Tires for the Mighty Mite

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Tires for the Mighty Mite

Post by Radar4xfour » Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:46 pm

From my experience the ND tires are great for hardpack dirt and street driving, not so great in the mud I find here in the Midwest. There are a few forum members using more modern, radial rubber. Myself, Rob W. and MSPeters come to mind. I'm hopeful they will chime in with pictures of their rigs and the sizes they are using. FROM MEMORY, I believe Rob W. is using 215/85R16

Thanks to MSPeters for the tire size tip that I ended up purchasing. They are Federal Couragia M/T in a 205/80R16 radial. The load range is D so 8 ply rating, more plys than I was wanting as the stock 4 ply tires are just fine for our light weight vehicles. These are mounted on stock rims WITHOUT inner tubes, with no issues what so ever.

If you are using some other tire than ND's, please help us all out and post pictures, manufactures and sizes!

Thank you all,

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Re: Tires for the Mighty Mite

Post by takpak » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:20 pm

Hi Rob. Well now, your statement contradicts what I'd been told (and experienced) on other MV's with ND tires. Supposedly, the ND deep tread is good for deep mud and fresh snow, where the lugs can dig in and get a good bite. Conversely, the ND's are horrible on ice, packed hard snow, and rain soaked pavement (which is the norm here in the NW) because there isn't much rubber on the road. In that case, the "street" type tires like you show are far better. Believe me, when I had my deuce and a half with the ND's on it, wet pavement was really "interesting" and you had to be really careful.

And of course regarding sand, well that's a whole 'nother story!
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Re: Tires for the Mighty Mite

Post by mspeters » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:00 pm

Universal Tire sells the NATO tread-pattern Camac brand reproductions - 6.0-16 size. They are quieter than NDTs, probably better in the rain. I have a set mounted to a mite.

Coker sell bias belted STA and Firestone knobbys. Otherwise there are just a few radial 215/85-16s that don’t have a common street tire tread - Firestone Destination MT and Wrangler Duratracs. I have the Destination MTs on the trail rig, and use 1” jeep wheel spacers for clearance (inside bore need to be machined for the mite hubs). If going tubeless, make sure the tire shop has 9/16” valve stems.

235/85-16s will rub in the front footwell.

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