• Jul 31st 2008 at 2:28PM
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Remember in the first Crocodile Dundee movie when he gets mugged in New York City and Sue says "He's got a knife," and Dundee says, "That's not a knife, this is a knife," and then he pulls out a beast-killing monstrosity of a blade? Well, that's what the folks at Titan Tire are saying right now about every other -- smaller -- tire in the world.

Titan has made a 63-inch rubber behemoth for use on trucks in Canada's oil sands. The stats on these rubber donuts is impressive: the 59/80R63 is the biggest production tire in the world, standing over fourteen feet tall and weighing 12,500 pounds with a load rating of 101 metric tons. It makes Titan a very appropriate name for the company, as we learned from another movie, Remember the Titans, that in Greek mythology the Titans were greater even than the gods. Now we can only hope this development will make the price of oil drop another ten dollars...

[Source: Titan via Gizmag]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Begs the question, so what were they using before?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm wondering what they are going to be using these things on. Or are the oil companies making so much money that they want to be all gangsta and put even bigger tires on their dump trucks just because they can?
      • 7 Years Ago
      14 feet does not equal 63 inches.

      Perhaps these tires fit a 63 inch WHEEL, but based on the "over 14 feet tall" statement, this is AT LEAST a 168 inch TIRE.

      To put this into perspective, the biggest "light truck" TIRE available is the 54 inch Super Swamper Bogger, which fits a 20 inch WHEEL.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those guys look proud of themselves, but whose idea was it to only make 3? Are these for a giant tricycle?

      Oh, and don't forget to build a mini-spare.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is this bigger than the on that is on the 797b Cat dump truck (which I think is 13 feet tall a tire)....?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, the 797B uses tires with these dimensions, made by Michelin. So, the claim made by this post is false. It's just a competing tire brand.

        So when you take your mining truck to Wal Mart for a tire change, you can get the fancy Michelins, or the house brand Titans.
        • 7 Years Ago
        14 feet is taller than 13 feet...so, yes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The sizing for what is known as P metric sizing is supposed to be in centimeters.
      These are OTR or Off-The-Road tires which measure in inches. I know, I work for a tire outfit that handles everything from tiny to large, utility to heavy mining.
      The first number indicates the "bead to bead" measure and the second number is the bead to shoulder, or sidewall height, measure. the third number is the wheel size.
      It seems like it is a mixed sizing definition.
      Most of our OTR tires have two numbers such as 26.5R25 or 36.25R36.
      Twenty six and a half inches bead to bead and it goes on a 25 inch wheel.
      Thirty six and quarter inches bead to bead going on a 36 inch wheel.

      There are most likely more than THREE tires.
      Two are "mounted" and one is on a shop/storage warehouse moving cart for display purposes.
      Titan Tire has a steel wheel and rubber tire manufacturing plant in Iowa and I have also driven over-the-road tractor-trailer and have hauled steel wheels for Titan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Will it blend?

      Having lived/worked out on the oilsands, seeing these massive trucks do their thing is extremely impressive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I want to see a Monster Truck running these, and stomping that TruckZilla like a lizard with bad breath.
      • 7 Years Ago
      59/80R63 has got to be wrong... no way these are 59mm wide!

      I fear it's not long until we see these on a '64 Impala in a rap video.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It is measured in Inches. Like the old Bias/Crossply tyres were! That's standard for larger tyres used on CVs
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cue the two wheels in the foreground to suddenly roll toward each other, crushing the proud men under thier tonnage.
      • 7 Years Ago
      anyone else get confused about the '63 inch tire' bit?

      When I read 63 inch tire, I expect a tire that is, well, 63" tall. Not a tire that goes on a 63" WHEEL.

      Perhaps it's just that I'm used to the nomenclature of truck tires, where a 33" or a 35" tire refers to the overall diameter, not the wheel diameter.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can you get Low Pros wid those thangs?
      • 7 Years Ago
      these would look good on a prius
        • 7 Years Ago
        Or on top of a Prius.
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