Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Helena, MT
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MT/R - 11,000 mile report
You thought the first thing would be pictures!
Well, they're coming. I Forgot the camera in the shop. [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
It was bound to happen.
After loving these MT/R's, and all the traction they afforded on compact snow/ice, ice, as well as the deep "guanch",
I hit a few (OK, several) patches of black ice on the way to the slopes Saturday. [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
Soooo, all of a sudden, they weren't so fun. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
No, I didn't lose it, but I didn't have a lot of confidence anymore either.
The skiing was fantastic, and they opened the top of the mountain, so I hung around a couple hours more than normal.
Heading for home, the roads were better as the temperature had come up a few degrees.
As I was pulling in the garage, my lights shown on the studded tires, all mounted/balanced and ready to go.
Something grabbed a hold of me and said, "Why in the world aren't those puppies on the rig at this time of the year?"
You guessed it! The MT/R's finally came off, and the studs went on.
After all, I've got em, I may as well use em. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
So what if they're on white wagon wheels, and they're skinny little 235/85/16's, at least I'll be a little safer now. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
New tread depth - 5/8"
11,000 mile tread depth - 9/16"
Looks like my painstaking efforts on the front end geometry paid off.
All 4 tires were worn very evenly.
The 9/16" measurement was off the right front.
The others were the same. Totally cool! [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
The left rear has a couple gashes, but I think I know the trail I got those on.
There was an old exposed 1" dia. wire cable of some sort that I skidded the tire on.
Nothing bad, but the marks are there. [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
1/16" tread wear in 11,000 miles is PHENOMENAL in my book!
Especially since these tires have worked so well in any condition I've thrown at them.
Goodyear has got a very happy camper here! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
I'll get the pics up shortly.
The MT/R's replaced the old style BFG AT's. (same size, 33/12.5/15)
I haven't found 1 instance yet that the MT/R's didn't literally blow the BFG AT's away. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
Now that the studs have been on a couple days.....
They are noticably quieter, and have lower rolling resistance.
No doubt the 3" narrower tread width is a big factor.