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Tire size on stock burfeild

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by lone gunman, Dec 27, 2003.

  1. lone gunman

    lone gunman

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    I was wondering up to what size tire can the stock birfeild joints handle. i beleive i was told up to 35 inch, or is 33s a better choice. i am looking into lift and new tires but dont want to upgrade birfeilds yet. i drive about 75% street and 25% off road if that helps. THANKS IN ADVANCE!!
     
  2. Hyperlite

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    54" Michelin if you have a light foot...........30" tires have broken several axles if a lead foot is involved...
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    Your only possible option is to go with volvo portals. It is the onle axle that willl match your power band.... :flipoff2: Any and all bierfs will break. They will break more often with big tires. They will break all the time with big tires and a SBC.
     
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    As was said, it's hard to tell... it all depends on your driving style, your terrain, etc... With Long's being so cheap now, why not step up?
     
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    woody unhelpful spotter Staff Member Admin

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    Longs are a great investment....especially since every axle break I've had also trashed the inner axle...

    I busted 3 stock birfs and 2 newfields with 33" tires. I know people who have broke with 31's. Driving style and knowing when they will break is the only "safe" option...or upgrading to something more or less unbreakable...lol
     
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    It is all in the right foot and wether or not you run a locker in the front. On my trail rig I'm running 35s with stock birfs and open diff up front. It sees more boulder washes and rockcrawling than it does hiway. I have a couple spare birfs but haven't needed them yet. Others have broken in my tracks. Can you say finesse. Like woody says "driving style".
     
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    the weakest point when you are at full lock to one side. Just making sure
     
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    [quote author=cali-cruiser link=board=1;threadid=9297;start=msg81400#msg81400 date=1072682986]
    the weakest point when you are at full lock to one side. Just making sure
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    100% agreed - and worse when backing up....Longfields have been my cure tho, I've driven my 38.5 tires HARD at full lock, the tires skipping on a rock and deflecting damn near to the rim, and the longs held. Hell, I even had one trip this past fall where I WANTED to bust them, and ended up shearing the 6 lockout studs/2 pins instead....even my stock inners held up.
     
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    [quote author=woody link=board=1;threadid=9297;start=msg81441#msg81441 date=1072702198]
    ...had one trip this past fall where I WANTED to bust them, and ended up shearing the 6 lockout studs/2 pins instead...
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    WOODY, You're an animal :D