The Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac is the number 1 rated tire in its category according to user surveys at a major tire retailer. And that’s against 8 other contenders.
This tire has a molded rim protector to protect your wheels. It’s also pinned to accept #16 studs if you live in snow country. And has bead locks built in.
Specifications and Load Range
Available in load ranges C, D and E, this tire is designed to be a workhorse. They come with 18/32’s of tread so make sure you air them up to 70 in the front and 55 in the rear if you’re running a 3/4 or 1 ton truck otherwise they may tend to feel kinda squirmy. At maximum pressure users report they ride good and handle a lot better than at lower pressures. If you’re running a 31×10.50 x 15 I’d run them at 50psi.
What Kind of Mileage Will I Get Out of Them?
What kind of mileage can you expect out of the DuraTracs? My guess is you can expect to get about 40,000 miles out of them for sure, maybe more if you’re easy on them. Keep them rotated every other oil change. Check the air pressure every month and check the alignment and balance once a year and you’ll get the most miles possible out of them.
March 12, 2012 Update to this article: In the past I’ve read complaints from some owners of this tire and they said their trucks handling had become somewhat squirrelly, while I’ve driven a few trucks with Duratrac’s and never experienced what they were talking about, today that changed.
This morning I was doing brakes on a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 4×4 that had a fairly new set of Duratracs installed. It also had the new Dodge steering linkage upgrade, so the steering linkage was tight. This truck above 45MPH wandered so much from the tires that if it was my truck, they would be coming off.
While the customer was not complaining about how the truck handled, it was definitely not right. I align cars and trucks everyday and can tell the difference from tires or suspension causing handling problems. It was definitely the tires in this case. And to tell you the truth, I don’t think changing the air pressure was going to make a difference. The reason I say that is because I read one guy saying he got his Chevy to drive OK after experimenting with air pressure settings.
To be fair, I didn’t check tire pressure, but they didn’t obviously look low. But, I will say the guy had a set of aftermarket wheels installed, maybe the offset played a part in this. Some testing would be required to confirm.
February 27th, 2013 Update – Same Truck 1 Year Later
This time I checked the tire pressure first.
Just a few weeks shy of a year later the very same truck above is back in my shop with the very same set of Duratracs. Guess what? The truck drives perfect. I’m thinking the mold release that is on every set of new tires is the cause of the wandering. Till it wears off. This truck drives night and day different from how it was when it had the new tires.
This truck has a diesel engine and 10,000 GVW and is running 62PSI in all 4 tires.
The DuraTrac has the mountain/snowflake symbol and is an excellent tire in snow country according to many users. A lot of people really rave about this tires winter performance.
I will say that the snow performance feedback I’ve heard is so positive I don’t think you can go wrong running this tire in serious snow country. Or anywhere else for that matter.
How This Tire Rates Against 8 Others In Its Class
There’s a reason the DuraTrac is the #1 rated tire in it’s category against 8 other tires. Here are the reasons why:
Only one other tire equals the DuraTrac when it comes to hydroplaning resistance. Same goes for wet road traction.
- In the dry traction comparison, the DuraTrac is number 1.
- Light snow traction number 1.
- Deep snow traction number 1.
- Ride comfort number 1
- Noise comfort number 1
Page after page of positive feed back at Tirerack is full of comments from guys who bought DuraTracs and pretty much agree with the above survey results. It’s nice to see the top rated product is still made in America. When it comes to pickup trucks, mom, apple pie and Goodyear DuraTracs, how can you go wrong? Que-in Lee Greenwood song “I’m proud to be an America” OK, sorry I got a little carried away there for a minute.
Mud & Snow
I think one of the reasons this tire does so well in both mud and snow is the siping that is built-in to the tread and the base of the tire which is something unique to the DuraTrac. Plus, the shoulder blocks are designed to be self cleaning. And because the tread depth is so deep, it can’t help but have a nice soft ride. Users also report they are surprised at how quiet they are considering the style of tread.
If your needs are such that you want to be prepared with a great all around tire, but you don’t need the extreme off road capabilities of the Wrangler MTR but you need something more serious than just a plain Jane hi-way tire, then you should seriously consider the DuraTrac, it’s a perfect fit for most folks day to day needs when it comes to both on road and off. And don’t forget it’s the #1 rated tire in its category and is an excellent winter tire to boot.