4WD MODIFICATIONS - TYRES & WHEELS
Goodyear launched the improved DuraTrac RT in September 2023, with claimed improvements in durability and on and off road performance. The Wrangler DuraTrac RT was designed for 70/30 off-road/on-road use.
Benchmarked at Goodyear’s proving ground, the Wrangler DuraTrac RT is said to have returned +10 percent improvements in wet and dry handling and better off-road performance in mud and sand than its predecessor.
An optimised tread pattern featured solid tread blocks and an increase in the number of sipes, improving traction in wet, muddy and snowy conditions. Blade angle changes on the tread blocks and changes to the angle and depth of tie-bars between tread blocks resulted in reduced tread ‘squirm’ and more predictable behaviour. Deeper tie-bars further reduced rubber chipping.
Light Truck construction across all tyre sizes employed new Tri-Shield Technology, with thicker, three-ply sidewalls, increasing strength for greater resistance to abrasions and cuts from rocks and sharp objects.
DuraEdge Technology extended deep tread features over the shoulder of the tyre onto the upper sidewall, adding side-biters to enhance traction and deliver greater protection against hazards, especially at low pressures.
The Wrangler DuraTrac RT retained the proved, durable tread compound of the original Duratrac, lauded for its hard-wearing characteristics, outstanding traction and resistance to cutting and chipping in extreme conditions.
The bead area featured built-in rim protection, to provide a barrier against scratches and wheel damage in rough terrain.
The Wrangler DuraTrac RT carcass was tougher than before, with wrap-around gum strips to improve the bond between the steel belts and the tyre compound.
Back in 2018 the Goodyear door was shut to us, but before his untimely death in mid-2019, Phil Poulter kindly agreed to give us a report on his DuraTracs.
“They’ve been on the Ranger now for 30,000 bush kilometres and they’re wearing well, without any sign of ‘heel and toe’ wear on the tread blocks.
“They’re quiet and grip well on all surfaces.
“They haven’t looked like scoring a puncture and there are no sings of cutting, chipping or irregular wear.
“I love ‘em.”
Phil’s comments echoed what many owners have said, with the exception of a few who have experienced tread wear issues with some sizes that have been reportedly made in China.
Phil’s DuraTracs were 265/70R17 light truck types, with a load and speed rating of 121/118Q. They were made in Brazil.
The Goodyear website said that DuraTracs featured: ‘TractiveGroove technology that offers enhanced traction in deep mud and snow. The highly angled centre tread blocks help provide traction and lateral stability while also reducing road noise.’