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First Look: Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003

Posted in Product Reviews on July 7, 2017
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Tires are among the most hotly debated topic among off-road enthusiasts. Any time a new tire comes out, everyone’s attention is piqued, yet probably not as much as ours. The new Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003 is a vastly different tire than the old Geolandar M/T, so we jumped at the chance to take a closer look. With invite in hand, we quickly made our way to Gateway, Colorado, to get some wheel time on the new Geolandar M/T both on- and off-road.

The first thing you’ll notice about the new tire is that it has far more biting edges than the old Geolandar M/T. These extra biting edges are backed up with siping in the tread blocks, something the outgoing model did not have. The sipes are designed to improve wet weather and winter traction. Other new features include a non-directional tread, aggressive sidewall lugs, Geo-Shield technology for improved all-around carcass strength, a new high-density rubber compound for better wear performance, and a variable-pitch tread design to decrease road noise. Yokohama claims independent test results show that the new mud-terrain tire outperforms leading competitors in several important areas, including an 8 percent longer tread life, 51-foot shorter stopping distance on wet roads, and 2.3 decibels quieter on the road. Plus, all Geolandar M/T tires come with Yokohama’s 30-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you don’t love them in 30 days, you can return them for a full refund.

The Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003 is currently available in 32 popular diameters and wheel sizes, with more on the way by the end of 2017. The largest sizes are 37x13.50R20 and 37x12.50 for 20- and 17-inch wheels. Unfortunately, the less-popular 15-inch wheels only get a maximum tire diameter of 35 inches. Most available tire sizes come with an E load range rating. These E-rated tires have a three-ply sidewall, while the lighter-duty D- and C-rated tires come with a two-ply sidewall. Stay tuned for a full long-term tire review on the Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003 in the near future. We plan to put some real-world on- and off-road miles on these tires over several months.

The new Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003 is very different from the directional Geolandar M/T it replaces. Many features, such as sipes, make it more versatile in a variety of on- and off-road conditions.
Geo-Shield technology and three-ply sidewalls found on the E-rated tires offer increased tire carcass strength. Aggressive sidewall lugs improve traction and puncture resistance on all sizes of Geolandar M/T G003 tires.
We hopped in a Jeep Wrangler to steer the new Geolandar M/T tires over some local Colorado trails and rocks. They suffered no punctures and the lugs didn’t seem to chunk from the abuse.
A quick rip in some desert-ready VORE trucks gave us a better feel for the high-speed off-road stability of the tires. Landings and sliding turns in loose soil were predictable with no surprises. We’ll have a better idea of where these tires really shine when we spend more time with them. Stay tuned.

Sources

Yokohama Tire
800-722-9888
http://www.yokohamatire.com

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