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High speed blow-out on 35"s...

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So...blowing a rear tire at 85 MPH in the hammer lane on the interstate with a slide-in-camper in the bed is...exciting. I can only assume the sensor did not communicate properly with the truck and alert me to a low tire. When it blew, it blew the entire sidewall out. The truck handled it beautifully and I was able to move over to the side of the road with no issue. Now it DID bend my lower quarter panel, break the flare, and rip it most of the way off (you can see the black marks above and behind it).

Long story short, after an adventure in the rural South to locate a full set of tires in stock on a Friday afternoon I now have a new set of BFG KO2s on 17" wheels (higher sidewall for airing down). I am wanting to do a 4.5" lift but retain the load capacity due to hauling around my slide-in camper while improving the off-road ride with good springs and FOX or KING shocks.

What suggestions have yea? Let the festivities commence...

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Usually a sidewall blowout is indicative of high heat in the tire from the air pressure being too low for the weight you were carrying. Glad you and your truck are ok.
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I know i'm old school. Ask anyone that knows me. But i trust a good old hand held air gauge more than a sensor. To each his own. A defect is certainly possible. But speed, plus load, air pressure and pavement temp all added together will be more likely the cause. Been there done that. Over 3 million miles cross country driving as an owner operator plus miles in my various personal trucks. Best thing we can do is live and learn. No one got hurt.
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