So, is it worth it? Is the stellar performance and value of these tires worth the drawbacks of the available sizes? Absolutely. Even in spite of the truck-tire size, they still work exceptionally well. Still, we sure wish we didn’t have to make that decision. If TreadWright would produce the MTG tire in more traditional off-road sizes, we wouldn’t buy anything else.
After checking out TreadWright's tire prices you may find yourself really wanting a set of these tires, but you're apprehensive about using a retread tire. Let me dispel your concerns.
Q: I see remains of retread tires on the highway all the time. Will they come apart?
A: The loads that a tire sees under a semi truck on the open highway cannot be compared to your vehicle. Your passenger vehicle will never see the miles, loads, or heat buildup of the tires under a semi truck. However, using what Treadwright has learned from the construction of semi truck tires allows them to build a solid tire for your vehicle.
Q: Are they safe?
A: All retread tires have to meet the standards of the Department of Transportation to be sold for passenger vehicle use. This is why you will find the "DOT" stamp on all of TreadWright's tires.
Q: What kind of condition are my tires (carcass) going to be in?
A: We have run variations of Treadwright tires for many years. Some we have written about and others we have not. We can attest to the fact that every tire has been in top condition and tires are always matched as a set of two, or as a set of four tires (at your direction), so that the handling characteristics are the same.
On the 33” and 35”, we are taking your recommendation into consideration and are actively looking at the possibility of producing larger sizes in 2010. We are researching producing the larger sizes in both the MTG and the ATB tread designs. Currently the MTG is available in 31x10.50R15, 245/75R16, 265/70R16, 285/75R16, and 285/70R17. Starting in August the MTG will also be available in 265/75R16 and 265/70R17 sizes.
Joel Hawkins (I drive on retreads!)