Bridgestone M726 and M726ELA performance and handling

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Goodysnap, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. Goodysnap

    Goodysnap Road Train Member

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    Good Day all,

    I'm posting this here to hopefully get some real life experiences and driver input on these specific tires as they apply to any drive axle configuration. I have taken multiple sets of these tires off of trucks for poor handling. The tall stand up lug design, in any size on the wrong application can be a horrible combination. The tall lugs act as stilts that can produce a tail-wagging effect that only increases with load applied. Single axle applications are far worse, but can be felt in dual applications just the same. The issue is very noticeable on a new set but goes away as the tires wear down and have less give in the lugs.

    The purpose of this post is not to bash Bridgestone but to create awareness of potential issues. For my own sanity I'm interested in others feedback as they have experienced similar handling complaints with this tire model or others with the same tread design or tread type.

    Bonus points for links to articles or reviews pertaining to this problem.

    Thanks for your input

    Goody
     
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  3. Frontman

    Frontman Light Load Member

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    For sure, i put on 8 of the M726ELA and that is exactly what happened. I was very bad for 20,000 miles.
    I hated them. Now after 45,000 it doesn't waggle at all.

    I will for my application, go with a hwy thread next set.
     
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  4. jason6541

    jason6541 Heavy Load Member

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    Not to mention the rolling resistance is horrendous on these tires. Also they have a tendency to spit blocks out under high torque and off road
     
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