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post #21 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-12-2019, 11:03 AM
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And a great work space to go with it.....that is a work space isn't it?

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And a great work space to go with it.....that is a work space isn't it?
Yeah, it becomes a work space when I back the pick up out....
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Did you settle on a tire? I run a 155 16 R van tire. I've done 40,000 miles and it's time for a new one. The present tire makes the gearing higher than stock which means slipping the clutch to move away. The clutch has stood the abuse but ideally a smaller circumference would be easier.

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OK my Austone Taxi tire is ordered.
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I have spent several months researching this subject and I was just about to pull the trigger on the Austone when I found out it was being discontinued. They have some, but the future of that tire is bleak. I did not want to fall in love with a tire I could not replace, so I went with the Nokian C Line Cargo 185/75R16C D/8PR. It has a load rating of 1800lbs. I figure it should hold up to anything I throw at it and be stiff enough to eliminate the wallow that some car tires can have. I have read of others running this or similar tires and having good luck with it. Price was not too bad at $131 and free shipping from tires-easy.com
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Look at simple tire for a 175/75R16 (oem size) or a 185/75R16 (Austone size).
They will be a van/truck type tire,
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We just acquired a 98 Gl/Sidecar rig. It's going to need tires and soon. What is the current choice for the rear? A search here brought up a recommendation for the Austone Taxi tire.
I have a 95 GL1500 with a Hannigan astro 2+2 and get excellent mileage and handling using a Goodyear Assurance 175/60 R16 on the rear. I get 21K on this rear tire and I am on my 3rd one. This tire is about 3/4 inch smaller in diameter than the original tire and changes the Rev's about 300 RPM higher in all gears. No effect on gas mileage since the car tire has much lower rolling resistance. I like the higher Revs, since at about 35MPH I was always sort of between gears and the smaller tire fixed that.

FYI I also use a Continental 130/70-18 M/C Bias ply ContiGO on the front. This is a rear tire that is mounted backwards since it's on the front. It has about 1/8 inch deeper tread than a front and I get about 11-12K on these.

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No effect on gas mileage since the car tire has much lower rolling resistance.
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How do you figure the larger footprint has less rolling resistance?

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How do you figure the larger footprint has less rolling resistance?
It's the new math which is beyond me and by the look of it you.

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Might be true. A "wider" contact patch has lower rolling resistance than a "longer" one.

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