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post #1 of 8 Old May 20th, 2018, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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After Action Report...Arisun Aftershock XD and Method 401s

This past weekend we finally got out to our playground in northern Nevada to put some miles on the new tires and wheels. I bought 4 Arisun Aftershock XDs in 10x30-14 after months of researching tires,, tire weights, etc.

I also bought 4 Method 401 Beadlocks, 14x7 in 4+3 backspacing, in the titanium finish. I've run wheels as large as 8 wide 4+4 in the front and 10 wide 5+5 in the rear, with no problems, so these sizes didn't bother me.

The purpose of this deal was to get a better built tire than the bighorn, but one that would perform as well in the sand is the Bighorn, and better than it in other conditions.
We run dunes, high desert mountain trails that are in pretty deteriorated shape. The Aftershocks are 8 ply belted tires and only weigh a few pounds more than the Bighorns, which was a concern to me. I didn't want the unsprung weight of a 40 or more pound tire on my car, I just had Ed at Pound Sand rework my shocks and wasn't looking to ruin that set up.

We put about 180 miles on the car in 3 days, two 80 plus mile round trips out in the mountains and high desert, and the rest in sand. I drove at speeds from a crawl to sustained 60 MPH across "roads".

I believe these tires are going to work well for me. At 8 PSI, which is the suggested number for general use, they do great out on the trails, and hook up very well, on every surface we encountered, and feel very stable at speed. I bled them down to 6.5 PSI in the sand, and could go anywhere I went with the Bighorns.

The Methods look great on my car, and went together easily. In short, I think the $ I spent with Discount Tire Direct was on target, and would suggest these tires and wheels to anyone looking to spend less time plugging Bighorns and wanting a tire/wheel combo that is different, looks different, but won't rob power, suspension settings, etc. My car is clutched for paddles, and I think there isn't enough difference to warrant going into the clutch again.

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post #2 of 8 Old May 21st, 2018, 09:15 AM
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Thanks for your feedback. Those tires are high up on my list , when the time comes for needed new ones.
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FTB, thank you for the very detailed report on the Arisun Aftershock tires and Method wheels. Sounds you picked the right combination for your needs.

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Re: After Action Report...Arisun Aftershock XD and Method 401s

Nice review on your setup and its a similar one to what Im planning to run, I also plan to run paddles and want to be able to clutch it to work well enough for both sets of tires so Im not constantly having to change it.

refreshing to see something other then 32s! 30s seem to be about perfect for the 1k non turbo machines
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DieselD I think the 30 is right on the mark for the non turbo cars. I like the look of the 32s, like most folks, but wanted to stick with function over looks. Our group seems to be taking these things into increasingly hairy areas on trails that are in really lousy shape. It isn't uncommon for us to get 60 or more miles from camp, right at the limit of the fuel tank when you consider the trip back, too.
As I said, I also don't think 40lbs. plus of unsprung weight is a good idea on these things, they are not trophy trucks. Ed from Pound Sand worked wonders on my shock set up and the combination of that work and these tires seems to be a winner.
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DieselD I think the 30 is right on the mark for the non turbo cars. I like the look of the 32s, like most folks, but wanted to stick with function over looks. Our group seems to be taking these things into increasingly hairy areas on trails that are in really lousy shape. It isn't uncommon for us to get 60 or more miles from camp, right at the limit of the fuel tank when you consider the trip back, too.
As I said, I also don't think 40lbs. plus of unsprung weight is a good idea on these things, they are not trophy trucks. Ed from Pound Sand worked wonders on my shock set up and the combination of that work and these tires seems to be a winner.
Right there with you. I would rather have the function over the looks any day. Your on the right track with the unsprung weight too. More so on a non turbo machine. Sure a 32 will ride a little better then a 30 but how does that compare with loss of handling/power the extra mass of the tire? I think guys get carried away adding accessorizes and unneeded weight then wonder why the handling and power went to crap. You gotta keep thinking about that power to weight ratio!

Thanks again for posting your setup and feedback on performance as it helps me confirm my thinking of what to run once I burn through the factory bighorns.
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Great looking RZR. Those wheels and tires really set it off.
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Great looking RZR. Those wheels and tires really set it off.
Thank you!

I "de-stickered" it the day I brought it home. I am pondering painting the doors the same black pearl as the rest of the painted surface. Haven't made my mind up yet.
I am tempted to do a bunch of other stuff to it, but I am planning to upgrade in two years and don't want to take a huge bath $ wise when I do. I have done that before, and don't want to repeat that lesson.
The next one, whatever it is, will probably be the last, as I am not a young guy. If this car had two more inches of leg room I would find a wrecked turbo car and strip it down...and then keep this one.
I think the next couple of years are going to continue to bring new tech and new machines to the market, and I am hoping Polaris gives us something with a couple more inches of leg room...
We shall see.
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