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Old 03-01-2014, 04:05 PM   #1
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Treadwright Guard Dogs or Goodyear Wrangler Authorities?

I am looking for new 31" tires, and have had my eye on the Goodyear Wrangler Authorities from Walmart, but I have also been looking at the Treadwright Guard Dogs, especially now that they are bead to bead with new rubber. They are roughly the same price ($592 for a set of 4 Goodyears and $550 for a set of 4 Guard Dogs) so I'm wondering if any of you have any experience with either of these tires, and can give me some advice.

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Year round use? They will also be used there in Wisconsin the winter? If so, I'd go with whichever has more siping which is key to good snow/ice/wet road traction.

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Year round use? They will also be used there in Wisconsin the winter? If so, I'd go with whichever has more siping which is key to good snow/ice/wet road traction.
Yes, year round. And yes, in Wisconsin winter weather. They both have kind of aggressive tread patterns. They would both probably be good enough in the snow and slush, so I guess I'm looking for pros and cons with each tire.
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I have Goodyear Wrangler authority on my Jeep. I've had them for a little over 30k miles and they have been great in the snow that we've had your delaware the past few years.
After the 30k miles they still have 13/32nd tread depth, so they wear extremely well...

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Yes, year round. And yes, in Wisconsin winter weather. They both have kind of aggressive tread patterns. They would both probably be good enough in the snow and slush, so I guess I'm looking for pros and cons with each tire.
An aggressive tread pattern helps but siping is even more important on ice & snow-covered streets.
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An aggressive tread pattern helps but siping is even more important on ice & snow-covered streets.
Looking at both, which would you suggest?
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I have Goodyear Wrangler authority on my Jeep. I've had them for a little over 30k miles and they have been great in the snow that we've had your delaware the past few years.
After the 30k miles they still have 13/32nd tread depth, so they wear extremely well...
Wow, those look great for having 30k miles.
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Both of the tires have good siping but the guard dogs are heavier than the standard tire. The Goodyear authority is goodyear's discount tire to be sold in stores like Walmart and Costco and it is also heavier than a standard tire. I think the treadwrights will have a better warranty because of this(customer service is amazing). I would go treadwright personally. Look at rebates. You never know, you may be able to find an affordable set with rebates
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Wow, those look great for having 30k miles.
I rotate every 4-5k miles. I am pleasantly surprised ho well they've worn
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For the Guard Dogs, make sure you factor in shipping. For me, that added an extra $35 per tire. After planning on Treadwight GDs with the Kledge Grip, I recently ended up buying Duratracs instead because after comparing the total out the door costs, Duratracs ended up not costing much more than my other options. Especially after playing the local retailers against each other to get a further discount.
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I was looking at the authority, seems nice but I won't let Walmart touch my Jeep with a 10 foot pole. I went with Firestone destinations in the end. Read reviews of the place you are getting them installed. Wallyworld is a nightmare imho
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+1 for the Authorities. I got a set of five in 32" size for a bit over $800. More than a year and a few hundred trail miles later they still look great. The E-load rating means the sidewalls are pretty stiff and I don't air down more than 12-15 pounds because of that. Also I do "tall and skinny" with a 235-85R/16

At an offroad weekend at a trail park I blew both beads off my wheel rabbit-hopping off some rocks on Saturday. Park rules are spare is need to run trails. There was a Wallyworld twenty miles away and the mech charged me NOTHING to reseat the tire and air it up, saving my Sunday runs. I tipped him $20 for beers

That same tire is still running with the rest of the set with no problems, by the way
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Looking at both, which would you suggest?
Neither would be especially great on icy streets and the Guard Dogs really don't have any siping at all, their tread reminds me of the first-generation Goodyear MT/R which is a good rock crawling tread. The GY Authorities actually have a little better ice/snow pattern with a tad more siping.

The good news is that many tire shops can add siping to tires with a siping machine. I did that to two sets of BFGs and at about $10/tire, it was a good way to add significant traction for slick conditions. That was like 11-12 years ago so I'm sure the cost has gone up by now.

Here's a good thread on siping... Why are mud tires bad in the winter?

And here's a pic of a siped boating shoe, notice its siping which is how they grip so well on a wet deck. Followed by a pic of a tire that was siped by a tire shop. By the way, siping was invented by John Sipe who was a butcher and needed a shoe that wouldn't slip so much on his slick butcher shop floor. Cutting the gripping edges (sipes) into his boot soles did the trick.
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I too live in Wisconsin and put Authorities on right before our big storm 3 years ago when we got like 24 inches overnight. They are great for the snow and still doing good after putting on almost 30K on them. Enjoy them for what I do with it.
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For roughly the same cost--- I would buy NEW in a nano second. You'll sleep better at night. And buy a road hazard warranty if they offer it.

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