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Old 08-25-2017, 02:00 AM
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Flotation vs Metric Tires

Is there anything structurally different between a Metric tire with size given by say 285/70R17, and an equivalent Flotation tire with size given by 33x11R17?

Is it true that flotation tires have softer sidewalls, leading to a wider contact patch, leading less digging into the dirt, leading to a tire that "floats" over the surface of the dirt instead of digging in? Or is that just a myth?

Couldn't you accomplish the same result by airing down a Metric tire?

Why do some people buy Flotation tires for their rigs...does it offer any advantages off-roading over certain terrains?

Are flotation tires bad for the street and is that why none of the OEM tires are Flotation?

Thanks for any explanations you could give me.

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Is there anything structurally different between a Metric tire with size given by say 285/70R17, and an equivalent Flotation tire with size given by 33x11R17?

Is it true that flotation tires have softer sidewalls, leading to a wider contact patch, leading less digging into the dirt, leading to a tire that "floats" over the surface of the dirt instead of digging in? Or is that just a myth?

Couldn't you accomplish the same result by airing down a Metric tire?

Why do some people buy Flotation tires for their rigs...does it offer any advantages off-roading over certain terrains?

Are flotation tires bad for the street and is that why none of the OEM tires are Flotation?

Thanks for any explanations you could give me.

Yes there are differences in size:
Try this Metric Tire Conversion Calculator:
https://www.extremeterrain.com/wrang...alculator.html

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Old 08-26-2017, 07:22 AM
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Yes there are differences in size:
Try this Metric Tire Conversion Calculator:
https://www.extremeterrain.com/wrang...alculator.html

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Yeah, I get that the codes used to indicate the size are different, but I meant to ask what the differences were between two tires whose actual sizes were equivalent.
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Mostly will depend on load rating etc, equivalent size, same intended use and load range will have very similar behavior.
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