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    Senior Member biglefti's Avatar
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    I need to buy a new front tire soon. I ride about 90% or more off road. In addition to that, we have a lot of sandy washes here in AZ that I would really like to get a better performing tire than the stock one. Either that or have king kong add some clay and water to the washes to firm them up. Actually if it was just sand it wouldn't be all that bad, but we also have these giant boulders in the washes that the TW seems to have a real attraction for. I thought I would put out a feeler here to see if any of you have found the perfect combination before I actually place an order. Thanks

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    Are you looking for a DOT approved tire?
    If you can't find it, grind it

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    Shortly after my friend Larry and I bought our TW's this winter we determined, on the very first ride, that the stock tire tended to wash out easily in the type of terrain you described. We purchased Kenda K760 110/100 x 18 tires and they have really done the job for us. They have aggresive knobs on the side of the tread and will hook up in most riding conditions. They are also about the same profile as the stock tires.



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    Kenda 270 or Shinko sr244
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    I am very happy with my Maxxis Maxx Cross IT tire. Problem is that its not DOT approved. You not only have sand, but you have rocks, so you need a tire with a hard carcass. The Maxx Cross has multiple lugs and is stiff, but its not DOT approved.



    I would ride it on pavement if needed, but I wouldn't use it as my only tire.



    I'd try a Kenda K760 Trakmaster like ronhbr said. Thats the next tire I'm going to buy...street legal too.
    If you can't find it, grind it

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    Atleastbehandy has been compiling front tire info, in case you haven't seen this:



    https://tw200forum.com/index.php?/top...__1#entry35713



    I've been running the SR244, which is so similar to the K270 that I suspect you'd be splitting hairs to decide between the two. Two kinds of terrain here, (rockpiles and sand) pretty much like where you are.



    I can't say they're the "be all, come all" of choices because I haven't tried them all, but I CAN tell you that more aggressive lugs don't work well around here. I had a Dunlop D606 on mine and I took it off the same day.



    It washed out worse than the stocker. To be fair the D606 sidewalls are stiff as a board, which may have contributed.



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    I have an extra wheel for a K760 in 120/90-18. Handles funny on pavement at highway speeds--got used to it. Tends to wander off road, kind of feels like it's sliding about and about to wash out all the time. Then the outside rows dig in and all weirdness is forgiven. Corners like rails once those outside rows hit the ground. If 90% of my miles were offroad, the K760 would be my only tire.




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    Well I ordered a TRAK MASTER 120/100-18. I hope it fits, even more, I hope it work the way I'd like it to! Thanks for all of the input.

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    Nice service, they delivered it today, so I mounted it this evening. The local boys are riding tomorrow, so I'll give it a good test. It felt fine just going around my block.

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