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Old 04-30-2020, 08:55 PM   #1
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Have a question for yíall.

My young son and I are building an Enduro kit. As of now, I expect the finished weight of the truck to be between 6-7 pounds. Based on where we live (Norhteast Ohio) and the fact itís been raining a lot lately and the trails are constantly wet, we were thinking of either Pro-Line Hyrax or Super Swampers XL tires.

The question is about tire compoundóPredator or G8? Iím thinking Predator because the P-L tire chart says itís better for wet terrains and lower temps (itís between 50-60 degrees F most days right now). But then I began wondering at what point (or vehicle weight) do you want to use a stiffer compound to support the truck. For reference, weíre also using CI 4.5 inch foams with standard inners and soft front/medium rear compounds.

So what do you guys think?

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Old 05-01-2020, 07:43 AM   #2
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I also live in the Northeast and I ran Predator Hyrax side by side with G8 Hyrax. The Predator compound is definitely better on wet rocks. Everywhere else they're pretty comparable. I like Predator. Obviously, they aren't going to last as long as the G8.
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I also live in the Northeast and I ran Predator Hyrax side by side with G8 Hyrax. The Predator compound is definitely better on wet rocks. Everywhere else they're pretty comparable. I like Predator. Obviously, they aren't going to last as long as the G8.
Thanks for the info. Iím not too worried about how long they last. Itís not like Iím driving to work on them . But seriously, I donít run my trucks as often as Iíd like so tires, even the ones with very soft compounds, last me a long time.

I just didnít know if a 5 lb. and a 10 lb. or heavier truck could work equally well with the same compound tire. In theory, I would think that maybe heavier vehicles would benefit from tires with a stiffer compound. Like, maybe the carcass wouldnít compress too far like possibly with a softer tire, if that makes sense. But I donít know.
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Thanks for the info. Iím not too worried about how long they last. Itís not like Iím driving to work on them . But seriously, I donít run my trucks as often as Iíd like so tires, even the ones with very soft compounds, last me a long time.

I just didnít know if a 5 lb. and a 10 lb. or heavier truck could work equally well with the same compound tire. In theory, I would think that maybe heavier vehicles would benefit from tires with a stiffer compound. Like, maybe the carcass wouldnít compress too far like possibly with a softer tire, if that makes sense. But I donít know.

Some guys think the Predator compound is too soft because the tread will sometimes fold back instead of remaining stiff and gripping the rocks. I've seen mostly guys on the west coast complaining about this. Hot weather and heavy rigs would amplify this. Also, their rocks are like sandpaper and they appear to have more grip than the smoother rocks we have here in the East coast. I haven't experiencing the tread folding with Predator. I have experienced it with RC4WD X2S3 compound MT/R tires.
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ive never ran the preditor compound but i have the g8 and i realy like them the g8 is a good all around compound my 12lb rig hooked up on everything from wet glass to river polished granite to sandpaper like rock fron 20į to 110į and they ware well there actualy roting away and the tread is still in good bearly worn at all the only issue ive ever had is the sidwall tearing
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Based on your location I would say probably Predator. A lot of the east coast guys seem to like that compound better over there.

On the West Coast we prefer the G8 compound, even on lighter rigs. Mines 5.5 lbs.
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