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Pro-Line Interco TSL SX Super Swamper XL 1.9 Review

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Successful products fill a distinct need. Take, for example, the McDonald’s McRib. Okay, that’s a bad example, but it was the first thing that popped in my head. A better example is Pro-Line’s Interco TSL SX Super Swamper XL 1.9, which rather obviously satisfy the need for a taller 1.9 tire. The XLs fill the void between Pro-Line’s 1.9 and 2.2 tires. They go right to the maximum height limit allowed by the majority of scale clubs in the 1.9/Class 2 class and are not as over-the-top big as going to a 2.2 tire. There was a distinct need for a tire like this, so we quickly scooped up a set and put them to use.

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FEATURES
Outside of the size differences, the XL is the same as the 1.9 and 2.2 versions—which are excellent tires. Pro-Line’s IntercoTSL SX Super Swampers are fully licensed, highly detailed and well known for performing great on dirt, rocks and mud. All three are only offered in Pro-Line’s G8 compound and all three include memory foam.

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What is difference is the width to height ratio. The 2.2 is the widest of the bunch, but it looks skinnier because it is 0.65” taller than the XL but is only 0.3” wider. The XL is 0.45” taller than the standard 1.9 version and is 0.25” wider, so it too looks skinnier than the smaller sized version. Speaking of measurements, the XL is 4.75” tall and 1.75” wide. If you don’t want to do the math, that means the standard Super Swamper is 4.3” as the XL is, as mentioned, 0.45” taller.

SIZE COMPARISON
1.9
       >> 4.30″ tall >> 1.50″ wide

1.9 XL >> 4.75″       >> 1.75″
2.2       >> 5.40″        >> 2.05″ 

The general rundown on the Super Swamper is that it is a non-directional mud tire with two different sized lugs alternating around the outside or shoulder area of the tread pattern. These lugs also wrap down from the shoulder onto sidewall. The center of the tread pattern features a broken zigzag pattern.

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PERFORMANCE & FINAL ASSESSMENT
Having run the original 1.9 Pro-Line Super Swamper tires extensively, I would have been extremely surprised if these didn’t perform well. And, no surprises to report. Pro-Line’s Super Swamper tires perform well in all three sizes and remain one of the absolute best choices for a scaler. Whether you run mostly on dirt, rocks or mud, the Pro-Line Super Swampers are a great choice. I bolted these on a relatively stock Axial SCX10, and my son and I have used the truck in more than a handful of comps since. There is no doubt these tires grip as well as anything else out there. The fact that they perform as well as anything else I have used may just be the most telling thing I can say about these tires. Add in the added height of the tires which helps clear obstacles and you have a winner. An added bonus is that at about $27, the XLs don’t cost any more than the original Pro-Line Super Swamper tires.

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15 Comments

    1. That’s a great question. I have run both and still run the Pit Bull Rock Beast tires on my 1.9/Class 2 comp scale rig. I reviewed the Rock Beast tires about a year ago. The compounds seem equal and both have aggressive treads (I’d say the Pit Bulls were a little more aggressive). The newer XL is taller and that certainly doesn’t hurt. I’d say you’d be hard pressed to go wrong with either tire. I personally believe these two tires are the best that are available right now. The Pro-Line XL has a thicker sidewall than the Pit Bulls. My Pit Bulls have held up fine to all sorts of abuse, but the side wall is thin enough that it could be punctured.

  1. I am a big fan of Proline tires. The rubber compound they use as well as the inner memory foam on and in their crawler tires is in my opinion, the best. I agree about the Pitbulls too. Great tires that work well, but I actually have torn the tire! I stick with the Super Swampers for my comp truck; the best for any terrain! btw thanks for another great review!

  2. I agree, these are great tires, and they take a fair amount of abuse. Crawler Innovations now makes a custom cut, closed cell, one piece foam for this tire, and I gotta tell yah, it’s a killer combo!

  3. I have a set of these in both 1.9 and 2.2. The 1.9’s are a little better at gripping the terrain. They hold up quite well even sitting under a heavy Highlift Hilux. (say that 5 times as fast as you can.) The 1.9 version did quite well in most temperatures. As expected they work better in temps above 60°. The 2.2 tires worked well until they got wet then lost traction. They too worked the best in warmer temps. Where I crawl is granite which can be slippery in some spots and very rough in others. My buddy and I have a saying that if a tire can’t hold up where we crawl then they may as well be thrown in the river. I’ve still got my Super Swampers, they just get switched around to other crawlers as temps and conditions change throughout the year. They are a very good scale tire that does a decent job at grabbing the rock.

  4. Hey Matt,

    Great review. Have you ran these tires in the snow / sub zero conditions? I am looking to change tires and was wondering how either these or pitbulls fair in solder conditions? I am snow bound for about half the year so its going to make an impact of my trail runs.

    Thanks!

    1. I have run these in snow. In soft snow, almost all RC tires don’t work well–the trucks sink and the tires just spin. I have had luck running the 2.2 version of these tires with homemade chains. In hard packed snow or snow where the top layer crusts over enough to support the weight of the truck, these tires did as good as any other (we’ve had a lot of snow this year). The Pro-Line G8 compound remains flexible in cold temps. I’m not sure about sub zero, but temps that cold will make quick work of plastic parts and LiPo batteries.

  5. Thanks for the detailed review. I had some issue with wheel setup for it, currently I have it on my Axial but would like different and heavier wheel. What wheel Are you using? Is that the Titus 1.9?

    Thanks,

    Udi

  6. Ok, I just got these tires and a set of Boom Racing rims. I tried to mount the tires on them and the bead of the tire is too thick to set into the beadlock. I don’t know what to do? Do you have any suggestions?

    Otherwise I love the look of the tires and hope there is a way to fix it so I can run them on my scx10 soon!!!

    Thanks,

    Dustin

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