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Old 09-30-2013, 08:32 PM   #561
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I have a set of 32" Duratracs, that I've put right at 42000 miles on. This is going to be kind of long so bear with me. Let me address a few of the questions I have seen on a couple of the pages I went through. This is my DD that's also my trail beater on those lucky weekends I get to go. I'd say 85% driving on pavement and daily commute is 30-35 miles round rip.

The tire pressure question:
They do not require higher pressure than normal tires, though they can run it if you really want to. I think tire says max is 55 or 65 psi, but I would never run them that high where I live. This is basically a commercial work tire that regular consumers have come to know and love. Just like any tire, the more pressure you put in it, the "harder" it will be. I run my at 30-32 on the street and the mid 20s on the trails.

The thin sidewall topic:
Anybody talking about a "thin sidewall" is helping spread negative & erroneous information and most likely has never owned a set of Duratracs. Yes there are thicker sidewalls and yes there are thinner. I have run Duratracs for the last 4 years in all conditions except snow. I have come down hard off of rocks, run over and brushed up against cacti out in Big Bend and not once have I had a sidewall. I have brushed up against and hit curbs without a single sidewall issue. This tire is truly tough as nails.

Balancing Act:
These tires new had no balancing issues whatsoever new. I religiously rotate my tires every 3-4K miles. As the miles started racking up I started noticing the weights accumulating too. At my current mileage, about 42k, 3 of my tires have at least 3 weights on them and one of them has 4. I'm guessing its getting harder to balance them or maybe just rookies at discount tire.

How's the Tread Wear?
I'm actually really impressed with the tread wear of these tires. When I bought them I was told they were a 50,000 mile tire and I didn't believe. At 42k and still easily 1/3 of my tread left I am still confident hitting the trail without getting stuck. I did hydroplane for the first time on these tires at about 40k miles, but it was a small and mainly my fault, I shouldn't have tried to take a turn going 20mph while it was raining. I haven't done it since and these tires love getting wet. Also I wanted to note that I have not had any chunking, just nice even wear.

How is the road noise?
This tire is surprisingly quiet, I really mean that. I don't have to run the radio and my wife doesn't even notice any road noise. I'm at 42k miles and I'm just now starting to hear a small whine, I partially blame the balance job on the tires. It's not even really noticeable unless you're looking for it. For the aggressive pattern and capabilities of this tire I'd seriously compare the noise to a regular street tire.

Wobbly or shaking steering wheel?
Not until I read the previous posts on this thread about people having a mild shake in their steering wheel did I realize I had one... at 65 mph. Anything before 65 and after 70 is smooth sailin'. With tires nearing the end of their life I cant possibly blame it on the manufacturing process or quality of this tire.

I've heard DuraTracs love collecting gravel.
This one I can't deny. Compared to the previous tires I've owned I can say the spacing between lugs does like to hang onto loose gravel. With that said though, and beg gap between lugs will pick up rocks. I normally don't notice it until I get going about 30 or 40 and all of a sudden it sounds like gunshots. I also notice it when I'm cruising with my windows down and hear the rocks making that all too familiar "clack clack" sound. A set of keys or a screwdriver usually sets them straight fairly quickly.

What's duratracs most often overlooked feature?
Duratracs come with a wheel protector built inside the tire! Its a really good design and keeps the rim tucked away and safe. 4 years and no rim damage. Look at them on someone's wheel next time you spot a pair and you will see what I'm talking about. look at the edge of the rim and the base of the tire, then look at another set of tires. It does a really good job protecting and don't quote me on this and I have no way to verify it, but I personally think it helps with running lower pressures in your tires.

Overview:
The DuraTrac is a beast of a tire that can take whatever beating you can throw at it and last a long time. It handles great in Dry, Wet, Muddy, Sandy, Rocky, Cactus-y, and any other condition I can't think of off the top of my head. I cannot speak for snow, but look it up on YouTube, its impressive. You will not waste your money buying a set, they will do nothing but impress you. I know its listed as an aggressive all terrain, but this tires daddy was definitely a mud terrain because it does REALLY well in the mud and that's not common amongst most ATs (don't crucify me for that comment).

If you have any other questions about them lemme know and I'll try to throw in my 2 cents.
Might I add that was one hell of a 1st post!! Lots of good information, I concur!
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^X2. Make my decision to buy those easier. I think I'll have them siped even more though for the winter. I noticed the siping doesn't really go very deep.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:52 PM   #563
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^X2. Make my decision to buy those easier. I think I'll have them siped even more though for the winter. I noticed the siping doesn't really go very deep.
The guy at Discount Tire had strong negative words to say about siping the Duratracs. I don't remember exactly why, but I do remember he talked me out of that when I mentioned it
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Interesting...May be due to the soft compound and the risk of chunking offroad. I'll read up on that and maybe hold off on siping until they're worn down a bit.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:59 PM   #565
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Interesting...May be due to the soft compound and the risk of chunking offroad. I'll read up on that and maybe hold off on siping until they're worn down a bit.
Research is always best...
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:23 AM   #566
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The guy at Discount Tire had strong negative words to say about siping the Duratracs. I don't remember exactly why, but I do remember he talked me out of that when I mentioned it
Pretty sure they're already siped to begin with....
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Pretty sure they're already siped to begin with....
Sorta, but not in a big way.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/BigPic...m=675QR6WDTOWL

Compared to, say, a true winter tire:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/BigPic...rtnum=47R6DMV1
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Yes they are siped already but not very far into the tread. Looks like they would be gone after the tire wore down a little bit. I normally wouldn't care but I'll be using it mostly in the winter and siping helps a lot on ice.
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This may have been said a bunch already, but my vote is for Toyo Open Country A/T II's.

Main reason is if your Tacoma has the IFS, the outer studs/lugs on the BFGs will tend to twist due to the Toyota (or any) IFS. This causes the outside of the BFGs to wear a lot faster. Each outer stud on the Toyos is linked by a "tie bar" to the other studs next to it, keeping the wear consistent across the tire.

BFG's are a great tire and they've been around for 40-some years, but they haven't changed with truck technology. I've had great experience with them on a '96 Jeep Cherokee, but that had a solid Dana 30/44. BFGs just aren't the best option for trucks with IFS.

The BFGs were originally designed to drive on sand, and in my experience do fine in snow and mud. They are made with an oil-based rubber so the Toyos are allegedly better, but haven't experienced that first-hand yet. BFGs are good tires, I would just worry about the tire wear.
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This may have been said a bunch already, but my vote is for Toyo Open Country A/T II's.

Main reason is if your Tacoma has the IFS, the outer studs/lugs on the BFGs will tend to twist due to the Toyota (or any) IFS. This causes the outside of the BFGs to wear a lot faster. Each outer stud on the Toyos is linked by a "tie bar" to the other studs next to it, keeping the wear consistent across the tire.

BFG's are a great tire and they've been around for 40-some years, but they haven't changed with truck technology. I've had great experience with them on a '96 Jeep Cherokee, but that had a solid Dana 30/44. BFGs just aren't the best option for trucks with IFS.

The BFGs were originally designed to drive on sand, and in my experience do fine in snow and mud. They are made with an oil-based rubber so the Toyos are allegedly better, but haven't experienced that first-hand yet. BFGs are good tires, I would just worry about the tire wear.
Aren't all tires petroleum based...?
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My two cents so far are. I ran 265 BFGs for about a year with no problems then I went with a 285 Duratrac. Last week I went offroading in some mud and got stuck. Got pulled out and drove home noticing my pressure was low on the front tire. Woke up the next morning and it was flat. Took it in and I somehow punctured the sidewall. Luckily, I got America's Tires Warranty so free tire for me! Not sure if that helps ease people's fear with the sidewall issue but it can happen to any tire! Looking forward to trying the duratracs out in the snow though!
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both tires are awesome been around both quite a bit, the duratrac's are a louder tire but I think the duratrac's have a little more traction not much tho
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Aren't all tires petroleum based...?
I think some are silica based..? http://us.coopertire.com/Tires/Light...ERER-A-T3.aspx

I am getting new tires today..replacing the BFG AT KO on there now. I got 75,000 miles out of those BFG's. And they were the 6th set I've had (3 work truck, 3 personal truck). Never had any problems with them and they always took me where I wanted, when I wanted.

That being said, I wanted a change. so on my last work truck I went for a set of Duratracs. The Duratracs looked a performed great...for the whole 2 months I had them..got a new work truck. So I didn't get a chance to really put the Duratracs through the paces and see how long they would last.
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