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Old 09-18-2013, 09:29 AM   #1
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Thinking Duratracs , pros and cons

2012 rubicon with aev pintlers and stock ruby tires, thinking about getting 285/70r 17 Duratracs. DD mostly stock suspension . Anyone have any experience with these with this setup

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Old 09-18-2013, 10:41 AM   #2
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I know there is a forum rule that says search, so I'll use that (cautiously) as my first point. There are a lot of topics on this tire out there, but since I've been looking closely at these tires for the past month I'll summarize what I've found:
  • Great all around tire for daily driving
  • Fairly light weight and great traction
  • Sidewall is considered to be a bit on the weaker side, but it's not paper mache
  • As like most other tires, advertised size and actual rolling measurements vary (i've read 35's are usually between 33-34")
  • Have the certified winter snowflake, meaning you can use them in winter, but there are better winter specific tires

Happy searching!

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Old 09-18-2013, 10:50 AM   #3
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Most on the bullets in the previous post are on point. Personally, I havent found a better winter tire. They are also quiet for as aggressive as they are and they wear fairly well. A couple of more cons, they dont clear mud as well as some of the more aggressive MT's. They dont make anything bigger than a 35.
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I know there is a forum rule that says search, so I'll use that (cautiously) as my first point. There are a lot of topics on this tire out there, but since I've been looking closely at these tires for the past month I'll summarize what I've found:
  • Great all around tire for daily driving
  • Fairly light weight and great traction
  • Sidewall is considered to be a bit on the weaker side, but it's not paper mache
  • As like most other tires, advertised size and actual rolling measurements vary (i've read 35's are usually between 33-34")
  • Have the certified winter snowflake, meaning you can use them in winter, but there are better winter specific tires
Happy searching!
I've never run them, but from everything I've read, that pretty much sums them up. Very, very popular aggressive AT tire with a somewhat thin sidewall (which is what makes them light).
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:51 AM   #5
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I have the Duratracs and really like them. It would depend on you're specific driving conditions as to wether or not it is the right tire for you. I drive in snow here in the winter, and they handle it well. Quiet enough for a daily driver, handles itself well in rain too.
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:53 AM   #6
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I have them on my f150, and bfg km's on my wrangler. The duratracs were phenomenal in the snow this last year. I find them to be louder than the bfg's though not terribly. Also in the 22k I have had them, I had to rebalance them three times which seems like a lot to me. I have only had my bfg's for 3k miles so I am not comfortable doing a direct comparison, but either tire seems pretty good. Duratracs are better all year round, just loud and need balanced a lot.
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I have them on my f150, and bfg km's on my wrangler. The duratracs were phenomenal in the snow this last year. I find them to be louder than the bfg's though not terribly. Also in the 22k I have had them, I had to rebalance them three times which seems like a lot to me. I have only had my bfg's for 3k miles so I am not comfortable doing a direct comparison, but either tire seems pretty good. Duratracs are better all year round, just loud and need balanced a lot.
The balancing issue is what kept me from ordering them. I dont know if it was just a bad run or what, but theer were a lot of guy son this forum who just could not get them balanced. The tires were actually severely out of round. This is usually caused by the treads twisting, possibly because of the light sidewalls.

I wanted them, but ultimately decided I did not want to take the risk.
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I liked them when I had them, they were awesome for pavement, and drove like stock--but "ok" offroad. I swapped them out after a wheeling trip in July for MTRs. I walked up slick rock on my MTRs that my previous duratracs were spinning on. That said, its still a great all around tire.
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2012 rubicon with aev pintlers and stock ruby tires, thinking about getting 285/70r 17 Duratracs. DD mostly stock suspension . Anyone have any experience with these with this setup


Love these tires over the SRA, yes softer sidewall but purchased roadhazard through discount tire. Had a flat with the SRA's at 3700 miles. Excellent in all weather conditions.
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My all around favorite tire. I bought 4 sets of them and put them on every fall. The other JKU runs a Silent Armor (another good tire).

Duratracs have great traction on just about any surface, look good, and are relatively quiet. My only complaint is being softer, they probably won't last as long as my factory BFG's or Bridgestones.
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Well, these guys have already said just about everything I would say. Love mine.
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Duratracs are a fantastic tire, I run the 315/70/17 Snow & Rain performance is great, quiet enough on the road to not bother me, and for my mild offroading they work just fine. I could see needing stiffer sidewalls if I buried the side of the tires into rocks.
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Duratracs are a fantastic tire, I run the 315/70/17 Snow & Rain performance is great, quiet enough on the road to not bother me, and for my mild offroading they work just fine. I could see needing stiffer sidewalls if I buried the side of the tires into rocks.
Agreed! I purchased a set last year when I still lived in Denver and love, love, love them. I currently have a 2010 Mountain edition with the 285/70/17 and have experienced very little rubbing and the tire performs superb.

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Love mine, especially in snow. I'll probably buy another set once the current set is shot.
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:09 PM   #15
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I have those tires on my Jeep and I really like them. They look great and make very little to no noise on the street.
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:23 PM   #16
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Love mine. They really look great for a AT tire. Kinda worried about the tread life, due to the soft rubber.

I'm running mine at 32 PSI and rotating the 5 tires every other oil change.
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can anyone compare them to the Goodyear MTR Kevlars without worrying about sidewall / rock crawling. I already know the kevlars are superior for rocks. I'm just wonder how they compare on pavement.

My old Goodyear MTRs (no kevlar) were quiet, good lookin, & grabbed the road like nobody's business. If I could still get those, I'd get 2 sets.

The Goodyear MTR Kevlars I got after them seemed just as good but I didn't have them for enough miles to really know for sure. besides, I thought the old ones were better looking & the duratracs have that same look.

the only other tire i'm looking at is the Cooper Discoverer STT which i know nothing about. just think they're good lookin.

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Anybody have a review for the 18 inch Duratracs? I've heard that the E rating makes them rough/bumpy for on road daily driving.
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I have about 5,500 miles on my 285x70rx17 Duratracs. I'm running them on my stock 2013 Rubicon wheels. I have not had any balance problem with them and so far no rubbing, great tire!
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thanks for the info i had been researching them for awhile now and just wanted to hear from people with real experience with them, i know they are d rated in the size i want and stock ruby is c rated was wondering if the ride was much worse and if they changed fuel mileage much , thanks again for the info, nothing better than hands on experience

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