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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-02-2000, 09:19 PM
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Sand tires

Looking for comments and experiences with different types of tires in the sand... Deep soft sand in particular. Thanks


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Re: Sand tires

At attica you see lots of coustom sand tries that have paddels in the rear. Could try running boggers in the rear and at's or muds in the front, for sand wide is usually good, try wide boggers in the rear and pizza cutters up font that's what they run on sand rails.
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Re: Sand tires

I e-mailed somebody at New Jersey beach buggy association with the same question and he said that their guys usually use Goodyear A/T's aired down of course.

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Re: Sand tires

It depends on how you are gonna be running in the sand. If you wanna blast through it, like a sand rail, then build it like a sand rail. Big wide paddle like tires in the rear(boggers for example), then a tire of similar diameter, but skinnier up front, build with good power to weight ratio, a slightly higher gear ratio(3.73 for example),use locking hubs up front so you can unlock them, then stay on the skinny pedal to keep the front light. If you wanna build it to be able to get from point A to point B at four wheelin type of speeds then use as wide a tire as you dare go to and air way down and go play, boggers work very well, but so do aggressive MT style radials. The trick is wide meats and low pressure.

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Re: Sand tires

<font color=blue>Looking for comments and experiences with different types of tires in the sand... Deep soft sand in particular.</font color=blue>

That is a direct but very broad question. What type of vehicle will you use these on?

To answer the direct part. The best sand tire is a simple wide street radial tire with low air pressure. All you want to do is stay on top of the sand.

As for the second part: to get across the sand fast you will need some sort of traction and the ability to stay on top of the sand, High rotation and paddles to dig with. with the speed and the ability to make directional corrections at speed (steering) you will need to use a narrow tire with the ability to cut into the top layer. travaling a low rate of speed you want to go back to the simple wide radial tire for steering.


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post #6 of (permalink) Old 12-05-2000, 11:24 AM
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Re: Sand tires

Putting skinny tires upfront is not really a good idea on a Jeep since the engine weight will simply dig the Jeep in the sand, especially when breaking.

I've been wheeling in the North African Sahara for years and I found that the best sand tires are those that float rather than dig. Aggressive mud tires dig in and makes your engine work harder. I use Wrangler RT/S at the moment they glide over the sand with ease at minimum RPM.

Wider tires are definitely better but don't forget that taller tires also have longer footprint which is always good in sand. I'm running 31x10.5 which I think is ideal for a Jeep when it comes to sand. Bigger tires are only good for rock crawling.


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