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Tires:

Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac
Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac A/T LT265/70/R17 C Load
 
After running Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo with UNI-T AQII P265/70/R17 (32") Standard Load for numerous years I decided to try an even more agressive A/T tire. This time it would be the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac A/T LT265/70/R17 C Load
 
These tires get rave reviews all around from superior traction on and off road in all conditions (dry, wet, dirt, mud, slush, snow, rocks, etc.), long life, low tread noise, great ride quality and so forth. Once again, I had them mounted with the blackwalls out and the outline white letters facing in. And this time I remembered to specify putting the weights on the inside of the rim for a cleaner look.
 
I went with the C load rating. These are available in "E" load rating which I would recommend if you do alot of off-road driving. The E loads are alot stiffer (3 side wall plys rather than 2), heavier (6 pounds heavier each), are wider (1/2" wider) and more expensive ($10 more per tire). None of those items I desired for the type of driving that I primarily do, so why not save money up front, get better gas mileage along the way with a more comfortable and compliant ride.
 
Ideally I would love to see these offered in a 275/70/17 size for an extra 1/2" overall size and another 1/2" additional width, but the 275 width is only available in 18" rim sizes. That said these tires in 265/70/17 size are almost 1/2" wider than the same size Revos I previously had.
 
This tire bears the Severe Service Emblem denoting that it is suitable for use in severe winter conditions. Tires bearing this symbol will provide better winter performance than tires only bearing the M+S rating.
 

Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac

Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac

Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac

Mountain Snowflake Symbol Rated
 
 
DESCRIPTION:
A workhorse tire for rugged off-road terrain – including snow – that still offers a quieter ride on paved roads. The bold aggressive tread design is great for work truck towing & hauling.
 
A hardworking, versatile tire offering excellent on and off-road traction, the new Wrangler DuraTrac features Tractive Groove Technology to help get the job done when the roads get tough. Offering enhanced traction in deep mud and snow, this hardworking tire is meant for drivers who don't know the meaning of the word quit. It’s available in 26 sizes and counting, from 15-inches to 20-inches.
 
The Wrangler DuraTrac is Goodyear's On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction light truck tire developed for the drivers of multi-purpose full-sized pickups, vans, sport utility and commercial vehicles looking for tires that play hard and work harder. The Wrangler DuraTrac is designed to be a versatile tire offering off-road competence in dirt, gravel and mud with on-road composure in dry, wet and wintry conditions.
 
Wrangler DuraTrac tires feature a rugged tread compound that helps resist tread block chipping, chunking and tearing, especially during heavy loading and towing applications. Its symmetric tread design combines large shoulders and highly angled center tread blocks to enhance stability and traction in dry and wet conditions. Self-cleaning, stepped shoulder blocks, zigzag sipes and Goodyear's TractiveGroove Technology at the base of the circumferential grooves provide thousands of biting edges to enhance traction in deep mud and snow. Wrangler DuraTrac tires feature a rim lock that helps prevent wheel slip throughout the life of the tire and offers a built-in rim protector to help protect wheels from accidental damage on- and off-road.
 
Wrangler DuraTrac light truck tires are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol to identify they meet industry severe snow service standards. Wrangler DuraTrac tires are designed to accept optional #16 metal studs to enhance ice traction.
 
FEATURES:
  • TractiveGroove Technology™ offers enhanced traction in deep mud and snow
  • Self-cleaning shoulder blocks help provide enhanced traction in dirt, gravel, and mud
  • Highly angled center tread blocks enhance traction and lateral stability while reducing road noise
  • Mountain snowflake symbol designation means outstanding winter traction
  • Rugged tread rubber resists block chipping, chunking, and tearing for a longer treadlife
  • EC symbol means compliance with Eurpoean standards for pass-by noise for a tire of this type
  • Rim protector helps protect wheels from accidental curb damage
  • Pinned for #16 metal studs for enhanced traction in winter driving conditions
    Tire Size Service
    Description
    Load
    Rating
    UTQG Max
    Load
    Max.
    Inflation
    Press.
    Tread
    Depth
    Tire
    Weight
    Rim
    Width
    Range
    Meas.
    Rim
    Width
    Sect.
    Width
    Tread
    Width
    Overall
    Diam.
    Revs
    Per
    Mile
    Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac A/T LT265/70/SR17 112/109Q C none
    2470 lbs.
    50 psi
    18/32"
    44 lbs. 7-8.5"
    8.0"
    10.7"
    8.2"
    31.7"
    657
    Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo P265/70/SR17 113S SL 500 A B
    2535 lbs.
    44 psi
    13/32"
    43 lbs. 7-9"
    8.0"
    10.6"
    7.8"
    31.7"
    658
    Dunlop AT20 P265/65/R17 110S SL 300 B B
    2337 lbs.
    51 psi
    11/32"
    36 lbs. 7.5-9.5"
    8"
    10.4"
    8.0"
    30.6"
    711

     
    Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac A/T LT265/70/R17 (32's)
    Daystar Lift (front and rear)
    combined with FJ springs (rear only)









    Initial Reaction:
     
    I don't have many miles on these at all at this point, but wanted to give a little initial feedback on them. Wow, big difference over the P Metric Revos. The look is perfect, just what I was going for. Agressive to say the least, perfect compliment to the lift. Though they measure the same 31.7" circumference, they do look larger. I actually had to trim the front edge of the fender a little more just to be on the safe side at it looked like it was very close to rubbing with the wheel turned. I had the installer fill them to 44lbs. and the ride home was much softer than I expected for an LT. I presume that is because they are C load LT's. Right away you can notice the much softer and deeper tread blocks, not what I was used to at all. You can feel the squirm around the turns. Also you will notice the tread noise, or hum, even at low speeds. It is not loud at all, but noticable in the background. The ride was too squirrely at 44lbs, so I quickly lowered them down to 40 and may try 38. The tread just doesnt lay flat at the higher pressure. You can tell the traction is greater than the Revos almost like you can feel the increased rolling resistance.
     
    Five Tire Rotation Pattern:
     

    Rotation Pattern
     
    The 4th generation 4Runner comes equipped with a full size spare tire mounted on a matching full size aluminum alloy wheel. I have upgraded the spare tire as well to a 32" Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tire. The one inch larger than factory tire does fit in the stock spare location.
     
    A five tire rotation pattern results in equally distributed use that will help maintain equivalent tread depths on all five tires throughout their life. When applied to the 4Runners full time four wheel drive system (all wheel drive is standard with the V-8 engine option), this will prevent driveline damage if a flat tire forces a spare to be put into service with partially worn tires on the other three wheel positions.
     
    By rotating the spare into the pattern, you accomplish a secondary benefit of extending the other tires life a little longer and getting useage out of the spare. Remember, tires have a shelf life and do dry out after many years. You may as well get some use out of the spare rather than discarding it unused when your main four tires wear out.
     
    I have chosen to rotate my tires every 5,000 miles using the pattern shown below. The spare will be inserted in the passenger side rear position at each rotation. Place the tire that would have gone to the right rear in the spare location until the next tire rotation.
     


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