Once upon a time, a tire helped start an entire industry. The 48” tire represented the largest tire added to a pick-up truck during the late 1970’s and spawned an entire monster truck craze. The “48’s” as a lot of enthusiasts called them, were special and featured a Zig / Zag tread pattern, deep cleats, and the large overall diameter. The size of the tire, made crushing cars possible and they even made their way into a Hollywood feature film. In the RC monster truck world, the “48’s” have never been available, until now. JConcepts announces the new Rangers 2.2″ MT Tires and Midwest 2.2″ MT Wheels!
JConcepts had multiple goals in mind while designing the new Rangers tire from the ground up. First, in RC, the 2.2” wheel is perhaps the most popular wheel in the industry and using that as a base point, the Rangers tire started to take shape. The popular wheel size also fits around the suspension geometry on a vast assortment of trucks, making it very versatile. Second, there is already a 2.2” class in RC monster truck racing so the Rangers drop perfectly into that segment with no need for adjustments or changes to the rules.
Getting the look right was important and JConcepts incorporated a lot of detail into these beauties making them striking for any project or shelf queen. To build a great looking retro, the Rangers needed to look the part and thanks to the Zig / Zag tread, scale depth and side-wall lettering, the tire has an unmistakable look. The included open cell “React” inserts fill the void inside and help stabilize the large contact patch of the famous looking tires.
The low-profile stance stays very flat during race course competition, speed-runs or general use. The tire carcass profile holds the weight extremely low while the design of the tire beads allow just the right amount of contact patch for gluing and application. The Rangers measure in at 5.57 x 2.95 x 2.2” and are available in two different compounds. The tires are built for the #3380 Midwest 2.2” wheel (available separately) which bring scale and authenticity to the next level.
The soft “blue” compound which is recommended for dirt, grass and asphalt feels noticeably mushy and sticky and has expanding characteristics similar to off-road racing outdoor compounds. The “gold” compound feels harder to the touch and excels on carpet, AstroTurf and polished concrete surfaces and expands less during high-speeds.
The Midwest wheel, is a detailed replica of one the greatest monster wheels from the early to mid 1980’s. Starting with the popular 2.2” mounting bead diameter, JConcepts went to work creating a one-piece, light-weight option which is packed with versatility and durability. The Midwest wheel has been designed to work in conjunction with JConcepts #3179, Rangers tire combination.
With a list of design considerations, the team went to work on a simple design that was first stout and second versatile. It was important to incorporate an adaptor which could alter the off-set but also maintain a certain look for a variety of popular vehicles on the market. The stepped design of the perimeter of the wheel reduces weight but also adds rigidity for the ultimate bash and play wheel.
The Midwest wheel includes three off-set wheel adaptors. 11mm width for a stock Clod Buster or retro type Monster Truck width, 18mm for increased stability on vehicles such as the Stampede, Stampede 4×4, Rustler, Slash 4×4 and 25mm for the ultimate in footing for long wheelbase racing monster trucks. The adaptors are installed with 6 x 2.5 x 12mm screws and centers precisely on the wheel for positive engagement. The wheels include open and closed lock-out hubs which attach with 6 x 2 x 8mm screws. The lock-out caps support a scale look as well as a quick change racer function to suit individual needs.
Also included is a pair of steel, serrated, 4mm thin pattern lock-nuts for greater security. The Midwest wheels are available in white, black and silver colors to match any color scheme or realistic build. Step up with the ultimate in looks, performance and versatility with the Midwest 2.2” wheels by JConcept.
- 3179-01 – JConcepts Rangers 2.2″ MT Tires Blue – $31
- 3179-05 – JConcepts Rangers 2.2″ MT Tires Gold – $31
- 3380W – JConcepts Midwest 2.2″ MT Wheels White – $24
- 3380B – JConcepts Midwest 2.2″ MT Wheels Black – $24
- 3380S – JConcepts Midwest 2.2″ MT Wheels Silver – $24