I wouldn't be surprised if the old one was like 38.5" and the new one is 40.5". Actual dimensions are usually different from official dimensions. That would explain the size difference in the photo. In the photo, there is also probably some tread wear on the old tire too.
Windex and a solid toss to get the tire on, and a full body condom to prevent the anti-seize from getting everywhere. Last week I made to completely mounting and torqueing down the beadlocks without getting any on me. I went to put the anti-seize away, dropped the cap, bounced onto my shirt. Once again, anti-seize won, I lost.whats Everyone’s methods and tricks to mounting up race tires on Beadlocks ?
Look for short course tires for a rock crawler, they are about 36 X 14 and have a softer tread.I've been shopping for 33" - 35" tires for my rock-crawler/Pre-run Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ (4.88 gears on Currie modded Ford 9"..flipped for High Pinion).
I can attest to paper-spec VS actual tire dimensions, that Falken Wildpeak AT 33" 12.5/R15 is really a 32.5" outside-diameter, not a true 33". Someone pointed that out in a comment section (Walmart Review). The other bang/buck tires is Taiwan-made Milestar tires (33" & 35"):
BFG, Goodyear, Yokohama, Bridgetsone are pricey.. I'm a Craigslist used-tire junkie, there are some smokin' hot deals that pop up occassionally. E.g., new BFG All-Terrain tires off a Ford Raptor (315/70/17 .. 34.5") for $600
I scored 5x Yokohama 32.5" Geolandar w/17" rims (5x5 bolt pattern) for $75..only 3 yrs old, 90% tread!!
I ended up getting used 5x BFG KR2 315/70/17 tires for $160, 40% tread (2 yrs old). Squeezed FIVE 34.5" tires into my '93 BMW 325i (e36)..!! I've done some crazy crazy I failed spelling squeezing/hauling stuff in that e36..
The winning class 10 at the 1000 used Tensor’s and was a single seat car so tire changes are done by the driver. Maybe it’s not necessarily the tire brand that’s causing you all the flats....Coming from a guy who just finished the Baja 1000 after hitting 500 rocks that should have blown a tire, I vote BFG. The tensors are faster but you’re more likely to be changing tires at pits because they’re bald or you blew them on a big pokey boy.
With BFG pit support we ran the entire 1000 on a crew of 7 people not including drivers. Changed rears at the driver change at 422 because we had time and it made me feel the odds of getting up death mountain were more on my side.
Our class 10 car is snappier with Tensors and has a more positive precise feel at the wheel, but not enough to negate their downsides. If I were rally racing a UTV that’s what I would run. If I’m going to V2R or Baja, I’m going with a tire born in Baja.
I can gaurantee the pit crew was changing tires at the pit not the driver lol. I wonder how many tires they ended up swapping? I'd guess 6 rears and 2 or 4 fronts, just to be safe and WIN.The winning class 10 at the 1000 used Tensor’s and was a single seat car so tire changes are done by the driver. Maybe it’s not necessarily the tire brand that’s causing you all the flats....