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Old 02-25-2012, 05:05 PM
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33" Duratracs for winter, what for more aggressive summer trail/mud tire?

I have run my 3x12.50x15 Duratracs for about a year now. They are a GREAT winter tire, a quiet on-road tire, and a capable trail tire.

However, on some more difficult trails (Redbird as an example) I have found that the Dura-Tracs do not clean out that well in sticky mud, like clay. I get left behind on some hill climbs by a friend with a set of bias ply Interco tires (LTBs I think).

My plan is to keep the Duratracs for winter, but seek a more aggressive tire for summer trail running. This is my primary driver, and I do drive 5+ hours to places like the Badlands, so I cannot completely abandon road manners. But I want a tire that cleans out a little better, and will help me keep up with my friends JK Rubi on 33" LTBs.

I want to stay with 33x12.5x15s

So, I have been looking at:

Goodyear MTRs with Kevlar. I like the Kevlar idea, then maybe I could delete the heavy spare and tire carrier from the back of my Jeep. Plus, they are available at DTD. I usually buy from there with wheels for the free mount/balance and ship.

Interco TSL Radials. I like the idea of radials vs bias ply. Maybe due to the fact I have never owned bias plys.

LTBs in 13.5 (hate to directly copy my buddy, but..)

I would be open to other suggestions.

I want to also upgrade to a lighter aluminum rim (all black) with less backspacing than my current soft-8s to push the wheels out a bit.

Any suggestions on what tire to choose?

Or where to get the best price on a wheel/tire package?

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