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AlanC 07-01-2012 09:24 PM

Goodyear MT/R vs. Duratrac for my JKUR?
I'm debating about tires for my new 2012 JKUR.

I want a ~35" tall tire and I've been leaning toward the Duratracs because I live in Colorado, but we were out wheelin today and I started thinking it would be better to have a more durable tire, so now I'm giving the MT/R with Kevlar another look.

We aren't doing a lot of rock crawling, but the trails around where we live here in Western Colorado can be pretty rocky and I'm worried about punctures.

One thing I do like better about the MT/R is that I can get them in a 35 x 12.5 x 17 size which has a C load rating. The Duratrac I'm looking at is a 315/70R17 which has a D load rating.

I'm thinking the C load rating would allow the MT/R's to ride a little softer for a daily driver.

I'm sure the MT/R would be nosier but I'm not sure that I would mind very much.

Does anyone have thoughts on either of these tires?



HK_Runner 07-01-2012 10:32 PM

Definitely go with the MTR. The DuraTracs will not be as durable wheeling here. Sure, you can do it but I'll take a 3-ply sidewall here for the durability and reliability. Plus, the C-rated tired will be much better offroad when you air down.

AlanC 07-01-2012 10:37 PM

Thanks for the reply!

How do the MTR's do in the snow around here?

PS. Nice Boxer! We have two!

HK_Runner 07-01-2012 10:57 PM

I didn't catch your avatar pic the first time. I recently lost my Boxer to Lymphoma, so I put her pic up. Chemo did not help for long. Love Boxers- maybe will get another one someday...still too crushed for now. :(

I hear they do pretty well in the snow. The guys at RokMen run both the MTR on the Jeep and DT on the Dodge truck. Apparently the MTR does quite well. Lots of guys here run them. I have the KM for now and I hear it is not very good in the snow at all. The MTR Kev is my next tire.

AlanC 07-02-2012 08:18 AM

Your avatar prompted me to add one. So sorry to hear about your pup! We lost one to Boxer Cardiomyopathy a few years ago and it was very hard on us.

Ice and snow was one reason I've been leaning towards the Duratrac, but now I'm thinking I'll just keep the stock wheels as spares and put some more winter oriented tires on them.

Then I can get the MT/R's for summer fun.

HK_Runner 07-02-2012 11:45 AM

I think the MTR Kevlars will do pretty well in the snow/ice. The siping on them looks pretty KMs have none.

Yeah, it was tough. That dog was like my baby, and had such a yet sweet personality. When I finally had to have her put to sleep, her Oncologist was crying. I was a wreck. My girlfriend could not make herself be there. It was the toughest thing I have had to do, and it has been a hard road after that. I still see her face looking at me....I was there, of course. It seemed like she was going into remission, and BAM, it came back. My girlfriend still cries and there is nothing but time that can heal. It still kills me but as long as I don't think about it, I do fine. Some think it is silly how a dog can affect us so much. I have no kids though...maybe that's it.

Anyway, go with the MTRs since they seem to be the MT tires that will do the best in snow/ice. I simply don't want to compromise and buy 2-ply tires since my Jeep is primarily for exploring roads and trails in Colorado. See how they work in the may not need anything else.

8figgas 07-03-2012 03:27 PM

I'm here in NJ, a have 2JKUs, one with DTs one with MT/Rs. Both are killer tires, both jeeps do rock crawling, I worry less with the MT/Rs. The hum from the MT/Rs I must say is a pleasant one. The DTs are nothing to sneeze at. I think you should choose by $ of course, and are rock punctures a concern.

JK 4 CD 04-22-2013 01:02 PM

I'm curious which tires were picked... I live in Breck, just got back from my 1st Moab trip with my stock JKUR and want 35's now... My stock BFG m/t's did amazing, but I need more clearance than the 32"-ish tires give me!
I am in the same boat deciding on the Dt's or MTr's... I want the Kevlar after watching both my buddies XJ's with the MTr's wrap around sharp rocks with zero damage! But feel i need the DT's siping for the snow covered roads up here at 10,000' during the looong winters... What to do?

AlanC 04-22-2013 01:11 PM

I ended up going with the Duratracs, primarily because I thought they would offer better winter performance.

So far we've been very happy with them and they are impressive on snow covered roads.

I'm sure the Kevlar would offer better durability, but I purchased a tire warranty which will hopefully offset this somewhat.

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