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Old April 25th, 2012, 12:08 PM
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I drove 65 miles in the rain in the last rainstorm here in NOVA. Wet performance at up to 55mph seems about the same as a typical AT radial. I'm assuming that this is due to the full-time all wheel drive of the Defender. Not sure how these tires would feel on an RWD truck. Then again I do drive like a grandmother and don't race around turns at wide open throttle.

Still no flat spotting, even after sitting for a week. Noise hasn't changed much.

Overall, I still love these tires.
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Seriously. Dyna Beads. http://www.innovativebalancing.com/index.php

These work. I've been using them for years now in various types of tires. Not swampers, but some commercial cooper tires, michelin xzy, and bfg km2. Feel free to read about how they work. They will solve your ridiculous weights on the wheel problem. I'd recommend using them so you don't have the issue of weights getting ripped off on the trail and a very unbalanced ride home.
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Thanks Matt, I'll give them a try.
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Thanks Matt, I'll give them a try.

And they're easy to install with the tire on or off the rim. Equal also works if you prefer something slightly different but similar product. You simply throw the bag into the tire when the bead is popped and it opens on its own after a few miles. I used Equal in a set of 33" hi-tec retreads (now treadwright) back around 2006-2008. It worked well also even after the lugs got very shredded/chunky from rocks and wheeling.
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Another 50 miles on the tires.

Road noise update:

Under 55mph, road noise/tire hum is reasonable and relatively innocuous.
Between 55 and 60 mph there is a noticeable increase in road noise / tire hum.
Between 60mph and 75mph, the road noise/tire hum is noticeably louder. Not bad, but not particularly pleasant.

With the windows up, the noise is abated somewhat. These are not tires meant for high-speed highway driving.
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We will see about that on Friday! I will tow you at high speeds if I have to!
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FWIW I've run Equal on my trucks for the last 10 years or so, and have been very happy with the product. This is on girlyman-sized 235/85 Dunlop Radial Rovers on my Discovery, and now 235/85 BFG ATs on the 110.
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Had a good time testing the tires at Rausch Creek on Saturday and Sunday. Badly bent an aluminum steering guard, warped a drag link, and the hard line on my left front brake caliper got smushed towards the caliper. The york compressor made funny noises and stopped compressing after doing a good job filling tires (sorry Charles). Tires never failed.

Ran the trails all day on Saturday at 15psi.

The tires were dropped to 10psi and ran that way the rest of Sunday.

It's hard to say that I got more traction with 10psi vs 15psi, but the ride quality was less harsh at 10psi.

Going through numerous rock gardens, the tires fared well. No torn lugs or damage to the sidewalls.

The total trip distance not including wheeling was around 350-380 miles at around 55-60mph up to Tremont and 67-70mph down to Fairfax. Listening to music through earbuds cut out most of the really bad noise, but I still think that running these tires on the highway at 60+ mph on the highway is a shortcut to early lug failure.
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Truck's looking good Ed.
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at around 55-60mph up to Tremont.
Because you drove up alone...



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and 67-70mph down to Fairfax.
Because you followed Huff home...
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Had a good time testing the tires at Rausch Creek on Saturday and Sunday. Badly bent an aluminum steering guard, warped a drag link, and the hard line on my left front brake caliper got smushed towards the caliper. The york compressor made funny noises and stopped compressing after doing a good job filling tires (sorry Charles). Tires never failed.

Ran the trails all day on Saturday at 15psi.

The tires were dropped to 10psi and ran that way the rest of Sunday.

It's hard to say that I got more traction with 10psi vs 15psi, but the ride quality was less harsh at 10psi.

Going through numerous rock gardens, the tires fared well. No torn lugs or damage to the sidewalls.

The total trip distance not including wheeling was around 350-380 miles at around 55-60mph up to Tremont and 67-70mph down to Fairfax. Listening to music through earbuds cut out most of the really bad noise, but I still think that running these tires on the highway at 60+ mph on the highway is a shortcut to early lug failure.

I think this confirms rumors I've heard that Rausch is just hell on rigs...everyone i speak to says that place just beats the sh*t out of trucks
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It's hard to say that I got more traction with 10psi vs 15psi, but the ride quality was less harsh at 10psi.
Well, one thing that is easy to see is that the tires didn't even bulge at 15psi. At 10psi they showed a little flex.

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I think this confirms rumors I've heard that Rausch is just hell on rigs...everyone i speak to says that place just beats the sh*t out of trucks
It's not the place but the drivers and the trails they choose You could drive all day on greens and not scratch your truck.
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I think this confirms rumors I've heard that Rausch is just hell on rigs...everyone i speak to says that place just beats the sh*t out of trucks
That's the fun of it! But yes...it does!

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It's not the place but the drivers and the trails they choose You could drive all day on greens and not scratch your truck.
I think you meant to say:
It's not the place but the guide (i.e. Galpin ).
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[QUOTE=cgalpin;347192]Well, one thing that is easy to see is that the tires didn't even bulge at 15psi. At 10psi they showed a little flex.


agreed...I bet you could head down towards 8psi with these and continue seeing marked off road improvement.

As for beating up your truck, this weekend I managed to bend a Qt steering arm (badly), tear off my tailpipe, bend my hitch and dent my LH door...but I do not blame any of it on RC!
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As for beating up your truck, this weekend I managed to bend a Qt steering arm (badly), tear off my tailpipe, bend my hitch and dent my LH door...but I do not blame any of it on RC!
I was actually proud of my new rash from this weekend:
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As for beating up your truck, this weekend I managed to bend a Qt steering arm (badly), tear off my tailpipe, bend my hitch and dent my LH door...but I do not blame any of it on RC!
Hey I blew out a flip flop, so if anyone had any real reason to blame Rausch it would be me (but I don't).
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I was actually proud of my new rash from this weekend
So how did the new truck do Jason?
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So how did the new truck do Jason?
Amazing...the articulation this thing has (as can be seen on the attached...rear wheel) was a great benefit...gave me traction where others were slipping (even with their lockers). Found out my lockers aren't working, but I think it's just dirty wiring...we bypassed the relay and the pump fired right up. Once I've got the front/rear lockers working this thing will be unstoppable!

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I was actually proud of my new rash from this weekend:
Please don't tell me you chunked your cage foam on your C pillar on your first trip out!

And please tell me where you got those mailman shorts!!!
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