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Be sure to have a real size spare and you'll be just fine.
Airing down in Big Bend is a mistake. When a tire is running low, the sidewall pooches out a bunch more. The sidewall of a tire is the thinnest part of the tire compared to the tread. The roads in Big Bend are made of hard sharp rocks. You take a slow turn and roll the tire over a little, or ride around with the sidewall hanging over the thick tread, you now have put your thin sidewall right on top of the sharp rocks. PISSSSSSSSSSSS. No patching that!Airing down is mainly for slick rock (and deep sand). Slick rock is another word for sandstone rock. Think Canyonlands or Moab. Sandstone by it's nature does not develop sharp pointed edges because they get worn down quickly and easily, or the rocks break in a way that does not leave a vicious sharp point. Of course this isn't always the case but.....Serious Off roaders run bias ply tires that completely suck at highway speeds. No steal belts. Keep the street pressure, and hope for the best. Be sure to have a real size spare and you'll be just fine.
Quote from: elhombre on June 29, 2017, 08:46:03 PMBe sure to have a real size spare and you'll be just fine.A compressor and plug kit are useful, too.
Add: a pair of limb cutters to trim any vegetation hanging into the roadway. Reduce 'pinstriping' if you have a newerish Wrangler.
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