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33\"x9.5\" Mud terrain any good?

I have a guy that has 4 new 33x9.5's for sale and was considering buying them. I like the idea of not having a whole lot of tire hanging out the wheel well. I could even run them on the 5.5" rims. Can this be a good all around tire?
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Re: 33\"x9.5\" Mud terrain any good?

I've never run the 33x9.50s, but here's my opinion for what it's worth:

It really depends on the individual and the terrian you like to run in, but........

I like the idea of the narrower tire on a light weight rig like the Zuk. This will create more contact pressure and should give better traction in a lot of situations than a wider tire (theory anyway). Better turning radius than a 33x12.50. Less flotation is better for light mud and snow, to dig to the solid ground below the goo (not good for deep mud or snow though). I run 31x10.50 BFG ATs on my CJ and like them a lot. You'd probably be hard pressed to find a tougher "radial". The mud tires have a good general purpose tread and a good reputation. I'd prefer to run them on a 15x7........I dont know if the 5.5" is a good idea or not (just assuming the 7" wuld be better).

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Re: 33\"x9.5\" Mud terrain any good?

<font color=purple>Buddy of mine had a set of 33X9.50 A/T's on 7" rims & they're REALLY narrow (WAY skinnier than 34X9.50 TSL's). Because of this, I suspect you'll be fine on the 5.5's. Otherwise I too would have suggested wider wheels than that. BTW, I prefer narrow tires in ANY kind of mud - deep or shallow. </font color=purple>


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Re: 33\"x9.5\" Mud terrain any good?

I have 33x9.50 MT on my Truck and it handles excellent but last month I used it under my SR5 4Runner and it sucks. It really feel top heavy. A friend of mine got the same tire on FJ40 and it feels even worse. I use the standard steel wheel.

I love it on my truck, excellent wear and mileage, light steering, minimal bumpsteer and excellent traction but if used on heavy vehicle it just suck. The high provile tend to fold the sidewall and you will feel very unstable.

It should be excellent for a sammy though. use the old style wheels that can be reversed.

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Re: 33\"x9.5\" Mud terrain any good?

I just called a tire shop and the recommended wheel width for these tires is 6.5 to 8.0 inches.

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