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lugnut 09-25-2001 11:15 AM

Anyone ever try bobcat tires for a trail rig?
 
I was thinking (which is scary anyway) that I needed some more aggressive trail tires, so I noticed that some of the bobcats and other heavy equipment run some super strong, super aggressive rubber. I know you can't run them on the street, cause they're only rated for slow speed, but why wouldn't that work for an aggressive offroad only tire? Anyone ever try it?

Lugnut 77 cj5

**DONOTDELETE** 09-25-2001 11:37 AM

Re: Anyone ever try bobcat tires for a trail rig?
 
They're only available in relatively small diameters. Bigger tires on industrial equipment come on much larger rims...That's the biggest detractor.

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WILL 09-25-2001 11:43 AM

Re: Anyone ever try bobcat tires for a trail rig?
 
Also, because of their need to carry heavy loads, they are very stiff.


JEEPN 09-25-2001 11:51 AM

Re: Anyone ever try bobcat tires for a trail rig?
 
I know a guy that tried running them, they suck. No sidewall flex at all, so they wouldn't wrap around an obstacle, it made for a very rough ride. To flex on a piece of machinery they need weight, and weight is one thing a jeep is lacking. I wouldn't waste my money on them.

JEEPN
Winter Harbor, Maine
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled, It's a Jeep, Chevy, IHC kinda thing!
'88.5 Zuki, 7" Lift, Locked, Swamped, Rolled, and just generally broken in right!

jeepnmatt 09-25-2001 02:23 PM

Re: Anyone ever try bobcat tires for a trail rig?
 
Ditch-Witch tires seem like they would work very well. they are a V-tread tire and i have seen alot of them on the dunes in Michigan. the Skid-Steer tires have a very stiff sidewall (like a trailer tire) because of the lateral forces the skid-steer puts on them when turning. ditch-witch tires don't need strength in that direction. i think i have seen the ditch-witch tires by goodyear in 33-15.50-16.5


kerryp 09-25-2001 02:34 PM

Re: Anyone ever try bobcat tires for a trail rig?
 
I would think that even if you found an industrial tire that would fit, it would be significantly more expensive than the comparable trail tire, so it wouldn't be worthwhile???

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DanStew 09-25-2001 03:19 PM

Re: Anyone ever try bobcat tires for a trail rig?
 
In South Florida alot of Swamp buggies use them because of their height. Also have seen some mudd boggers with them/ Usually have to customize the rim to fit on your vehicle, but they would be very heavy and if you dont have the Horsepower, then i would steer clear from them. They do look cool, but pretty impractical for a jeep. Look on some the industrial tire sites, though, because they do have other tires with aggressive tread in many sizes. I have been looking at the military type tires, and they are around and some a pretty gnarley.

Dan Stewart 1963 CJ5 "Caloosa Jeepers" member



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