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Old May 28th, 2008, 11:38
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Tires for Local Wheeling... All or Mud

I'm starting to think about replacing the Hi-Tech retreads. They've been great, but they're friggin loud. Our camp truck was back for service last week, and I drove it on the freeway (it has BFG muds). I couldn't believe how quiet the tires were! I thought all mudders had bad highway hum.

anyways that got me to thinking... do I really need muds in so-cal? Other than Azusa, how often do we really encounter mud?

Let me know what you all recommend for local wheeling. Tony already told me that 33x10.5 is a magic size for the XJ, so I think thats where I'm going. All or Mud is the choice I have left.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 11:47
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Re: Tires for Local Wheeling... All or Mud

For SoCal wheeling, with street driving, there is only one choice.

MT/R.

Not great in the mud, but good everywhere else. Quite, good wear, strong, good traction, affordable.

If you want to hop in my rig with MT/R's and take it for a run down the freeway you're welcome to.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 11:54
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Re: Tires for Local Wheeling... All or Mud

BFG MT's or GY MT/R's
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Old May 28th, 2008, 11:56
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Re: Tires for Local Wheeling... All or Mud

I sell a ton of tires, The Toyo M/T never fail, sidewalls are killer. MTR work well but pop sidewalls, and tthe new BFG people seem to like.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 12:02
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Re: Tires for Local Wheeling... All or Mud

BFG mudds are my choice.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 12:03
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Re: Tires for Local Wheeling... All or Mud

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I sell a ton of tires, The Toyo M/T never fail, sidewalls are killer. MTR work well but pop sidewalls, and tthe new BFG people seem to like.
I second that on the MTRs. Sidewalls are not as strong as the Toyos.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 12:04
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I second that on the MTRs. Sidewalls are not as strong as the Toyos.

Thats true, but most of the people I've seen go to toyo's end up going back to MT/R's..
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Old May 28th, 2008, 12:22
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Re: Tires for Local Wheeling... All or Mud

JMO, i hated my MT/R's ill never buy a set again (unless theyre dirt cheap ) They SUCKED in the snow and rain. I've never been scared of driving in the rain till i drove back from San Diego with my 32" MT/Rs. It felt like i was fish tailing the whole way home. Theyre great in the DRY dirt/rocks but the minute they get wet, F that.

My top tire choices are Baja Claws, TrXus MT/s, BFG Muds, XTerrains, Im sure theres a few others id buy off the bat.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 12:24
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JMO, i hated my MT/R's ill never buy a set again (unless theyre dirt cheap ) They SUCKED in the snow and rain. I've never been scared of driving in the rain till i drove back from San Diego with my 32" MT/Rs. It felt like i was fish tailing the whole way home. Theyre great in the DRY dirt/rocks but the minute they get wet, F that.

My top tire choices are Baja Claws, TrXus MT/s, BFG Muds, XTerrains, Im sure theres a few others id buy off the bat.
I've always found them to work really well in the snow, and havent had any problems in the rain either.

*shrug*

Claws arent a bad tire, but don't hook up as well. I like the TrXus MT's, but the sidewalls arent as strong. I killed 9 bfg muds in one year before I gave up on them.. and I'm fairly sure I couldnt get up my driveway with block lockers on without spinning a set of xterrains.
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Re: Tires for Local Wheeling... All or Mud

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For SoCal wheeling, with street driving, there is only one choice.

MT/R.

Not great in the mud, but good everywhere else. Quite, good wear, strong, good traction, affordable.

If you want to hop in my rig with MT/R's and take it for a run down the freeway you're welcome to.
Affordable? I've always thought the Goodies were a bit high in price, at least compared to BFG's.

What kinda mileage are you getting out of them? I don't drive my Jeep much, but it does see street driving to and from the trails and occasional joyriding. I only put about 6k per year on my Jeep.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 13:55
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Re: Tires for Local Wheeling... All or Mud

My friend had some MT/Rs on and was constantly getting flats. But that was out here in the desert where the plants are vicious...
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I killed 9 bfg muds in one year before I gave up on them..
How many MT/R's have you killed this year?

I can think of a couple...
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Affordable? I've always thought the Goodies were a bit high in price, at least compared to BFG's.

What kinda mileage are you getting out of them? I don't drive my Jeep much, but it does see street driving to and from the trails and occasional joyriding. I only put about 6k per year on my Jeep.
I replaced two BFG MT's (33x12.5x15)a little over a week ago. Paid just over $400, including warranty, at Phillips Tire. Print out the price online then take it into the shop.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 14:06
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Re: Tires for Local Wheeling... All or Mud

If you want a low price high quality tire in a mt flavor call some smaller shops and ask for runway enduro mt's I really like mine and they work really well even in soupy mud and are pretty quiet. I got my set for free because my wife works in the warehouse but I will be buying at least 2 more rigs worth for her xj and my dad's cj
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Re: Tires for Local Wheeling... All or Mud

I got 33X10.5 BFG AT's. on my XJ.

Choose AT's because my kid drive the XJ to school. Figured they would be a bit safer choice on rainy days for him.

I had AT's on a YJ years ago that did real good in all but gooey mud.

I have AT's on my big ugly and heavy excursion and got 95K miles out of a set.

The AT's have done well on the XJ so far. I got a sinking feeling in JV crossing the sand, but that could be due to the 10.5 or my sand driving experience. So far on rocks and stuff like Calico and Big Bear they have done really well.

Where they really stood out over the MT's was in Big Bear on the snow and ice. I crawled right up one section of icy boulders on John Bull where others were doing the 4 wheel stand still spin.

I stuck with the 10.5's because I am on stock rims and haven't trimmed (yet) They tend to tuck into the sheet metal pretty good, plus I got less weight on the corners, so less stress on the rest of the old XJ.

Go somewhere that offers the road hazard policy, best $15.00 you will ever spend, especially if you go to JV
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