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Old 08-08-2006, 09:45 PM
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has anyone else out there had problems with their bfg silvertown radial white walls? i got a set on for 700 or so miles now and had to balance them twice in that time because the front end shakes at 60-65 front tire took 2.25 oz each time and the other took .75 oz each time.i balanced them on a coats computor balancer so i know they balanced good. turns out that they are severly out of round, about 3/16 of an inch .the wheels are brand new from stockton and they are perfectly round.the tires also exhibit some side to side run out which i suppose my be just seems that for the 750 i shelled out for these MEXICAN MADE beauties, they should run a whole lot nicer on the road.i came to find out that bfg doesnt even make these tires , coker makes them in MEXICO and passes them off as bfg tires.i dont know how bad the rear tires are yet as i have not rebalanced runnin them on a 36 ford with a i beam. every thing in the front end is new and tight and the alignment is right on.i had cheap futura radials on her prior to the bfg's and they rode and handled far superior to these.also the bfg's feel like a spoon in a bowl of pudding when it comes to road and steering feel.they make the car feel loose ,like its wandering around a bit .it has gotten to the point where i refuse to take the kids out in the car because it doesnt feel to safe.well enuf rambling, anyone got any feed back? thanks for listnin.

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Old 08-09-2006, 10:34 AM
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No direct experience but I know that an S rated radial will not handle like an H or V. I replaced H rated and put Radial TAs S rated back on mine and I hate them, poor traction and poor straight line and cornering handling. Like you said, wishy-washy like a "spoon in pudding". I have to run 36+ psi in the rear to reduce the squirming around on blacktop roads. The muscle car guys love them, I will never buy another S rated tire, especially TAs.

If the bead was lubed properly with mounting compound and the tire is more than .040 out of round you might have bounce problems. Many specs say .080 but I have seen problems with cars with less out of round. As they wear they will only get worse.

It is bad tires, never "trim/true" a tire to make it round. It won't last anyway.

Remember, you can balance a concrete block, but it won't roll very smoothly.
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