CST DINGO UTV TIRE
— TIRE TESTING By the staff of Dirt Wheels —
A Dingo is a wild dog found mostly in the wilds of Australia. It is a tough and wily survivor that adapts well in the wild. Considering that definition, the CST Dingo is well-named. In 30-inch, the Dingo only comes in 30×10.00R14 and is designated a front. We mounted our set on four stock Polaris front rims, then tested them on a Polaris RZR Turbo 4 Dynamix.
CST Tires has given the Dingo a rounded profile with aggressive tread lugs that have medium spacing between them. It looks like a great all-purpose tire, and it is. Mounted on front rims, the Dingo looks a little narrow on the rear compared to the stock Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 on a wider rim. At a tough 32 pounds, the Dingo is pretty light for an eight-ply-rated tire. We mounted the tires ourselves, and they went on easily and aired up and seated fine as well.
This tire has an overall shape much like the Bighorn that so many companies choose as a stock tire. CST has the Dingo name molded onto the tire on each side, but one side has a Dingo graphic as well. The Dingo comes in limited sizes for 12-, 15- and 17-inch rims and a bunch of sizes for 14-inch rims, including 27X9.00R14, 27X11.00R14, 28X10.00R14, 30X10.00R14, 32X10.00R14, 28X9.00R14, 29X9.00R14, 28X9.00R14 and 29X11.00R14. For 15-inch rims, it comes in 28X10.00R15 and the 32X10.00R15 that fits the new RZR S.
We ran the Dingos through the gauntlet of Southern California terrain. CST says the max load rating is 22 psi, so we started there. For rocky and packed dirt, the traction and handling was quite good at that pressure. When we hit deep riverbed sand, the car was a little busier than we like. We dropped the pressure to 15 psi. At 15 we like the drive and the cornering better in the sand, and it didn’t seem to have any drawbacks for hardpack or rocky terrain.
The round profile allows the car to turn very nicely, and the front end traction is very good. The narrower rear tires do slide easier than the stock tires, but the rear slips out smoothly and with a lot of control. In two-wheel drive, the rear slips out more, so we saved 2WD for playing on roads. Generally, we run the car in 4WD most of the time to keep the car planted. One of our favorite loops has a lot of rocks. Some of it is loose shale rock that is sharp-edged, and some is buried with sharp edges sticking up. We hit that area pretty hard, and the tires shrugged off the hits. We had no flats, and we didn’t see any cutting or tearing of the tread blocks.
Overall, the Dingo is a great tire. It works as well as the popular square-shouldered desert tires, and has better and more pleasant front-wheel traction. It crosses over to soft terrain better than a lot of desert tires. To check out CST’s tread lineup and find a dealer near you, go to www.csttires.com.