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Which is better in the sand??????

well i went wheeling down at the beach last weekend with some old timers and they were talking about how a/t's worked better in the sand, ive always thought that a m/t may work better just cause of the better tread but than i guess there are more voids so they prob dont float as well, i really cant figure out which would work better, anyone know anymore????
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i would almost say the A/T's because they will not dig like M/T's would.....
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i would think a/ts, i hear the trxxus radials are amazing in sand
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from what i remeber Bill did better in sand with his buckshots then Evan with his BFG A/T, i could be wrong but i think thats right...
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Yea from my experience I would say that MT are better than AT but thats only been once.
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i say a/t's, only because they have a much better footprint in the sand. if you look at most ats, they have a lot of rubber touching the ground at once. compared to all the voids that are in a mt. also, a mt will try to dig up the sand, instead of floating on it like you want. I know i hate my mts in the sand, its an almost guarantee stuck if i stop, or get into a tricky spot. i can bury my tire in no time.
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well realy sand will bury any tire if you stop, im really torn on this subject and i just cant figure it out, like you said a a/t has a bigger foot print but doest supply enough traction where as a m/t will have more traction but not as much of a footprint......if only there was a tire out there that helped solve this problem......
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having had both BFG AT and MTs, for sand out here the AT performed better on the move and stopped. There were times where should I not have had them I would have needed 4x4 and rocking to most likely get out. That said, the MTs are good too, but in my experience only from a stop. On the move they don't grab as well as the AT, especially when cornering. With my ATs are mid speeds (30-50 mph) all I had to do was come off gas entering turn, drop a gear, and accelerate exiting the turn, rarely did I break traction or begin to fishtail. The MTs on the other hand I actually have to slow down or I'll break traction and begin fishtailing. Every other application I find the MTs to meet or exceed the performance of the ATs.

Now, when it comes to wet deep sand, the ATs got me stuck. They turned to slicks. I recently went back out to where I got stuck with them and tried the MTs out. I even came to a dead stop and spun in a little. The MTs worked just like they were suppose to. I left with an unstuck truck, lots-o-mud, and a huge sh*t-eat'n grin.
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can you be more specific when you say everother application???? like road, snow, mud what???
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Not snow tested yet. I might be able to do that later this year, but being in southern New Mexico limits me to the stuff unless I go about 6000 ft usually. Otherwise, rain, mud, gravel, rock. I don't slip on rocks as much as I did with the ATs. So far, in rain, the tires are about equal to me. Mud is night and day, obviously. Gravel is a little like sand, more like a mix of sand and small rock.
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how are the x terrains in sand?
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**** x-terrains
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