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JTSpeedDemon 12-01-2019 06:02 PM

Need Tire Suggestions ASAP
I'm trying to put a new set of tires on my Christmas wishlist, but I'm not totally sure which ones to get.
It'd be nice to keep with the original studded tread, but I'm not sure.
I plan to refit the back with stock size wheels, so the front is what I'll use for reference.
Currently, it has 4.10/3.50x5 Cheng Shin studded 2 plys, those are the original fronts.

Punch out some suggestions for some new tires! Lower traction is fine, long lasting is mostly what I'm looking for.
It's mostly the tread style and brand I'm wondering about.
Keep in mind my mom uses the Amazon wishlist, so it needs to be on Amazon.

Preferably 4 ply tires, whatever will last(no, I don't do burnouts often:P)

Budget GoKart 12-01-2019 06:46 PM

(Tractor supply lol) I would suggest getting some smaller rears I have some but the rim its self is a bit ruined but they aren't completely ruined you can still bolt them up and they have almost new tires on them I'd give you them for twenty bucks you pay shipping. And they have decent bearings they have been soaking in engine oil they are fronts but can be drilled to work for rears they are 5 inch steelies

JTSpeedDemon 12-01-2019 06:48 PM

What kind of tires, and what size? It always seems like Tractor supply is too expensive.
Also the tires at TS are more oriented towards well, tractors. :P

JTSpeedDemon 12-01-2019 07:52 PM

Welp, just ended up putting some made in China Hi-Run brand 4 ply studded tires on the wishlist.
Cheng Shins are ridiculously expensive on Amazon, and they're both made in China anyways.
4 ply will be nice!
EDIT - Woah! 8 ply ribbed, 11x4x5! That would fit! But they are $30 a tire, about twice the cost of the Hi Runs on amazon, so my parents can't get them for me. I'll keep those in mind for future reference.

Feel free to post about your experiences with different brands/types of tires, I'd still like to hear how different ones compare.

950speed 12-01-2019 09:18 PM

I currently have hi-run tires on my manco and they have held up very well for the speeds I go, even on pavement, it’s been two years of zooming at around 40 mph and still going strong

Dingocat 12-02-2019 12:03 AM

Tractor supply had 4ply sawtooth ones for pretty cheap, cheaper than the 2ply atleast they were when I was there in the summer.

J.S.@SMS 12-02-2019 07:10 AM

You do have to watch the tractor supply wheels. The tires are pretty good, but they have the same problem as the HF wheels, the bearings like to wear out fast. I used a set of wheels and tires from TS on my manco (which does 20mph, so it's not that fast) and one of the bearings went out (the wheel started flopping around). Thankfully I made it back to my garage where I had some new bearings.

Texan 12-02-2019 07:45 AM

Carlisle tires are always good. Look for the Turf Saver style. Never buy tires at Tractor Supply, unless you are in a pinch. They are overpriced. I bought a couple of Hi-Run tires one time for my riding lawn mower. They have held up fine, but you can see the difference in quality between them and the original Carlisles.

KartFab 12-02-2019 08:21 AM

From my personal experience, any sort of china brand tire is going to wear out extremely fast. Even if it is a million ply. Ive had 2 ply Kenda tires on my mini bike going off road and high use for YEARS with little noticeable wear. On the other hand I have had a 4 ply tire amazon special wear out in ONE trip.

I would personally reccomend the following brands


DO NOT get a china brand.

JTSpeedDemon 12-02-2019 08:25 AM

How do those Kendas wear on pavement? I would think it would be very different from off road?

I would think that China specials aren't always bad, Cheng Shins are OEM in my case, but of course that could be cost cutting.
There's also a listing for a set of 2 Oregon brand studded tires in the right size, anyone have experience with Oregon brand?

J.S.@SMS 12-02-2019 09:24 AM

No experience with the oregon tires, but I can agree with the others, carlisles are the way to go. I've got a set on my big kart (the streaker) that are older, but are holding up great. I've also got some on my mower that love losing air quickly, but that's from 5 years of running over sand spurs (those things kill every type of tire out there).

JTSpeedDemon 12-02-2019 09:42 AM

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Thanks for telling me about the Carlisles, looks like I'll be going with those, they're not too expensive! The Kendas are hard to find and expensive on Amazon, so Carlisle it is!
Thanks guys!:cheers2:

I also plan to hand paint the sidewall lettering white, since I've always thought the BFGoodrich tires with white lettering look really cool.:cool:

Budget GoKart 12-02-2019 09:46 AM

I plan on painting them on my racing mower when it's done or build a mini version of my grandpas trike which involves tire lettering

J.S.@SMS 12-02-2019 02:17 PM

Yeah, my favorite tire and wheel combo for a muscle car is a set of Cragar SS wheels with BF Goodrich tires. And BF Goodrich makes a pretty good tire. Both my 98 Tahoe and my dads 16 Silverado have BF Goodrich A/T KO2 all terrain tires. And for an all terrain tire they hold up great. The last set on my dads truck (which is a crew cab, long bed, 2500) made it a little over 30k (I think 32 or 33). The firestones it came with made it 19K.

pearl111 12-03-2019 04:47 PM

Believe or not but Summit Racing has good deals on go kart and other small tiers.

MTopp 12-03-2019 09:10 PM

Watch out for those Hi-run tires, I either had some terrible wheels that maybe were slightly oversized or the tires were too small - they were a nightmare to install and the beadwires broke on two of them while installing. Walmart took em back though so whatever

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I just bought these for my Manco I'm fixing up, hope they'll be as good as the snowblower type tires I used on my other cart.

J.S.@SMS 12-04-2019 07:34 AM

I had the same problem on my manco with turf savers. But I had trouble getting them off.

Joe-405 12-04-2019 12:35 PM

I’ve had really good luck with the Sun-f tires off eBay. Using them on the alsport trike and I had them on my go kart build

JTSpeedDemon 12-04-2019 02:30 PM

I would consider the SunF tires, but they don't have them in the right tread style or size(4.10/3.50-5 stud tread). I'm trying to keep it at least original looking.
And they're not on Amazon, which is where my mom is doing Christmas shopping.
How do those SunF tires hold up durability-wise? I'll probably consider them for my Radio Rod project.

MTopp 12-04-2019 07:24 PM


Originally Posted by Joe-405 (Post 538081)
Iíve had really good luck with the Sun-f tires off eBay. Using them on the alsport trike and I had them on my go kart build

Good to hear, they look decent

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