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Old 08-24-2012, 12:45 PM   #1
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MTZ mileage/highway ride

My offload shop is recommending 17" or 18" 35" MTZ's for my new Rubi UL. I have no worries about the offload performance but what kind of mileage can I expect?

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Old 08-24-2012, 03:20 PM   #2
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I bought a used set of 33x12.50x17 MIckey Thompson Baja MTZ's a while back and put them on my Dakota. I put aroun 13,000 miles on them, my brother put them on his truck when I was done with them and put around 15,000 on them. Don't know about the guy I bought them from. He told me but I forgot so I estimate they had about 40-50,000 on them when I gave them away. don't know if it was an exception or whether this is normal for these tires but thought I would share my experience. They made my Dakota bog in the sand because they dig down so hard. Work very well in the mud. Didn't do any rocks with the Dakota do I don't know about the tires performance there.

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Old 08-24-2012, 03:52 PM   #3
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I bought 33x12.5x17 and put 46,000 miles on them. Daily driver highway miles and some offroad stuff.
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:26 AM   #4
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They made my Dakota bog in the sand because they dig down so hard. Work very well in the mud. Didn't do any rocks with the Dakota do I don't know about the tires performance there.
Did you lower the PSI before going in the sand? I'm looking at 35" MTZ's ...hoping dropping the PSI would help..
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Old 08-26-2012, 08:18 AM   #5
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Sorry for the slow response, been working night shifts this week so been sleeping during the day. But yeah I lowered the psi some but probably not as much as I should have. To me, they seem better suited for mud than sand. They dug down in the sand instead of staying on top. I also had the Dakota in 4 hi not in 4 lo. I never got stuck with them but it came close several times out on the beach at Corolla, NC.
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Sorry for the slow response, been working night shifts this week so been sleeping during the day. But yeah I lowered the psi some but probably not as much as I should have. To me, they seem better suited for mud than sand. They dug down in the sand instead of staying on top. I also had the Dakota in 4 hi not in 4 lo. I never got stuck with them but it came close several times out on the beach at Corolla, NC.
Thanks for the reply! That sounds alright in my book..can't drive out on the beach where I'm from anyway I don't know how often I'll be running into powdery sand but as long as I won't be getting stuck I don't mind a little trouble getting through. sweet
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I was thinkin of gettin some and I'm not really worried.bout the mileage but how they stand against highway use and wear and tear?
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I bought 33x12.5x17 and put 46,000 miles on them. Daily driver highway miles and some offroad stuff.
Tks for the input guys. If I can get 45k out of a set of mud tires, I'll be happy.
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I was thinkin of gettin some and I'm not really worried.bout the mileage but how they stand against highway use and wear and tear?
I have 33 x 12.5 x 15 and my rubi is a dd and weekend wheeler. My MTZs are excellent for mud and rock crawling! Highway is another story. I personally love the hum of them on the asphalt, but its "eating" the rubber. I know they arent meant for hwy so I just watch them closely and we rotate and balance often. I know I have had 4k on these tires since purchasing the jeep in january. Not sure about the previous owner. I recommend them!
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They made my Dakota bog in the sand because they dig down so hard. .
We had the same experience when we went to the coast...we aired down and many times bogged down. I just used the rocking method to get going again....was worried a couple times about having to get winched...nonono
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Old 08-26-2012, 02:58 PM   #11
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Yeah. Make sure to rotate religiously. If not, you will get some cupping and then the tires will be twice as loud. They are pretty loud to begin with but even more so if not rotated often.

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