Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Helena, MT
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MT/R Review. 4,500 miles.
Well, been a couple months, so I might as well report on the new rubber.
In a nutshell, compared to BFG-AT's they lose about 10% on the hiway, but gain 100% off-road.[img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
1) Louder, noticeable, but certainly not enough to be annoying.
I've haven't had other mud tires, so I'm not sure what to compare to.
I do know they're much quieter than the few sets of Swampers I've heard around here.
2) 85mph freeway sweepers are more like 75mph now.[img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
Course, that's a posted 45-55mph corner.[img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]
While the BFG's did well to load them gently, the MT/R's like to be thrown around a bit more.
They like a minor "blip" of the steering wheel to load the suspension in a more severe manner,
rather than just "rolling" into a turn and loading the suspension gently.
I'm sure it has to do with the staggered shoulder blocks, and the fact that the blocks are close to 1" apart.
I'll be up to speed up once I've got em mastered.
Maybe, I should just slow down a bit and not try to race Camaros and Mustangs on the freeway anymore.[img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]
"I'm not following too close.....I'm drafting".[img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
1) No comparison. Total confidence inspiring traction.
Where I'd be spinning tires before, I'm now just "blubbing" along on my happy-merry way.
2) Where I used to slip sideways off rocks, well, not real big rocks, the MT/R's climb right up and over like nothing was there.
They allow me to keep a lot straighter track on the trail, or at least the truck is going where I tell it to.
I'm sure the fenders and quarters are going to be thanking me for that in the future.[img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Still at 5/8". I've been measuring in several different spots to keep track.
There is the usual scuffing of the tread blocks.
No different than any other tires I've run.
The blocks wear on the front side of the rear tires, and vice-versa on the front tires.
That's just due to the fact that the rears wear more on acceleration, and the fronts wear under braking.
Oh, one more thing. I sure get a whole lot of comments about how mean these tires look.
Personally, I don't care. I like the fact that they work.
Well, OK, they do look good.[img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]