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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?

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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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Re: Anyone ever try bobcat tires for a trail rig?

Also, because of their need to carry heavy loads, they are very stiff.

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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