ORP 021 - Tires, Bias Ply or Radials?

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Got a question for Greg "deep pockets" Bakken. I went to my local dealership the other day and was a bit sticker shocked. It also made me wonder why you bought a Rubi since you hoped to replace everything by 10k? The price difference between an x and the rubi would pay for 60 up front. Hell if you got a 2wd you could almost get both axles and an atlas.

Not judging, unless you got power windows then I'm judging a little. When I got my 04 Rubi I knew it was going to be a light wheeler and daily driver and the 4.10's would work well with the planned 33's. So I was just curious why you went that way.

Thanks for the show, I know its a pain to get them out with full time jobs but we really appreciate the effort. Later, Matt

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Main Topic: Tires, Bias Ply or Radial?

It's able to do all this because of the way it's constructed. You see, a tire isn't just a rubber balloon - it has a carcass made of plies (or layers) that give it shape, strength, and stability (otherwise when filled with air it would just expand in a wobbly and useless round fashion like a balloon tire in a kids picture). It has a steel bead to clamp it to the rim with sufficient friction to transmit acceleration and braking from the rim to the trail and vice versa. It has tread blocks to grip the road and trail, tread voids to shed mud, snow and water, and it can have cap-plies or steel belts under the tread to stabilize the tread and reduce punctures. The plies themselves are made of chords of fibrous material (polyester, fiberglass, nylon, rayon, steel mesh, kevlar, etc.) woven together and coated with rubber. It is the plies in a tire that give the tire shape and strength and prevent it from expanding like a balloon, thus allowing the build up of load supporting pressure.

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