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Old 11-23-2018, 12:39 PM   #41
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I have a couple friends who ran Duratracs on 3/4 and 1 ton trucks and didn't like them. Seemed to wear out fast and were prone to more flats than usual, why that would be, I don't know and it's just 2nd hand information... I thought they looked kinda cool though.
I have a pair on the back of the Ranger and I hate them. They aren't noisy, they just don't grip well on pavement. But they were second hand tires, so I live with them for now.
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Old 11-23-2018, 08:15 PM   #42
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The 35x12.50x15 is 34.57" with 13.10" section width. Tread depth is 21/32" and they weigh 67 lbs. They're $211 each.
See, that is the problem I'm running into now... So many tires already don't live up to their diameter, and now we're starting to see tread depth disappear too (there was at least one other tire I just ran into that was 19/32" that I know used to be 21/32", though after getting bleary-eyed looking at so many tires I can't remember which it was).

I know this probably seems petty to some of you, but each 1/32" of tread is the equivalent of about 4000 miles of use (it is for me anyway, my current tires have around 30K and have lost what looks to be about 7/32").


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A few guys I used to work with really liked the Generals. One was a mall-crawler TJ, and the guy had more money than brains and was putting new (bigger) tires on it about once a year. He said he liked the red letter sidewalls.

The other guy was replacing them every two years. He bought them because they were cheap and his road was getting tar and chip every 6 months, which is rough on tires. He said they balanced well and rode nice enough though, and Scott was picky about such things, so they must not be too bad in those areas.
That is encouraging on the Generals (at least the 2nd one is... Not sure if I can trust someone without brains though lol). Appreciate the report.
FWIW, I don't think the red letters come on the 35s, but no matter... I seem to recall reading somewhere they turn to normal white after a few rocks have rubbed against them anyway.
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A lot of locals are running Maxxis Trepadors too, and seem to like them. You can get them in a 35X12.50R15LT. Or a variety of other sizes... including a bias ply sticky variant. They'd be high on my list to try out if I was in the market.

Junkie, what was your issue with the MT/R's? Were they the old style or the new ones? I know a LOT of guys ran the old ones, and generally liked them but they were also well known for being very thin all around so they got a bad reputation.
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I have a pair on the back of the Ranger and I hate them. They aren't noisy, they just don't grip well on pavement. But they were second hand tires, so I live with them for now.
Our service truck doesn't have that problem, it is a heavy turd and all the weight is on the back.

Couple that with a 5.4... not much wheel slippage on pavement.

It is a heavy turd to tug out which is why it got the Duratracs. It was rather helpless with street tires and it got old running out with another truck whenever dad found a wet spot. Now he just gets hung up in ruts about once a year.

Otherwise it is a tank in snow and pretty respectable for the hippo that it is in mud.
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Junkie, what was your issue with the MT/R's? Were they the old style or the new ones? I know a LOT of guys ran the old ones, and generally liked them but they were also well known for being very thin all around so they got a bad reputation.
I had one set of each bought nine years apart.
As I mentioned to Jim a few posts ago, they were out of round (the second set very much so, to the point they had to be warrantied).

That's not all though... The first set also spun on the rims when aired down, throwing their balance off each time, and this was the first time I discovered tires to be grossly short of size (about 32.4", somewhere in there for a 33x12.50R15, I don't have the exact # anymore... By the time I got rid of them at 30% tread left they measured less than 31.5").

2nd set, MT/R-K, 35x12.50R15.
These were downright awesome in the very beginning, but after about 800 miles is when vibrations slowly began to appear. It got to a point that I tried to have them rebalanced, but then everything went straight to hell and that's when it became obvious all four were 3/16" or more out of round, and one had an obvious discontinuity (wobble) right next to the bead.
When I turned them in at ~12K, they had also worn a tad over 30%, a much higher wear rate than any of my BFGs or my 1st set of MT/Rs (a friend of mine thinks they may have come from a bad batch (which may be true), however two bad experiences in a row is enough for me).
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You should check out these Achilles Desert Hawk X-MT. They're a Chinese tire, but they have a good tread pattern and really good reviews. https://simpletire.com/achilles-lt35...ao351220-tires Keep an eye on simpletire's website because their prices fluctuate frequently, and you could potentially pick them up for pretty cheap. I just picked up a set of 32's for $525 for the bronco.

Whoops, on further examination those are for a 20" rim. The biggest they make is a 33 for a 15" rim.
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