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Mizzarty
05-03-2009, 12:07 PM
I've been looking for a good taller tire for my custom wheely king project, I'm thinking it's down to three:
hot bodies rover

hpi rock grabber

pro-line chisel

I got to meet up with Ecoli yesterday and I know he is running the rovers, and seems to like, so just looking for some opinions, thanks. Oh and check out my youtube videos username flatland crawlers.

Love the forum guys keep up the good work!

slogoin
05-03-2009, 08:21 PM
One of the guys i hang with was useing Rovers and found they were pulling out of bead sometimes.They are real soft and tend to find every little hole and just screw themselves down into it.He switched to Chisels and likes them better.My Panthers are about as soft and i have that trouble to,maybe depends on rims used,his were mayhems mine are proline8 shooters.Maybe one of the guys in Calgary can help re: Grabbers,they all seem to run them there.

SlowKrawl
05-03-2009, 08:26 PM
I am running the Grabbers and I like 'em. I can't really give you a "review" however from what I have read they are a good all-around tire. I was suprised at how soft the tires actually are, I guess I just didn't expect it from HPI.

You will find that EVERYONE likes/runs a different tire. It depends what you want to do, I like to fart around in the dirt and mud sometimes so comp tire might not be my best choice.

spinner
05-03-2009, 09:14 PM
Well if your running Big rocks like these then I would use chisels or panthers.
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s177/shortbusracing01/051108183350.jpg

Or if your running smaller rocks like these then I would use grabbers.
http://i705.photobucket.com/albums/ww52/calgarycrawlers/IMG_3596.jpg

So I've found the Grabbers work Better on smaller rocks because they are a little more aggressive where the panthers and chisels work better on bigger smoother rocks.
And I personally didn't like the rovers at all. I think they're in the pile next to my hammers and lizards.

Chisels would be my choice if I could only have one set of tires.

Mizzarty
05-03-2009, 10:49 PM
cool thanks for all the support guys, gives me something to think about now, it's either between the chisels and grabbers. It's not an immediate decision, I'll run the rock claws till they wear out, just thought I'd put the feelers out there. Thanks Again!!!

ecoli
05-04-2009, 02:13 PM
You're all a bunch of haters on the rovers :D!

Seriously, if you run the stock foams in the rovers, you're going to run into problems with foldover. I run Ace's donuts in mine, with the white dot compound up front, blue dot in the rear. The foams really give it the extra support these tires need.

I never liked the cougars, they just don't seem to hook up well on our rocks around here. Actually, I was running hammers most of last summer and really liked them. In any case, the taller tires are definitely nice to run.

hippy
05-04-2009, 08:03 PM
Bad Lands All The Way!

UNGLEWD
05-04-2009, 10:14 PM
I've seen Birds tires work and they work well indeed...
I on the other hand am running the Chisels and am quite happy but have only run them for a few weeks using uncut Proline Memory foam... I'll be updating this my thread over the summer with performance results for the whole truck, should get an okay idea of the performance of the tires....In a wide variety of terrain,
http://crawlcanada.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5688

Ps...they look pretty cool too! LOL

Vertigo
05-04-2009, 10:21 PM
I think for an all around awesome crawlin tire, you can't beat the Losi Rock Claws or the Losi Comp Claws. The Panthers work awesome too once you get a foam combo down for your rig. The HPI Grabbers are wicked as well. The Chisels from what I seen and heard work well too. As for the Rovers, or any crawlin tire for that matter, too much tread width is not your friend. I found that they roll over easy(which could be corrected with good foam combo) as well they tend to make your truck push alot in tight turns due to their width.

IMO you want a tire that has a decent width to it, around 2" max for a crawler. Its all about balance and psi on the tread surface of a tire. On one hand a narrow tire may give you maxium PSI on the treads/lugs, but you could end up over power them, and have them fold under the torque. On the other hand a wide tire won't let the treads/lugs fold over from torque as easy, but you may not get enough pressure on the treads/lug to bite good. Tire compound plays a huge part in this as well, the softer the compound the more plyable the tire is, and the opposite for a harder compound.

ecoli
05-05-2009, 11:36 AM
Confused yet mizzarty :D?

To hell with all these new tires, I'm going back to M2 moabs.

Tired
05-05-2009, 12:12 PM
Confused yet mizzarty :D?

To hell with all these new tires, I'm going back to M2 moabs.

LOL, just use narrowed Mashers.

Heinz57
05-05-2009, 06:59 PM
or hey...just stick with the stock king tires...lots of weight....lots of weight.....lol

Mizzarty
05-06-2009, 12:50 AM
Wow tons of info. As stated before I am only interested in the taller tires, I'm running wheely king axles and need the clearance. Yay for stock wheely king tires lol!!!!!!

mjh
05-08-2009, 07:30 AM
I haven't got to try the Grabbers or the the Chisels but I was running the Rovers in white compound
I found they fought me as much as they helped me so I traded them in for the comp claws and found they needed to break in a little but I am in full swing with them now...:beerchug:

SlowKrawl
05-10-2009, 11:43 AM
Wow tons of info. As stated before I am only interested in the taller tires, I'm running wheely king axles and need the clearance. Yay for stock wheely king tires lol!!!!!!

If we ever manage to meet up at hobby extreme, you can see how my grabbers work.

derangboy
05-11-2009, 06:16 PM
Well if your running Big rocks like these then I would use chisels or panthers.
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s177/shortbusracing01/051108183350.jpg

Or if your running smaller rocks like these then I would use grabbers.
http://i705.photobucket.com/albums/ww52/calgarycrawlers/IMG_3596.jpg

So I've found the Grabbers work Better on smaller rocks because they are a little more aggressive where the panthers and chisels work better on bigger smoother rocks.
And I personally didn't like the rovers at all. I think they're in the pile next to my hammers and lizards.

Chisels would be my choice if I could only have one set of tires.

I've spent some time running both and I agree with spinner. BTW, I have your Rovers and they getting ready to beat you at the next comp :evilgiggle:

Mizzarty
05-11-2009, 10:44 PM
If we ever manage to meet up at hobby extreme, you can see how my grabbers work.

Cool man just let me know when you're gonna be around there, and I'll do the same

Mayze
05-18-2009, 03:23 PM
I have the Grabbers, and all around they are excellent. They get better the more they get used too. I saw they were at a slight disadvantage to the Losi tires at Ioco though. But that is a terrain specific situation, and could have a lot to do with the weight of my rig compared to the ones running the Claws. The Comp Claws will definitely be my next tire. They just feel so gooey, compared to the Grabber,which feels more like an actual soft rubber. The Grabbers are the most badass looking tire IMO, and they sound gnarly on the rocks. Not that any of that makes a difference to performance, but hey, it's still cool.

Mizzarty
05-26-2009, 10:03 PM
So I ended up getting the grabbers and I've been happy so far, not too much crawlin' time on them yet, but ya, I'd say mean looking suckers they are, and preformed really well, not to mention it cured all of my wheely king axle hang-up woes. here they are with my 3 different bodies

Helios:

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w261/mizzarty/Crawlin007.jpg

Savage: I think it looks pretty BA, totally works with the tires

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w261/mizzarty/Crawlin003.jpg

And the blacked out wk body w/lights:

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w261/mizzarty/Crawlin004.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w261/mizzarty/Crawlin005.jpg

Mayze
06-05-2009, 02:57 PM
Very nice! I love mine too. They only get better, once they get scrubbed in. They even work great with the stock foams, which is nice.