|07-23-2013 06:51 AM|
Goodyear Duratrac Tires
Hey. Just put Goodyear Duratracs on our 2004 TJ Rubicon. They are soooooo quiet compared to the stock MTR's. Feel a little "Spongier" and grab quicker. I mean; "drive the Jeep" ; it turns quicker. ( Could be that my old tires were just so worn out it lost all that traction ). Dealer claims they should be great in snow. Sniping. Sniping is a wonderful thing in snow. Live in Minnesota, so very familiar with snow. The look good too, with the Wrangler white lettering. We are so far very happy with them.
|07-21-2013 06:24 PM|
|07-21-2013 06:18 PM|
|JDsDream||If you are worried about longevity, I bought my Duratracs 3-4 years ago. They now have 40,000+ on them (mostly highway) and still going strong. They have handled every weather condition including the occasional snow and I was amazed at how well they grip on ice. I spend a lot of time running through mud (not by choice, it's my job) and they shed the stuff like water. They have great road manners providing a smooth ride and as mentioned above, after 40,000 miles, they still have the siping. I figure that I am going to get around 50k out of this set.|
|07-21-2013 04:47 PM|
|07-21-2013 04:45 PM|
Tirerack has them, and they will ship mounted and balanced any combo you like.
They have the XD Rockstars for $186 (+/-)
And the Duratracs for $177 (+/-)
Best thing to do is call them and tell them what you want and see what kind of a deal you can get out of them, then call Discount tire direct and a couple others and start working them against each other, just be sure to always deal with the same sales person if you can, call them back and tell them XYZ can ship them for $xxx, but I prefer to buy from you, can't you beat that? What else can you do? road hazard and replacement and what-not.
|07-21-2013 04:36 PM|
|07-21-2013 04:34 PM|
|07-21-2013 04:32 PM|
Mine have been on for 2 years, mine isn't a DD, but it sometimes does DD duty, I would guess I'm at about 2500 miles on my Duratracs, just make sure you use the paint method to find your optimum tire pressure - what you do is use some white spray paint and put a line from side to side across the tire, drive a mile or so, if the paint is gone in the middle and not the sides, too much air pressure, gone on the sides and still in the middle, too little pressure.
I don't hear them at all unless I really listen for them, and even then the top and windows have to be in, I have to go under 40 and really listen for them.
Usually the ones with a star are XD rims, called "Rockstars"
|07-21-2013 04:31 PM|
But if they are solid, then I will have to consider. Just like the poster below, I'm just concerned with all the driving I do at 157,000 miles on an 07 having to constantly replace and not having that kind of money...
I know there are a lot of sites that offer the package where you can get new wheels and tires...(That's what I would ultimately like to do as you get more bang for your buck ) I'm running the stock rims which I do like, but would really like to go with something black with a touch of silver. Someone had rims that were black and had a silver star in it. Those were hot can't find the post
|07-21-2013 04:24 PM|
|07-21-2013 04:22 PM|
I've been reading a lot of reviews on a few different brands. I've never really had anything other than Bridgestone and Goodyear.
Seems they do have some pretty good reviews, except that it looks like they are a bit noisy and wear out rather quickly. I do do an awful lot of driving.
The Coopers got a really good rating.
Anybody have any luck with any of the other brands
|07-21-2013 04:20 PM|
Hey There speaking from the perspective of a person with a lot of miles (165K+) on and a few off road in my Jeep...let me tell you my experience.....I switched to BFG ATs based on a magazine article back in '05. And for my little TJ they worked well till it rained, than I could sit and spin if I was in a hurry at all. Didn't even have to try and slid around a corner or chirp, or spin from the light. And could always take off in second gear as I could accelerate and dump the clutch and they would spin....or hook up and I was gone. They lasted for about 50K miles so I did it again, and they lasted about 50K and I did it again but had been hearing about the Duratracs for a year or so.
Last fall I came into a situation that allowed another inch BL to go with my SL and a new set of wheels and tires. I shopped and compared and tires and wheels Duratracs or BFG MTRs were gonna run me about $300 mount balanced out the door with free rotations...but if I got the Duratracs I could get the road hazard warranty since it is an AT and not an MT. for the same price (like for a sidewall failure like I hit a curb or rock)
This was a "lifetime warranty" and "SOLD" me on the Duratracs.
So no more second gear take offs as they "hook up" really well wet or dry pavement. And snow yeah its a blast!!! Ever go snow wheeling?? It is great when you know your tire and set up is gonna be the "equalizer" for what most other people are running. Mine were installed last Fall and I have ZERO complaints. I have had them in mud water snow rain slush ice and am very happy.....my only concern is longevity. My TJ is my DD and even though we have other vehicles available I prefer to drive the TJ, I am afraid that a tire that good and that "sticky" may not have a very long tread life. I am using the free rotations and balancing...every oil change.
We also have a '12 JK and when the tires are gone on it...yeah its getting Duratracs...in the 33"x12.50" variety
|07-21-2013 04:10 PM|
All the little cuts in the tread, the little jagged lines on the knobs themselves, that's called siping, that is what creates astounding grip. When your driving, rain, snow, ice and so on, the siping spreads and contracts gripping the surface, what this does is give you hundreds more edges to grip with.
In the above images you see the siping on the Silent Armors is one, sometimes 2 cuts, straight lines, while the Duratracs have 2 per tread lug, cut in a zig-zag pattern, this gives you a gripping edge not only at the tread lug edges, but also at each zig and zag of the siping cut as well.
The most amazing tires I've ever run on ice are Mastercraft Glacier Grips, on the wifes Tracker you can drive straight up on ice, they are amazing, also due to the siping, they arent good Jeep tires but it's another very good example of the difference siping makes.
|07-21-2013 04:04 PM|
Never mind :-) I learned something today
|07-21-2013 04:00 PM|
|07-21-2013 03:53 PM|
The reason the Silent Armor grip as well as they do is the siping cut in to the tread, the Duratracs have siping that is far and away better than the Silent Armor, see for your yourself.
|07-21-2013 03:29 PM|
|JenyGirl||I think they are 32's? My aim is a 33.|
|07-21-2013 03:28 PM|
|JenyGirl||My number one need is "grip" in rain. 2nd is snow. Off road is way down. The silent armors were my best friend. Total grippers. But I want to move to a more rugged looking tire.. Worst-case scenario, I will go back to those, but will definitely check into these more thoroughly And some others.|
|07-21-2013 03:23 PM|
|TJNewbie||Do as you wish, but you won't find a better all terrain tire that is smooth and quiet on road, and performs so well in the rain snow and off road situations. I've had the BFG T/A KO tires, and they're not good in the rain.|
|07-21-2013 11:03 AM|
|slapmypc||The snowflake/mountain symbol means it offers better performance in poor weather than a standard M+S tire would.|
|07-20-2013 08:11 PM|
|Neral22||They also have the snowflake mountain stamp showing they meet DOTs regs (I think DOT) for snow.|
|07-20-2013 08:06 PM|
|07-20-2013 04:22 PM|
|JenyGirl||Thanks Everyone. I think I want to go for a more sleeker rugged tire. This is a little too beefy looking for me. So many options but I have two months.|
|07-20-2013 09:53 AM|
I can tell you they work perfectly in the snow, I'm in Wyoming, we have winter just a little over 9 months out of the year, it snows, the roads are closed more than open and the Duratracs are the tire to have.
What makes them better than most of the other A/T type tires is the siping (the little cuts in the knobs of the tread), they open and close a little as you drive allowing them to grip ice and snow much more completely.
The downside of the siping on the Duratracs is when off-road they can wear a little faster on sharp rock if your throttle heavy.
The prices are really good, usually a little under $200/ea when I buy them. I run them on my Jeep and all the 1-tons and F-550s at work that have to reach extreme remote locations.
For an all around tire they are the best going, if you were further south and had no snow the the BFG or other A/Ts would be fine, if you do lots and lots of off road then the Good Year Kevlars are the crown jewel, but for dual purpose in northern climates you can't go wrong with the Duratracs (and 33x12.5x15s are usually cheaper than 32"s).
|07-20-2013 09:34 AM|
|TJNewbie||I wouldn't say they're not mud terrains, Goodyear classifies them as all terrains but the side walls are stamped with M&S - "mud and snow" the voids between the tread blocks are larger than some mud tires that I've seen, and they get my stock jeep through mud holes, where others had to use lockers to get through, with other tires. Also wouldn't throw that "weak side wall" tag on them. I haven't had any problems with mine while offroading. They're just not bullet proof.|
|07-20-2013 06:59 AM|
|07-20-2013 01:11 AM|
|TJNewbie||I can't say anything about snow (it doesn't snow here in Lower Alabama). But driving in heavy rains these tires are awesome. And offroad in sand or mud they're great! I have the 33x12.50x15s. I will be buying another set when these wear out.|
|07-18-2013 07:51 PM|
I have had mine for almost 30,000 miles and they are worn to around 3/16 of an inch. Much of the sipes still remain, although they are shorter now that the tread blocks are worn down. I was surprised how deep they went. I am still very confident with these tires, never a problem with slipping in rain/wet roads starting or stopping. I will be buying another set in the upcoming months.
You can't go wrong.
|07-17-2013 12:45 PM|
|Gjersey84||I run the duratracs in a 33" and they are a great tire. Performed amazing over the winter during our jersey snow storms which range from wet and heavy slush to some lighter snow. I don't think I've ever slid in the rain or on wet surfaces since I've had them, which is 4500 miles/9 months or so|
|07-17-2013 11:34 AM|
|rtguy||They have Weak sidewalls though.|
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