DETROIT (Jan. 8, 2002)—Goodyear said its most durable off-road tire, the Wrangler MT/R (maximum traction/reinforced), has been selected as standard equipment on the 2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, a sport-utility vehicle billed as tough-enough to tackle the rough and tumble Rubicon Trail.
The tire, in size LT245/75R16, incorporates an aggressive tread pattern that wraps around the sidewall to gain traction on rocks.
It also features the company's Durawell technology—a three-ply sidewall and advanced silica sidewall compounds for abrasion and puncture resistance.
Goodyear tested the Wrangler MT/R in 1999 on Northern California's Rubicon Trail, which its described as the most demanding 22 miles of off-highway driving in the U.S.
The 31-inch tall tire also has shown its mettle on the tire-piercing slickrock of Moab, Utah, and in the brutality of the Goodyear/Skyjacker Extreme Rock Crawling Nationals championship off-road series, the tire maker said.
Although capable of tackling severe off-road terrain, the tire is surprisingly quiet on pavement, said Dave Bair, Goodyear engineering team leader on the Jeep account.
It also looks good, he added. “The tire's tread and sidewall design turns heads on the rocks and at the grocery store parking lot,” he said.
Diamler/Chrysler A.G. introduced the Wrangler MT/R-shod Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Jan. 7 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Mr. Bair called the vehicle and tire a perfect match. “The Jeep's suspension complements the tire's traction capabilities,” he said. “ Off-road enthusiasts will approve of this package.”
Goodyear makes the Wrangler MT/R at its Fayetteville, N.C., tire plant.