Trying to find a wider steer tire than 11r22.5

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  1. irishluck09

    irishluck09 Light Load Member

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    Alot of guys I work with keep telling me that they recommend I run a bigger tire on my steers. Suppose to be a better ride and higher load rating. I run local end dump to the landfill and need a good solid steer tire.
    So whats a bigger size that I can run instead of 11r22.5's? (My wheels are 22.5 if noone could guess :D)
     
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  3. singlescrewshaker

    singlescrewshaker Road Train Member

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    12r22.5
    295/80r22.5
    315/80r22.5
    Probably gonna need wider wheels for the 315's
     
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  4. irishluck09

    irishluck09 Light Load Member

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    What about for 12r22.5? Do the wider steers actually make a difference?
     
  5. Roberts450

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    Whats your axle rating and how much weight are you trying to pack on your steers?
     
  6. singlescrewshaker

    singlescrewshaker Road Train Member

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    @Roberts450 is right. Just because you throw big rubber up front doesn't really mean you can use it. Steer axle & spring packs should be up the task as well..

    As for the better ride quality, I have no idea if that is true or not. You may benefit from the additional width in the form of added flotation on soft ground, the landfill you go to..

    What size are your wheels?, 22.5×8.25" or 9.00" wide?

    12r's some brands allow mounting on 8.25"
    295/80 & 305/85 are ok on 8.25"
    315/80's want 9" wide.

    In load range H
    12r's--7390lbs
    295/80--7390lbs
    Load range J
    305/85--7830lbs
    315/80--8270lbs, or 9,000lbs for range L
     
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  8. irishluck09

    irishluck09 Light Load Member

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    Im not exactly looking for more weight on the tires, just better ride and steering. Especially since i run on alot of construction sites and in the landfill where its muddy
     
  9. bonder45

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    Bigger tires are the worst in the mud.

    I have one truck with a 385 on it and in mud you just keep on going straight - I constantly have to do the “backup turn” method to actually turn.

    It is more of a comfortable ride though!

    My other truck with standard tires cuts through the mud though.
     
  10. Roberts450

    Roberts450 Road Train Member

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    As @bonder45 said wide tires in mud are bad. Need to cut through the soft stuff and get to the base underneath. What I would suggest is hit up the tire website’s and search for their urban and refuge rated tires. Something that has high scrub resistance and look at the weight rating/air pressure charts and you can find ones that will ride good at 100ish psi but yet still carry the weight you need
     
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  11. Smellfunny

    Smellfunny Heavy Load Member

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    Plus you may have more rolling resistance and a little less fuel mileage. Probably not a huge amount but every $ counts. Also the additional cost of the tire and the possibility of needing a tire and availability issues.
     
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