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    Can I avoid sidewall damage better than I have been?

    My sidewalls get cut up after not much time in the rocks. I don't drive big obstacles, just trails. This latest cut came on the trail between Horseshoe and Leviathan on the Carson River. Tires are Toyo M-55. I had the air pressure between 12 and 15 psi. Should I keep more pressure in the tires?




    I had KM2 before the M-55's and they seemed to get damaged about as easily.

    Are the KM3 sidewalls really tougher? BFG claimed "27% tougher" when they were introduced. In your real world experience, do they get less damage?

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    I would say drive slower or get some Pitbull Rockers. My PBR's have quite a few cuts, but it's a rock crawler. They have been good to me. Quite a few slices but nothing like that above.

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    There's no appreciable speed involved. This is slow trail driving. In the rocks where the damage is happening, it's basically crawl speed less than 5mph.

    Rockers won't fit without very costly and extensive fabrication.

    Size is 255/85R16 or 33x10.5x16.

    Radials are the only thing that fit.

    Super Swamper Radials
    Maxis Big Horn
    Toyo MTR or M-55
    KM3


    The only bias tire that even comes close is Swamper LTB in 34x10.5/16, but I would have to cut the body more and the 5/16" steel bumpers or they would rip the tires.

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    Looks like a pinch flat to me, I’d try running a little higher air pressure. I think bfgs have the best sidewall out of the DOT radials. Especially the km3 which was designed after the kr3 race tire which have incredibly tough sidewalls
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    Quote Originally Posted by BUILTnotBOUGHT View Post
    Looks like a pinch flat to me, I’d try running a little higher air pressure. I think bfgs have the best sidewall out of the DOT radials. Especially the km3 which was designed after the kr3 race tire which have incredibly tough sidewalls
    Thanks. I kind of suspected that. Like I said, these trails don't have big obstacles, so I don't really need the lower pressure for traction. I mostly air down to avoid punishing vibration on the cobblestone. Now I think it might be safer for the tires if I keep the pressure above 15 psi -- I think I need enough pressure to keep the sidewall from getting folded between the scissor action of the rim and the rock.

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    Iíd opt for more air pressure too. I do like the sidewalls of my 265/75R16 KO2ís (if you donít want to run a full mud terrain)
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    Off road driving is all about lines and wheel placement. I grew up in the northeast where rocks were rounded by glaciers. Wheeling in the southwest started on Baja dirt roads with a Superduty on BFG ATs. A buddy riding with me mentioned that I was going to puncture a sidewall if I didn't practice better wheel placement. Well, I punctured a sidewall that trip.
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