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Old 05-03-2011, 09:31 PM   #1
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Question 31" Goodyear Duratracs on a '98 Sport 6 Cyl.

I'm thinking about picking up 31" Goodyear Duratracs for my stock '98 TJ Sport 6 cylinder. I really like the look of them. From what i've read they seem to fairly capable as Daily Drivers, handle well in snow, decent for offroading and aren't excessively noisy. I assume I will need add a couple of washers to keep them from rubbing at a full turn.

Will my gearing be adequate for highway driving? How about on a trail? If i get them installed at a Sears or something like it will there be any issues getting them put on? I'd like to avoid installing a lift at this time. Will a full size 5th tire fit on the stock tire carrier?

Anything else I should be looking out for like having to modify the speedometer to be accurate? Should I be anticipating any wobbling from running them?

Anyone info from someone who has personal experience running them on a 6 cyl sport TJ would be greatly appreciated. Happy trails!!

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Old 05-03-2011, 09:42 PM   #2
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they'll fit fine on stock wheels, no lift, and on the tailgate..ive heard they're great tires i almost got them but i got Kelly Safari TSR's which are kind of similar, Goodyear owns kelly and its kellys version of the duratrac the inner lugs are just a little different. and about the steering stops, some people need them some dont, i never have needed to add them...some jeeps are just different. post pics when you get them

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You should have no issues whatsoever with the 31s. At the most you may have a slight rub on a hard tight turn, but not enough to worry about spacers. The stock spare tire carrier will accomodate the 31s, it will be tight and you will notice a significant difference in the weight of your tailgate. The variance on your speedometer is only going to be 2 to 3 mph so that isn't really an issue either. You will love the Duratracs. I've had them for well over a year. Just make sure that they are properly balanced and that the installers do not overinflate them. You should probably run about 28-30 PSI maximum.
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:25 PM   #4
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Have them on mine and love them. They may ask if your gonna lift the jeep because the tires will rub slightly on a full turn. They asked when I got mine and I told them it was fine and they threw them on. Although thortly after i swapped out rims so no more rubbing. It wasnt bad at all from what I remember.
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You should have no issues whatsoever with the 31s. At the most you may have a slight rub on a hard tight turn, but not enough to worry about spacers. The stock spare tire carrier will accomodate the 31s, it will be tight and you will notice a significant difference in the weight of your tailgate. The variance on your speedometer is only going to be 2 to 3 mph so that isn't really an issue either. You will love the Duratracs. I've had them for well over a year. Just make sure that they are properly balanced and that the installers do not overinflate them. You should probably run about 28-30 PSI maximum.
Will the Duratracs stay balanced for any length of time even if balanced correctly at installation, and maintain a smooth ride on the highway? Starting back with a new '70 Pontiac I've had to take Goodyear tires off several new vehicles within a few thousand miles due to being unable to keep them balanced, belts slipping on them, or knots forming on sidewalls. Even my current 2001 Sahara had GY Wranglers on it new and I had to put BFG All Terrains on withing 5,000 miles.
Like the looks of the Duratracs but not sure I could bring myself to buy any more Goodyears.
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I have BFG 31s-I am posting to tell you that it varries on each Jeep-MOST TJs can run the 31s with no issues-I did switch my tire carrier-but it really wasn't a need to do but a want to as the tire is a little heavier-and eventually I want 33 inch tires
I am on my third set of 31s-everyone I know that has the DURATRACS likes them.
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I have the GY Duratracs on my 01 TJ...went through lots of snow this past winter...they really hook up.I'm literaly talk snow drifts here. Same with mud..love the traction...One small draw back for me was...the thicker sidewalls are less tolerant of dips and bumbs and make for a really stiff ride compared to stockers.So I run them at 28-29 psi. Can't have everything....smooth stable highway ride..
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Ive wheeled with my duratracs a few times awsome offroad tire for mud and snow, not very loud, they are good on road as well. I dont have anykinda of woble or rubbing pre-lift with those tires. I love them well worth what i paid for them almost had them for a year very little notice of being used with 6,000 miles, when i clean them up they look practicly brand new.
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I have them on (2) vehicles and really like them. Excellent tires.
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:01 AM   #10
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Love mine, like JD I've had mine for a little over a year.... They do everything well that I ask of them, and look great doing it. Make sure you get the Tread Lightly - Home $100 rebate if you get them....
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They sound great. Good tip on the Tread Lightly rebate. Has anyone needed to regear after isntalling them?
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No need to regear for 31's..... even with 3:07's they are fine.
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Old 05-06-2011, 04:17 PM   #13
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I ran these over the last winter here in Maine and had no issues with traction whatsoever. Not as noisy as the M/Ts that were on previously. I also participated in the treadlightly discount. Can't go wrong with these for a daily driver and weekend trail tire.
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Love mine, like JD I've had mine for a little over a year.... They do everything well that I ask of them, and look great doing it. Make sure you get the Tread Lightly - Home $100 rebate if you get them....

Maybe I'm missing it but I can't find info on a rebate anywhere on this site. Can you point me in the right direction?
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Sign up to be a member and they will send you a member #. I think you get the form to send in too. Remember it's a rebate so you'll have to buy the tires first and use the receipt to send in with the form.
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From what I'm reading I guess you have to pay the annual fee to join Tread Lightly, if you're not all ready a member, before you can apply for the Goodyear rebate. And unless you were joining anyway, the fee would sort of offset part of the rebate. Did I read and understand things correctly?
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From what I'm reading I guess you have to pay the annual fee to join Tread Lightly, if you're not all ready a member, before you can apply for the Goodyear rebate. And unless you were joining anyway, the fee would sort of offset part of the rebate. Did I read and understand things correctly?

Don't understand how this second posting happened. Sorry.
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Bfg Mud Terrain KM2's 31" tall 10.50 wide. Thats what I would go with.
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31's are ready to boogie on any jeep. Bolt them on and drive.
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Old 05-08-2011, 10:07 PM   #20
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I just put 31 duratracs on my 98 same like you..they are great and there is no rub at all..I do have cragar soft 8s with a 4" bs.. but all around so far the duratracs are an awesome tire
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I run an lj and ran bfg km2s which are a true 31" and the lj is an extended version of the sport. I had slight rub when pulling u turns and gassing it. You should be fine. The duratracs are light enough and small enough that you will likely notice no difference at all.
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Here is a 235/75R15 (or a 29") Duratrac mounted on an '04 Wrangler X
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Im happy with my 33 12.5 15 Duratracs... Great all around tires. However, I sent in for a rebate with Goodyear and even though my receipt was within the guidlines for a rebate they sent it back saying it was post marked to late.
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Sevenservices maybe you should try again. The rebate form I just filled out said the only stipulation was that you had to have bought your tires by January 1, 2012. I bought my tires back in January and only recently sent in my rebate form because they hadn't updated it at the time.

I love my 33x12.50x15 duratracs. No complains on road or off.
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Sevenservices maybe you should try again. The rebate form I just filled out said the only stipulation was that you had to have bought your tires by January 1, 2012. I bought my tires back in January and only recently sent in my rebate form because they hadn't updated it at the time.

I love my 33x12.50x15 duratracs. No complains on road or off.
Yes, try again. It stopped for a short period I believe, but then started again.

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