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Old September 14th, 2006, 07:32 PM
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Talking Mickey Thompsons? 34.5-11.9 tall, good/bad?

I am still looking for a magical 34 inch tire just under 12 inches wide...seems like a good tire for the d90. Tire sizes seem to jump from on the short side of 33 to just over 35 iches; and the width also jumps from 10 to 12.5

The Mickey Thompson MTZ radial 35/12.5-16 measures 34.5 tall and 11.9 wide.
(vs a true 35 inch tire that's 12.5 wide)...I guess its splitting hairs at this point???

That seems to be a great proportion for rovers....a taller than 33's and on the skinny side
They Have a good looking side tread similar to the goodyears....
Now, someone burst me bubble and tell me why they suck!
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Old September 14th, 2006, 08:52 PM
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my buddy has them on his dodge and they seem to work pretty decent, on and off-road. I have driven the dodge both on and off and the tires seem to ride pretty well on the highway, and grip in the mud
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Old September 14th, 2006, 08:52 PM
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I don't know why they suck, but they suck. I have never seen a MT tire that I liked or performed well. If you are not a big wheeler, I don't see a problem with it.
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Old September 14th, 2006, 09:00 PM
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i thought the MTZ was the baja claw tread for a min., my buddy has the baja claws I need to pay better attention.
. All i heard about that the MTZ is pretty much a show truck tire,
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Old September 14th, 2006, 09:29 PM
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I have a set of baja claws that I run sometimes and I think they are a great tire. The side walls are bomber espicially when compared to BFG's. I don;t know about the MTZ's so mabye this is of no help.
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Old September 14th, 2006, 11:53 PM
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the MTZ is pretty much a show truck tire,

Well, that's perfect for you then, Ben. Surely your Dad isn't going to buy you a $47K 90 and let you offroad it?!
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Old September 14th, 2006, 11:55 PM
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Well, that's perfect for you then, Ben. Surely your Dad isn't going to buy you a $47K 90 and let you offroad it?!
real funny, except for i will off-road this just like the LR3 i just traded in
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Old September 15th, 2006, 12:51 AM
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damn Art
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Old September 15th, 2006, 01:12 AM
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real funny, except for i will off-road this just like the LR3 i just traded in
I'd be too paranoid to offroad an LR3.


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damn Art :eek
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Old September 15th, 2006, 01:42 AM
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I'd be too paranoid to offroad an LR3.


What? What I do now?

What is it today? Sensitive Thursday?
No..., by all means... I liked it... it was just worth a



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Old September 15th, 2006, 07:36 AM
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I'd be too paranoid to offroad an LR3.)
I was at first , but then after a while i got use to it. But I did once send it to the shop for two weeks because i broke the EAS compressor mount, and then it sucked up mud and water into the air lines
I even have 32' cooper STT's on it, and they barley fit with some trimming
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Don't be jealous of the kid Art it gets old listening to you bitch, people pay 120k for a hummer and offroad it. Maybe you should get a 78 blazer and hang with your pirate friends. (smiley for you)
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Old September 15th, 2006, 09:19 AM
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I see: paranoid = jealous.

The rest of you do realize that a smiley face means we're joking, right? I know Aaron doesn't.
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Question

Anyway. Back on the subject. Why does the general consensus seem to be that Mickey Thompsons are for looks and not performance... I am also in the market, and looking for a more aggresive radial than what I have. At least the baja claws seem like a very aggressive tread that is well suited to the desert/arid mountain trails in my area. Any opinions based on real experience with these tires?
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It's funny, if you search d-90 there are hardly any mickey thompson threads....
here is the site on the MTZ, I don't know anything about them....thus the thread

http://www.mickeythompsontires.com/t...aMTZRadialTrad
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Anyway. Back on the subject. Why does the general consensus seem to be that Mickey Thompsons are for looks and not performance... I am also in the market, and looking for a more aggresive radial than what I have. At least the baja claws seem like a very aggressive tread that is well suited to the desert/arid mountain trails in my area. Any opinions based on real experience with these tires?
My good friend ran them for a year or so on his TJ. We wheeled together a lot. The tires are just not good. I don't know what to tell you other than that. He ended up dumping them for MT/Rs. There is something to be said that the TTC contestants this year were all offered FREE Baja Claws and every single one of them turned them down except for XXX but those guys are sponsored by them and the magazine. I will say that if you mount them backwards they work really well in pure sand.

So if you run out at glamis or pismo, they might be a good fit for you. But all in all, I think they are for looks. I really believe that if you are looking for a road tire that is great offroad for the SoCal environment, you will not beat the MT/R. They suck hard in mud, but you almost never get that down here.

What size tire are you looking for?
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I see: paranoid = jealous.

The rest of you do realize that a smiley face means we're joking, right? I know Aaron doesn't.
I see your logic now, so if I am smiling when I call you a Jackass it's a joke.

I guess it's more of that stigmata we were discussing.
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Old September 15th, 2006, 11:29 AM
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Thanks for your take Buck. My tires/suspension are stock--I've had the truck for about 10 mos. After sliding through ruts with my stock ATs I am ready to start in on the performance mods. I dont get out on the trails every weekend, so I'll probably settle with something that gives me a real noticeable edge over stock but still maintains some street performance.

My tentative plan: 2" OME lift, then 33s or 34s. I liked the idea of Baja Claws at 305/70/16 (33x12.5) on 16x8s.... I'll look into MTRs also, as that seems to be the most popular tire recommended on the forum. I guess I tend to like the look of a wider tire, and it seems to have its advantages on the trails. My search for wider is what brought me to the Micky Thompsons. I just dont want to create a wheel/tire combination that looks like it belongs on J**P.

Any other recommendations, or opinions for a wide stance that will give me a noticable improvement over stock without killing my commute?

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You are right Buck...When I lived in so cal I did spend a lot of time out at glamis with the 90. They were great on the sand, i mean a world of difference... far far superior to the bgf's and way more resistant to blowing the bead and having sticks stuck in the sidewall, I blew 3 bfgs at once one time and I never had a single issue with the claws. They look like sand paddles and they seem to drive like them too.
With that said I have lived in reno for a couple years now and I still have them, I rarely run them , but I do strap them on for serious trails. this summer I ran the rubicon with them on the 110 and I thought they were OK. Personally I think I have them too wide (305) but they seem to stick to rock kinda of well, but they are an incredably tough tire. They never seem to get any real damage. I do find the tread a bit wierd being that it seems to force you off of rocks. I have seen rock buggies run them backwards and I could see how that would help.

On road they feel stable, they are loud but wear like a brick shit house... similar to the old style bfgs... they just won't wear! this wide they must effect milage but I have never checked.

Personally I don't think I would buy them again. They are expensive but by no means a bad tire.

If the price is right... I do have a set of 5 305/70-16 1 new and 4 with few miles
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Bryan - I have the Goodyear 35" MTR's and mine actually measure about 34.5 x 11.9. Hmmm, interesting numbers I think I've heard that the MTR's actually run small for 35 x 12.50's. Not sure if you're getting your sizes from the manufacturer specs, but those are not always accurate. So to compare, you really need actual measurements (which are not always easy to come across).
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