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Author Topic: Wisdom of takeoffs?  (Read 2423 times)
Jerry32
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« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2007, 03:03:11 AM »

I'm using 11R24.5w on the drivers and a new set of steer 12R22.5s  with 315 80R22.5 on the tags and carry a 11R24.5 spare
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« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2007, 04:32:48 PM »

It is a proven fact that 50% of the alligators you see on the road are from NEW tires.  Recaps are a viable alternative on the drive and tag axles.  The main destroyer of any tire, especially recaps are low tire pressure casing excessive tire heat buildup, leading to tire failure.

As to front tires, buy the very best you can-in my book that is Michelin.  They are expensive, but are the best tire made.

My first set of tires were Dunlops which I liked.  But since Dunlop was bought by GoodYear, my tire guy won't carry them since he knows that GoodYear are junk.  But- the Dunlops lasted me 12 years.  I store my bus indoors so I don't have the UV ray problem.  I only got rid of them since they were starting to show minor sidewall cracking.  Now have Michelin XZE 11R-24.5 16ply all the way around.  I run them at 90psi and have a good ride quality.

Remember- the biggest number one factor to tire life, performance and ride quality is the tire pressure you run the tire at.  DO NOT run the tire at the maximum tire pressure printed on the side of the tire, unless you are running that weight on the axle.  As posted many times before, have your bus weighed in full running form by axle then you can figure you tire pressure by what is posted by your tire manufacturer on the tire inflation guides. 
Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2007, 06:43:23 PM »

Yes,Tom is right.

Road alligators are NOT all re-caps.

I wish I could remember the research project that this is from.

Government paid one of the universities to go out and analyze all that crap at roadside.

Proper research study, scientists and all that.

Of course, as long as most believe the myths, remanufactured tires will be cheaper.
If you all believe the truth, the b***$%^s will raise the prices!

happy coaching!
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