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Old 08-15-2010, 11:10 PM   #1
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Mickey thomp baja or mtz?

Any one running baja claws? I was looking to get them on my tj because I like the look but have heard they are great for a little while but they were fast. Wondering if the rumors were true. Also any one have mtzs? That was my back up I've heard nothing but good on them. I'm on the road a lot so I'm basically looking for something greAt on road and in rain. But still aggressive enough for some fun. Any advice?

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Old 08-15-2010, 11:47 PM   #2
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I've had my Baja Claws for over 2 years now and they wear just fine. They don't seem to wear any faster than any other mud tire I've ever owned.


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Is that the picture of two years of use? Are they good on road too?
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I just bought a jeep with 33īs mtzīs and theyre nopt too bad on the road, bout 15k on them.
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Is that the picture of two years of use? Are they good on road too?
Yes, and yes. They're a little noisy on the road, but nothing a stock stereo and some Jimmy Buffett can't handle........
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Lol I hear ya! I got a whole new stereo system, and live less then a block from where he went to hs. Won't be a prob then ha. But how are they in the rain and mud too? Both the mtz and the claws. It rains every other day it seems like and I've already flipped on truck. And are those 35's or 33 and what size lift do you have?
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They're 33's and so far they've been great in the rain and the snow. I'm not into mud, but the few times I've had them in the mud they did great. The ONLY negative thing I can say about them is that they pick up some big pebbles in the tread void and sling them. Haven't done any damage yet, but I'd hate to be following me down the highway after picking up some rocks on the trail.

To answer your question about how much lift I have, there's 4.25" of suspension and 1" of body lift. There's room for 35's (especially when I get my tube fenders installed), but I'm waiting to decide what to do about my front diff before I get bigger tires. I have a locked Ford 8.8 for the rear, but haven't decided what I'm going to install up front.
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:42 PM   #8
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Yeah I have an 02 tj and putting on a 4.5 inch lift. And just debating on if I wanna do the whole axle upgrade. And go big or just get the 33's and spend the money on other upgrades.
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35 MTZ's here...love em. Think either would look great though.
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35 MTZ's here...love em. Think either would look great though.
How are they on and of road? And how are they in the rain
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Well, I KNOW they aren't on your list, but you might want to check out the Dick Cepek Mud Country
They're a division of Micky Thompson tires, they're great on everything! They clean out FAST in the mud, grip like crazy in the snow, are sure footed in mossy creek beds, through water, up and over rocks, I bleepin LOVE my Mud Countrys!


and they are quiet on the highway too

BTW Clearlake - Nice looking bumper/stinger setup ya got there!!
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I've had my Baja Claws for over 2 years now and they wear just fine. They don't seem to wear any faster than any other mud tire I've ever owned.

that is really good wear, most baja wear quickly and uneven from what i have seen
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that is really good wear, most baja wear quickly and uneven from what i have seen
Proper tire pressure, regular rotations (front to back), and keeping them balanced is the key. Pretty much the same for any tire.
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Yeah see most off road places have told me " go with the mtz the baja were to fast." but I guess if you take care of anything it'll last longer
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Maybe I got the only set on the planet that wear like regular tires?
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:23 AM   #16
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Lol I'd go with the other one.. I could always get them in load range d. They'll last longer then. Do you have any more pictures of your jeep with them? I'm trying to decide if I want to go with 33's or 35's.
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Dang good lookin tires ya got there son!
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Dang good lookin tires ya got there son!
Thanks Kate!! I'm happy with them. When they do finally wear out, I'll step up to 35's in the Goodyear MT/R flavor. I'm wanting the Kevlar sidewalls. Otherwise I'd just get 35" Baja Claws....
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My MTZs are only a few months old - a little over 3k and they have worn a little over 1/16" already. Kind of a lot I think. I have had them spinning on some rocks though - and they have gotten pretty torn up from that. Put a tear in a sidewall but not bad enough to let air out and fixed it with some ES6000. Great on rocks, mud, sand and wet streets. They sing pretty loud on dry roads. I would probably not buy again but go with the Goodyear MTR Kevlar next time.
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My MTZs are only a few months old - a little over 3k and they have worn a little over 1/16" already. Kind of a lot I think. I have had them spinning on some rocks though - and they have gotten pretty torn up from that. Put a tear in a sidewall but not bad enough to let air out and fixed it with some ES6000. Great on rocks, mud, sand and wet streets. They sing pretty loud on dry roads. I would probably not buy again but go with the Goodyear MTR Kevlar next time.
I've heard nothing but good things about the Goodyear MT/R Kevlars. That's why I think I'll give them a shot when mine wear out.....
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I've heard nothing but good things about the Goodyear MT/R Kevlars. That's why I think I'll give them a shot when mine wear out.....

I know. Those were my first choice but I had a buyer for my BFG ATs and the MTRs were on national back order so I settled for the more expensive MTZs. Dumb.
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I too am intrigued by the Kevlars. I have friends running them and they are grippy as all get out.
BUT, I've been watching closely, and they seem to wear down pretty swiftly.
I think that's how the game goes though. You can have good grip, or long lasting, but not really both at the same time.

I still love my Cepeks.
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I had Goodyear duratracs on my 2500hd ( before my jeep) those were the best tires I've ever had so far. They also have the keV sidewalls. Good of the road and killed in mud. Don't really have snow here but reviews looked good on then. Very expensive thou
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I ran 37" MT Comp Claws for 3+ years. True, they are not the same as the radial Claws, but dang. I have run with a lot of guys with the radial Claws too. Great in the rocks, great in the mud, and amazing in sand. Like mini paddles. As for the MTZs, I know 2 guys running them, and I have been impressed with those also.
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Are those the Mickey t bead lock rims? And you said u have about a little over 5 inches of lift?
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I think I'm just going with the 33's. A lot cheaper. And I like the flex it gets. Rather have a little bit bigger gap then flip
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Here is a great view of them..........

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A buddy of mine ran the Baja Claws and HATED them. They don't do well in snow or on water. If you want a year round tire buy something else.
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Here is a great view of them..........

Nice WE wheels, but that guy below is now sweating bullets... nothing like knowing you have to make the same climb the guy in front of you just endo'd on in front of you.

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