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Old 03-31-2011, 04:46 AM   #1
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Hey everyone,

Recently acquired a jeep, it's primary purpose is off-roading, so every weekend I pull that thing out of my garage and hit some random trail. I have Micky Thomson mud tires on it full-time (Mickey Thompson® Baja Claw® Radial Reviews)
I heard those tires wear out pretty fast and I'd like to get as much out of them as possible on trails as opposed to highways and streets. An average drive to a trail is about 45 minutes - that's a lot of regular driving on tires that, frankly, are not very good for highway driving (fuel efficiency and added weight). Does anyone swap tires right before they wheel their jeep? Is it practical at all? Or is it one of those dumb questions? I'm pretty new at this, so don't laugh...

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Old 03-31-2011, 05:10 AM   #2
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I wouldn't swap just to drive 45 minutes. That is alot of work. I have bfg ktm and I put hundreds of miles on them each month.

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Old 03-31-2011, 10:09 AM   #3
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And where would you put the tires?
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:18 AM   #4
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Watch your tire pressure-figure out what they need for 'even wear' on the highway, then get on-board air compressor so you can drop the airpressure down for trail riding and quickly air back up afterwards to drive home. Having the correct pressure will reduce the amount of wear and they will last longer. Otherwise, you will need a small trailer to hold all 5 tires (including your spare) and have to get there ahead of time, jack it up tire by tire to swap around...then hope someone doesn't drive off with your other tires and trailer while you are on the trail! I am running Dick Cepek Crushers on my 03 Rubicon-and we have driven sometimes almost 2 hours to get to a trail run on them-and 4-5 hours with a camper up to Maine, same tires. Just watch the tire pressure and everything is good!
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Or do you mean get a second set of wheels with street tires, and only put the Mickys on when your going to go out wheeling?
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:23 PM   #6
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Or do you mean get a second set of wheels with street tires, and only put the Mickys on when your going to go out wheeling?
No, the guys got it right. Certainly the arguments are pretty convincing. Thanks for the help yall.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:44 PM   #7
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thur daily driver is???

if possible towing ur rig is good for piece of mind and then u can mod it WAY past what is street legal

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