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Goodyear All-Terrain Adventure Tire Testing

Posted in How To: Wheels Tires on January 24, 2017
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When it comes to all-terrain tire options, the choices are more plentiful than ever. Thankfully, the vast array of tires has kept rubber molders active. Case in point: Goodyear with its all-new Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar. Taking it a step further, Goodyear has developed a Pro-Grade LT version of the new all-terrain tire. The Pro-Grade is designed specifically for high-torque 3/4- and 1-ton truck applications and features an enhanced tread compound and additional Kevlar wrapping.

With our ’12 Chevy 2500 Duramax tow rig’s original highway rubber well on the way out, we were looking for a suitable replacement. We found the stock tires were severely lacking in the off-road traction department, which had nearly sank us a few times when maneuvering around the back 40 in North Carolina. Given that the truck spends a large majority of its time with a trailer attached to the back, the Pro-Grade version of the Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tire sounded like a great balance of long-range durability and traction.

An exceptional amount of well-placed sipes and biting edges help the Goodyear find traction easily over a variety of terrain. Large tread voids, groves, and ridges are engineered to clear mud and snow and allow the Pro-Grade tire to meet the tire industry’s severe snow service requirement. We had plenty of time to test the all-terrains in the snow and wet tarmac and found the tires shined greatly in winter conditions.

While we haven’t reached the 60,000-mile tread life limited warranty that comes with the all-terrains, we have gathered a little over 20,000 miles of testing. Using the truck for a few cross-country towing adventures and an assortment of routine hauling, we’ve learned a lot about the all-terrain cleats. Although, our heavy-duty quad-cab diesel is not really a backwoods explorer, it sees plenty of time in four-wheel drive. This is partly thanks to winter conditions and off-road destinations that don’t offer easy blacktop access.

Featuring a load rating of 3,525 pounds, the tires were more than capable of handling our frequent pulls of 10,000 pounds. Snow, rain, sand, and a bit of mud were all handled with surprising confidence and grip. Much of the tires performance can be thanked to the gracious sipings that run throughout the tread blocks. Sure, it’s still an all-terrain, so mud isn’t going to eject without a bit of tire speed, but the open spacing and bevy of biting edges work great to keep you moving forward.

The Pro-Grade versions of the Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar get thicker steel cords, which are reinforced with dually wrapped DuPont Kevlar. The tread compound is also unique to the Pro-Grade series, as it’s designed to be more chip and chunk-resistant, which is incredibly important in the heavy, and sometimes stupid powerful, 3/4- and 1-ton truck market.

With the large majority of our time spent on-road, we learned plenty about the tire’s street manors. Given our testers modest 32.6-inch tire height, we didn’t expect any real surprises. However, we did find one item that had to be addressed. Originally, we had the tires balanced by a small mom-and-pop tire shop. Typically, this isn’t an issue. This time it was.

As soon as we got to highway speeds, we noticed a vibration that was extremely annoying. Taking the truck back to the original shop didn’t lead us to better results. So, we contacted Goodyear, and they suggested we take our truck over to a nearby Black’s Tire service center, as it hosts training workshops with the employees to further educate the tire techs in the proper mounting and balancing techniques. Thankfully, we found a Black’s location a few miles up the road from our East Coast digs in Wilmington, North Carolina.

What we found was the tires were not positioned in the ideal spot on the wheel. More importantly, the static balance was way off, which was why we were feeling so much vibration in the cab. Black’s Tire was able to get our static balance to zero and the dynamic portion of the balance as close to perfect as possible. The end result was a significant on-road difference. While we haven’t experienced this type of balancing issue in the past, we felt it was definitely worth mentioning here. Ultimately, once we got the tires balanced correctly, we’re happy haulers. For a durable work truck/tow rig tire, we say it’s a great option if your travels lead you beyond the tarmac.

It’s extremely important to have your tires properly balanced. There is more to it than just tossing on a few weights. The position in which the tire sits on the wheel, as well as the static and dynamic balancing specs, can make a tremendous difference with the tires life and performance. The crew at Black’s Tire did an exceptional job in getting our Load Range E Goodyear’s riding the way they should.

Specifications

Tire: Good All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
Size: LT265/70R18
Type: Radial
Load range: E
Max load (lbs): 3,525
Sidewall construction: Two-ply polyester
Tread construction: Two-ply polyester, two-ply steel, two-ply polyamide
Approved rim width (in): 7-9
Tread depth (in): 15/32
Tread width (in): 8.2
Section width (in): 10.7
Overall diameter (in): 32.6
Maximum psi: 80
Weight (lbs): 51

Sources

GOODYEAR
800-321-2136
www.goodyear.com
Black’s Tire & Auto Services
910-338-9806
blackstire.com

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