I'm in need of some new tires since my km2's are almost shot and I'm looking for opinions on what everyone is running as far as 35" tires. My main choices are Krawlers, radial treps and km2's again. I'm not interested in swampers or mtr's. I'm really leaning towards krawlers but would like to know how others like them in terrain other than just dry rockfaces.
I took about 15 wheeling trips on my 35" KM2's. I recently switched over to the Krawlers. Only one wheeling trip on them, but they gripped better everywhere I tried them on the trails. Even when I got them wet, they seemed to grip better than the dry KM2's. They are significantly larger than the KM2's. Mine are about an entire inch taller than the KM2's, and probably 2 inches wider. However I have them on 15x10 beadlocks instead of the 15x8 wheels I had the KM2's on. They don't ride too bad on road. The Krawlers are significantly heavier though. Mine weigh in at 112 lbs as opposed to 91 lbs for the KM2's.
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I liked my krawlers when i had them. I DD them along with many elements of wheeling. In mud and snow they actually do very well and clean out easy. They wear decent, I had 22k on them and half tread IIRC. The only down side to them is their weight. Next to another 35" tire they look like a 36".
If you wheel where chunking is common you will need to balance them more than a regular tire but its worth it. If your going to piss money away on km2's, Just save a few more and get the tire the km2 was built off of and have that much more traction. Good luck either way
Thanks for the reviews thats what I needed since I still like to drive it on the street and am looking for more traction than km2's. Everyone I know or have found a real review of them is running stickies so its good to hear about the blues. I looked up the specs and they're only about 10lbs heavier than a km2.
Anyone running them on 15x8's? I'm not looking to buy different rims other than beadlocks down the road.
It would not be easy to squeeze them onto 15x8's. I would recommend going up to 15x10's. They are an extremely wide tire, and are probably close to 14" instead of the advertised 13.5". Easily 2" wider than km2's.
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I ran mine on 15x8" steel D's. You wont have but 22-25 psi road, But they ride nice and ont roll over on it self in corners. I also ran them on 10" fake locks and they did the same. So thats up to you but IMO 8" works great for DD and trail.
For DD, Even in slush and rain they did better than you would expect. Rotate them every 3k DD or off road. The first thing that will go are the rounding of the tread blocks, But after that they wore great. I might have a couple pic's if you would like to see on a 10" and the spare is a 8" in one pic. But they are a true to everything size and look wide on a 10".
I appreciate the insight but doubt I'll go wider on the rims right now. Mine are in good shape and the beadlocks I've been looking at all come in 15x8 anyways. I also figure the 8" will hold a bead better than the wider rims when aired down. The only real issue I'll have is rubbing coilover springs since my rears are outboarded with the typical POLY towers.
Here is thee links, Only ones i have on hand and are far away, But will give you an idea of the width/stance.
The 8" wheels i had also ran in 4" BS, The 12.50's rubbed bad and the krawlers were real bad. It took a 10" with 3.75" BS to avoid any with some room to spare.
I know run 8" alloys with 3.5" and its perfect with alot to spare. BL's come in any size, If you have to run 3" so be it. It will be wide, But will clear and wont hurt ball joints or unit bearings anymore than the krawlers will.
I tore up a km2 this weekend and am buying a set of tires in the next week and I'm looking for more opinions on the krawlers. The only other tires in the running are creepy crawlers and radial treps if anyones running them.
My wheeling buddy has blue label krawlers and I'm running Mtr/k's. Were both running 35's.
And honestly we can't tell a difference or benefit to his blues over my goodyears. That being said. I would either run a red label or not run a krawler at all. There more expensive and harder to find. I like my more common mtr. creepies I have always wanted to try as well though
They only make blue 35's, the reds are only 37's and 39's. I didnt want to cough up the $1600 for krawlers so figured I'd give the creepys a try since a bunch of my buddies run maxxis with great results. I'll report back once I get them and put some miles on.