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I haven't seen much talk about these tires on the board, I did some searching and didn't come up with too much either. Most people are running goodrich or goodyear mtrs, what are the downfalls that ya'll are noticing with the claws that are keeping them below the formentioned? I like the aggresive look they have and thought about them as my next set. Keep in mind I'm mostly concerned about 'life' since I'm mostly on the pavement.
 

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If your worried about tire life, stay away from the claws, they have very little lateral traction as well, and lots of road noise! my .02
 

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Well actually, I had a set of the baja Claw radials on my old 4runner. Had them for 2 years and they had half life. I even drove to california and they drove fine. Now there was a bit more noise than I was used to, but then again I never had driving with mud tires period. And the old two-door 4runners didnt have much round noise protection at all. I finally had to get rid of them because I wore the front two to a bold on the insides due to my alignment all out of wack. Thats what I get for ignoring maintenance. But if you go with these tires, I recomment rotating them every 3K. I did and they rode and wore fine. Great in mud and rock BTW. Could air them down to 13 psi on 15x8 rim without poping beads off. But when they are that low, they handle quite differently on the road to the gas station to air up the tires again. :)
 

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if they made these in 32x11.5's i would get them in a heart beat...awesome tires, but 33x12.5's would rub like crazy with my setup and 31's would look retarded
 

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I have run a set of 33x12.50 Claw radials for two years now. They are about half worn. I may have a minor alignment issue showing in more treadwear on the right side tires. Mine get rotated every 3k miles.
Good tires, and have done very well offroad in Sand, mud and rocks for me. Never had a situation that left me wanting for better offroad traction. As they wear they are getting louder. The staggered luggs are felt through steering feedback at low speeds on pavement. Once on "plane" at highway speeds they ride great.

If I could keep a set of the bias versions for exclusive offroad use I would.

For exclusive street use these are not your tire. They have some hard edges athat are meant to help offroad. You will be paying the offroad tire penalty without benefiting from them and looks don't matter. MT has tires out with aggressve looking sidewalls with more street friendly tread. Check out the Mickey Thompson website.

I will probably buy something else as my next tire. I am leaning towards buying a set of budget tires (kumhoes or dunlops) just to have a set of tires I can drive like I am trying to destroy them)_ I feel I have to baby the truck around the street with the Claw radials because .. well they cost alot and I don't like wasting them on pavement wear.
 

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I have noticed the steering on the Tacos are a bit different than my old '87 4runner. I didnt feel things like I do now. I couldnt feel the lugs while turning, but I could at about 25-35 mpg. You can really really feel the knobs making the truck bounce up n down. But never had a tractino problem.
 

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Yeh, I like the look of those MTZs. They dont have them in 33x12.5x15 so i'd have to get 16 in rims for them. But good suggestion, it seems the claws aren't going to cut it for what I need...
 

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The baja belteds get good mileage. I had a set of used 35x14.50x15 baja belteds and they rode good and actually pulled pretty good offroad. Plus for the size they are about the lightest tire you can buy. I'd check into them if I were you they look good to.
 

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autiger06 said:
Yeh, I like the look of those MTZs. They dont have them in 33x12.5x15 so i'd have to get 16 in rims for them. But good suggestion, it seems the claws aren't going to cut it for what I need...
Give them time they are just now rolling the marketing out and the 33x12.5 x 15 will be present. They are based on the same carcasses as the claw radials.

Here's the press release. http://www.mickeythompsontires.com/press.html
 

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I thought about getting Baja Claws but a friend told that there not that great of a tire. as for noise I'm not sure of how loud they are, IMO you havent a tire until you've heard a Thornbird:D
 

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im all about the cheapest all terrains at Big O
 

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StemsCornfedTaco said:
I thought about getting Baja Claws but a friend told that there not that great of a tire. as for noise I'm not sure of how loud they are, IMO you havent a tire until you've heard a Thornbird:D
So let me get this straight. You had a friend who advised you against the Claws but didn't give you shit about the thornbirds? You need to :bitchslap your friend.
 

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So let me get this straight. You had a friend who advised you against the Claws but didn't give you shit about the thornbirds? You need to :bitchslap your friend.
Hahahahahaha, yea. well I got a good deal on the thorns, :rolleyes: The thorns arent too bad I guess, they totally suck in snow and on wet roads but that might be b/c I'm still a teenager :D but other than that I like them
 

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Well, as long as you got a good deal ;)

It's easy to make judgements on hearsay or judge tires that look like another tire and think they will perform similarly. The Thornbirds for example get alot of bad press but They sure seem to last a long time.
 

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Yea, WHY DOES EVERYBODY HATE THORNBIRDS¿? They wear like iron
 

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I would think because for such a knarly looking and SOUNDing tire you would expect the same knarly results.....most people dont get the results and so its left as a "driver" tire. I know down here in GA everyone says they suck offroad.....but most of it where im at is just mud.
 
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