Rubber tires are used on vehicles the world over, ranging from small tractors to massive pieces of industrial equipment. For very large machines, there are incredibly large tires, which are custom-made. However, larger tires are made every few years to fit on larger machines as they are constructed. These are the largest tires sizes in production as of 2010.
The Bridgestone 59/80R63 has been in a class as one of the largest tires in the world. It fits on a V-Steel E Lug S-tire rim, which is part of various massive pieces of industrial-mining equipment. It stands 154.1 inches high, 57.9 inches across, and has a nominal load rating of 101 metric tons. Each tire has a weight of 5.1 metric tons.
Also used for large pieces of industrial-mining equipment, the Titan Tire outsized the Bridgestone 59/80R63 by measuring in at 14 feet tall and 12,500 pounds, or more than 6 metric tons. These tires measure 63 inches across. They are also used for agricultural purposes, as they are ORT's, or Off Road Tires. The Titans are designed to effectively drive over almost any type of terrain.
Firestone 70/70-57 SRG DT
The Firestone 70/70-57 SRG DT is used for earthmoving vehicles, and is one of the biggest tires in the world. It measures 13 feet high, with a width of 5.83 feet. The total mass of this tire weighs nearly eight tons, which includes the weight of the Titan rim. Each of these tires costs $50,000 to replace.
1964 Uniroyal Tire
In 1964, Uniroyal technically produced the largest tire in the world, measuring 80 feet tall, more than 5 times the size of the largest tires in the world. This single tire was made in honor of the World's Fair that year and was the centerpiece for a Ferris wheel. Treads were not built into it. It now resides in Michigan along I-94 West, just outside of Detroit.
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