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Old 09-20-2013, 03:12 PM   #1
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Variations in Carlisle bias ply tread lug height

I am seeing some variation in tread lug height on my Carlisle Sport Trail LT 700-15LT bias ply tires. As much as 1/4" in some cases as (hopefully) can be seen in the attached picture. The tires are probably about a year or so old and I have put approximately 2k miles on them since I purchased my 1968 Safari 22 in April. Miles were on original axle which is in the process of being replaced.

Is this a normal part of the tread pattern or some kind of wear issue that I need to be concerned about? I was planning on switching to radials but not until next year.

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.
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Old 09-20-2013, 03:35 PM   #2
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Is it occurring all the way around the tire?

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Yes I believe so (it is actually at a repair facility now) and interestingly it is only on one tire and not both.
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Needs to be balanced,

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Old 09-20-2013, 06:31 PM   #5
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All the way around, overinflation is indicated. Feathering/flat spots in the heavy area of the tire= balance and or shock problem.

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me kind of wear issue that I need to be concerned about? I was planning on switching to radials but not until next year.
This wear pattern is typical of bias ply tires and is the reason they don't last as long as radials.
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This is also a symptom of a tire being loaded near or over its maximum load carrying capacity - and aggravated by a bit of mis-alignment.
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