Goodyear DuraTrac Tire Review

Goodyear DuraTrac
Goodyear DuraTrac

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.

2007 Ram 3500 4x4 With Duratracs
2007 Ram 3500 4×4 With Duratracs

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.

Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac on custom wheel

February 27th, 2013 Update – Same Truck 1 Year Later

This time I checked the tire pressure first.

62PSI
62PSI on Ram 3500 with 10,000 GVW

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.

Snow Performance

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

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53 thoughts on “Goodyear DuraTrac Tire Review

  1. Hi,
    what survey are you referencing when you state it is #1 out of 8 tires in its class? who are the others?

    There’s a reason the DuraTrac is the #1 rated tire in it’s category against 8 other tires.

  2. Mr. Trent,

    I had a set of these on a Silverado 1500 and they lasted over 90k. I now have a 2011 F-350 diesel, which sports 20″ rims. My current tires are LT275/65R20. I’ve read a lot of reviews and may people state that the tires are squirrely on the heavier trucks. What do you think? Is it an air pressure problem? I loved these tires and want to put them on, but am hesitant to spend over $1200 if they are going to handle poorly. My owner’s manual states the rear tires should be inflated to 80psi and fronts to 65psi for heavy hauling, and 65 psi for all tires for normal driving conditions. Your tire pressure discussion at the top of the article shows a lower pressure on the rears than the fronts for the larger trucks. What would be the reason for this? I was thinking that if i end up getting these tires, I would just ensure all tires are inflated to 65-70psi. What are your thoughts? Thanks!

  3. Hi Kyle,
    I’ve driven a F250 with Duratracs at the air pressure setting I posted above and the truck handles perfectly. That’s why I use those numbers. Oops, time to go back to work… I’ll finish my reply tonight.

  4. Kyle, part 2 of my answer… I’m really stumped by the people who say the Duratracs are squirrely. I don’t doubt them, I’ve just never seen first hand experience. Having said that, I’m only a sample of one. It’s entirely possible that there is a batch of those tires that did have some kind of structural problem. I don’t know for sure. But, the raving fans of this tire out number the small sample that have had problems.

    I got to tell you, older F250’s never really drove that good when they were new, and the one I drove that had Duratracs on it was one of the best driving Ford trucks I’ve ever tested. I was really surprised when I saw it had Duratracs on it. Having said that, you should be able to install the average tire on any 1 ton pickup and set the air pressure in the 65PSI range and have satisfactory handling. So no, I don’t think it’s an air pressure problem. To answer your other question about the pressure differential, I run more air upfront because obviously there’s a lot more weight up front because of the engine.

    I would talk with whom ever you plan on buying them from and just ask them if they are willing to replace them with something else at no charge if you’re not happy.

  5. How are the Dura Trac tires on the Hwy and in the rain? I have a 2010 F150 and i not sure which tire to get i.e. BF Rugged Trail or the DuraTrac

  6. The proper tire pressure depends on your vehicle and its load. For a fully-loaded trailer-towing work truck, crank the pressure up to near maximum. As tire size increases, tire PSI should go down. As load decreases, tire PSI should go down. I run about 30 psi on my Jeep Wrangler, which is pretty ideal for the tire size and light weight of the vehicle. Your first guess at tire pressure should be the pressure listed on the driver’s door.

  7. Joe,

    I have spent weeks reading every review I can find on these tires. From what I can gather, people who are having issues of squirreliness it seems have heavier rigs for the most part (1 tons and diesels for the most part). The sidewalls are slightly weaker in these tires, and because of this with the added weight people are getting sidewall roll and instability. In my opinion anyone with a heavier truck should stick to a tire with a heavier sidewall like a toyo open country mt or a cooper stt. Any lighter truck or suv cannot go wrong with these tires for the most part. If you need a heavier sidewall for offroading and puncture resistance you might want to consider a load range E that is 3 ply or consider another tire.

  8. Hi Steve,

    I think you’re right about the heavier trucks having problems. I remember the last F250 with a gas engine and Duratracs driving perfect. I also remember the last Dodge Ram 3500 with a diesel and Duratracs wandering all over the road. Great observation on your part Steve.

  9. I”ve owned many 4×4 vehicles in the past 30 years and have tried many different brands. The DuraTrack tires are the best off-road tires as far as all terrain traction goes. The problem I have is I get many flats. I had to return the next day because of a flat due to a rock embedded into the tread from driving on gravel roads.
    Several flat tires later I got another flat that is not repairable. Les Schwab tires said they put air into it and a huge bubble bulged out from the center of the tread. They suspect an embedded rock caused the damage

  10. Just wanted to share some insight. When I had purchased(used) My third gen Dodge/Cummins had brand new BFG Rugged Trails on it, manners on the drive home were good. Took it in for a safety inspection that included front end repairs and alignment was checked/ set. When I got the truck back it wandered terribly and I took it right back they checked the alignment again and gave slightly more toe-in. The truck still wandered, and as time has passed it has gotten somewhat better. After a time and thinking about it, the only thing I can come up with is when the tires came off for alignment they probably did not get installed in the same location and or the alignment and safety repairs had altered the characteristic of the truck. I think the wandering issue is with the truck model and not a specific tire, you also hear of the DEATH WOBBLE associated with the cummins only.

  11. I was wondering what the right tire pressure would be for a 2012 Jeep Wrangler with 295 x 65 x 18 duratracs for highway use. Thanks for your input.

  12. Hi Pete,

    The lawyers all say to use what is on the door jamb. Me? I hate lawyers, their not very good mechanics… I’d run 32 to 35 around town and drop them down to 28 to 30 for typical off-roading.

  13. Joe,
    I have a 2012 Ram 2500 with a 6.7L Cummins. i am shopping around for tires and the duratracs are the only tire that really seem to have the traction and sizes for what i want to do with my truck. I dont know if you have any reviews on the brand new Rams in sizes 285/70-17 or 315/70-17? I would really appreciate your input thanks
    Josh

  14. Hi Josh,

    The characteristics of the tire are consistent across all the sizes available. It’s a great tire for your truck.

  15. I’ve been running the Duratracs in 225/75R16 on my Jeep Liberty for about 30K. I had really bad squirlyness when I first got the tire which I noticed over 55mph. Almost felt as the vehicle was floating and any minor change in direction made the rear end feel a little unsafe. They have been an excellent tire on wet pavement, ice, snow, mud and sharp rock/boulder crawling and this is why I’ll probably keep running them. While its squirlyness bugged me at first and I learned to get passed it and never lost control. I put many winter miles on and wouldn’t hesitate for this reason

    The have become less squirly as the tread wears down. I have tried high and low pressures but couldn’t tell the difference. I’ve got about 5-10K more on tread and looking to purchase them again but in a 245/75R16 this time as I now have a lift to support a bigger size. I’ll repost later to see if a size difference is going to help with the squirlyness.

  16. Hi ADJosh,

    Thanks for your feedback. I’ll be really interested to hear if your next set acts differently. Keep us posted. Thanks. J.T.

  17. Hey there I’ve got 285/70/20 on my sierra and right now running with 40 psi. They seem to rid soft any recommendation on what it should be? My truck is a 08 gmc sierra 1500!

    Thank you

  18. Hey Tim,

    Check what the placard on the driver side door sill has to say, and if higher, set to that. Or try another 10 psi and see how it rides and handles.

  19. Tim, I live In Durango,CO drive a Nissan Titan and have a 60 mile( round trip) drive to work. Mostly highway miles with 3 miles on dirt. I do go offroad some and I always drive in snow. I’ve narrowed my choices down to the Goodyear Duratracs or the BF Goodrich AT T/A KO. They both cost about the same, what are your thoughts? Thanks

  20. WELL ALL THAT SAID HOW ABOUT ME PUTTING THE GOODYEAR WRANGLER DURA TRAC 26570R17 LOAD RANGE E 10 PLY ON MY DODGE RAM 1500 2008 2 WHEEL DRIVE? I HAVE HAD UNIROYALS FROM WAL MART ON MY LAST 2 WHEEL DODGE RAM 1500 2001 WHICH NOW HAS 202,000 MILES I HAVE NEAVER RUN ANYTHING BUT THESE UNIROYALS…BUT THEY ARE NOW DISCONTINUED AND I WANT A TIRE THAT WOULD PERFORM AS THEY DID IN SNOW ICE AND DRY HIGHWAY CONDITIONS PLUS WHEN I OVER LOAD THE TRUCK AT TIMES WITH STONE OR TILE 2500 POUNDS PER PALLET AT TIMES… ANY POSITVIE OR NEGATIVE COMMENTS TO HELP ME DECIDE? THANKS

  21. Hi Joe,
    I have a 2002 f150 super crew cab that needs new tires. I live in northern MN and snow, slush, and ice are big factors. I am debating the hankook dynapro atm, goodyear wrangler duratracs, cooper discoverer at3, and goodyear wrangler silent armor. I need good snow traction and wet/ice braking but do not want a noisy bad riding tire. Which of these four do you think would be the best? I do 95% highway driving with the occasional dirt road/little mud driving while hunting. Thanks!

  22. I would go with the Duratracs. They are the best tire I know of for snow and ice, with the exception of pure winter tires like Blizzaks for example. They look aggressive, but they’re pretty quiet.

  23. Joe,

    I’d appreciate your thoughts about installing these tires on a 1 ton 4×4 Dodge Cummins. It seems I’m hearing some concerns about use of the DuraTrac on heavier trucks. I drive 80/20 on-road vs off, and haul a very heavy 5th wheel or camper/boat. I don’t do any stump jumping off road, mostly log trails and snow. I was considering putting the D/T’s on in a 295/65/18 load E size.

    Jeff

  24. I’ve driven them on 3500 series 4×4 Dodges with a diesel and the truck drove fine, AFTER the mold release wore off. The first few hundred miles were squirrely.

  25. hi. I drive a 2013 gmc sierra 2500HD and I have duratrack tires 235/65r18 and I know 2500’s are a little rough ride but with the tire pressure at 80 makes it rougher, what is the min amount of pressure in tires I can use?

  26. He Jason,

    Read the placard on the door jam and see what it says. If it was my truck and not carrying heavy loads, I’d probably drop the pressure to 55 to 60 PSI.

  27. Hi Joe,
    Thanks to your article, I’ve just installed a set of 275/65/18’s on my 2010 toyota tundra 4.6 litre. I love the tires but had a question about my mpg. I took about a 390 mile trip of which 90% was highway. I usually average 17-18 mpg’s but i only averaged 15-16 mpg’s. Is this because of the xtra weight of the tire? I’m running 48psi on all four tires. Also, does increasing the tire pressure help increase mpg? Thanks for your input.
    Petros

  28. Hi Petros,

    Increasing tire pressure can help you get more mpg. Go up 5psi and see if it helps your mileage. I wouldn’t go anymore than that. And yes the extra weight, tread pattern design and other factors can drop your mileage. It’s not unusual to lose mpg when installing a new set of tires.

  29. Hello Mr. Trent,
    I have a 2013 Dodge Ram sport with 10k on it.I have a p rated tire that drives and handles great on pavement but the minute I turn on a dirt road I get a rock puncture in between treads.I am looking at going to a LT tire like a BF A/T or Good Year Duratrac.I tow a 7000 LB trailer in the summer months.What load range would be best for durability and wear? Will I lose huge MPG going to either of these tires compared to p rated ones?Any suggestions or info would be appreciated before I spend big money on 20 inch tires.
    Thanks Mark

  30. Hi Mark,

    You will lose mileage anytime you move up to a bigger heavier tire. I went from P metrics to AT’s on my Bronco and the mileage went from bad to worse. 🙂 You can’t go wrong with BFG’s or Good Year Duratracs.

  31. Hi Joe,
    Thank you for your time and expertise, this review was very informative. I have a ’61 Chevy K10 project truck that has slight raise. It is currently on 33’s Bighorn Maxxis, and is fairly squirrely, even for this old truck. I want to upgrade to Duratracs and want to be sure I am not going to be as squirrely. Would I be better off with the BFG TA A/T KOs?
    Thank you again,
    Ken

  32. Thank you Joe!
    Not the answer I was hoping for, but one I suspected. I love the look of the DuraTracs, but also love the ride of the BFGs on my other truck.
    Ken

  33. Hi Joe,

    I have a 2010 F250 V10. The Transforce A/T that came on it when I bought it are about shot. I do about 10% off road/90% highway driving. Would you recommend the Duratracs or BFG TA KOs? I love the look of both and have heard friends say good things about both. Also we go on camping trips, want ride comfort and noise to be at least bearable for the fam.
    Thanks!
    Matt

  34. Hi Matt,

    If you live in snow country, go with the Duratrac. If not, I’d pick the BFG’s as they will last a little longer.

  35. Joe,
    I’m looking to get a new set of tires for my Dodge Ram 1500 sport 4×4 with a 5.9. I looking at the Duratracs 275 75 R16 E rated, which I would also seem to be getting them at a great price $160 before mounting, balancing, disposal, valve stems, etc. I’m from northern Wisconsin, do about 90% highway, 10% dirt & gravel. I carry anywhere between 900-1100lbs in tools & topper (also have leaf supports on springs to keep from squatting). Love the look of the Duratracs, heard both good & bad about them, the squirrliness not being one of them, but irregular, & poor tread wear, 30k & need to be replaced. Then I read on your page someone saying they got 90k on a set. Will the E rating alleviate the likelihood of squirrliness? Can I reasonably expect to get 50k out of them? Any other info would be greatly appreciated. My other choice was is a set of Kumho venture AT’s.

  36. Hi Peter,
    The E rated tires shouldn’t be a problem AFTER they get a few hundred miles on them and burn the mold release off. You “might” get 50K out of them hauling a lot of weight. 90 like the other guy? Never. But still an excellent tire. I’d run them before I’d put Kumho’s on.

  37. Finally looking to mount those 10 ply Duratracs, on the formentioned Ram 1500 what psi would you recommend? 50 to 55?

  38. I would not recommend these tires. I’ve had them for about 30,000 miles. They were fine for about the first 25,000 miles, then I started having bad balancing issues. It would shake so bad it was dangerous to drive on the highway. 2 different shops tried to balance them out. After the 2nd shop they were a little better, but still a lot of vibration at highway speed. I’ve been reading on different forums that people are having the same balancing issues. I will not buy another set.

  39. Hello I have an 03 Silverado running 285 75 16 on 16×8 wheels I got the duratracs installed they put 50 psi in them and on the way home it seemed very squirmy to the point of being unsafe changing lanes at highway speeds 70 mph. I bumped them to 60 psi and they feel a lot better it just seems like 60 psi is pretty high for not having a load on the truck. any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  40. They should be OK at 60 psi. Eventually the mold release will burn off and the truck won’t be squirly and you can lower them back to 50 psi.

  41. Hello I have a 1995 ford econoline 250 cargo van. I am looking at getting the load range E dura tracs for it. Any feedback on how they would handle? Seeing some comments about being squirrly makes me a little nervous. I’m usually not hauling more than a few dirtbikes and tools, but I do drive off road pretty often and have to drive in a lot of rain and usually a few good snow storms each year. I’ve heard these are great tires for the van but any feedback would be great. Thanks a lot

  42. Hello, I have. 94 Toyota pickup with 31×10.5r15 tires, I am looking at these and the Goodyear authority’s from Wally world, what are your opinion on the Goodyear wrangler authority’s? They also have a nice aggressive tread as well.

  43. Hi Paul, I think I’d be leery of running them on your van since they need all the help they can get to drive good with average tires. Personally, I’d go to a BFG All Terrain, they’ll ride better, last longer and probably be less money.

  44. Joe, Do you know if the 8-ply load range D Duratrac has the 2-ply or 3-ply sidewall? I am looking to put a set of these on my Raptor before snow hits but have heard that they are not as tough as the bfg AT KO tires I have now. Most of those reviews are talking about the C tires though which are 2-ply sidewall and everyone says the E tires are better because they have the 3-ply. No one ever mentions the load D tires…

  45. Have a 2007 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Crew cab long bed with the 6.0 liter gas engine and consistently carry a lot of weight in the bed. I like the looks of the Duratrac tires, but am concerned with the squirrelyness that so many people complain of. Should I get them and what in the world is mold release?

  46. Mold release is so the tire doesn’t stick to the mold after the liquid rubber dries in the tire mold. Same concept as working with fiberglass molds.

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