Testing the Hankook Dynapro MT in a LT285/75R16 10-Ply

What’s in a Name?

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It’s no secret to anyone paying attention that the number of new tire companies popping up over the past five or so years is flat-out staggering. Name recognition and product reputation is not something easily earned in a market flooded with newcomers, and we generally abuse tires, so we need a product that will last.

Hankook tire is no newcomer to the tire industry, even if the name may not be familiar to many off-roaders. In fact, Hankook, a South Korean company, can trace its roots in the tire industry farther back than many more recognizable tire company names, all the way back to 1941. The company, originally called the Chosun Tire Company, was renamed the Hankook Corporation in 1953 and has been here ever since. For those of you keeping score that means Hankook weathered most of WWII and all of the Korean War.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Hankook tires were popular all over Asia and Africa, where the product was put to the test. With continued growth Hankook made its way into the American tire market in the early 1980s and has been here—and all over the world—ever since.

Over the past couple of years things have been ramping up at Hankook’s 469-acre Clarksville, Tennessee, tire production plant. That’s right—Hankook is literally here to stay, and is bringing jobs and tires to the U.S.

We have used Hankooks in Africa during the 1990s and 2000s on expedition vehicles that we asked a lot of. In our past experience Hankooks work and last despite being used in a harsh environment.

Fast-forward to the present. We jumped at the chance to test a set of Hankook Dynapro MTs in our home state of Arizona. With sizes ranging from 30x.50R15 up to a 38x5.50R20, for a total of 30 sizes, there are plenty of Dynapro mud-terrains to choose from. We decided to run our test tires on our 1978 Ford F-250, RedFerd, with a LT285/75R16 size featuring a 10-ply sidewall rating. So far we have been happily surprised. These Hankooks show a ton of tire-based innovation and have proven to be a product built to last the test of time and heavy use.

Tire Specifications

Hankook Dynapro MT
Size Tested: LT285/75R16
Type: All-Terrain
Load Range: E
Maximum Load (lb): 3,750 @ 80 psi
Sidewall Construction: 2-ply
Approved Rim Width (in): 7.5-9
Tread Depth (in): 18.5/32
Tread Width (in): 8.7
Section Width (in): 11.6
Overall Diameter (in): 33
Weight (lb): 59
Sizes Available: 30 sizes ranging from 30 to 38 inches for wheel diameters of 15 to 18 inches.