I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: Swamper TSL/SX differences
I'd rather not tell you about the radials. Almost everyone...nope, everyone I know, has gotten rid of them. I think they suck personally and you're better off with a set of BFG Mud Terrains.
I like the thinner TSL's rather than the wider SX's. I have seen very capable jeeps float around on hills due to the tires being too wide and not getting any traction. The SX is nice in rock, due to the sidewall protection, but I have had very good luck with the TSL's in everything. They will gum up in the Maine mud in the spring, but I have seen Boggers do the same thing. Without the power to clear them, anything will cake up.
I am probably going to go to the 32x9.5 TSL on the Zuki, or maybe the 31x10.5, I haven't decided yet. IMHO, traction is a function of contact pressure. Too skinny a tire and it'll dig and not allow movement, or act as a roto tiller, too wide and it'll float, even aired down. Too skinny isn't really a problem with a Zuki, but it is on the Scrambler, where a 12.5" wide tire is optimal. The reason for airing down isn't to increase the contact pressure, it allows the tire tread to wrap around an obstacle like fingers on a hand.
Yankee Tim tried out my 33" Swampers on his Zuki, and ran through Glenn's TTC course for Zookin' 2K with no air in the tires. It looks like there's 20 pounds in there though, so don't get the 8 ply sidewalls. What size are you thinking?
Winter Harbor, Maine
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled, It's a Jeep, Chevy, IHC kinda thing!
'88.5 Zuki, 5" Calmini, Locked, Swamped, Rolled, and just generally broken in right!