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Unread 12-01-2008, 06:56 PM   #1
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Best 38" tire for DEEP snow

I'm looking for the best 38-39" tire for DEEP snow, like the kind you wanna float on. Tires will be aired down and chained up (sometimes). Jeep weighs 5000lbs.

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Unread 12-01-2008, 08:36 PM   #2
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I'm thinking these Interco "Swamp Lite" tires...




OR go all out...


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Unread 12-01-2008, 08:55 PM   #3
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Bias ply Irok's
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Bias ply Irok's
thats what AEV used on their Icelandic Expedition rig (37s)

are you going for the icelandic approach?



those guys seem to use Baja Claws, Ground Hawgs, SSRs, Baja ATZs, STS, F-C II, or similar aggressive tires on super wide wheels. The aggressive AT's will float on top, while mud tires that are too aggressive may just dig you into a hole.
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Unread 12-01-2008, 09:19 PM   #5
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I would suggest as wide of a tire as you can possibly find, at the least 15 inches wide like a baja claw 38.5-16-R16.5
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I would suggest as wide of a tire as you can possibly find, at the least 15 inches wide like a baja claw 38.5-16-R16.5
weeeeell....it's funny you should suggest that. I've got a line on a set of 38.5 - 16-16" claws that seemed like they would fit the bill nicely, but other than the Iceland websites, I haven't found anyone that has run them in DEEP snow (think 4'+).

I've run 38" radial swamp's, which are 14.5" wide, and then 38" SX's which were 12.50...I've loved the SX's but they are too skinny to go where I could go with the radials, even aired way down. I like the Iroks, but dunno if 13.5 is wide enough.

If I could find a set of used 39" or 40" plain jane TSL's that would work too.

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Unread 12-01-2008, 10:22 PM   #7
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I'm thinking these Interco "Swamp Lite" tires...




OR go all out...


Do the swamp-lite's come in a 38"?

Love the matt-tracks. A friend's dad has those on his scrambler (for the same reason I need big fat tires, to get to the cabin)
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Unread 12-02-2008, 08:53 PM   #8
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IMO the baja claws seem like they would be your best bet, they are extremely wide and they still have good bite but nowhere on the tire are the lugs extremely tall or bulging, looking at them they even look like they could be a design for tracks like on huge snow scraper things at skii resorts(forget the name). I dont have much experience with deep snow driving but i wouldnt go with a set of tsls, it seems like the extremely large lugs would dig you down into the snow and cause you to get stuck. And i would absolutely not go with a set of 13.5 inch wide iroks, iroks wouldnt be a terrible choice as far as the design goes but 13.5 wide is way too narrow.
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I've had good luck with my 39" iroks on deep snow. I drop the pressure down low and they balloon out seem to float, but still able to grab and go.

Probably one of the things the tire does best.
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in the cold snow country (MT) you see many trucks will run ice cutters.
Tall - if the vehicle can run them, over 35's- skinny.. real skinny tires that will cut through the snow down to hard pack.
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A friend of mine told me the Swamper TSL's work great if grooved and the wear bars cut out.
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I don't think the 13.5's "float" as well as a wider tire might, but my 36" bias iroks do well in relatively deep snow. This is from last year /w about 2' of snow at about 8psi... slow going, mostly pushing the axles through the snow. Wouldn't have done so well without lockers.

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those tank tracks are awesome
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A friend of mine told me the Swamper TSL's work great if grooved and the wear bars cut out.
I've had good luck with the TSL's, both radial and SX in a 38". My first choice right now is the 39" TSL, but my budget says I need to buy used and some baja claws are available, as are some nice rims for cheap.

I'm probably ok for the next 2-3 weeks with my chained up 38x12.50 SX's but then the snow will be too deep to "dig down to the hard stuff".

I saw some 39" baja belted's today...the size and price is right, but there's just too much poser truck stigma to put those on my jeep, plus they are 16.5 which hurts for airing down.

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Unread 12-09-2008, 07:45 PM   #15
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I don't think the 13.5's "float" as well as a wider tire might, but my 36" bias iroks do well in relatively deep snow. This is from last year /w about 2' of snow at about 8psi... slow going, mostly pushing the axles through the snow. Wouldn't have done so well without lockers.
That pic is a pretty good argument for Iroks. 2' of snow but only axle deep with 36's, so you are on top of 6"?

I'll be in 3' to 5' of snow that may or may not be packed down by snowmobiles (if I can get my cousins to run up and down the road and in our driveway a few times).

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