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Ive been reading up on paddle preferences here on the forum. Everyone seems to be settled on Scat Traks or STU blasters. For the 3-4 day/weekend trips a year I will be riding Silver Lake sand dunes, I would rather have the money go elsewhere than a $1500+ tire package, let alone wheels. I have been researching cheaper options, such as:

GMZ Sand stripper in 28x15-14 rear, 28x12-14 ribbed front.
Pro Armor Dune in 28x11-14 rear, 28x9-14 ribbed front.
STI Sand Drifter in 28x13-14 rear, 28x10-14 ribbed front.
CST Sand Blast in 28x12-14 rear, 28x10-14 ribbed front.
QuadBoss Sand paddle in 28x13-14 rear, 28x10-14 front.

As far as wheels go, some of the more affordable options I've seen with the proper offset for sand are the
GMZ casino and the Sedona Hollow Point. As far as ive read, 5+5 in the rear and 4+4 in the front is ideal.

Has anyone used any of these tire set ups with good results on a stock machine? I want to try paddles but don't want to shell out for new 26" scats like most recommend if I don't have to. Thanks in advance.

Also PM me if anyone has any used paddles tires or 5+5/4+4 wheels good for stock power if they are in Michigan or don't mind dealing with shipping.
 

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CST's are the lightest cheap molded tire around. Be careful to not over paddle if you are completely stock.
 

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Ive seen some of your videos on basic maintenance, Great job and thank you! getting ready for the first service. I also sawin one video you had (or have) the sandblast at least in the front. Any performance mods before you purchased those?
 

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If you search other forums and groups... CST is pretty much the best budget paddle for your $$ available. On your list of choices... also be conscious of the weight, weight in sand has big impact, and you'll notice a lot of tire / wheel companies don't readily publish their weight, you have to really dig for some of them. FYI
 
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Ive seen some of your videos on basic maintenance, Great job and thank you! getting ready for the first service. I also sawin one video you had (or have) the sandblast at least in the front. Any performance mods before you purchased those?
Had a flash, pipe, and light flywheel when I started running them. Came from 26" Skat Extremes. I did notice the taller and heavier CST hamper the acceleration a bit which was expected but they dune just as good as the Skats.
 

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Had a flash, pipe, and light flywheel when I started running them. Came from 26" Skat Extremes. I did notice the taller and heavier CST hamper the acceleration a bit which was expected but they dune just as good as the Skats.
Why did you change from scats to CST? I worry about tire punctures with scats at little Sahara.
 

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Why did you change from scats to CST? I worry about tire punctures with scats at little Sahara.
It's an expensive tire to drive on the pavement and the paddles wore quicker than I liked. I've never had a puncture on them (a buddy has) there but, again, it is an expensive and somewhat fragile tire for the trails. The CST was a cheap experiment. If they sucked I wasn't out much money. I've found them to perform very similar to a 26" 8 paddle skat, not the same but similar.
 

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I'm considering CST's for my 2017. It is completely bone stock at the moment. Will these be OK? Or would these be considered "over paddled" for a stock machine? Any insight or recommendations would certainly be appreciated.
 

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I'm considering CST's for my 2017. It is completely bone stock at the moment. Will these be OK? Or would these be considered "over paddled" for a stock machine? Any insight or recommendations would certainly be appreciated.
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You'll be fine!
 

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I'm considering CST's for my 2017. It is completely bone stock at the moment. Will these be OK? Or would these be considered "over paddled" for a stock machine? Any insight or recommendations would certainly be appreciated.
I don't think they would be to much paddle. They have a bunch of paddles but they are short and not aggressive.
 

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Perfect! I'll get these on order. They gotta be better than the stock tires on it now. I just need to pick some wheels!

Thanks for the feedback. Certainly enjoying this forum.
 

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Thank you all for the feedback. CST Sandblast it is. Now these are a 12 inch wide tire, wouldn't a 10 inch wide rim be excessive? Everything else ive read says dune wheels should be 10 inch rear and 8 inch front for wheels. Is this still necessary with a relatively narrow 12 inch wide tire?
 

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Thank you all for the feedback. CST Sandblast it is. Now these are a 12 inch wide tire, wouldn't a 10 inch wide rim be excessive? Everything else ive read says dune wheels should be 10 inch rear and 8 inch front for wheels. Is this still necessary with a relatively narrow 12 inch wide tire?
I run 8s and 10s. I prefer a flat crown on the rear tire.
 
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