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12 Ply Moapa Run Flat tire review thread (pic heavy)

I recently received a set of the new 12 ply run flat Moapa's on Diablo true beadlock rims. I will be posting my thought on them and experiences with them as I use them here on this thread.

So I purchased the 26x12x9 Moapa 12 ply and DWT Diablo beadlock rims from fuelatv and can't thank Chad enough for his great customer service after my PayPal screw up. So as they arrive at the house and I am staring at this awesome set of new shoes, I realize that I have never mounted a tire on a rim myself before. Thus the first time I express how thankful I am for buying the beadlocks.

So a half bottle of Windex and a couple of PM's to Chris later, I'm in business.

I had a little concern when trying to start the studs to hold the ring on as they seemed too big and wouldn't start at all with just my fingers and I was afraid of cross threading them. So I just lined them up and used my cordless drill and they went right in. No problems.
So I got the bead set at about 28-30psi and backed it down to 8 and leaned it up to my stock back tire and became a little disappointed. At 8psi they measure at about 25.25"-25.50" tall.

So I lost about 3/4" of precious ground clearance. Not too bad I guess.

So I get them all mounted up and ready to take on a 60+ mile round trip to see my dad for Father's Day.

I was a little disappointed with the size and it affected the looks just a little. Esp in the rear with only 9" width. But the good looking tires and rims make up for it.

So I hit the blacktop and accelerate and I can notice a very slight loss of acceleration. Not near as much as I was expecting. This ride was all blacktop and dirt roads, so it was mostly just cruising speeds. I noticed a much more responsive feel as we cruised through the turns. Much less tire roll of course, which resulted in more responsive hadling. With 9" on the rear instead of 11" I was unsure of how it would handle. But on the road it wasn't a problem at all. We will see how it does on the trail. But I noticed that it rode only slightly rougher than before with stock tires and stock pre-sets. I still haven't adjusted the shocks yet. My wife couldn't tell a difference at all. Again, alot less than what I expected. When I lower the air pressure, I'm sure it will ride just fine. I'm thinking around 4 or 5psi will be good. When I got home and parked it in the garage, I could see how the back is going to wear with the rear camber the way it is on the T4. The dust was only on sticking to the inside half of the tread on the rear tires.

Which brings the second time I am thankful I bought the beadlocks. And the first time I am thankful they are all 9". I will be able to rotate them several different ways to help them wear evenly by myself. Front to back and side to side. Sorry so lengthy. Just wanted to jot down my thoughts while they were fresh in my mind.
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Great write-up!!! Keep it coming.
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Great review! Thanks for all the pictures! Those are great looking tires! 12 ply run flats too! How much did your beadlocks and tires cost you? Do those tires come in a 28"?
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Right now they only come in a 26" tire. Had a bigger size been available, I would have gotten them for sure. PM Fuelatv for a great deal and great customer service.


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Great review! Thanks for all the pictures! Those are great looking tires! 12 ply run flats too! How much did your beadlocks and tires cost you? Do those tires come in a 28"?
The 12 ply tires are only in 26". The 28" Moapa looks exactly the same but is 6 ply.
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Heading to Bergoo, WV next weekend to put these tires and the T4 to the test with a bunch of RZR riders. I can already say that I will need that 3/4" (and then some) of ground clearance back. I will probably try to adjust the springs before the ride. So far, just dirt/blacktop roads. Ride just as smooth as the Bighorn 2.0's.
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Well, I didn't get to take my trip to Bergoo last weekend because of the power being out for a week and burning 5 gallons of gas per day just in the generator. Not to mention the fact that everyone that owns a T4 got that little white piece of paper that says not to drive it! So I don't know when I'm going to get to do a thorough review, but with a little over 100 mile on them so far, the back tires are actually showing wear already. Granted, alot has been blacktop. The fronts still have the nubs and not showing any wear, but the rears, the corners of the treads are rounding off already. I'm going to have to rotate them every 100 miles or so. I lowered the air pressure to 5 lbs and still couldn't see them flex on rocks. I will try to get some video in the rocks beside my house. I really need to invest in a 2" lift. Any suggestions?


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Well, running 5 lbs of air has done ok so far. I need to rotate them again. Still haven't ridden hard and long with them yet due to recall and not enough time. Going Sept 1st though. Overall this has been a great tire so far. Clean out good in sloppy mud, grip great on hard pack and trails. Want to slide a little bit on gravel, but that is about any tire. Being the small size, I didn't notice any power loss due to weight. If you were to go any bigger, I'm sure you would notice it alot. Would I buy this same tire again? No, due to size- I want a 28" or bigger due to no ground clearance. If they came in at 28" tire??? Prob not due to weight. The 12 ply is bulletproof, but I'm afraid the weight would be too much. And they really seem to be wearing more than I expected at 200-300 miles.
The Diablo beadlock rims I LOVE! Except I can't get all the soap out of the groove where the lock disc meets the rest of the rim lol. Onlly complaint with them is the black painted lug nuts are all rusted after just a few miles. Some nice stainless nuts would have been great. These 12" rims with some taller 8ply tires would be perfect!


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I found out the same thing with the black lugnuts. I had ordered several sets when I ordered your wheels and tires, when they came in they were different than what we had previously been getting. I believe the older style ones were powder coat over chrome and they stopped doing them becuase the powder would chip out. The newer style are not coated with anything and once they get wet they really start to rust bad.

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Well, I finally got to try out my Moapas in the eastern rocks and mud and I wasn't impressed at all. Rode 133 miles on Friday in the rain on a mix of gravel road, paved road, rocky trails, river crossings, and a little bit of mud. Of course the size is my biggest complaint. I have way less than 1000 miles on the tires and they are about half shot. I was spinning in just a little bit of slop that I would have been trudging right through with the stock 2.0's. Ride is rough of course with a 12 ply I was expecting that. For the riding I do, I hate to go back to a 6 ply, but the original bighorn will suit me best I believe. I just wish it came in a 28x12" tire. Anyway, if you are in the east and need an all terrain tire that will wear well, the 12 ply Moapa isn't it. Not sure if the 6 ply is made of a different compound or not. I have been running 5 lbs of air and one tire had leaked off to only about 1 lb at one point and I could just see a slight bulge, so it is definitely a good run flat and proved this weekend to be very puncture resistant. If I didn't do quite as much road riding, this tire might be ok as far as tire wear, but even in a little bit of slop on the wooded trails my experience with both types of bighorns has been better as an AT tire. But the whole reason I got these tires was because I was tired of having flats and I put about as many miles, or maybe more, on these tires as I did on the stock 2.0's and not a single flat. So two thumbs up for that!! Overall 3 out of 5 stars for eastern woods, trail, and back road riding.
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The original Bighorn now comes in a 28x10-14, I know it's not a 12" rim, but it might be worth a look.
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