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Old 08-07-2007, 07:44 PM
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Mickey Thompson Radial Tire Problem

I have a tubbed 57 chevy that I recently bought a set of Mickey Thompson radial tires for, and have had nothing but problems since. The rear tires are 22 x 33 x 15. When I accelerate, the car begins to rock from side to side so severely that I have to get out of the gas. When I put my bias ply's (21.5 x 33 x 15) back on it drives straight as an arrow. Has anyone else experienced similiar problems? Any insight into this issue would be greatly appreciated.....Thanks.

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Old 08-07-2007, 09:11 PM
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I have never used them, but people I know, who have, say they suck for the same reason. have you tried Hoosiers? They are pretty good tires when going that size.
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is it spinning when its rockin?
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I'm already $1500.00 in the hole for the Mickey Thompsons and don't want to potentially go through the same thing with Hoosiers. Of course when speaking with Mickey Thompson they deny there's a problem. I assume if I speak with Hossier prior to purchasing them they would do the same. If I switch, I'll probably just go back to Bias ply.....
And, this problem does not occur when the tires are spinning, only when they hook and torque is being applied.
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Old 08-08-2007, 07:17 AM
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I assume if I speak with Hossier prior to purchasing them they would do the same.

Not true, I am on my second set of Hoosiers and find the tires real stable, I was running the MT bias and and went to the Hoosiers because of the MT bias bounce and the lack of control. The Hoosiers really tamed my ride, handle well and give one the feel of being glued to the road. Thanks for the info on the MT radials I was kind of looking at them for the next tire change, you have saved me some hassle and expense. The only down side to Hoosiers is availability of the large but popular sizes, the way around that plan ahead.
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Does hooiser make street tires other than the big x huge prostreet tires saw a set of hooiser whiteletter on a pickup that looked good and wondered if they were a race tire or a street tire?
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Old 08-08-2007, 04:29 PM
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Does hooiser make street tires other than the big x huge prostreet tires saw a set of hooiser whiteletter on a pickup that looked good and wondered if they were a race tire or a street tire?
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look here
https://www.hoosiertire.com/otatire.htm

see item number 40310 and click the TREAD PATTERN letter D maybe this is what you saw

this link shows all tread patterns https://www.hoosiertire.com/drtire.htm
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dont think they were on there .......looked similar insize and profile to about a 275 60 15 radial ta but said hoosier on the side wall (didnt look at the tire size on them just saw them going by the truck in a parking lot and thought WOW Hooisers on the street)
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Sounds like the rims might be too narrow for the tire. This would result in a rather large sidewall bulge that would allow for a bunch of lateral (flex) movement.

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Not true, I am on my second set of Hoosiers and find the tires real stable, I was running the MT bias and and went to the Hoosiers because of the MT bias bounce and the lack of control. The Hoosiers really tamed my ride, handle well and give one the feel of being glued to the road. Thanks for the info on the MT radials I was kind of looking at them for the next tire change, you have saved me some hassle and expense. The only down side to Hoosiers is availability of the large but popular sizes, the way around that plan ahead.
What I meant by my statement was that I believe Hoosier would say the same as MT, not that they would actually handle the same. It sounds like I'm going to have to gamble with another $1000.00 to see if the Hossiers do the trick. Hopefully someone can confirm my problem with the MT's therefore providing me a little more confidence on the Hoosiers working with my car.
I appreciate your input and good luck with your rides....
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Sounds like the rims might be too narrow for the tire. This would result in a rather large sidewall bulge that would allow for a bunch of lateral (flex) movement.

Russ
Actually the sidewall bulge isn't bad and I'm using their recommended rim. All of their tire measurements are based on the 15 x 15 rim I'm using. I'm going to put it on a chassis dyno tomorrow and reproduce the problem while others try to evaluate whats happening. If it's a suspension issue they'll be able to see that as well. Thanks for the sugestion.
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Not the same issue, but with MT Sportsman Pros, 18.5's, 15#'s I get thrown around by the slightest rut in the road, scarey at highway speeds, the car feels like it could change lanes!
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Not the same issue, but with MT Sportsman Pros, 18.5's, 15#'s I get thrown around by the slightest rut in the road, scarey at highway speeds, the car feels like it could change lanes!
That's one of the reasons I was advised to go to Radials but obviously it created other issues. I would stay with what you have. I'm just burning money trying to fix this issue that shouldn't exist in the first place.
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Did you bead lock your MT? A bead lock feels safer on the end of the 1/4 mile run because of the stiffer sidewall from the edge of the rim to out about 1 inch.

Drag slicks tire pressure on drag radials (between 13 to 20 psi) is different than bias-ply (6.5 to 12 psi)
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Did you bead lock your MT? A bead lock feels safer on the end of the 1/4 mile run because of the stiffer sidewall from the edge of the rim to out about 1 inch.

Drag slicks tire pressure on drag radials (between 13 to 20 psi) is different than bias-ply (6.5 to 12 psi)
I don't use a bead lock but also don't use these tires at the track. I put my Hoosier Quick Time Pro's on and don't have any problems. This problem is experienced on the street during hard acceleration when the tires are hooked up. I received the name of an MT executive the other day and will be calling him next week to discuss either a plan for correction or refund. Thanks for you input.
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