Why so down on Goodyear? They have made some junk in the past, and maybe still do make some (not sure).
I think most tire brands have made some junk, but I still like a brand if it also makes some good products too.
I know of 3 good Goodyear tires they make right now. Silent Armor (over priced, but good), Duratrac, and MTR-K. I even think their Wrangler tires are OK.
Adragg, where are you? They're talking trash about your brand. Why am I having to defend Goodyear? I don't use that brand. Though I could be happy using Silent Armor (other than cost), or Duratrac (if I needed something that aggressive).
Adragg, after all the grief you gave me, now you're just going to be silent while your fave brand gets b-slapped in print? The hell you are. Speak up man, and don't direct any venom my way because for once we're on the same side.
The prior 2 paragraphs are partly tongue in cheek humor. So please don't anyone take me to seriously or get offended, BUT I am serious when I say Goodyear makes 3 very good tires that I know of. I am also serious when I ask, where is Adragg and the other Goodyear users and supporters?
I'm a Cooper, Hankook, and Hercules guy, but I like many other brands too, including Goodyear. Not necessarily all their stuff, but some of it.
I have been busy lately, which is the main reason I haven't responded until now, but eh. I just don't care that much. Goodyear isn't really "my brand", necessarily. The Duratracs are just the tire I decided to go with with after much deliberation. I didn't get them because I'm a huge Goodyear fan, GY just happened to make the tire that I became a fan of.
I think the Duratracs are the first Goodyear's I've had on any vehicle I've owned, and he Dura's are still new to me. Mine seem to be very nice, quality tires but that's all I can speak for. I don't have long-term experience with lots of GY tires. But mine seem to be great and the Duratracs and MTR's seem to have an awesome reputation from most owners.
I did read on a couple occasions that GY's aren't round enough or take a lot of weight to balance, but I took a chance. I knew if they couldn't get them to balance or they vibrated or whatever, I'd just exchange them. I even anticipated having to get a replacement since I know they can be a little harder to balance, but mine took average weight to balance, while one or two of them seem to have taken a bit more. But as long as they ultimately balance and ride nice with no vibes and little noise, I don't care all that much. Mine are working very well for me.
So yeah, I have heard a few bad things about GY tires, but they're a very popular tire (the Duratracs in particular, in the context of Jeeps and this forum) and I don't expect to see positive reviews from everyone when there are that many people who own and reviewed and commented on this tire. They seem to get a lot less hate than BFG A/T's, for instance. I think they have a pretty solid reputation considering how popular they are.
I haven't heard anything about Duratracs cupping or wearing quickly. I've mostly just heard the contrary, that they wear very well. They aren't reputed to have super strong rock-crawler MT sidewalls, but that's the trade-off for a light tire. They also have a bit of a reputation from some people for being difficult to balance, but that's not that big of a risk, to me. Ultimately, they will get balanced nicely and ride well, or they will get replaced. If they proved to be overly problematic in that sense, I would just get different tires altogether.
I don't really care about people bashing GY, I'm perfectly happy with mine. Nothing wrong with people sharing their experiences with GY tires (even if the experiences might be from a long time ago or in regard to totally different tires than Jeep guys would use). That's not something I'm going to take the time to argue about, especially since I have only owned one set of GY tires and only for a short time. When Charley and I had our argument, it wasn't because I was defending GY as a brand, it was only because I felt the Duratrac was a tire that deserved to be compared amongst all of the other tires reviewed in this thread.
If someone has experience with GY tires and dislikes them, that's not hugely important to me. That said, I will say that my experience with the GY Duratrac (which is limited) is very positive. I will take care of them and rotate them regularly and I think they will probably last a long time and serve me well. I love having such a capable tire that looks so aggressive and is so well-mannered on the road.