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post #1 of 55
Thread Starter 
It's time to get a set of tires for the truck.

Does anyone have any recommendations on some tires that perform well in the sand. I currently use Firestone Steeltex but they are not great even when aired down to 18 psi. I run a GMC Sierra with the short bed and I know lack of weight in the bed is part of the problem.

Any suggestions would be appriciated.
post #2 of 55
I know a lot of guys will tell you to stay away from "offroad" tires since they are made to dig-in and that is exactly what ya dont want in the sand. I have BF GOODRICH ATs on my Blazer and never had a problem even though their tread is a little more aggressive. I just like how the tread covers some of the sidewall, which helps against wear and tear when you air down and your tires "belly" out.

luke
post #3 of 55
Ditto on what Luke said. I have the Goodrich AT's on my Bronco. Quiter on the street than the Firestones I had on previously and their great in the sand. Shoulder tread design gives you a better footprint when aired down.

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post #4 of 55
Have you tried running the beach with a lower tire pressure than 18 lbs.?I run 15 in mine and sometimes down to 12 in really soft stuff.I have Goodyear Wrangler AT/S tires on a 4Runner.
They go pretty good on the sand, noisy on the street though.Places like Nauset beach I don't use the 4WD too much except at the crossovers and I run at 15.Vineyard I run at 15 in 4WD but might go to 12 out on east beach where it's really soft by Arruda's,sometimes it's really bad there.Same if you go down South beach.There's some real hairy spots when you get down by Oyster Pond.Best off runnin at 12.Hatteras I didn't use the 4WD at all.Let the tires down to 15 and that was enough.Never drove beaches in Jersey but I hear it's pretty soft at IBSP.
post #5 of 55
I run BF Goodrich AT's myself and love them. They perform great at 18 psi and the xtra sidewall protection makes them worth the $$$. The tread pattern scares some people, if thats the case, take a look at the Long Trail model.

BH
post #6 of 55
On a 91' Bronco -
Currenty using Cooper 31x10.5x15 HT's on front and I'm quite happy with on and off road performance.
Prior tires were:
G'year Wrangler AT's - noisy, too agressive.
Terra Trac (no name) - decent, low $$, still too agressive and had tread separate.
General Grabber ST - decent, but still noisy on road. Still have two on rear awaiting replacement with Cooper's when more worn.
post #7 of 55
Bad experience with the Goodyear Wrangler AT/S - 15K miles and 3 flats Loud on the highway and weak sidewalls.

Replaced them BFG AT/KO and I them. No flats, great in the sand and quite on the road. Better handling to boot.
post #8 of 55
The Bf Goodrich At's are great tires, not too expensive either though a set of 5 is gonna cost some $$$.

I am running 32x11.5 Dunlop radial rovers and like them alot. I have only been using them for a few months on my bronco but they are nice and quiet. With tires that big I air down to 19 and dont feel a thing, and the footprint is huge. When i go down to 15 I have full confidence I can go through most stuff. These are on a Bronco with a 302. And for some hard-packed areas or dirt trails (cupsogue, a few NS beaches) I dont even air down, but that is not recommended on areas which border the ocean or below high-tide lines on the sound. Prospector should chime in here, he gave me lots of great info/tips when I was scared Sh#@$less about swamping my truck in sand or driving off sea-walls.

JC
post #9 of 55
is anyone else mesmorized by broncoricks sig?? i cant not stare at it!!!!

carry on
post #10 of 55
I use the Michelin LTX/MS.Great tire but I have to air down alot more than the other ones I have used,otherwise no complaints.The best tire I ever ised was a set of Sears almost bald 31in tires. Big John your tires are comparable to mine.I drive a Dodge 2500 and without the camper on my rear tires have to be down to at least 15lbs or I dig in

[This message has been edited by hagar (edited 01-28-2002).]
post #11 of 55
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Originally posted by BigJohn:
It's time to get a set of tires for the truck.

Does anyone have any recommendations on some tires that perform well in the sand. I currently use Firestone Steeltex but they are not great even when aired down to 18 psi. I run a GMC Sierra with the short bed and I know lack of weight in the bed is part of the problem.

Any suggestions would be appriciated.


Take a coupla fat guys fishing with ya



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CMSTRIPER
Berkeley Striper Club...Seaside Park,NJ
post #12 of 55
I'm on my 3rd set of Dunlop Radial Rover RVs. I get 60K plus out of them and I've only had one flat in 130K miles. This is an aggressive tread for mud & snow. On my Pathfinder the stock 31x10.50x15s float it well and are great in snow and especially mud. I need this aggressive tread because I do a lot of offroading and to get stuck would cause big problems. All seasons can't handle the mud and once in the Sierras I had big problems. Aired down to 15 they work well. I did a lot of beach driving while up at the Vineyard this spring and they performed well. I had 50K on the tires at the time so this contributed.

Dunlop recently came out with an AT model which has a less aggressive tread and are much more widely distributed than the RV. The AT would be a great choice.
post #13 of 55
I agree with the guys using the BF All Terrains. I have 33x12.5s on my 90 Blazer and love them. They remade the tires and now are called AT/KO. They remade the tire to improve the side wall strength. Seem to have worked. I only go down to 20psi. and never have any troubles down at IBSP. Good luck and great fishing!
post #14 of 55
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your input.

Looks like BF Goodrich is the winner.
post #15 of 55
hands down!
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