Without doubt, you have bought a set of tires, and if you haven’t and your last name is not Goodyear or Hankook, you will be at some point in the near future (we’re assuming, in this case, you’re 16 and your tires on your first car/truck are still good). Tires do a lot for us, and we ask a lot of them. They also have this bad habit of wearing out or developing leaks that have a way of putting our fun to a halt. Despite tens of thousands of miles, sharp rocks, sticks, glass, and more, we expect them to sometime perform sometimes miracles.
We often get asked what kind of tires a person should buy, and our answer always starts with a question: What do you plan to do with them? The fact is we all want a tire that can do everything all while being easy to balance, long lasting, with great traction, and oh, it better be quiet too. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? The fact is mud tires are not quiet, and quiet tires generally don’t do well in the mud or on the rocks. At the same time, tire companies have been making great strides in developing new tires that better fill the job of “doing-it-all” than ever before. One such tire is the new Toyo Open Country R/T. This tire was specifically developed to span the gap between an all-terrain tire and a dedicated mud tire. So what do we think of the R/T? Well, friends, allow us to show you the best way we can, by using and abusing our own set on our own truck. The tires in question are a set of 35x12.50R17LT Open Country R/Ts on forged factory ’12 Ram 8-lug wheels. These wheels and tires live on our ’98 Dodge 2500 12-valve Cummins 4x4. The truck sees duty as a tow rig, daily driver, and occasional tow rig. We ask a lot of the truck and the tires, and here’s how they’ve performed over the past 5,000 miles or so.
Tire: Toyo Open Country R/T
Load range: E
Max load (lbs): 3,195
Sidewall construction: Three-ply polyester
Tread construction: Two-ply steel; three-ply polyester; two-ply nylon
Approved rim width (in): 8.5-11
Tread depth (in): 18.9/32
Section width (in): 12.5
Overall diameter (in): 34.8
Maximum psi: 65