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With the advent of Aussie Rock crawling, its interesting to see different opinions on tyres to use.

I have noticed through my own experience that the likes of a MT Claw is great on strength, on sharp dry rock, but put it on a slippery wet rock and you really need to get the ponies up to get traction.

I personally now feel that a road going style, ie closed thread like a GY Wrangler tyre or a SX Swamper would be a better bet over the big lugs.

What is also interesting to see is the size choice, most are going for a 37", manufactures are following the trend and using tha tas a standard size. This is fine, light weight etc for a moon buggy, but what happens when you wanna build a TT style vehicle. You loose out on some really well designed rubber like the Krawlers.

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Most rigs at werock were running (in order)

Swamper sx (grooved + ungrooved)
boggers (grooved + ungrooved)
Krawler
Claws (winning moon buggy had these)
Mtr

Krawlers were VERY impressive in mud, water AND on the rocks
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Yeah I've been through the tyre thing just a couple of weeks ago. In the end it came down to 39" IROKs or 38.5" TSL/SX.

In the end the TSL/SX won over the IROK because they're a better all round tyre. The IROK seems to be great on the rock but not so good in mud or loose dirt.
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since grooving my SX's they have been great... seem to hook up well on all sorts of terrain, and flex better too I think.

I don't know what I will run next yet - gunna get some more miles out of the SX's for now.

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Still debating this myself.....Not a lot of options in the size I want though
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horses for courses i say.
at superior the other weekend with beebee's lux we did a test of krawler v. bogger driving up onto exactly the same rock, same marked position, at various psi's, and the krawler just didn't grip and conform.
sure they work great on the buggy's though and if ruff says they are the best and would use nothing else well...
i guess it's just an expensive exercise testing which ones work for your truck
or if you can borrow a set to test like the above, well it narrow's it down fairly cheaply
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Yeah but when are boggers coming out in 20" sizes
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Who cares? Unless you are going for 40"+ meats, it would be crazy to go for 20" rims in my opinion... just not enough sidewall. You can see this from Pete A's 41" Iroks on 20" wheels on his tow rig - they are like low profile street tires.

They make 37" boggers for 17" rims, and they make a whole range of Iroks for 17 and 20" rims.

More and more tires coming out for 17" rims - that's the size I would be looking at if I didn't have 16.5's.

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Who cares? Unless you are going for 40"+ meats, it would be crazy to go for 20" rims in my opinion... just not enough sidewall. You can see this from Pete A's 41" Iroks on 20" wheels on his tow rig - they are like low profile street tires.
40" tyres on 20" rim = 10" sidewall......That's the same as a 35x12r15....Ample I would have thoughts.....
Plus you get more stability due to less sidewall roll on the offcamber stuff.
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