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Torn between 2 Tires

My 2006 Rancher 4wd tires are OEM and have decent but worn tread but since they are 13 years old I think its time for new. The OEM ones are Wanda ? and the replacements are 6 ply rated nylon with tread .79 deep. The Bear Claws K299 are also 6 ply rated and with .58 deep tread.

I do not plan on deep mud riding, just dirt / grass trails and winter snow... maybe. If I do get in mud I would not like to use my winch. I doubt if I will ever wear the new tires out, not going to be an everyday off road rider.

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Bear Claws are good. They will shed mud and resist cactus

I prefer Mud Lite AT i run them on all my rigs said they are made in USA
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Bear Claws are good. They will shed mud and resist cactus

I prefer Mud Lite AT i run them on all my rigs said they are made in USA
I just went out and looked at my old ones, they are Bridgestone and the worn tread measures from a 1/4 to 3/8 inch deep.

I know nothing about the Wanda's on Amazon but their tread is .79 inch new, Bear Claws are .58 new.

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I also run nothing but mudlite AT's, they work great for my style of riding. I don't do deep mud, lakes, none of that. 6-ply rating, they work great in sand, light mud, dirt, trails, gravel, just about every where I go, they have not let me down. pretty light tire at that.
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I also run nothing but mudlite AT's, they work great for my style of riding. I don't do deep mud, lakes, none of that. 6-ply rating, they work great in sand, light mud, dirt, trails, gravel, just about every where I go, they have not let me down. pretty light tire at that.
Dennis Jerk says you need rim locks with those do you have them installed? I think the Kenda tires are made in USA, not sure about the Wanda.. never heard of that brand.

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Another all round good tire is Zilla. Lightest tire on market. Good at everything... I also agree that Kenda BearClaws & Mudlites are a great choice as well.
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I also run nothing but mudlite AT's, they work great for my style of riding. I don't do deep mud, lakes, none of that. 6-ply rating, they work great in sand, light mud, dirt, trails, gravel, just about every where I go, they have not let me down. pretty light tire at that.
Dennis Jerk says you need rim locks with those do you have them installed? I think the Kenda tires are made in USA, not sure about the Wanda.. never heard of that brand.
rim locks ??..never have used any of those on all my mudlite's.
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I wonder how you can make a tire lighter, unless your using less rubber or something else?

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I wonder how you can make a tire lighter, unless your using less rubber or something else?
you have to remember that its not just less rubber, its the TYPE of rubber used and the process they use to make a tire that separates one tire from another
HOW a tire is constructed matters
and bead locks are typically only needed for when your rock crawling and running very very low air pressure
very few atv ties require bead locks so you know
Zila's are tuff tires but they don't ride very smoothly IMO

bear claws are decent tires most folks like them and will be a step up from the OEM tires you had! but there are tons of great tires out there these days
bear claws, Big Horns, Pit Bulls, do tend to be at the top of most lists for great all around use tires!
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I used to do the HVAC service at the local Firestone plant not far from here. Rubber comes in from wherever and its not black!! They add the black and run through a lot of processing before it gets sent down to where they made the tires.

I think the OEM tires are no longer made so that is when I found those Wanda branded ones. Turns out they and Kenda and the ITP ones are made either in China, Taiwan or Vietnam. The Wanda is closest to the OEM Bridgestone, that I could find. Weights on all are pretty close within 2 lbs anyway.

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