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Pit Bull Maddog Radial Off RoadTires

Posted in How To on September 1, 2009 Comment (0)
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Pit Bull Maddog Radial Off RoadTires
Photographers: Kevin BlumerMichael Taylor

Pit Bull is one of the newest tire manufacturers to make its mark in the off-road scene, but the company has certainly gained a quick reputation for ultra-aggressive tires that work excellently off-road. Until recently these off-road tires have been limited to bias ply versions, but now Pit Bull is releasing some new radial versions of the Maddogs (that we tested) and the radial Rockers.

What really peeked our interest is that Pit Bull has decided to take a different approach to tire construction than some unnamed older monster mud tire makers took long ago. They saw how many fullsize heavy-duty trucks were driving around on giant balloon tires with light-duty load ratings. These heavy-duty trucks with big light-duty tires are too often seen loaded down with junk and pulling huge trailers that are clearly too much for the light-duty tires' carrying capacities. This type of situation puts everyone on the road at risk, and that's just not acceptable.

Knowing full well that the radial versions would see their way onto lots of fullsize trucks, Pit Bull decided to take the Maddogs an extra step by adding a much higher load-carrying capacity to match the needs of today's truck owners.

We were able to run a set of 38.5-inch Maddogs on an F-250 Super Duty to see how they'd hold up to the chore of lots of weight and work. Unfortunately, the tires became available to us in the middle of May and there's been no rain and certainly no snow in Southern California to test these in. We'll have to revisit the Maddogs in the future to tell you how they handle deep mud and snow. Stay tuned....

Specs As Tested
Make/Model:

Pit Bull Mad Dog Radials

Mounted On:
16x10 Weld Racing wheels

Size On Sidewall:
38.50x13.50R16

Load Range:
D

Max Load:
4,080 pounds

Tread Depth:
21/32

# Plies in Sidewall:
2 polyester plies

# Of Plies In Tread:
2 polyester plies, 2 steel plies, 2 nylon plies

Weight Of Tire:
88 pounds

Measured Diameter Unloaded:
38.63 inches

Measured Width Unloaded:
14.10 inches

Measured Tread Width:
10 inches

Available Sizes:
38.5 inches at time of testing (more sizes coming soon)

Available For:
15- to 20-inch wheels

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Sources

Pit Bull Tires
St. Louis, MO 63103
800-645-2006
www.pitbulltires.com
Ramona Tire
Rancho Mirage, AK 92270
760-773-3935
www.ramonatire.com

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