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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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37" Goodyear MT's - good in mud, terrible in rain

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got the chance to take my new 37's in some foot - foot and a half deep mud... it out performed my stock rubicon 32's drastically...however... my 32's could drive in the rain... These cant.. I mean .. They REALLY CANT. If you hit a puddle/ splash these will follow the puddle.

In essence, they actually pull the vehicle to the side of the puddle. I've had three, yes three instances where I spin out entirely - and many more where I almost spin out...usually at 30-60 mph.. I love these tires though... I'm just damn afraid to drive in the rain!

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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:52 PM   #2
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Well your 37's are probably 13 or 12.5 wide compared to the 10 inch wide stocker. This gives more traction in mud but makes them boat hulls going through water. 37s aren't meant to be going 60 mph through puddles of water. I have the same tires in 35x12.50 and almost the same case. I've never spun out with them but I go slow when running through puddled water on the highway.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:54 PM   #3
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Wait... a 12.5" wide tire can't hit a puddle at high speed? Don't believe it.


Last year we went across the island for our summer camping trip. We got caught in a heavy rainstorm on the way back and the highway had tire-ruts filled with water. I had to practically crawl along because of the footprint of the tires. Others with regular tires weren't doing very well either.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:59 PM   #4
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Run I run Mickey Thompson Mtz's in the 35/12.50 variety and they do great in the rain.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:02 PM   #5
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No 12.5" wide tire (or any other tire for that matter) will do great in a puddle at high speed. Anybody remember their first driver's exam?
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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:03 PM   #6
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I'm shocked that wide tires hydroplane and pull the vehicle to the side. Absolutely shocked!
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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:12 PM   #7
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Yeah, it's wide, but a lot of voids. In other words, there's a lot of room for the displaced water to go. I don't know anything, but I would have expected better, also. MTs look like big dirt bike tires to me......
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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:41 PM   #8
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Mine done great from Kentucky to Florida at 75 to 80 mph on I-65 in bad rain for about half the trip. I have rode in other vehicles with 12.5 tires of different brands and not so good.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:58 PM   #9
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my trail grapplers aren't TERRIBLE to the point of me spinning out. but i do notice a pull when i hit a decent sized puddle going over 35mph. Its to be expected in something wide all around the vehicle.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 02:43 PM   #10
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Mud terrain tires or any offroad tire for that matter are not meant for street driving its that simple. The grooves are not meant to funnel water out like a wet weather highway tire. They are meant for traction in mud and rocks while moving slow. You are in the wrong vehicle with the wrong tires if you want to fly down the highway.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 02:55 PM   #11
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My jeep with 315/70/17 Mtz's handles wet roads as good as my f-150 with 265/70/17 Goodyear at's. that is at all speeds legal to drive plus the allowable 5-8 mph over. My jeep tires actually do better on take off on wet roads than my f-150 tires.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 03:00 PM   #12
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What wheels are you running these on? Re-centered H1's? Any pictures? (I have the same tires in my garage but I currently have them on 5x5.5 for the CJ)
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I run mine on 17x9 Mickey Thompson classic lock black wheels.
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Mud terrain tires or any offroad tire for that matter are not meant for street driving its that simple. The grooves are not meant to funnel water out like a wet weather highway tire. They are meant for traction in mud and rocks while moving slow. You are in the wrong vehicle with the wrong tires if you want to fly down the highway.
I wouldn't go that far. I've run my 35 MTRs down the interstate in pouring down rain at 60 and had no problems. They clear the water just as they would clean mud out. The problem is when you find water that has gathered on a highway in which case most tires cannot handle at that speed. Being 12.5 inches wide makes then even worse.
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Hey guys...

got the chance to take my new 37's in some foot - foot and a half deep mud... it out performed my stock rubicon 32's drastically...however... my 32's could drive in the rain... These cant.. I mean .. They REALLY CANT. If you hit a puddle/ splash these will follow the puddle.

In essence, they actually pull the vehicle to the side of the puddle. I've had three, yes three instances where I spin out entirely - and many more where I almost spin out...usually at 30-60 mph.. I love these tires though... I'm just damn afraid to drive in the rain!

^^^ Agreed, my tires are fine in the rain, too, however there is also a big difference between "rainy" or "wet" roads and PUDDLES of varying depth. No tire - no matter what you are running - performs well in a puddle at high speed.
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