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Wide or skinny tire??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 85mudblazin, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. 85mudblazin

    85mudblazin 1/2 ton status

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    Which one is the best, I do rocks and muddy trails, I thought skinny for more pressure in one spot for better traction but the wider tire would have better stability, What yall think??
    Thanks
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    Wide.
     
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    i always sorta liked wide rears and smaller fronts /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    wider for mud for better floating so you keep on top of the mud, not in the mud.
     
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    daaayum, I am THE search master /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif
    previious thread
     
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    skinny for rocks, wide for mud. I gues you will have to decide. I have always liked 14.5" wide tires

    Dan
     
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    I like my skinny tires. As long as you are not in any bottomless mud pits they work fine.
     
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    i THINK MINE ARE 13.5 AND THEY ARE GREAT,IN THE MUD BUT NOT REAL FAT.
     
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    i've always thought wider was better, i'd take a 16 inch or wider tire if i could fit one, what are the draw backs of 15-18 inch wide tires?
     
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    the drawbacks are fender clearence /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Wider is better.

    Having had both, I can see advantages to both, but I'll never go back to anything narrower than 15".
     
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    Wider is usually better. As stated in mud you want to float on top of the mud. Wide tires have a larger contact patch to keep you on top of the mud rather than stuck in it. For rock crawling wider is better as well. Watch a crawling video sometime. Those guys run wide tires and air them way down. Then as they go over the rocks the tire trys to wrap itself around the rock like a hand providing better traction and again a bigger contact patch.

    Skinny tires are best for daily driving in bad weather. In heavy rain the small contact patch of the skinny tire had less water to move out of the way to contact the road so less chance of hydroplaning. In winter and light to moderate snow skinny tires are superior. The object in this situation is to dig down through the snow with your tires until you hit pavement. If the snow is deeper than 12" floating on it is really your only option so a wide tire aired down is preferrable there.

    Basically it seems for any off roading wider is indeed better.
     
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    I had 38/11 boggers and now have 38/15 TSL's and like the TSL's a lot better!!!
     

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