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Old 09-14-2006, 01:48 PM
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TSL thornbirds on a daily driver

Has anybody ran this tire or know the treadlife of it? I like the looks of the tire but am worried about the durability of running it everyday. the noise dont bother me. I have a set of goodyear wrangler mtr right now but they are needing to be replaced. any feedback on this tire would be helpful

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You'll be fine...

I had a set of 38 x 11 Boggers on my last 4x4 hotrod, Jeep pickup chassis, '28 Ford Tudor shortened to a truck cab, homemade bed, Caddy 500 motored. I used it as a daily driver for 6 years, in addition to driving a couple hundred miles round trip to shows in Indy and Michigan.

I actually bought the tires in pairs, the first 2 I put on when it was 2 yrs old, and the second pair 2 years after that. The oldest (run 4 yrs) are at about half tread, the newest are just barely worn.

Only bad part was the lack of side grip on wet or icy roads. The Thornbirds should be better at this than my Boggers were, with a more street-friendly tread pattern. Boggers are a GREAT tire for snow, and if you have enough motor to get them spinning to self-clean, the Thornbirds should do just fine here as well.

You did'nt mention what you are putting them on, but the more weight you haul, the faster the tread seems to wear out on the street. I know a guy who had a 1 ton Ram and wore his Thornbirds to the cords in a year and a half... and he hauled stuff in his truck AND pulled a trailer...

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Old 09-14-2006, 07:41 PM
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these are going on a 2001 regular cab chevy silverado. i am thinking about a 33x12.50 16 on an 8 inch wheel
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There isn't a much worse tire made then the Thornturd. They are bias ply and flat spot, make a bunch of noise, and suck more then street tires offroad. Get a radial tire. Are you going to drive it offroad at all or is it just for looks? If you do offroad what type?
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Old 09-15-2006, 11:04 PM
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try some on/off road tires like these... (sorry link button isn't working with me right now, I think it has to do with my computer...)

Right now on my Jeep Cherokee are stock-size Toyo Open Country A/Ts... not my preference (I prefer American to Imported goods, even if Japan does make some good stuff) but they have worked really well in everything I've done with my Jeep- including taking the potential future grandmother in law through some "really deep mud puddles" on closed-road-construction I ran into taking her to the mall.

*cooper, to my experience, makes excellent tires for the money.
http://www.coopertires.com/html/prod...discoverer_stt

*BF Goodrich has some race-proven offerings.
http://www.bfgoodrichtires.com/catalog/off-road/5.html

*Goodyear Wrangler MT-Rs are pretty decent meats. http://www.carolinaclassictrucks.com...odyear-mtr.jpg
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Cooper makes a discount brand called Mastercraft, which we put on the kids Jeep. They seem to hold up ok. I looked at the Thornbirds but just didn't want to spend the money on a "drive across town to the high school" vehicle.
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99 percent of my desion will be based on looks
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