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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-26-2002, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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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]

Hiway:
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]

Off-Road:
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]

Treadwear:
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.

Appearance:
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]
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Re: MT/R Review. 4,500 miles.

Good take--MTR's will be my next set coming soon. The only bad thing I've heard about them was that they like to be rotated every 3,000 miles. That's no problem to me b/c I rotate mine anyway every time I change my oil. Where did you get yours from and how much were they each? If you don't mind me asking.

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Where did you get yours from and how much were they each?
Local tire shop. $160 a pop. (33/12.5/15's)
Included mounting, balancing, and, road hazard.
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Re: MT/R Review. 4,500 miles.

well, looks like goodyear has another happy customer. How do they do in Mud? In Snow? C'mon WD-40 cornering on the road!!!! In the words of the valley girl....AS IF....

Give us the real scoop next go around after you get a chance to really test them....offroad [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]...maybe with your new club? I bet you will really have a happy report. Oh, BTW, what are the true "mounted" measurements of your 33's???
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Well, you know how they did in the <a target="_blank" href=http://tellico.off-road.com/ubbthreads/showthreaded.php?Cat=&amp;Board=offroadfordbroncol ate&amp;Number=817973&amp;page=&amp;view=&amp;sb=& amp;o=>mud</a>.[img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
Snow, well, gonna have to wait for that.
However, I'll probably be puting my 16" wheels and tires(studs) back on for the winter.
Hey, the amount of road trips we take, they better corner well![img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]
Having sold the Mustang[img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img], I gotta get my kicks somehow.
There should be an adventure planned in a couple of weeks with the Frontier 4X4 club, so we'll definitely be attending that one.

And hey! There is an Off-Road report in my write up!
You're just yankin' my crank aren't you.
Valley girl. Sheesh.[img]images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

Oh, measured height on the vehicle, (15X10's) was 32.5"?
Have to check again.
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Measured Height- You measured top-to-bottom right? I was actually interested in side to side, don't really want the weight deflection counted, as much as possible.

Yes- Sorry WD, you did give us a valid mud appraisal.

Mustang fun- Well, you have to visit my thread on <font color=blue>Detroit Locker- Major Fun!!!!!</font color=blue>

And all I can say is: Hella Cool, day betta reconize you!!
(that's what my stepson says) Who keeps sayin' hella cool here??? [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Man, guess I gotta step back a few years and lighten up. But why can't he (stepson) just like Led Zep? Oh well, gettin' off track, once more. Take care of the ride man.
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OK, just checked.
32-1/4" high, from floor.
32-5/8" diameter, side to side as you say.[img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
That's at 28psi.
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HHmmmm, I think that most of these tire places that are listing the MTR at 34.4" for a 35" are wrong. there was one shop online that was listing it at 34.7" And my guess is that is correct. It was the same for the 33" size as well. Kept seeing them listed at 32.4", but I think Goodyear is a tad closer to a true 33" than that. course you can always go swamper's, most of those give you the adverstised size, or bigger! Well, keep us posted. This tire is probably my no1 choice once I am done with what I have, which won't be quite as far down the road if I don't stop playing with the Detroit. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Here's a pic that shows what we use our MT/R's on. Plus we get them free fromGoodyear!
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here' s one after the race....
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