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Old 11-06-2007, 02:45 PM   #1
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toughest radial tire sidewalls?

okay, I had my fun with the bias claws but turns out everyone was right on about how fast they wear out. I've had mine for about 3 months now and I'll probably get 6-8 months total out of them. They are awesome on the rocks and they are so strong that I havn't been carrying a spare, just a good plug kit which I've yet to use. But the jeep is also my daily driver... so...

I'm going to be switching back to radials when it comes time for me to get new tires

I've posted this question on a couple of forums to try and get as much info as possible... which radial tires have the strongest sidewalls and also grip well on the rocks?

I need to keep it to... height of approx 37"... 12.5"-13.5" width... for a 15" wheel

cooper stt, toyo mt, maxxis trepadors, etc... none of those are available for a 15" rim or if they are they are way too wide at 14.5"+

that leaves me with basically the following:

  • the 37" TRXUS are about $250 per tire... 19/32 tread... are 12.5" wide... 37.2" around... and weigh about 72lbs
  • the 37" IROK radials are about $270 a tire... 21/32 tread... are 12.5" wide... 36.9" around... and weigh about 77lbs
  • the 37" Baja Claw radials are about $335 a tire... 22.5/32 tread... are 13" wide... 36.9" around... and weigh about 83lbs


so, perhaps the radial claws are the better and stronger from reading that data about the width, weight and tread depth. They sure are pricey though.

any other tires I'm missing that you could recommend... if youve run any of these three tires, let me know what you think. And if youve run two or more of these tires, I definately want to hear your opinion.

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Old 11-06-2007, 04:00 PM   #2
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MTR by Good Year is a very good tire.
Only one I've any exp with is the radial Claw, from what I've seen they have week sidewalls.

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Old 11-06-2007, 04:03 PM   #3
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Ben, I love my Claws. You've wheeled with us enough to know that. Yeah a blow out or two will happen. However mine are certed from Discount. Initial investment might be higher, but with the certs it all works out in the end. 60 bucks and I've got a brand new tire.

So are you going to go to 37's or stay at 35's?
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:24 PM   #4
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Yes, going with 37s when I get my next set of new tires.

when I would run my previous MTRs at 7psi the sidewalls would get pinched between the rim and the rocks. I went through 4 MTRs that way. Jack knows cuz he was there when one of them cuts happened and we repaired it with a bunch of plugs. But that will happen with any radial tire I guess. But radial claws are pretty heavy (about 10lbs more than the TRXUS) so I'm hoping some of that weight might be because of stronger sidewalls. Maybe I should just pick a tire and stop at 10psi when I run radials instead of going lower.
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MTR by Good Year is a very good tire.
People chew up MT/R's out here like bubble gum. Something much stronger is needed.
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People chew up MT/R's out here like bubble gum. Something much stronger is needed.
Not saying you should go with Goodyear, but they are making a new version of the MT/R perhaps its stronger. Bad thing is its a Red Dot tire.
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does red dot mean its a competition compound and alot softer?
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does red dot mean its a competition compound and alot softer?
The guy who had them said they changed the compound but was not sure of anything else. Red Dot means its not street legal.

He ran these this weekend with no trouble. But he had 40's
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does red dot mean its a competition compound and alot softer?
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The guy who had them said they changed the compound but was not sure of anything else. Red Dot means its not street legal.

He ran these this weekend with no trouble. But he had 40's
They've always had a Comp MT/R that was of a significantly stickier compound. However that's cool if they are upgrading it. Might be able to notch away at Maxxis and BFG for the comp guys.

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