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This is a discussion on 28s on Stock Wheels within the Wheels & Tires forums, part of the General Discussions category; I've always treated stock tires as just things to keep the rims from touching the dirt until real tires can be fitted. So, in that ...

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    28s on Stock Wheels

    I've always treated stock tires as just things to keep the rims from touching the dirt until real tires can be fitted. So, in that spirit, I began casting around for replacements for the stock Maxxis tires for my X2 at about the same time I took delivery in October. After considering what seems like dozens of tires, I finally settled on ITP Evos in 27" 9s in front, 10s in back. That is until I got wind of a deal on a set of 28x10x12 Bighorn 2.0 at all four corners. I'm nothing if not flexible. I was a little concerned about 10" tires on the front, but I shouldn't have worried. They fit fine and no rubbing regardless of suspension articulation or steering angle. So far I am very pleased. I don't even feel any urgency about clutching. Most of my riding is fairly slow speed trail riding with many rocks and some steeps. I have not yet encountered the Rubicon-like challenges that lie ahead, but I suspect things will be fine.

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    Seems a lot of people use those. I prefer a bit deeper tread for my area, lots of surprise mud areas.

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    Yeah, they are really in the moderately aggressive style. We don't get much mud here, mostly rocks, lots and lots of rocks. That's why I switched my target from the Blackwater Evos to Bighorns, which are also on the light side in the 2.0 version, about 28lbs per. So far, they are performing as I'd hoped. Surprisingly smooth on pavement, and predictably progressive on the trail. Much more communicative than the stockers, which also fine tires in their own right.
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    I there any height difference from front to rear? I've been told front wheel being a touch narrower that the fronts will be taller.
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    They are radial tires, so the tread belts won't allow them to change in diameter. But, though it is very slight, the narrower width will change the contour of the tread, which may cause them to look taller. The same thing happens if you run different pressures, front to rear with rims of the same width. In practical effect, whatever size difference might be theoretically possible due to unequal rim width, it is completely undetectable. What you probably will notice is a difference in sidewall stiffness, front to rear, but you get used to that pretty quickly. I will add, though, that I favor fat, high-aspect tires and relatively small rims for the kind of riding I do - mostly lower speed (under 40) and extremely rocky. The willowy sidewall conforms more easily to the terrain than stiffer, lower aspect tires. If I were to drive regularly on hard, fast trails I'd want at least 14" rims for greater lateral stability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simity View Post
    I there any height difference from front to rear? I've been told front wheel being a touch narrower that the fronts will be taller.
    My front tires are 1/4" taller than the rear. It doesn't seem to be enough that you can tell while driving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsckey View Post
    They are radial tires, so the tread belts won't allow them to change in diameter. But, though it is very slight, the narrower width will change the contour of the tread, which may cause them to look taller. The same thing happens if you run different pressures, front to rear with rims of the same width. In practical effect, whatever size difference might be theoretically possible due to unequal rim width, it is completely undetectable. What you probably will notice is a difference in sidewall stiffness, front to rear, but you get used to that pretty quickly. I will add, though, that I favor fat, high-aspect tires and relatively small rims for the kind of riding I do - mostly lower speed (under 40) and extremely rocky. The willowy sidewall conforms more easily to the terrain than stiffer, lower aspect tires. If I were to drive regularly on hard, fast trails I'd want at least 14" rims for greater lateral stability.
    It has never accrued to me that everyone has switched to radials. Your info is correct for radials. What you will notice is needing a lower pressure to achieve a flat contact patch. Not really an issue on round profile tires.
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