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Unread 05-02-2010, 04:30 PM   #1
rkwfxd
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Big Tire - flex vs Small Tire + flex

So, in general, what do you think is better, a larger tire which creates more ground clearance under the axles but with limited flex due to longer bump stops to keep it from rubbing or a smaller tire which gives up some ground clearance but can flex much more?

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Unread 05-02-2010, 04:33 PM   #2
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IMO - neither. I would say a bigger tire and then create the room for it with flat fender flares, tube fenders, trimmed flares, whatever to get required flex.
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Unread 05-02-2010, 04:36 PM   #3
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Unread 05-02-2010, 04:42 PM   #4
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Bumpstop extensions are evil uptravel robbing mods that should be avoided if possible.



Removal/modification of the fenders, or at least a BL to get them up out of the way, etc...are preferable to losing uptravel.

Depending upon the terrain you wheel on, the ground clearance, and/or flotation of bigger meats is typically valuable enough to make sacrifices to get.

If you lose uptravel, it means the truck rises with the terrain, instead of the truck staying level, and the tires going up/down by them selves.

In off camber and/or uneven terrain, this can lead to less stable positions, a bad thing.

So, you want the uptravel, and you want the ground clearance.

If you are a flat lander, and your articulation is limited to mud, you might bias your choices in that direction...if you do rocks/rough terrain, you might bias it in THAT direction, etc.

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Unread 05-02-2010, 04:57 PM   #5
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Bumpstop extensions are evil uptravel robbing mods that should be avoided if possible.



Removal/modification of the fenders, or at least a BL to get them up out of the way, etc...are preferable to losing uptravel.

Depending upon the terrain you wheel on, the ground clearance, and/or flotation of bigger meats is typically valuable enough to make sacrifices to get.

If you lose uptravel, it means the truck rises with the terrain, instead of the truck staying level, and the tires going up/down by them selves.

In off camber and/or uneven terrain, this can lead to less stable positions, a bad thing.

So, you want the uptravel, and you want the ground clearance.

If you are a flat lander, and your articulation is limited to mud, you might bias your choices in that direction...if you do rocks/rough terrain, you might bias it in THAT direction, etc.


(but, it depends on what the plan is)
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