I have nothing but good things to say about them. They're getting pretty worn now so yours will look more aggressive new. They're wearing great, I just put way too many miles on them in the past few years. The sidewalls are very tough and take abuse quite well. I've scrapped off a good majority of the lettering on the sidewalls with no ill-effects.
The front bumper in the second pic is an XRC. Also a note on MTRs, they run more true to size than most other brands. My 33s are within a half inch of my buddies Cooper 35s. If you choose to run 32" MTRs they should be equal to many other 33s.
Brand new 33x12.5R15 load range C MT/R k's. With 26 lb of air in them and the weight of my stripped down Jeep on them they are 32" tall. Right now I'm running 4" lift OME springs and shocks on a soon to be replaced worn out 4" Superlift. IMO the OME stuff runs tall, it's made for weighed down vehicles.
Everything I've read about them says they are great in sand. I'll have first hand experience in a few months after our yearly trip to the OB. If I were you I'd get the 33's no question. Like I said, they run 32", so run a tape measure and see what all you'll need. You'll probably need to adjust your bump stops.
Thanks for the imput. Where you go in the obx? I live very close and know a few trails there. And hatty is charging now to ride the beach..lame
Buxton is my favorite. The wife likes to stay a couple nights in different places. Avon, Nags Head, and Buxton usually. I'd like to get a group together and stay at one of those 4wd only places up north, but everyone is spread out now with work, etc... It's just not going to happen.
I let her pick the places, my only rule is it can't be far from a fishing pier, lol. I'm the big hairy bastard with a beer, sunburn, fishing pole, and yellow Jeep, kinda stick out... If you see me, feel free to come over and BS. You can help yourself to the beer and bait in the cooler, just quit staring at my wife! Lol.
Buxton is by far my favorite also, but corova is nice and is free to drive on the beach, and it is connected to the beach i live on in virginia. Turns a 2 hour drive into 15 min by driving the beach way!
I've never paid to drive on the beach down there, I know last year they had "Free Access" signs everywhere like there was a vote soon or something. When did they start that and how much is it? I wouldn't even know where to pay for it. I guess I better plan on it this year, there's a few spots we like to go where the beach is huge and secluded, it's a bit of a drive from everything.
$50 a week is a bit much just to get away from people and do some fishing, but I'm sure it's cheaper than the fine... I wouldn't mind hitting up some trails while we're down there, hopefully I'll have a few new mods done by then. It's always a good time, unless it storms all week.