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soupy1957 06-13-2008 08:52 AM

Omnidirectional Tires on the Bantam Prototype
I've heard that the tires used on the Bantam Prototype (WWII) and subsequently, on the Willys product sold to the military back in the 40's had "Omnidirectional tires."

1. Is that True?
2. Who made them?
3. What did they look like?
4. Were they used throughout WWII?
5. When did the Jeep company STOP using them; when the first CJ came out?

Any information would be helpful.

richp 06-13-2008 09:55 AM

They were never put on civilian jeeps, those things are dangerous on roads that are even damp.

Sb5551 06-13-2008 11:38 AM

I am not exactly sure what you are talking about, but if it is what Im thinking they were used on the military jeeps. While the jeep was moving, if someone looked at the tires it would be impossible to determine what direction the jeep was moving in.

soupy1957 06-13-2008 12:17 PM

I'm talking about the tires used on the military vehicles, as supplied by I understand it, they were called "omnidirectional" and I wanted to learn more about them.

Wasn't saying they were ever on CJ's....only stating that by the time CJ's came into being, I presume they had stopped putting them on the Jeeps, and were using road tires when the first CJ's came out. Was looking for the year Willys stopped installing them.

Who made them (Goodyear;General Tire; Goodrich??????)

Were they indeed called "omnidirectional" and what did they look like??

Can't be more clear than that.....having a tough time finding specific data through Google.


ccain 06-13-2008 12:56 PM

The omni-directional tire was used on various military vehicles starting in the late 1920's. Their use was continued up until the mid 1980's when the Army did away with the M151 to make way for the Humvee. Like rich said, they were not very good street tires, but their design made them ideal for off-road conditions. They are called "omni-directional" because of their design. They are army proof so to speak. You can mount them in any direction on the vehicle and the tread pattern is the same. Also, they have the exact same traction capabilities in forward or reverse rotation.

Reproductions of the originals can still be purchased. Here are some links:

Coker Tire

Military Tires at

And here is a link to a forum with a plethora of military jeep info:

G503 Forums

soupy1957 06-13-2008 04:36 PM

"Thanks" everyone.....


richp 06-15-2008 09:43 AM

They are actually called 'cross country' tires, made by almost everyone who had a govt contract, seen them with GY, BFG, Bridgestone, KellySpringfield brands on them and I probably have never seen all the manufacturers.

debruins 06-15-2008 12:16 PM

the high end/"real" ones cost an arm and a leg, i hope to god i never get i flat in mine

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