- Kevlar reinforced sidewalls
- Smooth ride
- Great off-road
- Cost per wheel is low
- Great traction
- Hold rocks more than previous MT Claw
- Hard to balance
- Sidewall rubber peels off on hard trails like the Rubicon
There are quite a number of new light truck tires being introduced to the market each year. Having so many of them to choose from, you could easily forget some great options out there. These are great tires that you just don’t get to see at every racing event. After nearly a decade-long run of the extremely popular Goodyear Wrangler MT/R, the engineers at Goodyear finally updated its line with the Goodyear’s Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar.
Although the tire carries forward the well known name of its predecessor, the Kevlar is not by any means the same Wrangler MT/R. This tire has been completely redesigned for strength and multi terrain supremacy while maintaining quality handling on the paved road. Use of Kevlar is new to off-road mud tires. Kevlar, registered trademark for a high strength aramid synthetic fiber, is light weight, very strong and puncture resistant.
Most notably known for use in personal body armor such as combat helmets and ballistic vests because of its high tensile strength-to-weight ratio, it is 5 times stronger than steel pound for pound.
What is Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar?
The Goodyear Wrangler MT/R is clearly a different breed of mud-terrain. One look at the radically asymmetrical tread pattern and you know you’re dealing with a different kind of tire. Goodyear consulted with experts from Sandia National Labs during the design of the tire, and using sophisticated supercomputers they were able to test and fine-tune the MT/R in a virtual environment.
The central section of the pattern features a semi-solid tread element that provides excellent street manners in all conditions. Then, add in widely spaced side lugs that act like paddles to propel the vehicle through deep mud and sand.
- The MT/R with Kevlar features a silica rubber tread compound molded into an asymmetric tread design.
- Goodyear’s advanced mud-flow geometry tread design that enhances self-cleaning capabilities.
- The use of Dupont Kevlar sidewall reinforcement brings enhanced cut and puncture resistance.
- The tire’s internal structure features twin steel belts which provides extra toughness.
On road, they handle just fine in dry conditions; cornering at speed is not an issue.
In slippery conditions these tires can be difficult. They do not drive as well as the stock tires in the rain. There is however no wander when you hit a wet spot.
Off road usage is superb! These tires work well in mud, deep mud, rocks, gravel and sand. Winter Performance
They also do really well in deep snow but they can be hard to drive on ice. They do not present a problem with hard-pack snow however. As long as you understand that these are off-road tires and adjust your driving accordingly, they work just fine.
The Bottom Line
The Wrangler MT/R is a really great tire that could crawl over just about anything. The wear on this tire is really good and we could not exactly see something to complain about. They also give a smooth ride on the road, you simply can’t get a better tire and it’s sad that Goodyear cannot make enough of them.
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