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Tires for a '79

Hey Folks - I've decided to start looking for some tires for my '79. Since for now I'm looking to keep the truck looking original, was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on what would be a good looking tire that is 'period correct'? I want something offroad capable, but driveable on the street without super loud road noise. Going to role the white rims and want those white letters gleaming ; ) Just looking for ideas, thank you!
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If you want a tire that is period correct, that may be difficult to find, like a General Duratrac. A good tire with an old school look is the GoodYear Wrangler with OWL:

Or you could go a little newer school with the classic RWL BFG AT:



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Go with the BFG A/T's and enjoy meeting the needs you listed above.
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agree with the bfg
big solid white letters like the goodyear trackers a/t that may have come with it or been installed on it sometime in its early life
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Im not sure how "period correct" you are trying to get, but coker tire still makes the old style super traction off road tires for old school 4x4's. They have a range of traditional sizes that im not even remotely familiar with (being 23 and all)

Edit: interco still makes the classic swamper in a Q78 size, but they are less road freindly than you may be looking for


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My only problem with goodyears and BFs is they are high dollars and do not wear well. I have had both Wranglers and T/As and they were big $ and lasted about 20,000 miles.

For a classic look Cepeks would be my pick.
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I had to buy a set in a pinch due to two tires having catastrophic failures. Got a Pep Boys special on clearance sale. Satisfied so far but I haven't really tested them yet.



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My only problem with goodyears and BFs is they are high dollars and do not wear well. I have had both Wranglers and T/As and they were big $ and lasted about 20,000 miles.

For a classic look Cepeks would be my pick.
my bfg all terrain ta 33x12.5x15 are now 12 yrs old ,have about 60,000 miles on them and still have 2/3 tread left
they are dry as hell now and not suitable for highway use but I think they wear like iron and would buy another set in a minute

my buddy uses them on his 2004 super duty and regularily gets over 1000,000 miles on a set in 16'' size

I guess it depends on what you are running them on, I know ttb eat front tires if not properly set up
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my bfg all terrain ta 33x12.5x15 are now 12 yrs old ,have about 60,000 miles on them and still have 2/3 tread left
they are dry as hell now and not suitable for highway use but I think they wear like iron and would buy another set in a minute

my buddy uses them on his 2004 super duty and regularily gets over 1000,000 miles on a set in 16'' size

I guess it depends on what you are running them on, I know ttb eat front tires if not properly set up
My dad ran a couple sets on his 2008 Chevy HD 4X4, we tow a lot and it sees a lot of highway use. Towing big trailers and lots of weight does eat tires though, the Wranglers do not last as long as BFGs but both are pretty sticky on ice and wet pavement.
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I have bfg in the same size, 33 12.50 15 since 2013 and they still look new, i'm not sure if you can still buy the AT/KO other than the ones left in shops or warehouses, BFG switched to K02 last year.
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Agree with all of the above. I've had a few sets of the BFG's and they wear well from my experience. They may be "high dollar" but they're the only thing holding you in the road. Compromise elsewhere, buy the best tires you can for your intended purpose.
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Another vote for the BFG AT's

awesome tires in the snow and ice, they are the one stop year-round tire

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Bfg ATs are great on road, but suck in mud.

My 78 has some Co-op grip spurs on it that are 20 years old (very dry rotted) 29x7.50x15. Not my pic, and mine don't have the white letters.




The q78 is a 33inch tire at like 9" wide I believe. The classic swamper is a special order tire and looks alot like the grip spur with continual tread around the circumference on the center two tread "blocks"

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Bfg ATs are great on road, but suck in mud.

My 78 has some Co-op grip spurs on it that are 20 years old (very dry rotted) 29x7.50x15. Not my pic, and mine don't have the white letters.




The q78 is a 33inch tire at like 9" wide I believe. The classic swamper is a special order tire and looks alot like the grip spur with continual tread around the circumference on the center two tread "blocks"


Seems to me that you would never need a radio again with those beasts - they will do all the singing LOL.


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Thanks for all the input. I had the BFG AT's on one of my trucks in the past, agree good tires. Anyone every try the BFG Mud Terrain - seem to have a more aggressive pattern - just wondering about the road noise.
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Thanks for all the input. I had the BFG AT's on one of my trucks in the past, agree good tires. Anyone every try the BFG Mud Terrain - seem to have a more aggressive pattern - just wondering about the road noise.
Not me, but I've had two sets of ten ply Firestone destination m/t in 33" and loved them. They are of a similar aggressiveness to the bfg my. Had one set on a 96 f360 cclb psd and the other on a 95 rclb with a 460. They wore like iron and are predrilled for studs if you need more winter traction.

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Thanks for all the input. I had the BFG AT's on one of my trucks in the past, agree good tires. Anyone every try the BFG Mud Terrain - seem to have a more aggressive pattern - just wondering about the road noise.
I had a copy of the bfg mt ,pretty much exact tread copy
they were noisy, and once worn a bit you could feel every nub at idle low speed in gear
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Thanks for pointing out the Firestones. I'm going to check these out when I get a chance and see what price I can get locally. May be the option I go with like the tread pattern and see a lot of good feedback on them.
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How about skipping the period correct look: Go with Goodyear Duratrac tires. They are aggressive but fairly quiet and have a tread warranty.

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The only downside I found to the firestones was that they aren't siped, so traction on slick paved surfaces isn't as good as some others.

They have a pretty classic tread pattern as far as I'm concerned and can be worn white or black letters out. They are pretty "square" in shape and wear evenly. I had 15,000 miles on the set ony f250 when I sold it and they still had about 1/2" tread depth left. Traction in soft dirt and mud was great, even bottom of a pond soupy mud was not much of an opponent. Sideways traction is only bested by something with more lateral lugs like my swamper iroks or the grip-spurs I posted earlier.


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