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Old 08-21-2006, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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TSL vs Irok

ok, I might as well post this since there's tons of people here who have run both and/or will have a good answer for me

here's my small dilema.....

I'll be needing new tires fairly soon and have pretty much narrowed it down to 2 choices. these are based pretty much on price and size. I have the 37x12.5-15 MTRs now and really like them. but, I want something a little bigger for the next set. so, I'm looking at the 38" TSL (bias) or the 39.5" Irok (again, bias).

here's where I need the opinions. I know what I should do, but it's a tough call. they both weigh the same (within 4lbs of each other), but the TSL is 12.5" wide and the Irok 13.5" wide

this will be run on a D44/9" setup (current setup with the 37" MTRs) and also have Yukon shafts front and rear. dual locked (lockright/spool), 4.88s, close to stock 4.3 on a 5k rig (s10).

most of the wheelin is midwest like the badlands so the trails have everything and typically are damp/wet due to rain.

both axles have held up extremely well with the 37s. so, do I go with the 38s or is the jump to the 39s doable without getting too over the line? I push the truck hard, but try to always wheel smart with a light foot (unless otherwise needed). this is a DD so that might play a huge factor as well since I hear the Iroks wear extremely fast on pavement.

I know the whole "get a D60" thing, but it's not in the budget now.

thanks for any opinions
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Old 08-22-2006, 09:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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if you can afford a set of tires, then you can afford a D60..... and just buy a used set of tires to get you by for the moment..... then you cna buy the 39" iroks....... and if its your DD then you should be thinking about radial iroks.......
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TSL's if it's still a part time DD, and sipe them heavily if its mainly wet stuff
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Old 08-22-2006, 09:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't know what rims you have now, but 39.5 Iroks are more in the range of 15" wide. On a 10" wide rim I measured a set at 15 1/4" wide from sidewall to sidewall. Iroks are gonna wear faster. x2 for the TSL's if it's still a DD.
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Old 08-22-2006, 11:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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....... and if its your DD then you should be thinking about radial iroks.......
I just drove my vehicle for the first time with my Bias Iroks, only 36's though, and they were amazingly smooth.
I had some LTB's that felt like octagons or something before.
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Old 08-22-2006, 12:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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^It's not the fact that the tsl's feel better on road...they don't--though the iroks are still made by interco--there's still a 50% chance they won't be round. It's the fact that the iroks wear faster and have much less tread depth so that pretty quickly you'd be looking for a new set of tires.
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Old 08-22-2006, 01:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Oh I see, do the radials wear slower then?
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Old 08-22-2006, 04:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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tsl

the tsl are bad ass but mine only lasted 6 mounths but i wheeled every weekend with them and drove like 20,000 miles on them,
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Old 08-22-2006, 04:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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mine were the biasply the were so good off road!
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Old 08-22-2006, 06:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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tsl vs irok

here is my 2 cents, I have the interco trxus m/t's on my yota, haven't had them in alot of mud or trails yet, but since you live in chi-town and you use this as a dd here is something to consider. I had them on a 87 fullsize dodge ram 4x4 and they were wearing great, they are awsome on ice and snow, and they ride well-better than the michellins(street tires) that are on the dodge now. These tires are not that noisey, if thats a concern, not bad on price either. It's just my 2 cents, but I love these tires on a dd.

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Old 08-22-2006, 06:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The trxus m/t's come in a 38.5, too. I would get either those, or the tsl's. 39s on a locked d44- I am sure it would work (and has), but you can't spend a lot of time fixing this thing since it is your dd. Plus they wear fast(er).
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thanks for the replies so far, I appreciate it.

I'm leaning towards the TSLs as of now and probably will stay with those. I will look into the TrXus MTs since I know they are a pretty nice tire. if they stick as well to the rocks as the MTRs, then I'll be happy. I'm pretty sure the TSLs will hook up as well as the MTRs and that's one thing I don't want to sacrifice since I mostly try to stay on the rocks.



any idea if the sidewalls for the TrXus MTs are as strong as the MTRs (since we know the TSLs are strong as hell)

edit* just checked Interco's site and the largest 15" they make is the 37x12.5-15 which is what I have in the MTR. I'd probably rather go with another set of MTRs if I don't go bigger.
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Old 08-24-2006, 09:57 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Steve, in the research I did, people were reporting life of between 5000 and 20,000 for bias Iroks. No reported cases of any more than that 20,000. Iroks are definitely sticky, but at the sacrifice of life. Not sure about the radials becuase hardly anybody is using them. And a lot of guys on here selling their 39.5 Iroks and going 40" MTR because or the Iroks's poor road manners and noise.
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Old 08-24-2006, 10:32 AM   #14 (permalink)
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thanks for the info Chris. I'm guessing I'll go with the TSLs just for longevity on the road (that sounds funny!). I wouldn't go radial Irok due to price and I actually looked at the 40" MTR (getting new steel wheels too) and they are way too much for me.

looks like TSLs most likely and then once I go one ton, maybe step up to the 42" TSLs
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