Shot Placement wrote:Hey, you people do understand that when you put big tires on a 4x4 thats not necessarily a good idea, and that can/will dig you a bigger hole to get out of. Did any of you know that the majority of axles have PRESSED in wheel bearings, and when the tire gets too heavy, i.e. too BIG, the wheel bearing is removed, and not the way you want it to be. But just to be PC about this, I stopped reading after this poster to point out an obvious soon to be broke down rig.
I have been a lurker for awhile, but this is my area so its my first post. Shot: any tire can dig a hole, it comes down to a lot of other variables on wether you get stuck. A vehicle that is high centered is high centered, no matter what size tires are on it. The key is being able to extract your rig on your own if you have to (good winch, snatch block, etc). Offroad driving experience is also extremely helpfull so you actually know how to use your equipment. On the wheel bearing issue, every vehicle has unit bearings or semi-float shafts till you get up to 3/4 ton trucks and above. Yes you can overwork/overload them but he was installing 33" tall tires (looked a litttle wider than i like, but its his preference). His D30 front will handle them no problem, his rear if its a D35 should be replaced (they are shit to begin with using stock tires), if its an 8.25 rear, he is good to go. The key is preventive maint. on everything and not overdoing it which he did not. I do this for a living (making 4wd parts, building expedition vehicles, buggies, Yotas, Jeeps, etc) and I have wheeled all around the US...so i feel i have a pretty good handle on what works, and what you can get away with safely.