Simex 35" Centipedes on an 80 Auto

Submitted: Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 22:55
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Hi guys,
Just did an archive search looking for 35" centipede's on a 16" rim 80 auto.

Basically, how badly do they affect engine braking in the bush. I currently run 285/75 GY MTR's and often have to drive down in 1st low, as 2nd low hasn't enough braking. so 35's will be worse. How much worse. Can they be lived with?

l know the speedo is out - not a problem. The acceleration will also be affected.

I want centipedes, so either l will have to fit 32x10.5-16 (equiv 280/75-16), which is slightly smaller than my MTR's or go straight to 35's - 35x10.5-16 (equiv 280/85-16). The only 34" option is a jungle trekker and l dont think they will bite as well as the centipedes, although perhaps lots more than the MTRs though.

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BoB

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 23:59

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 23:59
every car is different.
I went and did the diffs on mine, also being an auto, it was bleep . Downhill is an issue now, you are in for a big shock if you go bigger. offroad it stinks.
ON road is better but then you would be a fool to run them on the road

Nothing wrong with JT's I currently run them.
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Reply By: Kiwi Ray - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 17:21

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 17:21
Hi Bob. I regularly run either 35 x 11.5 centipedes or 34 x 11.5 jungle 2 on a 80# and have no problems with either. The jungles 2 are better on the black top and being a harder compound do not wear as fast as the centipedes.
As for which I run depends on the type of land I will be driving on.
Jungle 2s are not so prone to slip side ways, Both set are on bead lock rims and off road I run 10 psi.
I do not see a problem in the fact that you have to use low gear on some down hill runs.
Acceleration is down but this is marginal in high range and not really an issue in low range.
Hope this helps
ray
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Reply By: Stoo - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 18:30

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 18:30
I drive a 78 series troopy, my daily tyres are 285/75/16 BFG muds which I find to be ideal for road tyres, I'd go no smaller. The speedo is about 4% out.
My weekend tyres are Centipedes in 35 x 11.5 ( or 10.5???, can't remember ) x 16.
On road they are horrible - beyond belief, dangerous, I'd hate to have to stop in a hurry or chuck a big swerve. I can't imagine a tyre performing any worse on the road.
A common complaint is speedo being out, it's about 10% but as you say, who cares?
Their performance in mud is incredible, I'll have a go at the deepest bogholes or muddiest climbs now. I can crawl up / through stuff ( with lockers as well ) that the other guys blast through revving the $h!t out of their cars.
I'm very happy with 35" Centipedes, If you're gonna be out in the mud a lot, go for it.
I have no experience with JT's.
Stu

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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 22:59

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 22:59
If you want to run a centepede on the road or at any speed, you need to get them patch balanced...they pump em up, balance and then take tyre off and glue a patch inside at the right position...it gets them close...
You will need a 4 inch lift to stop them rubbing....if u r getting rims, get 60 series offset ROH or sililar +27 rims and buy simex tubes for the tyres...you can now run them at 5 psi...and get some baging happening....
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