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Opinions on best SAND performance Tire

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BurbinOR, Apr 2, 2001.

  1. BurbinOR

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    Guys, to those that run in the sand for the majority of your 'wheeling, and yet run mud also, what is in your opinion the best all around tire? I was going to go to SSR radials (35") when I make the move up to my Dana 60/14FF combo but heard from our local bushhackers emailing list that boggers/SSR/TSL all do pretty crappy in the sand. So want your opinions on what you consider to be the best "all around" tire. If it helps, the 14B and D60 will either both be Detroit Lockered or Powerlock or True Trak in the D60.

    Please don't say All Terrains..............lol. I have 33" BFG's and the mud performance in my area (Oregon) is pitiful.

    TIA

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  2. Emmettology 101

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    They say the Boggers dont do well? Hmmm.. I would think they act like paddles.

    Try one of the Mickey THompson line.. Probably the Claws... They were are developed mainly for sand..

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  3. BurbinOR

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    That is exactly what I would have thought.............they are saying they "dig" too easily instead of float. Either way, no Boggers for me............I want some semblance of a radial type ride [​IMG].

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    Well I don't know what the best is but I do wheel in the sand so here is my opinon.
    I currently have Dunlop Mud rovers, very simmilar to the BFG Mud tire. This style of tire seams to work in sand just fine. It works WAY better when only 12PSI in. I think the SSwampers would also do fine. Sand is more tecnique and picking the right line. You have to be good with your throttle too! If you don't use enough you ain't gonna make it, if you use too much you ain't gonna make it!! So I truly belive its all in how you drive your rig that will make for good or bad tracktion. Floatation is the key in sand. My buddie would probably say his 39" x 14.50 MickyThompsons with 4psi on them are the best!!
    Floation.....

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  5. Scoobydoo

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    "Ground Hawgs" do good in both mud and sand (blead them down to about 10-15)
    Definetly stay away from "Gumbo Monster mudders" take those in the sand, and your next post will be from China[​IMG]
    damn those things dig[​IMG]

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  6. ken

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    BFG Muds are fantastic in sand. Lower down below 10 PSI (don't be a-scared!!) and boogie!! The MTs work MUCH BETTER than the ATs and Bridgestone Desert Duellers...I've tried them all!! Actually the best sand tire in the Sand Tires Unlimited 16.50 or 21.50 Padla-Tracs!!! YEAH BABY!!!

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    I run Thornbirds on sand all the time. But do not try the mud-pool with them. They turn into slicks. But on sand they are very very good.


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  8. Blue85

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    ken has it right. Paddle wheels are the best for the sand. Of course then you need a trailer for your rig or a place to stash an extra set of tires and wheels because you don't want to try those things on the highway. It's also fun to mash the skinny pedal and completely bury the rigs behind you.

    But I think that anything wide without much air works pretty good.

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    Boggers are without question the best type tire you can run on sand even next to paddles in my opinion.I go to the dunes all the time.The boggers when aired down have a much wider print than a paddle. Wider print = more traction all day long.
     
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    I'm sorry to say this but I've found that All terrains do the best. My brother has some BFG mudders and he does just fine. I don't know where you are wheeling but we always went to Sand Lake (near Tillamook), Florence, or just on the beach. I can't tell you how many times we saw someone with aggressive tires just sink. There have been a couple of times though that I have seen them work. Driving technique is the key. Too much throttle and you will dig. When in doubt just try and creep through, and don't panic. Airing down the tires is also extremely helpful. Those big mudders look great, and they throw mud like crazy, but they just don't seem to be the answer in the deep sand. Highway performance sucks too. Good luck.
     
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    Sand is sand it dosent matter if you are at the beach or in the sand box at pre-school. You are right though tire pressure is the big key here. 2-3 lbs too much and you sink. Get the pressure just right and you'll have nooooo problem even when you hammer into it. Nice and easy is o.k for cruis'n but who goes to the dunes to cruise. Not me. Remember tire pressure is the key and lots of throttle. The first person to get on top of the sand wins the flotation war and usually the race..
     
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    BFG Baja T/A would be my personal choice, if I had the funds, I'd be running them. Right now, I'm running some 89.95 tire shop specials (Stampede Grand Sport) that work really well. The key is in getting a good, wide footprint.

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