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    Posted: 16 Nov. 2021 at 11:38am
Ive been looking into tires for off road use.  Seems it is difficult if you want to stay somewhat skinny to find a decent mud terrain that is not a 10 ply in the sizes we would want.  The Super Swampers are good, but pricey.  There is no reason a UTV tire would not work on a 2a.  Weight is similar to todays UTV's and  top speed is definitely lower.   Some other advantages are a lighter tire, lower prices, good tread designs, and less stiff sidewalls.  Most of whats out there are in a 15" rim and run from 28" to 32" x9.5.  If you are interested in pricing some or ordering some, private message me.  If this is not allowed here, feel free to delete this post.  I definitely do not want to cross any lines.  My thoughts are that through volume from my supplier we can get better pricing.  
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Originally posted by Thatdogdonthunt Thatdogdonthunt wrote:

Ive been looking into tires for off road use.  Seems it is difficult if you want to stay somewhat skinny to find a decent mud terrain that is not a 10 ply in the sizes we would want.  The Super Swampers are good, but pricey.  There is no reason a UTV tire would not work on a 2a.  Weight is similar to todays UTV's and  top speed is definitely lower.   Some other advantages are a lighter tire, lower prices, good tread designs, and less stiff sidewalls.  Most of whats out there are in a 15" rim and run from 28" to 32" x9.5.  If you are interested in pricing some or ordering some, private message me.  If this is not allowed here, feel free to delete this post.  I definitely do not want to cross any lines.  My thoughts are that through volume from my supplier we can get better pricing.  

Most UTV tires are NOT DOT approved.  There are exceptions and I suspect You will find most of those exceptions are also relatively high ply tires.  I have DOT approved tires on my RZR.  I don't think they care whether or not you put any air in them.
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True.  I just do not factor DOT approval in my tire decisions.  I figure with no turn signals, one brake light, no seat belts, no anti lock brakes, no power steering, and no roll bar; DOT approved tires are the least of my worries. 

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Not knowing where you plan to run your Jeep or ATV, I don't know what kind of complications you may run into.

The ATV manufacturers have  done quite a bit of research into local regulations, and some places have specific requirements for not only DOT stamping, but max/min inflation stamping on the sidewall.
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Originally posted by Joe Friday Joe Friday wrote:

Not knowing where you plan to run your Jeep or ATV, I don't know what kind of complications you may run into.

The ATV manufacturers have  done quite a bit of research into local regulations, and some places have specific requirements for not only DOT stamping, but max/min inflation stamping on the sidewall.
Do you mean that some off road trails have a requirement for DOT tires or that some states have different requirements for highway use?
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Are your states really that strict on stuff like that?....if so, I'm pretty glad to live where I live.

I'm 64 and don't recall anybody ever looking at the sidewall stampings on a tire since I got my drivers license many moons ago. Wacko



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I've never once had an inspection station look at my tires for a DOT stamp, just tread depth. It's for sure a thing but never enforced.  At least around here for non commercial drivers. 
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I would doubt that you would be hassled if you didn't have DOT on your tires in normal driving situations.
If you were in a serious injury accident, that's a different situation.

It may surprise most of you, but SXS, UHV,  OHV and ATV's are considered a nuisance by most nature and recreational off-road areas. I'll try to find a few links to the actual legislation.
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The only time I ever had a blowout was due to sidewall flexing on a low tire at highway speeds.
Sidewall flexing is a good thing at low speed, off road.
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  DOT (USDOT) is a federal entity that passes regulations that it expects the several states to enforce (CDOT, WyDOT, UDOT, AzDot, KDOT, etc). This is another example of the Federal Government enforcing its will against the states by way of extortion. Most of you would be surprised at how many regulations you violate without knowing it, or ever seeing most of them enforced. One example is the disabling of parking lights to use those lights as turn signals. Usually, transport or use across state lines is necessary for it to become a crime. Usually, no one will ever know, unless as Joe said, you are involved in an accident, when the lawyers start looking for a reason to sue.
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I've been running 32x9.5x15 BFG KM3's for UTV's on my 3A since April.  I've driven mostly on pavement with occasional wheeling trips.  I like them so far.  I've probably driven 1,000 miles on them.  My top speed is around 45 mph and I drive with about 20psi on pavement.  They flex very well and I've had them air down to 8psi without losing a bead.  

I purchased them through facebook marketplace from a UTV dealer that couldn't move the inventory, so I got a very good deal.  No complaints yet.
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Originally posted by Downs Downs wrote:

I've never once had an inspection station look at my tires for a DOT stamp, just tread depth. It's for sure a thing but never enforced.  At least around here for non commercial drivers. 

I actually had a shop check mine, he was concerned NDTs weren’t DOT, but they do have the stamp. He was also worried about no seat belts, but a quick look in the book and I was on my way . It was a new shop and he just got his license, I think it made his day though he didn’t even charge me for the inspection   
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First sentence "for off road use".  Not intended to be a discussion about legalities that vary drastically from one location to the next.  Simply put one of my mechanics also runs an ATV repair shop.  He was showing me his cost on tires compared to list.  The sizes and prices were very good based on what I want to run.  We then discussed offering these to others on this page as a way to help you all out since we receive so much good help here.  It would also help him get better pricing due to volume of sales.  Each of us can decide what we want to run on our vehicles.  
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Chad most Jeepers I know don’t care a whit about DOT compliance. Joe Friday’s comment about a wreck is most certainly valid. That being said…… Rojo has been running a set of USDStickies for almost a year. I change back and forth. They are a 32 x 10.00 x 15. They are not DOT compliant. They actually measure close to 33 1/2 inches. They have large side lugs. They have a durometer of 50 to 52. They drive on the road extremely well considering the lug size. They are unbelievably “sticky”! Do to the softness they wear rapidly, but they can be a lot of fun compared to other tires. You can see them on Instagram at richardevans871 and Bridog’s you tube channel.    Oh and yes they expensive and they are AMERICAN made!
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Well, we have two Chad's going on this thread so I'll just play like you were talking to me with this thought LOL.....I agree with everything you just said and tires are Keith's life so I trust his opinion without any doubts here on this subject (and I was pretty sure he would definately bring up the accident situation.

I think the other Chad had valid points with his thinking on weight of vehicle and usage off road....(these are also my thoughts on the subject)

I was just wondering how others in states not in my area reacted to laws and DOT standards...no harm intended, I know I live in an area that is more lax than some....we are pretty 'small town' here where I am.


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My bad. Too many Chads. The post was for Chad 1 but that don’t matter. We live in a rural community in NW Mo. Dot compliance checking has never been a problem. Mo has a state inspection process, and I always have the Pro Comps on at that time. I agree it would be interesting to get a feel around other parts on this subject. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Thatdogdonthunt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Nov. 2021 at 7:35pm
Originally posted by snave snave wrote:

My bad. Too many Chads. The post was for Chad 1 but that don’t matter. We live in a rural community in NW Mo. Dot compliance checking has never been a problem. Mo has a state inspection process, and I always have the Pro Comps on at that time. I agree it would be interesting to get a feel around other parts on this subject. 
So which Chad am I? Chad or Chad 1?
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All, 

I'm not against running non-dot tires.

I had no problem driving Fred's AgriJeep with his AG tires a few hundred miles and it was a blast.  (Thanks Fred!) and more than one person on this page runs stickies with my encouragement.

Sounds great Fuzz... 
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