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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by aknight_sa, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. aknight_sa

    aknight_sa 1/2 ton status

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    hello All,

    what are the best tires to be used in desert enviorments??
     
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    high horse power, or what?

    climbing dunes? or flat ground?

    are you trying to just travel through the sand.. or are you going out to Rip around?
     
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    Silver84k5 1/2 ton status

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    for ripping up hills with some decent power, i like boggers in the rear...

    if your just travelling through the sand, then most All terrain tires, aired down will do just fine....

    I dunno if anyone makes a variation of this tire anymore, but ive been told the old Dick Cepek fun countrys were a good sand tire in their day... Ithink that mickey thompson makes a similar tire I think it just called Baja Belted or something like that...
     
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    BFG Baja T/A

    Champion desert racing tire.....
     
  5. aknight_sa

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    Ripping around!!

    and racing up dunes!!
     
  6. aknight_sa

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    so its this type of tires perform best in sand

    ebay link

    where i live the best known tires are the ones used with aircrafts, we call them here "baloons"
     
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    How big a tire are you going to run?
     
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    I ran a set of 44" Fun Countrys "back in the day", and they were by far the best sand tire that I have ever seen. The floatation on very soft, deep "sugar sand" on Padre Island Texas was nothing short of spectacular. I never even had to engage 4 wheel drive unless I wanted to make the steering easier.

    I believe that Mickey Thompson bought Dick Cepek out, and still sells them under the Fun Country II name.
     
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    I wonder if I ever saw your truck down on Padre Island? National Seashore perhaps? I was shark fishing with some buddies down there one time and a guy with a k5 and 44" Cepeks came by. He drove up and down the dunes and through the softest sand he could find in 2-wheel drive and never had a problem. For flotation, those tires kick a$$!
     
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    if you have the power, and you want to throw a good roost, those are the ones..

    If you have a real hot motor, get yourself some paddles. like the ones that the Norweigan formula offroad guys run... Youd prolly want in excess of 500 horses...
     
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    That K5's performance is similar to my experience. I had a 1981 Ford F150 stepside, blue with white sides. I ran a D60 front and D70 rear with 4.56 gears and 13" of lift, pushed by a mildly modded 351c with a granny low 4 speed manual. This was 1982 - 1984. I could run all the way to the Mansfield jetties in 2wd no matter how bad the sand conditions.
     
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    what kind/size of tires can my 1981 Jimmy take??

    it has all the standards:
    350 Engine (not modded)
    rear GM12-bolt axle
    front GM10-bolt
    TH350 (2.52:1 First Gear )
    transfer case: NP208 (2.61:1 Low Range)

    what i do whenever i hit the sand is inflate the tires to about 15 on the gadge... i never got stuck in the sand.. was always able to get myself out.. but i would really love to have something that just glide on the sand and impress everyone around...

    here are a couple of pics of my Jimmy
    my Jimmy
     
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    Looking at the pictures it doesn't seem like you have much lift so that will a be a limiting factor in choosing tire size. Also, you need to find out what gears you have in your axles, you need a lot of wheel speed to climb dunes and if you have 3.08 gears I don't think I would go higher than 32 inch tires.
    Try and run your current tires at 10 psi, I am sure you will feel a lot of difference just by doing that and if you take care not turning to hard at high speed you should not have problems with loosing a bead.
     
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    your gonna dig with boggers. get something wide with a flat profile. i saw a review of the dick cepick/mickey thompson fun country 2's and they did awsome in sand
     
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    A few years back, I recall reading that Mickey Thompson Sportsman drag tires, these:

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    or these:

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    work GREAT in the sand....wide, don't dig, and float factor is very high. I've never seen these on the sand ('cause I don't play in sand), but logically, it makes perfect sense.
     
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    thats the nice thing about the fun countrys but the got more bite, are radial and better on the street
     
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    but installing such tires would really take alot out of the engine the car will have more traction which will require more power from the engine..

    thanks
     

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