Gonna be 285/70/17 Good Years... can't decide between Duratrac's and MTR's with Kevlar...
Anyone have them... I do a lot of winter driving between Midland and the Tawas's... lots of snow... and I tend to cruise full tilt boogie if you know what I mean... often 4WD all the way...
Most folks I have talked to love Duratracs.. as do the MTR crowd... but the MTR crowd seems to be in warm climes with no snow experience...both seem equal in mud... the MTR's have a 35% stronger sidewall...
Well I have been doing some research on the tire subject as well because I want to go to a 33" once I get the money for that and a 4" lift together and while playing around online I found a brand called multimile its made by cooper from what I understand and they have a tire called wild country radial MTX now those only have a 2 ply side wall but around a $160 a tire It has a really aggressive looking tread and the reviews I have read seem pretty good but I don't know what you are looking to do with the tires as for me I just like running the trails not much into the rocks so this would be a good fit for me and my budget haha but I have heard good things about the dura traks (dang auto correct) but in this months issue of Jp magazine (june) they have a rundown of the tires they prefer for all conditions depending on what you plan on doing!
I am on my 3rd set of good ole BFG All Terrains. I play in the sand, snow, rocks, ride the trails and even get silly and play in the mud now and then. Plus I drive 15-18k per year, and haul my camper a dozen weekends a year. They are not perfect for anything, but they play along with me in just about any environment except the mud. Are they right for you? Maybe not, but they have never let me down. Did I mention I still get 45k or more per set?
Based on what I see on the trails the only other tire that might do all of that for me is the Duratrak, but they don't make them in the right size.
I like the BFG all terrains also BUT in the mud does suck got just a little to close to the edge of my dads field and got sucked in could move probably 20 feet forwards and backwards (as you can tell) in 4 low but didn't have enough knob on the edge to get me back up onto the lane! Haha needless to say we retrieved his jeep (staying on high ground) to pull me out! haha he plowed the field the other day and could only get 4 rows away from the lane it was still way too soft even with the duals on the tractor! Haha
I'm runnin' the 33" Duratracs. They do great all around, in the mud though they get a little caked up and you have to give 'er some throttle to fling it all off lol.
They are incredible on ice. I can walk up hills like a sheet of glass without the slightest tire spin. And I'm talking hills w/ three cars and a pickup spun out or back at the bottom on the side of the road to turn around and go back.
Snow is good, braking is also incredible. No problems in three winters so far. I'm very impressed at how good they stop without sliding. I've tried several times to lock 'em all up to test the road conditions on a side street and it will stop, on a dime, without sliding the slightest bit.
I knew they'd be good all around tires for sure, but I did not expect just how good they are in the winters here. I'm not nervous, ever, until the snow drifts to higher then 3 feet. Then, I just get a little nervous and probably shoudn't. I pushed through snow up to my doors, and that was right after the lift still running the 29" Good Year Wranglers lol. It looked pretty stupid for sure, but I only had to run it like for a week while waiting on the 33 12x5's to come into the local tire store.
But hey, Im not biosed just sharing experience w/the duratracs. I'd love to switch to BFG's next time I need tires if anything just to compare. I may like the gy's more? But then again, I may be missing on some benefits that are currently unknown!
Thanks Chris~! That's what I wanted to hear... are they 285/70/17's??
I stopped in to the local GY and talked to them a bit about it, they said Duratrac's too, as the MTR's will be noisy on the road(I don;t want that) and because of their softer compound they will cup eventually.
Hope to see y'all Saturday evening... if not, I WILL see ya Sunday for lunch at Desi's...
I would go Duratracs myself, but a 70 series tire sounds awfully skinny. would be a good cutting tire, not much floatation to them.
Yea... gonna do the Duratracs... the 285/70 runs out at 32.7" X 11.25"... so not too bad considering it has 29X10 on it now a 285/75 would be an inch taller, but same width and with the 1.5" Spidertrax, they should stay almost inside the fenders... it's my DD, and I do about 75% or a bit more of my driving on road. No lift either, so it should look short and squaty/stout... Eventually, a lift and 35's down the road a piece...
I just picked up a set of Cooper STT's (35/12.5r17). From the reviews, they are pretty good in the mud (maybe not so much in the snow tho). I can tell you they pretty aggressive and not to shabby on my ride. Initially I was set on getting the DT's but the sales guy showed me a side by side and that's all I needed to see.