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Old 07-10-2014, 07:47 AM   #1
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Goodyear Duratracs

Does anybody on this site run the Goodyear Duratracs with a stock set up? Stock suspension and stock 17inch rims? I'm in need of new tire and I'm leaning towards the Duratracs, but I'm not in the market of lift and rims yet. If anyone does have this set up could you post some pictures so I can get an idea? Thanks.

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You can run 33's stock. Stick to a C Load range and everything will be ok .. No worries. The DT is a fantastic tire IMO

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You can run 33's stock. Stick to a C Load range and everything will be ok .. No worries. The DT is a fantastic tire IMO
So with the 33s the tire will be taller but not any wider right? I don't wanna deal with spacers, pinch weld pounding and fender cutting yet.

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33s will rub at full lock without spacers. They make them in the stock size now. There's dozens of threads about them on here.
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I forgot to mention I have an unlimited, so would the C load range still be good?
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If you run a 33x11.5 (stock width) no spacers are needed.
A 33x12.5 will most likely rub like said.

I think most tires for a 17" are going to be a C Anyways,
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Not to sound like a broken record, but is there a reason you want to stick with the stock rims? I noticed you said you didnt want to modify your Jeep too much. I can relate.

But there is an alternative and it can be as cheap as buying the tires to put on stock rims.

Look at "the combo". 33x12.5x15 duratracs on a number of differing alloy 15" rims.

Why:
About the same price as Duratracs in 17".
17" duratrac = $264 each
15" duratrac = $175 each ($201 list) Discount tire will price match 4wd price.
15" rim = $100 each

This way you can get a wider tire that fits stock AND aftermarket rims for about the same price as just adding the larger tire to stock rims.

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33x12.5R15 Goodyear Duratracs installed pics & video
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Well Ive always love the stock 17s on the wrangler, that was one of my must haves when I bought it. I haven't found a rim I like more yet and I probably never will. Its just that the back spacing sucks on them. I'm thinking in the future of getting the Quadratec Moab style rims in black, they have less of a back spacing on them.

With the Duratarcs on Discount Tire Direct the 255/75/17s are $185 each, not too far off from your 15inch Duratrac for $175. But this is good I love the feed back! it helps a lot to hear different opinions on the subject. Thanks KC_Hawker for the link and the info.
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I went back and forth and am so glad I went with the duratracs. I'm running a 34.6x12.8x18 and they have just a SLIGHT more hum than the original NON-Rubi tires that came with the jeep. My are E rated, only way to get the size, and they are comfortable for driving, quiet and look awesome.
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Look at "the combo". 33x12.5x15 duratracs on a number of differing alloy 15" rims. Why: About the same price as Duratracs in 17". 17" duratrac = $264 each 15" duratrac = $175 each ($201 list) Discount tire will price match 4wd price. 15" rim = $100 each This way you can get a wider tire that fits stock AND aftermarket rims for about the same price as just adding the larger tire to stock rims
Is it just me or does the price difference make no sense at all ?
The 15" tires require more material to manufacture than a 17" when you consider that both tires have roughly the same width and OD.
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Supply and demand.
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Supply and demand.
The 15" advocates better be careful then.......
If it becomes the in thing to run 15's , the price will be going up.
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It is not about how much material. It is because they sell more 15's and can do larger runs of that size. Currently, increased demand is driving the price but It won't be long before we start seeing 17 equalize in price with 15 just because it is becoming a popular rim size on many vehicles.
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It is not about how much material. It is because they sell more 15's and can do larger runs of that size. Currently, increased demand is driving the price but It won't be long before we start seeing 17 equalize in price with 15 just because it is becoming a popular rim size on many vehicles.
That has already happened, 17" and larger is the norm. 15" wheels are rare on anything built in the last 5 years.
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The 15" and 16" have a huge market share (cheaper) and the 17' and up have a while to go before they get there.


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That has already happened, 17" and larger is the norm. 15" wheels are rare on anything built in the last 5 years.
You are correct. Maybe I didn't express it well. It takes a while for the market to catch up. As long as 17 demand is increasing, they will be higher than the others. As demand levels in the next few years, the price will equalize. As the demand and production for 15 begins to drop, their prices will start to increase.
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X2 on what DJS. is asking. I got a 2012 JKU, and will probably do the same, no lift, 17's and stock suspension.....Just something to replace the stock Wrangler SRA's that are a little more aggressive...Duratrac pictures please on STOCK...Let's see them please!
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You are correct. Maybe I didn't express it well. It takes a while for the market to catch up. As long as 17 demand is increasing, they will be higher than the others. As demand levels in the next few years, the price will equalize. As the demand and production for 15 begins to drop, their prices will start to increase.
We've been car/small SUV shopping for my wife.....it looks like 17" is the new standard and 19-20" is what their putting on the more expensive versions of the same car.
We have an older honda that uses 15's and there's fewer and fewer choices every time it needs new tires.
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Well Ive always love the stock 17s on the wrangler, that was one of my must haves when I bought it. I haven't found a rim I like more yet and I probably never will. Its just that the back spacing sucks on them. I'm thinking in the future of getting the Quadratec Moab style rims in black, they have less of a back spacing on them.

With the Duratarcs on Discount Tire Direct the 255/75/17s are $185 each, not too far off from your 15inch Duratrac for $175. But this is good I love the feed back! it helps a lot to hear different opinions on the subject. Thanks KC_Hawker for the link and the info.
I run 33 duratracs with 15" level 8 trackers. Seems like if your going with 15" rims this is common set up. All power to you if you like the stocks rims but like said before with 12.5 width they won't be usable without spacers and the quadratec Moab wheels be a good idea if you wanna stick with the stock look. My jeep is not lifted yet and at a full steering lock it rubs just a small amount on the air dam and no were else you can just trim like a inch at the most off the air dam and it will be fine. As far as the tires I love them there shockingly quiet, have a great look and great traction on the beech(I live in nyc basically only place to wheel lol)
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It seems like there are a ton of Jeep owners that like the Duratracs. Can anyone clue me in on the reasons why? I've never considered them even a viable option on any 4x4's I have had and I'm curious what so many Jeep owners like them. Am I missing something?
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It seems like there are a ton of Jeep owners that like the Duratracs. Can anyone clue me in on the reasons why? I've never considered them even a viable option on any 4x4's I have had and I'm curious what so many Jeep owners like them. Am I missing something?
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It seems like there are a ton of Jeep owners that like the Duratracs. Can anyone clue me in on the reasons why? I've never considered them even a viable option on any 4x4's I have had and I'm curious what so many Jeep owners like them. Am I missing something?
They go thru sand, rock, mud, water, snow, ice, quiet on road, wear good, whats not to love. Oh and they look pretty badass for an AT tire.
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"The Wrangler DuraTrac is Goodyear's On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction light truck tire developed for the drivers of multi-purpose full-sized pickups, vans, sport utility and commercial vehicles looking for tires that play hard and work harder. The Wrangler DuraTrac is designed to be a versatile tire offering off-road competence in dirt, gravel and mud with on-road composure in dry, wet and wintry conditions.

Wrangler DuraTrac tires feature a rugged tread compound that helps resist tread block chipping, chunking and tearing, especially during heavy loading and towing applications. Its symmetric tread design combines large shoulders and highly angled center tread blocks to enhance stability and traction in dry and wet conditions. Self-cleaning, stepped shoulder blocks, zigzag sipes and Goodyear's TractiveGroove Technology at the base of the circumferential grooves provide thousands of biting edges to enhance traction in deep mud and snow. Wrangler DuraTrac tires feature a rim lock that helps prevent wheel slip throughout the life of the tire and offers a built-in rim protector to help protect wheels from accidental damage on- and off-road.

Wrangler DuraTrac light truck tires are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol to identify they meet industry severe snow service standards. Flotation LT and LT-metric-sized Wrangler DuraTrac tires are designed to accept optional #16 metal studs to enhance ice traction."


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interesting...thanks for the info guys. definitely glad to see the advantages.
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It seems like there are a ton of Jeep owners that like the Duratracs. Can anyone clue me in on the reasons why? I've never considered them even a viable option on any 4x4's I have had and I'm curious what so many Jeep owners like them. Am I missing something?
I like them there a good all around tire most AT tires are mostly for road use and are t that good off road duratracs are like 50 50, I'm sure there are much better off road tires but if your jeep is a dd and of roaded on the weekend then duratracs are good there also very light compared to most tires it's size
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"The Wrangler DuraTrac is Goodyear's On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction light truck tire developed for the drivers of multi-purpose full-sized pickups, vans, sport utility and commercial vehicles looking for tires that play hard and work harder. The Wrangler DuraTrac is designed to be a versatile tire offering off-road competence in dirt, gravel and mud with on-road composure in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Wrangler DuraTrac tires feature a rugged tread compound that helps resist tread block chipping, chunking and tearing, especially during heavy loading and towing applications. Its symmetric tread design combines large shoulders and highly angled center tread blocks to enhance stability and traction in dry and wet conditions. Self-cleaning, stepped shoulder blocks, zigzag sipes and Goodyear's TractiveGroove Technology at the base of the circumferential grooves provide thousands of biting edges to enhance traction in deep mud and snow. Wrangler DuraTrac tires feature a rim lock that helps prevent wheel slip throughout the life of the tire and offers a built-in rim protector to help protect wheels from accidental damage on- and off-road. Wrangler DuraTrac light truck tires are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol to identify they meet industry severe snow service standards. Flotation LT and LT-metric-sized Wrangler DuraTrac tires are designed to accept optional #16 metal studs to enhance ice traction." http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....7WDT&tab=Specs
I didn't she any reference to sidewall durability in the above sales propaganda...... Does anyone know how well the sidewalls hold up in rocks ?
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From what I read not good.
I have them and never had a problem.
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Not to say anything negative about the dura tracks, I like the looks of them and have not heard anything negative about them. Having said that, I went with the Firestone Destination MT's for my second set of tires. I have a 2012 Rubicon and got 44,000 out of the BF Goodrich tires that came on the Jeep. I did not care for them, they cupped right away even with regular rotation. I have 80,000 on the Jeep now, so 35,000 on the MTs and based on the tread wear I would guess I will get another 30,000 miles out of the tires. I went with 285/70/17 and they do rub when you turn the steering wheel all the way to either side. They are a little loud, not bad and I have not had them off-road very much so I can't speak to their off-road performance. If you read the reviews they are mostly positive. I like they way they look, and hold up. Gas mileage did drop a couple of MPGs after I put them on. No sales pitch here, I drive quite a bit for work and go about 100 miles in every direction from where I live. There is always a Firestone in each of the smaller towns I go to in case I have a problem with my tires.
I would encourage you to take a look at them.
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The terrain in the area I go off-road is a tire killer ...... I've seen brand new dirt bike tires come back from a 50 mile ride missing half the knobs.

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