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Old 02-04-2009, 03:02 PM   #1
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Goodyear unveils Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s new Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar is the company's first off-road tire built with DuPont Kevlar for enhanced sidewall puncture resistance.

The tire was officially introduced yesterday, Feb. 2, during Goodyear's annual dealer meeting in Washington D.C.

"The use of Kevlar -- an innovative material that is, pound-for-pound, five times stronger than steel -- brings superb sidewall cut- and puncture-resistance to an area of the tire that demands extra toughness when driving off-road," say Goodyear officials.

The sidewalls of the Wranger MT/R with Kevlar will be 35% more puncture resistant than the tire's predecessor, the original Wrangler MT/R.

Other features include Tread Guards to help resist cuts from stones and other objects; Traction Blocks to help provide extra biting edges; a three-ply sidewall with opposing cord angles; and an asymmetric tread design for off-road traction as well as on-road handling, among others.

Each shoulder block on the tire is stepped "in and out to help give the tire continuous biting edges as it turns through thick mud."

The Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar will be available in 30 sizes next month.

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I almost forgot, here's a picture.
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good lookin tire
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that means the original is going down in price.
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Old 02-04-2009, 03:54 PM   #5
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Soooooooo.....does that mean that this new model will be like $300 a piece?
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Soooooooo.....does that mean that this new model will be like $300 a piece?
Or higher
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Old 02-04-2009, 05:39 PM   #7
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I have tested them and they really are a good tire for the price.
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I have tested them and they really are a good tire for the price.
So what do they cost?
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Old 02-04-2009, 05:48 PM   #9
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They should be about the same price give or take as the original MT/R. I don't work in the marketing section, I just test tires.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:05 PM   #10
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They looks like an aggressive A/T. The original MT/R was supposed to be a decent mud tire... these I can see on every new JK. Plus they look directional.
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I almost forgot, here's a picture.
Thanks for the info, that's cool hearing they further beefed up what is already a very tough cut-resistant tire.
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Old 02-04-2009, 08:07 PM   #12
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I have a 04 Rubicon which of course has 31" MT/Rs now I'm approching 50k and I've never had a problem with them. They are to the point of "its time to start compairing new tires" as I am going to move up to 33" I'll need to buy 5 at a shot. I was going to move to the KM-2 but if these are running the same price range I might be sticking with the MT/Rs Looking good.
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They changed the lug pattern and added a little more siping. I like that pattern better than the old one.
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Thanks for the info, that's cool hearing they further beefed up what is already a very tough cut-resistant tire.
I'd say otherwise. They made a new tire that is possibly more puncture resistant than the old one. I think every Jeep in AZ with MT/R's has at least one plug in it.
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I've never seen a side wall plug.

I can't imagine how you could do it???
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Didn't way they were in the sidewall....

But Jack has a nice picture somewhere with an MT/R and about 20 tire plugs in it. Think it belonged to Jason @ Rock Krawler.

OOOH JACK! Where is that pic?
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Soooooooo.....does that mean that this new model will be like $300 a piece?
Not even close. I went to my local Goodyear today and priced em in a couple of sizes for my JK.

LT305/70R16 (33x12) was $367.81

LT305/70R17 (34x12) was $415.81

I about shat my pants, even Goodyear dude was shocked at the cost of the 17". Those prices are for 1 tire, no mounting, balancing or taxes. I guess Kevlar be xprensive.

On the up side he quoted me $280 on a 17" regular MT/R and $240 on the 16".

I still might go with KM2's though.
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Not even close. I went to my local Goodyear today and priced em in a couple of sizes for my JK.

LT305/70R16 (33x12) was $367.81

LT305/70R17 (34x12) was $415.81

I about shat my pants, even Goodyear dude was shocked at the cost of the 17". Those prices are for 1 tire, no mounting, balancing or taxes. I guess Kevlar be xprensive.

On the up side he quoted me $280 on a 17" regular MT/R and $240 on the 16".

I still might go with KM2's though.
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Sooooo...what is a 15" running? prolly around $310 each? What...does the government hold the patent?.........
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Sorry, didnt price a 15, JK calipers won't fit inside the wheel, but you're probably in the ballpark. I don't think they are gonna be selling alot of these at those prices.
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that tire looks horrible. whats up with the sidewall?!?
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:28 AM   #22
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that tire looks horrible. whats up with the sidewall?!?
The reason that there is tread on the sidewalls is when you lower the air pressure in a tire significantly that part of the tire actually makes contact and might as well provide traction. My conventional MT/R's have a similar design concept.
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i can appreciate that they beefed up the sidewall...clearly for offroaders...but i agree it looks like an A/T....
not to say it wont work well...i dont like how it looks IMO. guess when i get 35's they'll be KM2's or hopefully some old MT/R's are left :/
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Anyone running these? Are they directional? it would be pretty dumb if they were. I went today to order some original MT/R's and guess what? They have been discontinued, so it looks like I will have to change my mind on which tires to get now
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I got MT/R's (old style) on Friday at discount tire. They had to ship them in, but they have them.

The couldn't get me the new ones tho. Plus, they couldn't get me KM2's either.
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:47 AM   #26
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I'm sure some tire companies will still sell them,however if you slash one say 8 months down the road, the leftover stock will prolly be depleted, so in essence you would be screwed trying to replace one of the older models...it seems like a chitty ploy by goodyear to force us into buying the new ones
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The new MTR reminds me of how we cut up our desert racing tires out here.

that price tag is crazy, I know what tire im not buying. does it have a 75k mile warrenty??? for 300 + a pop for a 33 it should
I just picked up another new set of interco trxus MTs for 160 a pop. my last set i bought in 2006. never a sliced sidewall or puncture



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Not even close. I went to my local Goodyear today and priced em in a couple of sizes for my JK.

LT305/70R16 (33x12) was $367.81

LT305/70R17 (34x12) was $415.81

I about shat my pants, even Goodyear dude was shocked at the cost of the 17". Those prices are for 1 tire, no mounting, balancing or taxes. I guess Kevlar be xprensive.

On the up side he quoted me $280 on a 17" regular MT/R and $240 on the 16".

I still might go with KM2's though.

That is pretty pricey, you can get those thru tirerack.com for about $250 for the LT305/70R16 and $300 for the LT305/70R17.

Shipping isn't included but that is usually about $25 a tire or less.
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Just curious.. has anyone been running these tires? I've heard mixed reviews on them. I have 55k on my MT/Rs (old style) don't think I'm geting much more out of them. I was thinking about these but some of the latest reviews I've seen are saying they're that good.

My off-roading isn't in mud. I live in the high desert my climate is dry, sand and rocky.
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I haven't heard any mixed reviews. Only "problems" I've heard about them is cost and availability (but the availability issue has supposedly been resolved).

When my MT/R's are ready to go, I'll price the new ones against a few others and go where I can get the most bang for my buck.

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