According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, about 290 million tires are discarded in the U.S. every year. Of those castoffs, over 80 percent of them (approximately 233 million tires) are reused or recycled. That’s a lot of tires! TreadWright, an American tire remold company located in Houston, has been putting a dent in the tire recycling game for nearly 40 years.
In 2015, TreadWright launched a completely new line of branded MT/AT tires, which now covers 72 percent of the replacement market. TreadWright has been introducing sizes and models at a rapid pace, with 29 new sizes and load ranges available. When the new Warden All Terrain tread crossed our path, we mounted up a set of 31x10.50R15s on our 1962 Willy’s Wagon.
Next stop was a trip to the local tire shop, where the techs were amazed at how the remolds looked like a new tire. They commented on how it was nearly impossible to tell the difference between TreadWright’s remold and new. TreadWright offers a unique Bead-to-Bead (B2B) tire, where the remold spans the entire tire, from inner to outer bead. So all of the tires have reinforced sidewall and the TreadWright logo instead of a bunch of mismatched brand logos.
There are five steps to creating a TreadWright tire. First, the premium recycled casings are inspected by a NDT (nondestructive testing) machine to ensure the integrity of the steel belts. Second, the old tread and sidewall are buffed to the correct texture and specs to be remolded. Third, it’s time to apply the new industrial-grade rubber compound to the crown and shoulder of the casing. To complete the B2B process, a new layer of sidewall veneer brings the tire back to like-new condition in the Warden, Guard Dog, and Claw brands. Before the remold, all TreadWright tires are balanced with a Corgi Balancer.
The fourth step is the mold press. Each rebuilt casing is placed into its corresponding mold/press (by size and model), cured for about an hour, and is officially manufactured back to like-new condition. TreadWright’s presses and molds use the same curing process that is standard in all new tire manufacturing plants, not a traditional retread.
The last step is the final inspection and balancing. TreadWright’s tire experts remove the excess rubber and go over the entire tire with a fine-tooth comb, so to speak. Then the tires are given a twice over with the NDT (nondestructive testing) machine to ensure that the integrity and balance specs weren’t changed in the remolding process.
All in all, TreadWright has filled a unique niche in manufacturing retread tires and caters to the off-road community with great-looking, aggressive, long-lasting remolded tires. With a value price, a two-year warranty, and a 40,000-mile range, these tires will easily go the extra mile.
SpecificationsTreadWright Warden All Terrain
Tire Tread Depth (in): 16/32
Measured Rim Width (in): 8
Rim Width Range (in): 7.5-9
Tire Tread Width (in): 8.75
Section Width (in): 11.4
Outer Tire Diameter (in): 30.625
Max PSI: 50
Max Load (lb): 2,270
With factory-direct pricing and free shipping, the new set of TreadWright Wardens arrived on our doorstep ready for a trip to J’s Tire & Wheel in Santa Maria, California, for mounting and balancing. We dig the throwback tread pattern of the Wardens, which harks back to first-gen BFG all-terrain tires, one of our all-time favorite tread designs.
Not much lead weight is required to balance up the Wardens since each and every TreadWright tire is balanced twice from the factory to ensure even tire wear over its lifespan. Just make sure you rotate your tire every 5,000 miles along with maintaining proper tire pressure and you will be able to hit the 40,000-mile mark.
The Wardens were in their element in the sand. Our optimal tire pressure was 25 psi, which enabled us to float over the sand without digging in. TreadWright doesn’t recommend airing down its tires, and doing so would void the factory warranty.
Here’s a good look at the upper sidewall traction bars on the Warden. They give it an aggressive bite in the dirt. The company’s Bead-to-Bead process applies 6 mil of rubber to the inside bead, across the sidewall, across the tread, and all the way to the outer bead. The highway ride is quiet and offers predicable handling. Our 55-year-old Willys Wagon hummed down the highway at 60 mph with the smooth ride of the Warden All Terrains.
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