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Old 02-26-2009, 08:42 AM   #1
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New Tires: Federal Couragia MT's

Iíve decided to try a different route on tires this year, Iím going to be getting a set of Federal Couragia MTís in 33ís.

I know they are not the big name brand around town but Iíve seen a few of these up close and on the trail and they seem to handle everything great. The lug & voids on this tire definitely have a more aggressive tread then my Maxxis Bighorns.

I liked the way the Bighorns have handled everything, so looking forward to see how these do. Most of my wheeling is weekend warrior and daily driver so this will be a pretty good test on these tires as how well they work. I drive 65miles round trip for work so that should give me a good idea of their street manners and I also have Rausch Creek & Wellsville to test them out in the mud & rocks.

I will keep you posted on how they do when I get a couple trips on them, the first one being the Badlands 4wd park in Indiana.

I will post some pics of them in a couple days after I get them mounted on the Jeep.

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Old 02-26-2009, 12:09 PM   #2
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65 miles round trip...i would invest in a seperate set of rims and tires. One for the road and one for play.

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Old 02-26-2009, 12:25 PM   #3
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Yea, but would be nice, but not really able to. Besides, I've been running my Maxxis Bighorns on my DD for the past 2 1/2yrs. With the right MT, they do have good street manners, plus would be pain consitenly changing back & forth and creates a storage issue as well.

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Old 02-26-2009, 12:26 PM   #4
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They look good! Let us know how they work out!
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those look like nice tires. deff let us know how they hold up and perform.
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Old 02-26-2009, 12:51 PM   #6
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No problem, will be posting back on this after getting a couple trips on them, first will be Badlands 4wd park, and then hopefully next Rausch Creek or Wellsville. All 3 parks have great terrain to test them out in the rocks & mud

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Old 02-26-2009, 01:40 PM   #7
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how much are hose for a set of four
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:42 PM   #8
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A set of (4) is about $525 w/out shipping and depending on location shipping can range from $75-$100.

My total cost was $600 shipped to NE Ohio

Ohhh and it's hard finding a distributor that actually carries these too...
The only (2) places that carry them so far are:
savontires.com
tiresavings.com

It took me a couple weeks of checking with them since they were on back order for a while.

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Old 02-26-2009, 01:43 PM   #9
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LT235/75 R15 = $83 each



Review of the Federal Couragia M/T Tires

The Federal Couragia M/T Tire is Federal's answer to an offroad tire. They are good MT tires for the money if you are in the market for a semi aggressive tread design that offers above average traction in various conditions offroad will still maintaining a mostly quiet ride on the paved roads. Build with rugged performance in mind, the Couragia MT uses a high tread ply rating and 2 or 3 ply sidewall plys (model dependant) to provide strong offroad protection in rough terrain. The tread design offers good mud traction with the a combination of large, stepped and siped lugs spaced out by voids large enough to assist with the self cleaning of mud and debris. Within the voids is a groove that helps to clears mud and rock particles. The tread pattern is engineered with unique design of their incremental block edge to clear debris, mud, dirt, sand, gravel and snow easily for good self cleaning of it's aggressive block and shoulder lugs providing excellent traction. Aired down the 3-ply sidewalls flex good. Incorporated into the sidewalls are protected by a extra rubber compound on across it's sidewalls. The Couragia M/T also has a strong protection block built into the upper shoulder for an exceptional protection to impact, bruise, and cut resistance. Their lug design has what is called SRG, or "Sloped Radius Gradient" which increases block stiffness for improved offroad performance and exceptional traction. The tread compound is formulated to resists cuts, chips and abrasions for longer life to the elements and even wear on road. In snow and sand this tire does well when compare to other mud terrain tires. Highway manners are better than expected from a mud tire with less than moderate noise level and with the assistance of sipes in the lugs has better traction on wet or icy roads than other MT tires without the benefits of sipes. Tread life is better than average. Cost is on the low side of mud terrain tires. Size availability is limited with sizes up to LT 235/85R16.
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A set of (4) is about $525 w/out shipping and depending on location shipping can range from $75-$100.

My total cost was $600 shipped to NE Ohio

Ohhh and it's hard finding a distributor that actually carries these too...
The only (2) places that carry them so far are:
savontires.com
tiresavings.com

It took me a couple weeks of checking with them since they were on back order for a while.

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what is your zip? what size are you getting?
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The biggest they carry is 285/75/16
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If you were a little closer to KY you could save some $$ I carry that tire for $492 for 4 put on.With that said I would not recommend that tire if you drive the Jeep to work.I had a set on my S-10 and they were great for me cause I hardly drove the truck but I put a set on for a customer and he drove 83 miles round trip to work and was back 4 months later for a set of another kind.They were worn very even but hardly any tread left at all after 4 months and I think he said like 9K miles.I have pics of the truck with them on it after going through the swamp up in the local ATV trails.I had to pull my sons quad out and the tires do pull really well in the mud but IMO the cons out weigh the pros.Another thing is they are extremely loud on the road.I have sold quite a few of them but I try to be honest with people about how fast they wear.
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:16 PM   #13
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DAM wish I would have known that... DOH!!! oh well, will keep in mind for next time.

Road noise really doesn't bother me, it's a soft top Jeep , theres already plenty of road noise... LOL. As for wear, each vechicle is different but thanks for the info. I'll keep an eye on them. I got by Bighorns to last pretty much 3yrs (52kmiles) on them and that was usually rotating them every 3-5k since it's a MT and a DD. I believe that the Bighorns are a soft compound as well.

I guess time will tell, I'll make sure to write down my milage & measurement of tread depth when they are mounted and see how they do over the course.


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Old 02-26-2009, 09:30 PM   #14
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hey chris we will be at wellsville this weekend if you wanna join.....i will go up the big waterfall or i will break....come watch
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Flatt you better have that on video or it didn't make it up or break lol. I want video with sound!!! HD would be even better if you could swing it
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:24 PM   #16
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Updated w/ pics

Well I finally got them mounted and was pleased that they actually seem to take less weight then the Bighorns had on them since you could see the outline of the old weights.

The center tread is definately nice & open compared to the Bighorns which should make these things clean out well in the mud. I cant wait to see how they handle the rocks & mud. It's supposed to warm up this week & rain, so will try getting them out in the mud, once I'm feeling better since have been sick for a couple days





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Old 05-13-2009, 06:43 AM   #17
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Federal Couragia MT (UPDATE)

Well so far about 3500 miles on them and about to rotate them this weekend. So far tires are great and handle road conditions & rain conditions fine.

Back in April went to the Badlands park and they did great in the mud on Orange and even better on the rocks in the Quarry and Red Trail. Since they were still pretty new only had them air down to 15psi and gripped everything great. I think next time will try 10-12psi.

This Friday they will definately put to the mud test even more then last time, since will be heading out to Yankee Lake Truck night where there are a few mud bog pits, small trails and even a small rock garden.

I'm not a big fan of mud bogs, (I like trail riding and the rocks) but Looking forward to see how they handle the messy mud bog....

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Well so far about 3500 miles on them and about to rotate them this weekend. So far tires are great and handle road conditions & rain conditions fine.

Back in April went to the Badlands park and they did great in the mud on Orange and even better on the rocks in the Quarry and Red Trail. Since they were still pretty new only had them air down to 15psi and gripped everything great. I think next time will try 10-12psi.

This Friday they will definately put to the mud test even more then last time, since will be heading out to Yankee Lake Truck night where there are a few mud bog pits, small trails and even a small rock garden.

I'm not a big fan of mud bogs, (I like trail riding and the rocks) but Looking forward to see how they handle the messy mud bog....

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Haven't heard from you in a while...how are these holding up?
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Bump how many miles have you gotten and your thoughts? I am considering this tire.
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They worked great in everything I threw at them.

There's another review over on Jeepforum.com that has more input as well as others running them.

I'm now rolling on 42's so haven't had the tires for a while now.
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Did you run them till they died? If not any clue how many miles ya got with them while they were on?
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I want to say I got about 25k, maybe 30k out of them before I changed gears to all purpose trail jeep.

The Jeep was my daily driver and was doing about 60miles round trip for work 5days week, besides weekend wheeling. I would definately buy them again if I were running that size. They do run just a tad narrow, the Federal 285s were slightly narrow compared to the Bighorn 285s that were worn out.

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