Goodyear Goes Off-road

New off-road Wranglers available.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is selling a pair of new Wranglers aimed at off-road duty with designs that protect the expensive rims found on many pickups.

The Wrangler DuraTrac and the Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, come in Goodyear's longest-wearing tread compound, and feature aggressive treads for mucking through the bush.

The DuraTrac is the latest edition of truck tires and provides good highway performance as well as off-road dependability, with low highway noise and Goodyear's proprietary TractiveGroove Technology. The tread design features self-cleaning stepped shoulder blocks and thousands of biting edges to help in mud and snow. In addition to a rim-protecting lip, the DuraTrac also boasts a rim lock to prevent wheel slip and frequent rebalancing.

Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar

The DuraTrac comes in 26 sizes to fit 89% of the market of the best-selling 1/2-ton, 3/4-ton and one-ton pickup trucks in the United States.

The Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar is aimed at rock crawlers and those traveling tough terrain on a daily basis. Kevlar, which is five times stronger than steel when compared by weight, is used to enhance sidewall cut and puncture resistance by 35% and adds sidewall support on the highway.

The tread on the new MT/R is a "wraparound" design for extreme sidewall traction in mud, sand and rocks and features an advanced rubber silica compound for superb wet traction. Like the DuraTrac, the new MT/R with Kevlar also sports a rim lock and a rim protecting lip.

Wrangler DuraTrac

The new offroad tire is available in 30 sizes fitting 1/2-ton, 3/4-ton and one-ton pickups, Hummer H2 and H3, Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Xterra, Toyota FJ Cruiser and more.

While Wranglers are in the category of tires not usually rated for mileage limits, Goodyear's Melissa Montisano, general marketing manager for light-truck and SUV tires, says owners should see 40,000 to 60,000 miles of use from these new models. "There's a lot of variability in the way people use tires, so predictions are difficult, but these estimates are sound when you consider the long-wearing treat compounds these tires contain," she explained.

For more details about the new tires visit www.goodyeartires.com

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