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Old 12-16-2010, 08:16 AM   #1
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Humming sound from bigger tires

People are telling me that I shouldn't lift my truck because the bigger M/T or A/T tires, 31" on my 5lug, will cause a "humming" sound that will drive me crazy. How true is this?
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It's very true depending on how aggressive the tire. All I can tell you is research the heck out of the specific tire you want and you'll get a good feel on if it's going to be noisy or not. With pretty much any mt expect a hum on some level or another, with at's some may have very little that you don't even hear it.
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SORRY WHAT DID YOU SAY???I CANT HEAR YOU OVER THE HUMMING. bfg a/t tires dont hum,doesnt matter what size
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:31 AM   #5
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The humming noise from a tire is caused by the tread pattern, not the size of the tire. If you put an M/T on an unlifted truck, stock size, it will still produce the same sound. Just choose your tires wisely.
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Tires are application specific. There is no perfect tire that does all things well:

If you do mostly on-road (over 90%) and most of that is high-speed highway driving (55mph+) then you need a nice road tire, which will be quiet and smooth running, have shallow flat tread, give you good gas mileage, run for 80k miles... Probably a nice all-weather tire.

If you want light off-road capability to drive dirt roads and do snow, mud, sand, etc and still drive on road mostly and mostly at highway speeds you'll want a nice all-terain (AT) tire. The cabin noise will increase and mpg will decrease but only a little.. most folks see this tire as the perfect do anything all-around-best tire choice (it's the type that comes on your truck stock from the factory)

Then, if you are willing to endure a constant humming and other noises at highway speeds in-order to get real off-road capability hen go for a mud-terrain (MT). These tires are awesome off-road performers and look fantastic on a truck - but are somewhat impractical and uncomfortable for frequent highway speed use.

Anyway, the moral of this little story is that you'll have to make trade-offs either way. For me I went with an aggressive AT, (BFG KO) and couldn't be happier - I wear ear plugs on long highway drives and turn up the stereo (this is probably not legal or advisable for many common sense reasons)- but I rarely do a lot of highway miles and do about 20% of my driving off-road now thanks to a commuter car I picked up to handle the daily drives.
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go to tire rack and look at reviews on the tires you want.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:02 AM   #8
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SORRY WHAT DID YOU SAY???I CANT HEAR YOU OVER THE HUMMING. bfg a/t tires dont hum,doesnt matter what size


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Tires are application specific. There is no perfect tire that does all things well:

If you do mostly on-road (over 90%) and most of that is high-speed highway driving (55mph+) then you need a nice road tire, which will be quiet and smooth running, have shallow flat tread, give you good gas mileage, run for 80k miles... Probably a nice all-weather tire.

If you want light off-road capability to drive dirt roads and do snow, mud, sand, etc and still drive on road mostly and mostly at highway speeds you'll want a nice all-terain (AT) tire. The cabin noise will increase and mpg will decrease but only a little.. most folks see this tire as the perfect do anything all-around-best tire choice (it's the type that comes on your truck stock from the factory)

Then, if you are willing to endure a constant humming and other noises at highway speeds in-order to get real off-road capability hen go for a mud-terrain (MT). These tires are awesome off-road performers and look fantastic on a truck - but are somewhat impractical and uncomfortable for frequent highway speed use.

Anyway, the moral of this little story is that you'll have to make trade-offs either way. For me I went with an aggressive AT, (BFG KO) and couldn't be happier - I wear ear plugs on long highway drives and turn up the stereo (this is probably not legal or advisable for many common sense reasons)- but I rarely do a lot of highway miles and do about 20% of my driving off-road now thanks to a commuter car I picked up to handle the daily drives.
Great advice! Thank you and to everyone else.

To be honest I will do zero off roading, I just love the look of M/T tires on a lifted truck. All my driving is highway and local driving. Hell, growing up I had a GReddy exhaust on my car and that muffler would cause a huge resonance throughout the interior of the car and I got used to it. But so far it looks like the A/T are the best bet. Now, it's research time.
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BFG AT/KO FTW!!!
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My old baja claws used to hum a little lol
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ATs will generally last longer on pavement as well. Look at the Goodyear Duratracs or BFG ATs.
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I have DuraTracks and there not loud at all just a slight hum at high way speeds and I have 33"x12.5's I'm sure the thinner tire will be a little quieter seeing how there is less tread to create a sound.
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