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33x10.5x15s...Not Wide Enough??

So, would running the BFG-All Terrains in the 10.5 width not be wide enough for my off-road adventures? The terrain I would be playing in would be stuff like pismo (sand), hard-packed dirt, fire trails, and a few mudholes during the rainy season. Would I still be ok?

Does anyone have any pics of rangers with the 33x10.5x15 tire? If you could post that would be great, cuz I have yet to see them in person.
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to skinny IMO if your going on sand you want wider so you want 12.5 wide and also BFG A/T arnt the best tire for sand there M/T is better
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to skinny IMO if your going on sand you want wider so you want 12.5 wide and also BFG A/T arnt the best tire for sand there M/T is better
I Dont know man.. i could imagine where you are saying that though, it is the same here, everything is too wet for the a/t's, including sand, they get clogged up real bad. but out west i'd imagine they would work better in that kind of sand. especially for the kind of use he was talking about doing it might be better to go with the a/t. but as far as going with the 10.50 or 12.50. i haven't seen his rig but if he can fit the 12.50 thats what i would go with.
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I Dont know man.. i could imagine where you are saying that though, it is the same here, everything is too wet for the a/t's, including sand, they get clogged up real bad. but out west i'd imagine they would work better in that kind of sand. especially for the kind of use he was talking about doing it might be better to go with the a/t. but as far as going with the 10.50 or 12.50. i haven't seen his rig but if he can fit the 12.50 thats what i would go with.
Well, to give you an idea here is a pic of my rig. this is an old pic without the t-bar crank. The tires in the pic are the same tires I have now...the 265/75/16 Dueler ATs (which plan suck by the way). I need tires really REALLY bad, im rollin on skinnies!!! So, all i have suspension wise is a 2" t-bar crank. the plan is to get the 33s (im leaning towards the 12.5s) and then a few weeks later or a month at the most install my 3in. Body lift. So, i might be rubbing for a month or so, but I wont be doing any off-roading till the lift is installed.

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Mudders all around look much better that A/T's, also I think wide tires look better.
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Here are some pics of 33x10.5 MTs. I just ran out and took these so sorry about the glare.









I can get some more if you wanted different angles.

EDIT: I would have gone with 12.50 if I had the money for more lift and wider wheels. But I like the 33x10.5 a lot better than the 31x10.50

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the bfg at's will work fine out at pismo if you drive it properly. i've got a set of 31 x 10(.5? <-- i dont member) and i havent gotten stuck since i learned to drive out there except at camp starting up from a stop (sand is really loose there) and once when my suspension limited the speed i could do through this really mini-mini-hill section thing place area...(lol) and i got stuck there.

and just get the wider ones, i think they look better on the bigger tire than a skinny version.

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^-- he posted while i was typing. that doesnt look like i last remember it. That doesnt look bad at all.
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for sand like pismo, i've leanred from experience you'll need a wider tire...at's do fine in sand, I have 32's and they seem to do okay as long as you deflate your tires all around....makes a big difference. go with a 12.50 width
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Flounder, thanks alot for the pics. yeah, to me they look just a little on the skinny side...but they do look good on your rig.

So drayke and danny, whats the secret to cruisin pismo. Most likely the next time i go up there I will have two quads in the bed.
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i tried the 33x12.50s on mine stock, w/o lift and the only thing stoppin me was the fender flares, but on ur year they might not stick out as much. so i would say get em and see if you can run em, if not, wait til the b/l.

and dont get me wrong, i love the m/t's. they look so much better and would perform better off road. but you had mentioned the a/t's. and i've had them before, thats the reason i commented on it.
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without a lift i WOULD NOT run 12.5s.... and yes the 10.5s will work just fine for everyting. I was out at pismo 2+ times a month last year and my BFGs did very well, along with the 50+ other off-road trips the last set of tires saw. Just bought my second set of BFGs actually, still havent found a better tire on the market


EDIT: ofcourse the 12.5s will do a bit better but [for example] Ryan (Livin Loud) came up to visit a couple times last year. He has 33x12.5 BFGs and when we went to Pismo i did just as well as him with my ~32x10.8s[275/70r16]
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reason i said the M/T is better Bill 04lvl2 took his M/T to the dunes with evans A/T bill had less problems then evan just saying they will work but i would rather have M/T personally
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im gonna assume that you have a 2x4 as i didnt check your sig, sorry, airing down a bunch really helps, but beyond that... its just keeping your momentum and staying out of bowls. and having someone with a 4x4 just in case =)

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so i saw that you have a 4x4. you shouldnt have very much difficulty, but i imagine that the same rules still apply. Though, i must admit that i've never driven a 4x4 offroad for any sort of extended period of time
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im gonna assume that you have a 2x4 as i didnt check your sig, sorry, airing down a bunch really helps, but beyond that... its just keeping your momentum and staying out of bowls. and having someone with a 4x4 just in case =)

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so i saw that you have a 4x4. you shouldnt have very much difficulty, but i imagine that the same rules still apply. Though, i must admit that i've never driven a 4x4 offroad for any sort of extended period of time
My 4x4 is like a champ!!! Just lock in 4lo and first gear and im good to go!! I'll most likely air down. Honestly, I havent aired down before and been fine, but whats a good psi to air down too?
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dont forget a nice size tranny cooler for the auto they just love to heat up in sand
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i've had AT's and MT's in the sand, my at's were 31x11.50x15 and everytime i went through i just felt myself sinkin and spinnin (im 2wd also), now my buckshot's have been through the sand (35x12.50x16) never had a problem very little to no spinning.. felt comfortable with em (maybe to comfortable lol)
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BigRed....

your terrain and use is very similar to mine. You'll be fine with either tire, be it the AT or MT. You'll also be fine with the 10.50 for now. Just remember to air down a little in sand.

Seems most on here are more for the aesthetic look of a tire over the overall practicality of it. A 10.50 will do you fine; it's a cheaper tire and a lighter tire than a 12.50. This equates to not hurting you as much in the wallet both for tires and for when you start getting suspension wear and tear sooner by running a larger tire without compensating elsewhere. Again, YOU'LL BE FINE WITH RUNNING A 10.50 TIRE. I've had NO ISSUES running either 31x10.50x15 BFG ATs or my 33x10.50x15 BFG MTs in terrain you mention.

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Pic of my 33x10.50x15 BFG MTs...




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i've had AT's and MT's in the sand, my at's were 31x11.50x15 and everytime i went through i just felt myself sinkin and spinnin (im 2wd also), now my buckshot's have been through the sand (35x12.50x16) never had a problem very little to no spinning.. felt comfortable with em (maybe to comfortable lol)
haha, thats like comparing a 31 to a 35...huge difference man!!!

I had 33x12.5 bfg at's, and now I have MT's.

The a/t's do nice in sand/clay, but they clog up way way to easy. They keep you from sinking though.

The mt's go straight to china. I'm 2wd locked and all they do is dig, which is good and also bad. Helps me out in places w/ a bottom, but kills me when there isn't a bottom.

If I had 4wd, I would say MT's are better for sand, but b/c I don't, A/T's definetly win, from experience. The at's just don't dig half as hard, and you still gain foward momentum.
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Just about what everyone else said... 10.5 MTs have to aired down a lot to do well in the sand, but they do REALLY well everywhere else...




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run 33x11.50 and never look back, clears w/ a 1inch tbar crank
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run 33x11.50 and never look back, clears w/ a 1inch tbar crank
Does BFG even make that width in a 33?
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Not for a 15" wheel. I think a 285/75/16 works out to that size.

I'm happy with my 33x10.5s btw.
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Great thing about the BFG All Terrain T/A's is that they can be aired down to 5psi without poping the bead.....giving to maximum crawl ability. I prefer the All Terrains because they have a greater wear life and they're rated for snow.

Here's some mumbo jumbo for ya'll.

BFG All Terrain T/A's:
* Maximizes "aired down" traction and steering control in deep dirt, mud and sand while enhancing aggressive appearance.
* Provides better wet handling, minimises hydroplaning
* Increased tread life and enhanced resistance to irregular wear and better traction
* All-terrain tread design with interlocking tread elements and improved siping maximizes traction and handling on- and off-road
* Biting edges for improved traction, greater gravel wear resistance and decreased stone retention
* Exceptional bruise resistance under the tread and in the sidewall
* Two full-width steel belts provide a stiffer tread area for improved steering response and better cornering control. Also delivers excellent puncture and bruise resistance
* Rim protector helps protect wheel from off-road hazards
* Meets the RAC snow traction performance requirements

BFG Mud-Terrain T/A's
* DiggerLugz™ and tread-clearing shoulder void bars maximize traction and steering control in deep dirt, mud and sand
* Rim protector features improved wheel and tire protection from off-road hazards, especially during aired down situations
* Improved high-void tread design with larger footprint, interlocking tread elements, and advanced compounding
* Incredible rock-climbing and slick surface traction
* Dual tread radius
* Computer optimized tread design for reduced road noise
* TriGard™ construction -- 3-ply polyester carcass for exceptional bruise resistance under the tread and in the sidewall
* Single strand beads on all dimensions for improved ride smoothness and tire uniformity
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