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Unread 09-23-2009, 12:06 PM   #1
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mickey thompson vs. super swamper

I'm in the process of deciding on which tires to get next and can't make up my mind between these two. So in your opinion, which is better for your average New England woods trail (trees, rocks, stumps, mud, etc.) - the Baja Claw Radial, or the TrXus M/T? I have had both before on another truck, and loved them both, and basically just need help to make up my mind. Bear in mind this is my daily driver, so not so much road manners, because it is a lifted Jeep after all, but road wear is a factor, as well as performance in snow.

Thanks for your insight.

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Unread 09-23-2009, 10:14 PM   #2
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Thats the kinda of terrain i wheel here in Iowa and run MTZ's. Thats one of the reasons i have stuck with them is the sidewall. Its the same as the claw, But the claws as sweet off-road. They will eat and chew through it all almost as good as boggers except the claws will balance easy. I have been happy with the sidewalls with no cuts, Minimal chunking in the tread. I have never run claws but would think that they are of the same compound as i know they share the same sidewall. If so they would do great for both to and on the trail. I like swamper's but for the price and what i have read, The TSL or SX would be a better choice as in the end, You are buying a Interco tire. Good luck
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Unread 09-23-2009, 10:17 PM   #3
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i have mtz's i love them!
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Unread 09-23-2009, 10:19 PM   #4
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My personal experience on the Baja Claw is that they are HORRIBLE in the snow. Scary, dangerous and won't do it again. but for mud and rocks they did pretty darn good.
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Unread 09-23-2009, 10:23 PM   #5
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The TSL or SX would be a better choice as in the end, You are buying a Interco tire. Good luck
yes, because he obviously doesn't care if he gets only gets 10k miles out of them


If I were you, I wouldn't bother with either of those choices. I have never run either of these tires myself, but I know plenty of people personally that have given their opinion on them. Claws are loud and don't wear so well, as well as having below average off road and snow traction. The Trxus have tread wear issues, as well as balancing problems (what a surprise, they are made by interco)

These are a few tires that I have heard nothing but good about from people in NE:

-BFG KM2
-Cooper STT (I personally run them and love them so far)
-Mickey Thompson MTZ
-Toyo Open Country M/T
-MT/R with Kevlar (haven't heard a ton of reviews on them, but sound very promising)
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Unread 09-23-2009, 10:37 PM   #6
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I got 23k out of my SX swamper's when i ran them. They were a great tire. But yeah they are on the low end of DD ability.

How are the new MT/R's in NE backwoods? The UA pushed them this year and have a good deal of sizes up high. In the area I'm in the guy has yet to get his display mt/r Kevlar tire. Just curious are id like to see how many miles they will go and the terrains they will walk through. So far so good is all i have herd as well, But nothing i was curious about.
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Unread 09-23-2009, 10:43 PM   #7
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-BFG KM2
-Cooper STT (I personally run them and love them so far)
-Mickey Thompson MTZ
-Toyo Open Country M/T
-MT/R with Kevlar (haven't heard a ton of reviews on them, but sound very promising)
Consider the Nitto Mud Grappler Aswell. They have done awesome on my Gf's jeep. They balance great and are VERY durable. Only thing I can say negative is that they are noisy and dig hard and fast in the snow so a Light touch is needed.

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How are the new MT/R's in NE backwoods?
I haven't seen a ton of people running them out here yet, but I know some were running them in local competitons and absolutely loved them.
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Unread 09-24-2009, 02:07 AM   #9
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I haven't seen a ton of people running them out here yet, but I know some were running them in local competitions and absolutely loved them.

Thats good to hear that they like them. The only thing i can vouch for is two farmers who have them around here. One actually uses his and likes them so far. He says the sidewall is night and day as he has cut a couple in the past style but the new are taking all the abuse and running strong.
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Unread 11-02-2009, 10:15 AM   #10
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I have MTZ's and i absolutley love them, they perform excellent in the woods, they arent to loud on the road, and best of all, ive ran them for almost a year and a half and arent even at 50% tread left(its my DD). Super Swampers are sick, but since they wear so fast, it doesnt seem worth it to buy them unless your going to take the time to swap tires when your done wheeling. M/T seem like the best bang for your buck...
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Unread 11-03-2009, 07:41 AM   #11
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Since you've run both you know what you are getting into ... anyhow, if you plan on sticking with 33's, then my vote would be the TrXus over the Claws, especially for winter roads.
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Unread 11-03-2009, 07:55 AM   #12
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I have a set of TrXus M/Ts and I love them so far. They took a TON of weight to balance, but they're still fine. (granted I've only had them on for about 1000 miles but I LOVE them. I haven't gotten a chance to take them off road yet, but they do well on the road. My Jeep is my DD and I put A LOT of miles on it. Just my $.02
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