steer tires on drive axles
can i put xza3 steer tires on drive axles ? is it recommended for winter conditions
Is this a good question?
I run primarily the northwest WA, ID OR, and MT and have run Toyo M147's which is a 5 rib steer tire in all positions, even my spreed axle trailer For the last 3 years and on icy or snow packed roads you CAN'T beat em, they actually have a larger contact patch then a lug tire and are much easier to put chains on when you do have to chain because your not fighting the chains catching on the lugs whey you trying to get them tight. Having said that i will say in deep snow or mud they aren't worth a darn but really how often are ya in deep snow and mud? hope that helps...
Yes, you can put them in the drive position. I ran my trucks that way for years, even in the Ohio winters.
They do a great job in wet sleet, and snow. You will notice less traction in deep snow compared to a lug style tire.
On dry pavement, you'll notice a nice quiet ride and less squirm than a lug tire.
You can also rotate them from front to back in order to keep them all wearing properly.
Yes you can, I have Yokohama RY 617's on my drives currently. I was really skeptical of using them in the winter. Back in November I had a load from MN to CA and it was 4 pallets a whopping 10,000 LBS and I was on US 287 in WY. I was heading down that road and found myself on ice, I was scared. I found that after a few miles everything was fine. I didn't have any trouble for most of the trip through there from Casper to Rawlins. I had one section that was a bit uphill and the ice was pretty thick and I started to spin, I just backed off the throttle a bit and regained traction. I was impressed.
I've been running all position tires on the drive axles sense 1980 up in the Northwest and have never had a problem. There quiet no road noise easy to chain up and if you do run one low for some reason it won't cup out on you.
Great tire choice for drive position. Hauled Turnpike doubles (twin 53's up to137.500 lbs) in Canadian Prairies with them for 1 Winter, then changed jobs and went across the rockies in nasty winter conditions numerous times. I was impressed. Got 180.000 mls out of them (never rotated any). Traction was waaaayy better then the X1 XDA Energy I've got now.
It is also Sometimes good to start steer tires out on the drives to prevent the tire from developing a radial pull. If you have an alignment issue many times a tire will get that pull for the life of the tire. This condition in most cases also will result in a non reversible wear patterns. I have a set of B/S 280's on now that started on the drives. They have 150k on them with 10/32s left. But I'm a protrak alignment provider and my alignment is done right. Jeff
I am going to try steer tires on my drives this summer. I have been running XDS2 for drives. In my application they last one full year. Put on 8 in November , and by November of the next year they are done. The B Trains I haul are useless in snow , and I'm not willing to sacrifice traction in the winter months but always wondered if I juggled 2 sets of tires would it be worth it. I went with retreads this winter to free up cash for Microblue Bearings ,and knowing they would wear faster , set myself up to get steer tires on my drives when they are burnt off. I have been running XZE2 for steer, and have 4 sitting in my shed to go on my drives this summer but I think I'm going to switch back to XZA3 steers and get them for my drives in the summer as well.
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