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Old 04-11-2011, 08:03 PM   #1
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Goodyear military tires

How many people have tried the 37x12.50x16.5 military tires on their rigs. I need a set of 37-40" tires and they are in my price range, plus the blazer already has 16.5 rims. Please let me know your on and off-road experience with these tires. They are the Goodyear mt humvee tires.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:11 PM
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Great on road. Great tread life. Great price

Suck in mud, somewhat wimpy sidewalls, not a very flexy tire.


If your a mild wheeler with mostly street time they would be perfect. Just dont expect them to perform like a 300$ tire offroad
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Old ones can have bad sidewalls and hard rubber. I picked up a set of newer ones and love them. They are a little grooved and work great at about 6 psi. with the stock hummer beadlocks.
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Its for a off-road rig. I have a tire groover so I can make some changes if needed. They suck in mud? I would have thought they were pretty good.
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:14 PM
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They are OK in mud. The trick to make them perform is to air down, so find some double beadlocks to go with them.
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Ive been in vehicles that use these tires on 3 continents, in snow, mud, pavement, sand, rock, swamp, mountains, praries, and deserts. The only thing these tires have going for them is the fact that they're cheap, they're 37" tall, and they fit well on 16.5 wheels. when the military makes something it has to be suitable for all types of terrain, whether or not its good for all types of terrain is not considered (look at ACU pattern camo ). just my 2 cents.

Also theres a reason they no longer use the MT (military tread not mud terrain) and now have switched to bajas and others beter suited. Not saying that they're worse than baldies or street tires but dont expect great things.
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I can see how they are ok for many terrains and not great on any one terrain. I was hoping they would work good as a mock-up tire and get me going for at least a little while so I could use the money I save on tires for cross-over high steer, and lockers. I plan to add some grooves to the tire via a tire groover and try them out for now.
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We have some older HMMWV's at work with these. Not wonderful in the mud but not terrible. Better than AT's or car tires. Not as good as the 36" bias plies or a Swamper. They'll get you through a muddy field or trail but don't go to the mud bog and hope to compete.
Known for having weak sidewalls.

When I'm in the muddy fields I prefer to grab a HMMWV with the older Swamperish bias plies. Just like the "surefootedness" they seem to give in the thick, sticky Kentucky clay.

For the record these and the bias plies have been replaced by 37x12.5R16.5 Wrangler MT/R's of the original tread pattern. They're better but still not Swampers. Limited use is the BFG Baja with the mud-ish pattern. Special Ops guys have everything and anything under theirs.
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I was under the impression that the newer bias ply style tread, which they call goodyear rt/s I believe, were not as good as the mt radial. I have the chance to get either one. the RT/S are 36x12.50x16.5 bias ply, and the MT are 37x12.50x16.5 radial. Is the RT/S a better tire?

Goodyear rt---bias ply


Goodyear MT

What do the older, swamper like tires look like? I don't think i have seen them
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Those are the two older treads, this is the new one.
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