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Old 08-09-2010, 05:56 PM   #1
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Goodyear Duratrac v. BF Goodrich M/T's?

Going to get a 2010 Wrangler Unlimited Sport. Not going to use as daily driver, but will keep in mountains in NC. Will have some snow in winter and read that M/T not great in snow. Will go on dirt/gravel roads and trails as well as (obviously) pavement but not a lot of highway driving. Am trying to get the tire choice right. Dealer will give me a good deal on the tires used stock on Rubicons (as he has them available) but if I want say the Goodyear Duratracs, they will cost a good bit more as he has to order them for me. Is there much of a difference in performance? Should I spend the extra $$ on the Duratracs or be happy with the M/T's for my purpose? Thanks!

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Old 08-09-2010, 06:09 PM   #2
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The Duratrac is goodyears new all terrain that is pretty much a hybrid mud tire/all terrain, I have a set of 33" on my Jeep they ride well, and look great. I manage a tire and service center, and can tell you that BFG is a great product they always last a long time. I am impressed with these duratracs so far the only downside is they are very noisy on the highway, but the bfg mt's will also be loud. There is a new tire General just came out with that is supposed to be really good its a racing inspired tire such as the BFG KO A/T used to be. It is more aggressive though. It has Red Letters or black wall on it so it's a little different. I think either goodyear or the bfg are good, but if the duratracs are more expensive I would choose the BFG it proven itself for years where as the goodyear is fairly new.

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Personally I would choose the Dura Trac for snow. Something about that snowflake on the side of the tire gets me thinking its rated for severe snow .
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:26 PM   #4
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Get the Duratracs. This is quite possibly the best looking and functioning AT tire available. They sing a little but really not much.

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This is a confusing decision to make. I have been reading reviews of both tires on Tirerack.com and most love the BFG tires and there are some negative reviews of the Goodyears. Seems like the BFG's wear better but may not handle as well on ice/packed snow, but in deep snow, trails, etc. they are great. Thus, for 99% of the time, the BFG's may be as good or better, but I still worry about losing traction in inclement weather on the BFG's. I may be worrying over nothing. Will have to sleep on it. Probably no wrong/right answer here. Wish the Goodyears were cheaper. Thanks for the responses!
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This is a confusing decision to make. I have been reading reviews of both tires on Tirerack.com and most love the BFG tires and there are some negative reviews of the Goodyears. Seems like the BFG's wear better but may not handle as well on ice/packed snow, but in deep snow, trails, etc. they are great. Thus, for 99% of the time, the BFG's may be as good or better, but I still worry about losing traction in inclement weather on the BFG's. I may be worrying over nothing. Will have to sleep on it. Probably no wrong/right answer here. Wish the Goodyears were cheaper. Thanks for the responses!
Funny because the BFG I think are more expensive than the Duratracs? Let me check...one sec "cue Jeopardy them song".....

Ok most retailers have the BFG's as being more expensive. Would be good to sleep on it, just add it to all the other Jeep things you think about doing when falling to sleep.
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most places offer rebates on the duratracs, like sears for $100. tread lightly club $75, may be able to combine the kickback, and get $175 off 'em
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Duratracs are cheaper due to the fact they are AT's. MT's are always more since you're buying a tire with far superior traction off-road.

Duratracs are a great AT. the best in my opinion. but you really can't class them against a MT. the Duratracs will out wear, be quieter, and generally beat any MT on street, but that's where it ends. MT's won't get beat up, traction is greatly improved, and performance off-road is unmatched.

it's up to you. Duratracs are a street/mild off-road tire.

BFG mudders are designed for just off-road.
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Duratracs will be better for most snow.
But if you're in real NC mountain snow with off-camber mountain action, chains are your only safe resource. The truck type chains, not the Thule soccer-mom chains.

Dunlop is about to discontinue their Radial Mud Rover Maxx Traction; it's very similar to the Duratrac but is a just a tad better for mud. Has the same snowflake and credentials for snow.
They're usually at a killer price these days too.

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