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Re: Tires? Radials verses Bias
Elmo #1422362 Mon Aug 30 2021 03:42 AM
Joined: Jan 2008
Posts: 4,767
I don't think anyone will dispute the virtues of radials, but bias aren't as bad as many people seem to think they are. I switched my fleet of trucks to radials in the late 70's. We got better fuel mileage, better tread wear and fewer blats. But we had a lot more blow outs. And when a radial blows out, it does a lot of damage. We still have more blowouts with radials than we ever had with bias. And radials don't stand age near as well as nylon bias. I have a bunch of storage trailers with radials. Tires blow out when tires are any where from 5 to 20 years. When they start humping up in the middle of the tread the radial plies are coming loose from the bead and the tire is about to blow out. I commuted to college 90 miles one way back in the 60's. I drove a Y-Block with a BW OD and 4.11 gears. I still have a ticket to prove it went 120. I wore out a set of 8.25x14 Firestone 500s every 6 months, but I never worried about blowouts. And of course no power brakes or power steering. We ran 7.50x17 tires on the back of our 3/4 ton GMCs 60 to 70 years ago to haul heavier loads. In 1981 I was still using one of these to haul building materials when I remodeled my house. Shortly after that I made a trailer out of the bed. I could kick myself for doing it, but I thought it made sense at the time. I still have the trailer and the tires dated 1962 are still usable. I still prefer bias on a vehicle that I hardly ever drive or only drive a couple of hundred miles a year. My wife has an SL Mercedes that she hardly ever drives. The tires look like new, but they are 7 years old and I am going to put new tires on it before she gets out on the highway. She drives just as fast as I do.

Re: Tires? Radials verses Bias
Elmo #1422375 Mon Aug 30 2021 01:07 PM
Joined: Jan 2016
Posts: 783
Before ordering your tires at Coker check out this site. They are also in California and sell the same tires as Coker. The tires cost the same as at Coker but if you buy 4 shipping is free. That can be a big savings.

Last edited by dgrinnan; Mon Aug 30 2021 01:10 PM.

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Re: Tires? Radials verses Bias
Elmo #1422383 Mon Aug 30 2021 01:29 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 2,921
I have two sets of tires and wheels for my 37 Buick; one radials and one bias. Some nit picker shows deduct for radials. Both types drive and ride in a way that one can relax at the wheel with the one big difference being on grooved pavement. The radials track straight and the bias follow the grooves.

Re: Tires? Radials verses Bias
Elmo #1422464 Tue Aug 31 2021 03:20 PM
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Unrepentant VW Lover
I bought my set of 7.50x17 BPs for my 1-ton from Universal Vintage Tire Co. [] in Hershey, PA. Our local tire shop (big trucks, ag, as well as 4-wheelers) mounted and balanced them on my original multi-piece wheels no problem. Easily have more than 1,000 miles on them now -- no issues!

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Re: Tires? Radials verses Bias
Elmo #1422488 Tue Aug 31 2021 07:01 PM
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Back to the question about running radials on sectional wheels- - - -I ran a late 1980's Ford 350 flatbed with a late 1960's Chevy rear axle under it- - - -my doofus nephew thought that running the original rear end with a leaky pinion seal and not checking the lube was a good idea! WRONG! The Chevy 1-ton back behind the barn made a good donor. One little problem- - - -those big brake drums kept the Ford 16" drop center tubeless wheels from fitting, so I had to run tube type wheels with removable bead rings as inside duals. Other than a few flats caused by nails and such, the tubes and flaps inside the radial tires gave no problems. I did use radial-rated tubes, however.

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Re: Tires? Radials verses Bias
Elmo #1422507 Tue Aug 31 2021 08:55 PM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 5,289
Unrepentant VW Lover
Speaking of, and now that you mention it, I had tubed Michelin radials on my M-37B-1 (W/W), mounted to the original multi-piece wheels. Radial tubes and flaps. Worked great

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Re: Tires? Radials verses Bias
Elmo #1422537 Wed Sep 01 2021 01:05 AM
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Posts: 7,068
I ran Michelin radials with tubes on my MGA for 45 years, BTW same tires and tubes.

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Re: Tires? Radials verses Bias
Elmo #1422799 Fri Sep 03 2021 07:36 AM
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 831
On my previous truck I mounted a full set of bias plies and was SHOCKED at how good they handled! Those stiff sidewalls really prevent lean!

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Re: Tires? Radials verses Bias
2-Ton #1423232 Tue Sep 07 2021 04:30 PM
Joined: Apr 2020
Posts: 169
Hey two ton ive 2 7:00×18 bias ply tires i dont need if interested please text to:1-719_205-2203 thanks Karl

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