Do you love tackling the off-road terrain? If you own a sport utility vehicle
or truck, odds are you probably enjoy tearing up the trails from time
to time. However, nothing puts a damper on your day off the pavement like
a sharp rock, piece of litter, or unexpected hazard putting a puncture
in your tire, leaving you stuck changing it out or limping your way back
to pavement so you can call a tow truck.
To combat this problem, tire manufacturer Goodyear has developed a brand
new technology which they’ve placed into their Wrangler line of
tires—a layer of Kevlar. Kevlar is a super-strong material that
is used to construct bulletproof vests: it’s lightweight, durable,
flexible, and most importantly, extremely difficult to break through.
Does that mean your tires are bulletproof? No, but it does mean they’re
But how do they stack up? We’ll find out on this blog.
Goodyear’s Kevlar-lined Wrangler tires have been around since 2013,
and the company claims that putting a layer of the ultra-strong synthetic
fiber in their tires has made them lighter, stronger, and more durable
than ever before resulting in a sparkling 60,000 mile tread life warranty.
That’s a pretty appealing selling point for off-road enthusiasts,
who are used to paying a substantial amount of money for a set of tires.
However, does the Kevlar actually make the tires more durable? Well, yes,
it does. Off-road enthusiasts will enjoy being able to have that added
degree of confidence and peace of mind of knowing that their tire likely
won’t go out at the first sign of a sharp rock or unseen hazard
that could be found in the sand and dirt off the paved road. However,
the two layers of Kevlar in these tires only protects the
tread area of the tire. The sidewall is protected by Goodyear’s Durawall™
technology, but these are still substantially more prone to puncture,
and as any off-roader knows it’s not always what goes under your
tires that makes them go flat.
The Wrangler tires were developed to be a true all-season tire made for
the driver who wants to be able to head off the paved road but still enjoy
strong and safe performance on tarmac. The tread pattern was specifically
designed to encourage better grip, particularly in wet and even snowy
conditions, and the ridges along the edge of the tread are specifically
engineered to help clear mud, water, and even snow slush away from the
tire treads for outstanding traction in nearly any conditions.
However, as a purely off-roading tire, they don’t quite stack up.
Goodyear says the tires are perfectly designed for someone who wants to
do 80 percent of their driving on regular paved roads and another 20%
on dirt and off-road terrain. That’s great for any off-road enthusiast
who also daily-drives their off-road car. However, for those who are looking
specifically for the best off-road performance, these tires may not be enough.
And that brings us to the big question that most drivers have: how much
do these tires run? As you might imagine, lining a tire with even a thin
layer of a specialty material is going to require an entirely-new manufacturing
process and added costs. And that’s certainly reflected in the price
of these tires. Wrangler All-Season tires start as low as $170 per tire
for some of the smallest models, and can run as high as $386
per tire for the largest size available. The average truck or SUV owner on stock
wheels can expect to pay anywhere from $180 to $250 per tire, which can
pretty easily bring the cost of a new set of tires up well over the $1,000
mark. That’s a pretty sticker to stomach for some vehicle owners.
However, for those who want to avoid having to pay out a ton of money when
a sharp rock rips a hole in their tire, the Kevlar-lined Goodyear Wrangler
tires might just be worth the investment.
Call HP Motorsports today at (801) 231-9950 to request more information!