Dead thread resurrection!
I've been running DuraTracs (245/75R16, load range C) for about 2.5 years now, and have nearly 40,000 miles on them. Observations:
- In the first 15,000-20,000 miles, wet traction is astonishing. Never had traction like that on slick roads with ANY tire, street or otherwise. Chock that up to deep tread and good siping.
- Pressure was at 45psi for over 18 months (until about a month ago) through several dozen wheeling trips (Uwharrie, Hidden Falls, etc) and a few cross-country drives. Also forged new senderos down in south Texas through all kinds of mesquite and cactus without a single puncture (found a few spines stuck in the lugs).
- Awesome compromise between road noise, A/T, and M/T traction. I've only gotten stuck once, and that was this past weekend with a hair under 3/8" of tread left in a horribly washed out, muddy descent that left me dragging my differentials. Final escape attempt involved WOT in reverse in 4LO, and I couldn't get past the final snag on my front diff.
- Oh yeah, and they're stellar in snow even without studs. The circumferential troughs in the tread are nice and wide and shed snow (and mud) insanely well.
I've had several friends and coworkers buy them after they've come wheeling with me and ridden around in my XJ. Goodyear seriously hit a home run with the DuraTracs. As with any tire, though, their performance drops noticeably once you're past 50% of the tread life.
I'm buying another set in the next few weeks, but stepping up to 285/75R16s (now that I have 5.5" of lift I didn't really want) and re-gearing to 4.56's with Detroit Lockers (possibly a TrueTrac in the rear, but I haven't committed yet).
if your Jeep is a weekend warrior that sees some DD duties and is driven to the trails, this is the tire for you. If it's just a trailer queen, stick with super-aggressive mud tires as you might be disappointed in comparison.