Kumho Road Venture MT KL71 Off Road Tires - Tire & Wheel Special

Putting New Shoes To The Test

Jordan MayPhotographer, Writer

With almost a year of pushing our project Toyota Tundra to the limits, it was time for a new set of tires. The team at Kumho Tires USA recently added some new sizes to its popular Road Venture MT KL71 tire that would fit perfectly for our needs. After hearing good things about the tire's stability and strength, we thought we would find out firsthand.

Rolling out of the tire shop, the first thing we noticed was how well the tires balanced. There was and still is no noticeable shake or vibration. This is good news for fellow mud-terrain-tire lovers, as this is a fairly common problem. At speeds of 60 to 80 mph, the truck ran smooth and much quieter than our last set of shoes. The Kumho tires use an Undertread, which is supposed to aid in ride comfort. The Undertread is a newly developed compound that is used between the tread and steel belt. It helps block out impact and noise from the road surface.

The last few months in Southern California have been fairly dry, which means it was pretty hard to find any sizeable mud pits to test our tires. We did find a small section that would show us if the tires could be classified as a true mud tire. An important feature of a good mud-terrain tire is the ability to clean itself consistently. In other words, does the tire dig in and spit out mud well? We were very impressed with the tire's cleaning ability. We went from mud to hard dirt, where typically the mud dries fast and locks in the tread, but we noticed none of this. Traction was good throughout the test section, but to be fair, we are hoping for some upcoming road trips to get the truck a lot dirtier and to see what the tires can really do.

Driving through the desert is where we spend the majority of our time in the dirt. Having a tire that would hold up to hard terrain is crucial. During this portion of our test, we adjusted the air pressure in the tires between 15 and 35 psi. We found that, considering the weight of our truck and the speeds we normally travel, 22 psi was just about perfect. The tire spread across the ground evenly and helped push through corners easily. The tires did seem to kick up more rocks than our previous tires did, which resulted in some fun little paint chips here and there. The one thing we love and hate about our Tundra is the oversize brake system. It works great, but it forces us to run an 18-inch wheel. A large wheel on a 35-inch tire leaves something to be desired. In our book, the more tire, the better, and large wheels take away from the amount of rubber on the ground. The tire did great, but we bet the same 35-inch tire on a 15-inch wheel would have been money.

We plan on spending more time on the tire to see if we are still as impressed as we are today in six months, when the tires have some wear on them. The ability to hold up over time is important to all of us - nobody wants a tire that destroys itself quickly. All of the conditions we threw at the tire presented good results. It's not the best mud-terrain tire we have ever used, but it serves great as an all-purpose tire. We feel this tire would be well-suited for small-body trucks and prerunners running 15- to 16-inch wheels, where the tire can really shine.

Make/Model: Kumho Road Venture MT KL71
Size on Sidewall: 35x12.50R18
Tested Load Range: D
Weight of tire (lbs): 73
Tread Depth (mm): 22
Number of Plies in Sidewall: Three
Number of Plies in Tread: Six
Mounted On: 18x8.5 Pro Comp Series 8128
Available Sizes: 35x12.50R15, 33x12.50R15, 32x11.50R15, 31x12.50R15, 235/75R15, 265/75R16, 205/80R16, 315/70R16, 245/75R16, 305/70R16, 235/85R16, 285/75R16, 225/75R16, 315/75R16, 315/70R17, 285/70R17, 265/70R17, 35x12.50R17, 38x15.50R18, 33x12.50R18, 35x12.50R18, 37x13.50R20, 38x15.50R20, 37x13.50R22, 37x14.00R24, 38x14.00R24 available Load Range: C, D, E, XL (depending ontire size)

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