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Old 04-08-2021
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I realize tire threads are like touching the 3rd rail for some people.

So for the sake of my questions lets disregard tire brands.
My question is more application than brand.
Seems like most people run the same tire in all positions.
Is there a reason behind that?


I'd rather have a bit more aggressive tire on the drive.
I'd like to run the Toyo M144's on the steer and N920's on the drive.
Are there consequences doing this?


What would you put on the Tag Axel?
Match the Steer axle or the drive axle?


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Our main reason for running the same tires all around is to be able to buy steer tires new and be able to move the used steers to the rear positions.
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John Redden has some real aggressive tires on the drive,his reason,he got them cheap.


I have driven in snow,mud,dirt roads,in heavy rain and on ice.
i run the same tires all the way around.


Price would be the reason to run knobbys on the drives,no other reason.
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The tires on my coach are All Position not specifically Steer tires
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My bus came with seriously old 11R tires that I had to replace immediately. For weight limit and road clearance reasons (I have a farm in the boonies down serious backcountry roads), I went with the tires recommended on my placard, 12R all position ribbed tires, and considered 315s like what Shane Fedeli uses.

Randy, if I understood you correctly, you're saying that in your experience the tread design has made little or no difference in the handling in different circumstances, including snow, rain, and mud? Is there any particular factor that has made a big difference in these conditions? Tire width? Tire diameter?

FYI, the M920 model is only rated for 75 mph. I'd be curious what feedback others have here, but I would be averse to having any tires that weren't at least rated for 81 mph.
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My bus came with seriously old 11R tires that I had to replace immediately. For weight limit and road clearance reasons (I have a farm in the boonies down serious backcountry roads), I went with the tires recommended on my placard, 12R all position ribbed tires, and considered 315s like what Shane Fedeli uses.

Randy, if I understood you correctly, you're saying that in your experience the tread design has made little or no difference in the handling in different circumstances, including snow, rain, and mud? Is there any particular factor that has made a big difference in these conditions? Tire width? Tire diameter?

FYI, the M920 model is only rated for 75 mph. I'd be curious what feedback others have here, but I would be averse to having any tires that weren't at least rated for 81 mph.

My current tires are rated to 75MPH.
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I select my tires by heat, speed, and load ratings.
BUT I always use "All Position" tires. If I have a blowout and need to swap tires around or have 1 spare to use on any axle I'm covered.
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I currently have 315's on my 87 FC. It looks like the sidewalls of the duals may touch. ( I assume over bumps ) I am about to replace them ( Due to age ). Has anyone run into this and did they go to 295's or am I imagining that they touch using the 8.25 rims ?
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295’s worked fine on the rear of my M380. 315’s are definitely too large for an FC.
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What i'm saying and let me say this right now.
I have driven in snow and ice (but not by choice) and not nearly as often as a lot of you.
Mud? lots and lots of mud,after a good rain storm in Alaska you will drive in mud (it washes off).
Did i have a problem,NO.
I think careful driving and slow driving in those conditions is good.
In my opinion having lugged tires or aggressive tires would not have hurt/helped me at all.


Grumpy,please tell us what tires are speed rated for 81mph,and also please tell us where your driving those speeds.
I will make darn sure i am not in your way or even on the same road.
I have never seen a bus/truck tire rated for over 75mph,which is too fast for me.
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