Alright so it is about time for me to get some new tires. I had the KM2s and loved them but think I just want to get a nice all terrain instead. I have two questions first is what size should I run. I have a 4 inch RC lift with 245s on it right now. I want to go bigger but not to a 32 that is to big for me. I dont like seeing the tire jammed in their I like some space. My second question is what tire is better the MTR or Duratrac. Never ran either and need some opinions. Been doing some googling and reading but I wanted some WJ owners opinions.
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'99 TJ (DD)
'89 XJ (WIP)
MT/R is not a mud tire. It stands for Maximum Traction/Reinforced sidewalls. MT/R is better than a Duratrac. I turned wrenches for GY for a while, MT/R's just last longer on customers vehicles and wore better.
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I have duratracs now and love them. Only about 2k miles on them but have done great on the beach, ride quiet at 70 on highway and are great in rain. Don't hydroplane like I used to. Haven't used them in snow yet but I'm not in any rush for that
My father has Duratracs on his F350 and loves them. They do amazing in snow and are surprisingly quiet on the road as well. I am planning on putting some on the Jeep come fall time in the stock 225/75/16. Looking forward to replacing the beat tires that are on it now.
I have a 2" BB and run 265/70/17 DuraTracs. This is the second time I've used this set up (first time was on my WK) and love how the tires performed in all weather. I was ran off the road by a semi truck in a snowstorm going over MT Hood. Even though I went off the side of the road, the tires held on and pulled me out like it was nothing. I was impressed with them before that happened, but that incident sealed the deal and I will only go with DuraTracs as long as they're made. I've also driven in the mud with them quite a bit and pulled my buddies f350 out when a bronco on 39s failed.
05 WK Limited with 2" RC, 1.5" wheel spacers, 265/70/17 Duratracs, K&N drop in, expanded grille mod painted black, tail light guards, tinted tail lights, Superchips Flashpaq, and a 5.7 HEMI!!! 87 J10 w/ AMC 360 and headers /// 84 J10 with SOA, 33" BFG MTs, and AMC 360
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I don't care what MT/R technically stands for...it's a mud tire. Period. 50% of the tread design looks like an agricultural tire. It's insane. The KM2 was the loudest, harshest tire I ever ran...but the MT/R will not win any awards for smooth quiet ride or snow traction either.
I would suggest the Duratrac for you. It wears WAY better, performs better in the snow, and it is more lightweight and quiet on the road (better MPGs). Great all around tire. Just stay away from sharp rocks and tree stumps.
'92 YJ - heavily modded
'96 ZJ - heavily modded
'05 KJ CRD Limited - 370 lb./ft. from a 4-cylinder and trail ready. Pure awesomeness.
'11 Mango Tango JKU Sport - Mods
'12 Dozer JKU Sport S - 6-speed - ACE rock rails - Max Tow package - Daystar spacers - 33x12.50 Duratracs
On my second set of Duratracs, first set was on my ZJ, now on my WJ. IMO they are the best ALL AROUND tire. They probably aren't the best in any one category but are super versatile. Being from central rural Minnesota, I love them. Great for hitting the back roads whether its gravel or mud and great on the snow and ice. I'm running 265/65R17 on just under two inches of lift.
If it works, it works...do it for you.
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I agree that duratracs are the best all around tire. I have them on my YJ and they now have over 20k miles and still work great. They're amazing in the snow and quiet on the highway. I'll be putting a set on my WJ when it needs tires. I have MT/Rs on my off road YJ and they're an amazing tire for strictly off road but I would not recommend them for the road.