Pro's and Con's of Super Singles

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Blackducati750, May 29, 2009.

  1. Blackducati750

    Blackducati750 Light Load Member

    Mar 11, 2009
    Has anyone bought a truck with "super singles" and had them replaced with "regular" wheels and tires?

    How much $ would a driver expect to pay for 8 new drive tires and 8 "regular" Aluminum wheels?? (polished outers)

    I'm just wondering how much of a pain in the wallet it would be....

    I see new trucks sitting on lots with super singles. Are they not worth buying because of the cost involved to switch them over?
  2. king Q

    king Q Road Train Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Johannesburg sa
    We run a route that is about 100 miles of mud for 4 to 5 months of the year.Usually about 1 ft deep.The trailers with s/singles do much better because of the lower drag.They are also easier to clean the mud off when back in asphalt. We use super singles on the tridem trailers at a gross weight of 109500lbs.The 6x4 trucks use duels.We can lift each axle pneumatically so we don't have a problem limping if we have to.We only have 4 trailers doing std OTR with S/Singles for weight reasons.We have not had any problems with them in the 3 years we have had them.If we purchase any new equipment for general type work S/Singles will be specked.
  3. fulgrwnmn

    fulgrwnmn Light Load Member

    Sep 17, 2008
    I'v had em on 2 of my trucks, no problems..............I've only seen 1 super single "gator" in the last 2 years, compared to hundreds of the others, but I do agree maint is everything, and honestly I don't see very many drivers airing tires unless its obviously low
  4. Blackducati750

    Blackducati750 Light Load Member

    Mar 11, 2009
    Being this will be my first truck ever, I'm sure I will keep an eye on tire air pressure. But I might be hauling garbage and I hear S/S's don't do well at the dump sites. I also hear people saying how bad those tires are in the snow. I understand using them on a trailer, but not on drive axles of a truck...
  5. shiftin'shell

    shiftin'shell Light Load Member

    Jan 12, 2010
    Dayton Virginia
    The company i work for bought a Mack Cl700 tri axle dump truck with them on. I was the driver and I did'nt like them. They worked well in the mud but like others have said... Once the tread wears down they will hang you up faster. We switched the truck back over to dauls but I dont remember what it cost. As we got used rims.
  6. I pull trailers with extra wide singles on them almost every night. I hate them. Wouldn't consider them for my truck. My fuel mileage doesn't change at all when pulling trailers with extra wide singles compared to duals.

    Don't know how that would be if I were running them on my truck, though. And....I won't find out because I'm not putting them on there. I blow WAY more extra wides than I do duals. And yes, the company buys a rim every time we lose an extra wide, even though I've always pulled over IMMEDIATELY when I lose them and drive pretty darn slow all of the time. I know that the tires that have blown on the trailers I've pulled were always inflated properly, but I don't know if they had been for their lives before I got the trailers.

    And, I hate the way the trailers "wallow around" and sway back and forth looking for a place to run.

    Bottom line is I like my virgin Michelin duals. I'd go back to recapped Bandag duals before I'd run extra wides, because I had better luck on recaps than I have with the extra wides. But, that's just me.
  7. Kansas

    Kansas Road Train Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    aircap, Ks.
    They suck in the snow/ice, zero traction.

    Chains are twice as big, and ten times the PITA to put on.

    Blow a tire, and chances are youll need to replace the wheel as well. God help ya if you have aluminum wheels.

    They look cool...?
  8. Rug_Trucker

    Rug_Trucker Road Train Member

    Aug 7, 2009
    Near Nashville TN

    A set tucked into tubs on my 72 Duster would look neat...........:yes2557:
    Kansas and 379exhd Thank this.
  9. Blackducati750

    Blackducati750 Light Load Member

    Mar 11, 2009
    A quick question for the O/O's. If you found a truck sitting on a lot.... And it would fit your needs 99.9%....
  10. Blackducati750

    Blackducati750 Light Load Member

    Mar 11, 2009
    And the dealer planned to give you a SWEET deal on it....

    Would you:

    1. Still buy the truck and "deal with the S/S's?

    2. Buy the truck and "save up" to buy and switch to regular duals?

    3. Pass up on the truck and buy something else?
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