receives are out of round, or have some other imperfection.

It sounds like you might have one of those bad sets of tires. They should not be giving you those problems. Rest assured that not ALL 19.5's drive like that.

Ranger Bob


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