Maxxis Buckshot Mudder II MT Mud-Terrain Tire Test
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 5x8 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 31-inch 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 in ice; however, we would choose a different tire for regular winter condition use, unless you planned on installing studs in the pre-molded 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.
Specifications (as tested)Tire: Maxxis Buckshot Mudder II MT-764
Type: Radial mud-terrain
Load range: C
Max load (lb): 2,270
Sidewall construction: 2-ply polyester
Tread construction: 2-ply polyester, 2-ply steel, 1-ply nylon
Approved rim width (in): 7.0-9.0
Tread depth (in): 19/32
Section width (in): 11.1
Overall diameter (in): 30.6
Maximum psi: 50
Weight (lb): 43.5
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