I am thinking of doing a review of Treadwright tires http://www.treadwright.com/
. I have no affiliation with this company but I had done a lot of research both on the net and with people I know and if people are interested then I will update this frequently for others to take a look at. If no interest, then I will move on. I know there is another person that was doing a review on another sight and also saw one done by (i think) 4wd magazine, but in my mind the more info the better. These are being mounted to a 2012 JKU 6 speed Rubicon.
These tires are retreads and as such, you will get many many opinions from people. They are not retreads done in a way similar to cemi tires. Youtube shows their manufacturing process and it is not simply slapping on some premade tread. See here
I have a family member that has used them for years and swears by them, so that is what initially drove me in that direction. He has had zero issue with them so I thought I would gamble and see how they are. Why gamble? THEY ARE HALF THE PRICE OF COMPARABLE TIRES.
The tires I got are 315/70 R 17's which I think is 34.8 diameter tires. I paid about $1100.00 for 5 tires delivered to my door. They were here in about 4 days. I looked at the tires and was surprised at how similar the tread patter is to the stock Rubi BF's that came factory. See pics attached. First pic is factory BF, second is Treadwright.
Know up front that many of the large tire chains wont mount these tires to your factory rims. Especially if you have spacers (bought two sets of RC spacers for about $110). So I went to yahoo local and called one shop close to me and told him what I wanted to do and he said he would mount the spacers and 5 tires for $100.00. Sold. I should point out that I have a 2.5 inch lift and have trimmed the pinch seams for those that didnt know.
My initial impression in driving them is that they are fantastic. The extra diameter of the tires makes the first gear granny gear much more livable around town. I have 4.10 gears and was worried that on the freeway it would be an issue at speed and the 3.6 handles it with no issue. I was doing 75 on the freeway (confirmed by gps) and still had plenty of power on tap in 6th gear.
I noticed that there is an increase in sound with the aggressive pattern. It is not overwhelming or annoying, but there is more "humm" from the tires.
I havent had a chance as of yet to take them offroad and will update with that later. This weekend I have to highway trip 200 miles so I will be able to report back on that as well.
The tires come with a warranty and I saw discussion that someone had gotten 50k miles (dont know if that will happen) . Here is the warranty:
Uniformity Warranty: 6 Months / first 1/32” wear
Materials of the
2 Year / Free replacement first 12
months or 25% of tread (whichever
occurs first), then prorated to the final
2/32” of tread.
Some will say "why buy a 2012 and then put retreads on it?" and I will respond with "why not roll the dice on saving $1,000.00 for a tire that by all rights should equal other tires". Dont buy into all the negative press on retreads. There are different types and the technology has come a long way since the 60's.
Below is a before and after picture. If there is no interest in this, I will just keep the info to myself, but I thought others out there may have an interest. Good luck jeepin