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Old 03-29-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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New tread for my Bigfoot 17

I've been spending the winter in California but I'm getting ready to return to Alaska, where I keep my all-original 1989 Bigfoot 17 footer, for another season of work.

When I bought the Bigfoot up there last year, it came with some pretty old and hammered passenger car tires on it, and the original bias-ply for a spare. After some research I decided on a set of Maxxis M8008 load range C tires, ST205/75R14, but I couldn't find them in Alaska so I decided to wait until I got to California then bring a set home with me.

The original wheels were pretty rusty so I decided to splurge on a set of new Carlisle 14 x 5-1/2" steel wheels. I got a decent deal on a set of three wheels and tires so they'll get loaded into my truck in a few days for the journey up there.

I'm looking forward to getting hese installed and reporting back on their performance. I may tow the Bigfoot all the way back to California this coming fall when I finish my tour of duty so the tires will definitely get the ultimate test as I trek across the Alcan.

Cheers!
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:19 PM   #2
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Those should handle the load nicely Mike

Safe travels!
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I always "feel" better with new rubber.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:34 PM   #4
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The difference in ride will be very noticeable.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:36 PM   #5
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I always "feel" better with new rubber.
I absolutely concur. It's like getting new shoes.

I just put new Falken Wildpeak A/T tires on my Tundra TV. I did a slight size upgrade to 285/65R18 and they are D load rated in this size. I like them so far but the trip north will be the acid test. I normally use A/T-S Yokohama Geolandars, which are often regarded as the "gold standard" in A/T tires. But every few years I decide to try something new and these Falken Wildpeaks seem to get a lot of pretty good reviews. We'll see how they do in the long term.
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Get them balanced before installing, it may help.
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:38 PM   #7
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I'm not sure about your 1989, but my 1980 has reverse threads on the driver's side hubs. Don't torque too hard until your sure.
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I'm not sure about your 1989, but my 1980 has reverse threads on the driver's side hubs. Don't torque too hard until your sure.

If any of the threads are sticking out past the lug nut, you should be able to tell.
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I'm not sure about your 1989, but my 1980 has reverse threads on the driver's side hubs. Don't torque too hard until your sure.
Thanks for the tip. I'll check before I start cranking too hard on them.
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