Goodyear Fortera HL

Goodyear Fortera HL

Don’t pay dealer prices. Same tires. Half the price- Amazon customer review. 

Can’t beat this price plus no tax.
I got 40K out of my last set on a 2013 Dodge Durango

High-performance all-season tires for sporty coupes and sedans
Variable angle grooves for higher mechanical grip
Innovative all season compound for top level grip on wet and dry conditions
Longitudinal and lateral groove optimization to minimize the risk of aquaplaning even when cornering
Optimized pitch sequence and continuous circumferential element for a high driving acoustic comfort

They good tires,and good price
it was my second set I bought, they are good on Infiniti FX35 2006
BUT they are NOT good in Snow

 

Dura Tracs on Nissan Frontier Are Super Quiet

Dura Tracs on Nissan Frontier
Dura Tracs on Nissan Frontier 235/75/16

If you live in snow country and want a great year round tire, then you should check out these Dura Tracs on this Nissan Frontier. Usually when I see a tread pattern this aggressive, they’re noisy. Not these. Listen to my comments on a test drive after doing an alignment the other day.

They have the mountain snow flake symbol, which means they’ve been tested specifically for cold weather.

Snow Flake Symbol
Snow Flake Symbol

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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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Goodyear MTR Kevlar Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler MTR Kevlar

In wet traction the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar is the highest rated tire in its category out of 8 other tires according to user surveys at one major tire retailer. It’s the 3rd highest rated tire overall behind the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 and the Firestone Destination M/T. With a Kevlar 3 ply sidewall, you can feel pretty safe in areas with sharp rocks as most other tires are 2 ply.

Goodyear spent over 2 years developing the MTR with Kevlar which is a lot longer than they usually spend on developing a single model of tire. And in case you didn’t know MTR means Maximum Traction/Reinforced

Goodyear partnered with Sandia National Labs to perform computer modeling of the perfect tread design. They digitally modeled various tread patterns, seeking the right balance of rock crawling grip with the ability to quickly flush mud out of the tire’s deep grooves.

Nobody likes getting stuck and or flats which was the driving force behind the design of this tire.

The reviews  are 99% positive about the new Goodyear MTR with Kevlar.

In the video below, I show and tell you about noise, ride and handling characteristics of the tire on the hi-way.  It was a pleasant surprise. I really thought they were going to be very noisy. A little, but not bad.

My test drive video of a Dodge Ram 3500 with a new set of MTR’s.

User feedback:

One guy said he’s running a set on his F350 and goes places in 2 wheel drive that most people have to be in wheel drive to get to. And he’s totally happy with the ride quality and low tire noise.

Goodyear Wrangler MTR Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler MTR Kevlar

 

Another guy said;

I’ve been to Moab a lot and these tires stick like Spiderman..

Benefits most reported of the Goodyear Wrangler MTR Kevlar:

  • Quiet on High-way
  • Great Traction
  • Puncture resistant 3 Ply sidewall
  • Smooth ride

I’ve read pretty much page after page of glowing reviews from owners of this tire.  There was one guy who didn’t like them. But there is always one…

Buy or Don’t Buy?

Based on the user feed back, I’d definitely consider buying the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar. It’s a top contender in it’s category.

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Goodyear MTR Tire Review

Goodyear MTR
Goodyear  MTR

This Goodyear MTR tire review is based from a variety of sources. At jeepreviews.com a guy said the Goodyear MT/R’s work great in mud and snow . Another guy said they were so so in the snow. One guy say’s when he first got the tires they rode great. Now that they’re over half worn they shake violently at 45MPH.

What he doesn’t realize is he has other issues going on. It’s not the tires fault he didn’t rotate or balance them. But more likely he has a steering dampner that’s shot.

Mostly positive reviews from over 40 people who contributed at the jeep site. Contributors at Tirerack had very similar comments. But there was a higher than normal amount of negative reviews compared to a lot of other tires I’ve reviewed here.

One thing that seems to be consistent was guys who said they rotated their tires regularly got the most miles out of the MTR’s.

Consumer survey results in the Off-Road Maximum Traction category at one tire retailer
place the Goodyear MTR  4th behind the MTR with Kevlar and Bfg Mud Terrain TA KM2 and the number 1 ranked Firestone Destination M/T.

Pros:
3 Ply sidewalls.
Great middle of the road tire; on/off road

Cons:
LOUD! If you want a quiet ride, buy something else.
Very poor in sand. On dunes and soft river bottoms, you will just dig a hole.

Check out the MTR’s in this mud video.

A lot of guys said the GoodyearWranlger MTR’s have great sidewall traction on rocks as this short video will show.

Buy or No Buy?

Even though there was a lot of positive reviews. There was more than a fair amount of negative comments too. Mostly due to noise, traction and duration of tire life, (short). If it was only a couple out of 40 I’d ignore them. But it was considerably more.

I think I’d pass on these. For this kind of money I’d go with the Kevlar MTR’s if I just had to have Goodyear’s.

 

Replacing Runflat Corvette Tires

Replacing runflat Corvette tires? Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar EMT’s come stock on Corvettes and pretty much everyone agrees they suck.  A better choice for your Vette is the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP if you’re looking for a great all around tire.

Most owners of the original Goodyear’s don’t have anything nice to say about them. Based on real consumer feed back, I’d recommend going with Michelin’s PS2 instead or Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 if you’re into maximum performance.  If you’re like most of us and would like the most performance you can get without having to give up too much in tire life and over all cost, watch the video below.

A friend and former employee of mine who runs a super cherry C-5 and is so anal about how his car performs, made this video for me. He’s running Michelin Pilot Sport AS Runflats.

Replacing Runflat Corvette Tires | Real Consumer Video

There are a lot of different tires on the market for replacing runflat Corvette tires, the brand and model of tire that you choose obviously will have a lot to do with how much you pay.

If money is no object, I would go with the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP. If you only want to put the cheapest tire you can find on the car, then I would buy the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110.

Michelin makes two different models of tire for the Corvette that I’m aware of, the Pilot Sport PS2 and the Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP. From what I’ve read everybody loves both the PS2 and the A/S. The PS2 is a maximum performance summer tire and the AS is an ultra high performance all season tire. While the AS won’t stick as well as the PS2 will, it probably will last twice as long according to the uniform tire quality guide and it has a 45,000 mile rating. Read our review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S ZP here.

They’re other tires that are more middle of the road price and performance wise, such as theBFGoodrich G Force T/A KDW 2 which is a whole lot less money than the Michelin but not a whole lot more than the Hankook Ventus V12 evo k110. I’ve always liked BFGoodrich because they always seem to make good tires.

The BFGoodrich has a very distinct looking tread pattern and once you warm them up, I hear they stick pretty good. But like the Goodyears, they tend to be pretty noisy. So noisy in fact, that a couple of guys I know said they sound like the car has a bad wheel bearing.

Firestone also makes a Corvette tire, the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT Tire . It’s a lot less than the Michelin’s but it’s more than the BFGoodrich tire. The good news about the Firestone tire is I can’t find anything bad about it as far as noise goes or anything else for that matter. Probably a good choice for an average daily driver price and performance wise.

Replacing Runflat Corvette Tires With A Super Sticky Street Tire

There’s one more tire we should talk about for the Vette, the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11. Even if you’re car is running up to 500 HP you’ll have to work to break these loose. They’re that sticky according to a few reports that I’ve read.

When replacing runflat Corvette tires you don’t have to put runflats back on, but if you get a flat you’re going to have to call a tow truck because as you probably know, cars that come with runflats don’t have spare tires.  Personally, if I was replacing runflat Corvette tires, I’d stay with runflats.

Buy or Don’t Buy?

I would never put the Goodyear’s that came stock on the car back on. Just too noisy and too short of tread life for the amount of money they cost. I’d go with the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP runflat personally, because they stick better, last longer and ride quieter than the Goodyears. If I was looking for more longevity, I’d go with the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP.

If you have your heart set on Goodyear run flats. Check Amazon for them.