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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by aknight_sa, Nov 27, 2005.
what are the best tires to be used in desert enviorments??
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?
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...
BFG Baja T/A
Champion desert racing tire.....
and racing up dunes!!
so its this type of tires perform best in sand
where i live the best known tires are the ones used with aircrafts, we call them here "baloons"
How big a tire are you going to run?
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.
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$$!
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...
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.
what kind/size of tires can my 1981 Jimmy take??
it has all the standards:
350 Engine (not modded)
rear GM12-bolt axle
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
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.
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
A few years back, I recall reading that Mickey Thompson Sportsman drag tires, these:
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.
thats the nice thing about the fun countrys but the got more bite, are radial and better on the street
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..
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