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Humming sound from bigger tires

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Rconectn, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. Dec 16, 2010 at 8:16 AM
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    Rconectn

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    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?
     
  2. Dec 16, 2010 at 8:18 AM
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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.
     
  3. Dec 16, 2010 at 8:18 AM
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    Turn your stereo up? :notsure:
     
  4. Dec 16, 2010 at 8:24 AM
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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
     
  5. Dec 16, 2010 at 8:31 AM
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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.
     
  6. Dec 16, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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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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    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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    Turn up the tunes bro! who cares about road noise. Chicks love it
     
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