Seriously? They're quieter than BFG ATs? I'm skeptical, because my BFG ATs are as quiet as road tires, and these Goodyears have shorter treadblocks without the interlocking of the BFG pattern.
Fire-xj says his have developed a hum
my goodyear hum is less than my bfg hum, both tires being new.
Maybe im a pathelogical liar, maybe not.
i gave my opinion, take it as that, an opinion.
I'm not calling anyone a liar. I wouldn't do that. I'm sure everyone posts in good faith. However, please read below about noise and contact patch, and how tire pressure affects both.
I can believe that the Duratracs might be quieter than BFG AT when the Duratrac is over inflated, not getting a good contact patch, and running mostly on it's center AT/All Season treads which are tightly packed (smaller voids) than the BFG AT center treads. In that situation the Duratrac would be quieter, IMO.
However, if the Duratrac is run a tire pressure that gives a flat contact patch across the tread from outer edge to edge, then I think the Duratrac would make more noise than the BFG AT because the Duratrac has more aggressive outer lugs.
I remember I used to think the Cooper ST I had were as quiet as BFG AT. However, my ST were that quiet because they were over inflated and running mostly on center treads - with outer part of outer lugs not contacting ground. I didn't realize that for a while. Later on, I realized my contact patch sucked and I was over inflated. So I adjusted the tire pressure to get a better contact patch. With a lower tire pressure that gave a flat contact patch all the way across the tread, the ST then growled a little and were definitely noisier than BFG AT; though the ST were still quieter than any MT I've ever heard (and way quieter than MTR I had).
I think the Duratrac is a great hybrid tire and I like it. However, I don't think it can be quieter than a BFG AT if both tires are run at a pressure that gives a flat contact patch.
Yes, I have owned all the tires mentioned in this post, except for the Duratrac. I owned two sets of BFG AT (one before the ST and one after).
I'm not calling anyone a liar. I'm sure everyone posts in good faith. However, please check your contact patch on the Duratrac and adjust tire pressure as needed to get a flat contact patch. Then see how much noise they make when those semi-agressive outer lugs are contacting the ground all the way to the outer edge of the lugs.
I think you'll find that they are a bit noisier than the BFG AT, though I'm sure the Duratrac are still quiet enough and they are clearly a great tire. IMO
I'd be curious to hear how much noise your Duratracs make after you've verified that you have a flat contact patch and have adjusted tire pressure as needed.