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Duratrac sidewalls cut too easy?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by MadToy, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. Mar 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM
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    After a minor skirmish with a rock, I basically trashed my Duratrac. I had someone else with Duratracs say they had a similar issue with minor contact. Has anyone else seen issues with the sidewalls on their Duratracs? From the look of the cut on my tire, it must have happened when I was in reverse.

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  2. Mar 19, 2012 at 6:43 PM
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    That looks like a little more than minor judging by the damage to the rim as well.
     
  3. Mar 19, 2012 at 6:54 PM
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    Myself and another member have had problems with the duratracs...wouldnt recommend them for a rig that sees much trail use.

    I had to plug the upper edge of the sidewall, which held and the other member lost two on the trail

    Edit: ive seen a helluva lot more rim damage from parallel parking
     
  5. Mar 19, 2012 at 7:04 PM
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    I have a slice on a sidewall as well. Its not super deep but its enough to make me a little nervous and the tires will all be getting replaced before summer.

    I'm almost certain I know exactly when and where it happened...at a meet last summer and my back end slid off some rocks. Simple mistake.
     
  6. Mar 19, 2012 at 7:06 PM
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    This is what I'm thinking. It was a minor scuff. That rim damage is very minor compared to the cut in the tire.
     
  7. Mar 19, 2012 at 7:11 PM
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    I have much deeper gouges scrapes on my stock wheels when i was using my stock tires and didnt have anything like that happen...

    I again wouldnt recommend them for any actual trail use but for city driving they look mean ;)
     
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    I've heard bad reports about the Duratracs and their sidewalls. Same with the Wrangler Silent Armors. Haven't heard much about the MTR sidewalls yet.
     
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    I hope not the mtrs have kevlar sidewalls... takes some moderate + offroading to kill them
     
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    They do their job real well in the trails - pretty good compromise for rocks and mud, and great ride on the highway. But the sidewall strength is certainly making me think they aren't going to last long on the rocks.
     
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    i just got my tires not that long ago, and some of the tread has similiar smaller goudges in them, almost like its peeling. I have only gone through some mud, on a grassy section by my house (its legal, just a back alley, that was wet), so there was no rocks that should have caused that much of a goudge. Its nothing major, but kinda surprised me that something so minor could have goudged the tire
     
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    Not to revive a dead one...but my duratracs are also peeling away on the sidewalls...
     
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    I have them as well and while they look great IMO and do awesome as a daily driver for an aggressive AT, their weakness is their sidewall and toughness, hence the lighter weight compared to other aggressive AT's with thicker 3 ply sidewalls like Cooper ST Maxx and BFG KO's, it's a trade off.
     
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    Are ya'll running the C load rating? don't they make a D or E load for the duratrac, that has a thicker sidewall? Reason I ask is, this is the tire I want to get after mine wear out.
     
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