October 5, 2004ALLRIGHT! My favorite sport! "MUDDIN" I have read all the info in the other forums on tires. I am not interested in on road performance or noise or flat spotting...Tell me in your opinion which tires pull through the mud the best...I also would also like to know in your experience are narrower tires or fatboys better in the mud...personally i think the narrow tires would be better since we all end up at the bottom of the hole anyway (except those high horse power puddle jumpers) and less drag and weight might be better...TALK TO ME!
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October 5, 2004your better tryin to float on the mud with wider tires, then digging down through it to rocks with skinny tires.. but thats just my opinion
values change with vehicles.. and different kinds of mud and mudpits..
October 6, 2004I like skinny tires on light trucks and wider ones on the Heavy ones.
October 6, 2004Always take this into consideration:
Water + Rubber + Rocks/Roots/Glass = CUT through tires like a hot knife through butter.
It's just the nature of the beast. Best thing to do is to buy yourself some Denman GroundHawgs or SuperSwamper TSL Boggers/Swamper SX's.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Those are the best in my opinion based on durability^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^6^^^^
October 6, 2004Ok look at it this way, when you go to a rock crawling event, they let air out of their tires to cover more ground which gives them more traction. The wider the tire the more area you cover which will give you more grip, so in my opinion, wider = better!
October 6, 2004I personaly would go with a wider tire to stay on top as much as possible. But I guess you can argue that on some vehicles in some mud skinny might be better.
October 6, 2004Seriously i think that skinny tires just dig because they have less serfac e area than widder tires meaning more surface area more traction.
October 6, 2004If you have enough power, gearing, and/or wheel speed to clean them, Boggers, or Ground Hawgs(in that order) are your best bet for all out mud tires. If your truck doesn't have the power/gearing/wheel speed, then look into a set of Interco SSR's, SX's, or TSL's. You never mentioned what tire height you're looking to run. That will play a factor as well. The best wide tire in the world won't do you any good if you're hung up on/dragging the differentials due to insufficient ground clearance.
October 6, 2004what do you drive, anyways?
October 7, 2004My tuff truck is an 86 bronco. Bought it cheap to destroy on the whoopdees. May take this out to play in the mud once in a while. The play in the mud truck is a 76 blazer that i recently purchased. It runs the way it is but i have started gathering 3/4 ton parts to install. I also bought another truck for the running 454 to install in the blazer. My everyday driver is an 88 chevy one ton. I also have an 87 f250 waiting in the wings for an engine transplant, this will also be a tuff truck/mud truck. As you can see my interests vary and i am not really opinionated about models...I like just about all trucks...
October 8, 2004In my opinion, narrow tires will need to be tall to get the ground cleance you will need. Plus low rpms, and high torque to turn them in the mud. Imagine the tall tractor tires farmers use.
Wide tires will let you float, however you need high wheel speed. Ever seen lake drags or mud drag races? The ones where they float across the lake/mud. Speed, high horsepower.
When you move your backspacing around on your rims you are subjecting the axle to more stress. Take a 5 pound sledge hammer and swing it out in front of you. Pretty easy if you hold it near the hammer head. Now do it again, hold the very end of the handle. A whole lot harder. Same thing happens to your axles. You can get wider tires and rims to push them out. Just compensate for the added stress to your axles, bearings, etc. Less throttle, better axlesshafts, something along those lines. Not saying it cannot be done, just bringing up the oposing reaction.
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