It was fun though, throwing a huge roost of sand. Oh well, Haim was there to pull me out. We did one last run with each machine in low and with the diff-loc engaged.
Both machines made it with ease.
Test #6: Visual Inspection
When we arrived back at the trucks we inspected the tires for any damage. The only thing we found was that the Maxxis Bighorn radials showed some signs of wear/chunking
on the tread blocks. I say this was probably due to a few instances during our rock crawl test. The rocks in that section of the test were very jagged and sharp. The DWT
Moapa bias tires showed no signs of wear from this ride.
Both tires performed remarkably well for the extreme conditions we put them through. Our original thoughts were that we would see some very stark differences between
the Bias ply and Radial ply tires but for our test we found very little difference. We even remarked if we were blind folded when we got in the vehicle and never look at
the tires we would not be able to tell which tires we were riding on.
If we look at the prices there is a pretty good difference between these two models (Moapa being less expensive). Given the very similar performance characteristics we
experienced here the Moapa may be a better buy if you are on a budget.
The two biggest factors that may have affected our results are the TomCar's suspension and weight. The Tomcars we were testing have 17 inches of travel so they can soak
up a lot of bumps and imperfections in the terrain. Also, the TomCars tested weigh in at 1848 lbs dry. These two factors help give the Tomcar an exceptionally smooth ride
but may have made it difficult for us to feel subtle differences between these two tires.
The only spot where we felt there was discrepancy between the two tires was trying to slide the machine sideways. The Maxxis Bighorn Radial would slide through the turn
but the DWT Moapa Bias ply did not want to slide. They would grip and pull through the corners rather than slide.
We would not be disappointed with either of these tires after seeing the results of our testing. They both held up very well, especially considering we were trying to see if we
could destroy them. Future tests on other vehicles may be down the road.
Discount Tire guarantee's the lowest delivered price on both the Maxxis Bighorn and the DWT Moapa. Please contact Discount Tire Direct for any of your fitment needs or if
you need a specific size. We would be glad to help you find the correct ATV/UTV tire for your particular riding style or terrain.
Remember to always ride within your comfort zone, be safe and have fun.
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