MODERN BUCK­SHOT

New im­prove­ments to an old fa­vorite cre­ated the Maxxis Buck­shot Mud­der II MT-764

Four Wheeler - - Contents - By John Cappa ed­i­tor@fourwheeler.com Pho­tos: John Cappa

New im­prove­ments to an old fa­vorite cre­ated the Maxxis Buck­shot Mud­der II MT-764

THE MAXXIS BUCK­SHOT MUD­DER HAS BEEN A quin­tes­sen­tial mud-ter­rain fa­vorite tire for many years, so it was only natural that it would re­ceive some modern up­dates, giv­ing us the all-new Maxxis Buck­shot Mud­der II MT-764. Vis­ually, the Buck­shot Mud­der II tread ghosts some of the orig­i­nal de­sign fea­tures, but the more ag­gres­sive side­wall tread and other char­ac­ter­is­tics make it a com­pletely dif­fer­ent and more ag­gres­sive-look­ing tire. The Buck­shot Mud­der II fea­tures new talon-shaped tread blocks said to be de­signed specif­i­cally for muddy and rocky con­di­tions, a cut-re­sis­tant tread and shoul­der com­pound, and stone and mud ejec­tors for self-clean­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. Just like on the orig­i­nal Buck­shot Mud­der, the tread blocks are pinned, al­low­ing the in­stal­la­tion of studs for those that need ex­tra trac­tion in icy con­di­tions.

The Maxxis Buck­shot Mud­der II is avail­able in 22 dif­fer­ent sizes up to 37 inches tall for wheels up to 20 inches in di­am­e­ter. We mounted our 31x10.50r15 Buck­shot Mud­der II tires on 15x8 alu­minum wheels with no bal­ance weights. We found that we could suc­cess­fully go this route at speeds under 55-60 mph, but higher speeds re­sulted in a sig­nif­i­cant amount of shak­ing. If you plan to roll down the open high­way reg­u­larly, you’ll want to have your Buck­shot Mud­der II tires prop­erly bal­anced.

Our 4x4 was orig­i­nally equipped with 31inch tires, so the door sticker air pressure rec­om­men­da­tion of 26 psi (front) and 29 psi (rear) worked well with the new 31-inch tires as well. By 7,000 miles, our Buck­shot Mud­der II tires were over­due for a ro­ta­tion, but we’re on point to get around 25,000 miles out of them. Road noise is on par with what you would ex­pect from a typ­i­cal mud-ter­rain tire. The tread lugs do have some sipes for im­proved trac­tion on ice; how­ever, we would choose a dif­fer­ent tire for reg­u­lar win­ter con­di­tion use, un­less you planned on in­stalling studs in the pre­molded holes.

Off-road, we aired our Buck­shot Mud­der II tires to 12 psi for slower wheel­ing and 15 psi for faster jaunts through ter­rain with hidden rocks. The Maxxis Buck­shot Mud­der II tires work well in a va­ri­ety of off-road con­di­tions. The open lug pat­tern al­lows them to per­form best in mud, loose soils, and jagged rocks. One emer­gency sit­u­a­tion found us stuck by our­selves at the bot­tom of a bowl in the dunes. We simply dumped the air pressure in the tires down to 10 psi and drove right on out with no shov­el­ing. The two-ply side­wall is av­er­age for an off-road tire, but the added side­wall tread helps fend off punc­tures. Need­less to say, we never punc­tured any of our Buck­shot Mud­der II tires.

Over­all, the Maxxis Buck­shot Mud­der II is a great en­try-level tire for those look­ing to step into a mud-ter­rain, yet still save a few bucks at the tire store. Reg­u­lar tire ro­ta­tions and balanc­ing should keep these tires mak­ing trac­tion on almost any 4x4 for many thou­sands of miles.

<- At 10 psi, the Maxxis Buck­shot Mud­der II helped our 4x4 stay on top of the sand. They even al­lowed us to sel­f­re­cover from a dune grave without shov­el­ing. <| At 12-15 psi the com­pli­ant tread and side­walls do a great job of en­velop­ing ob­sta­cles to...

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