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    Thumbs up Thoughts on RC4WD Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac 1.9" Scale Tires

    When I first saw the release notice for these tires, I was impressed. And then I saw the height, and I really wanted a set.

    I feel the segment for this size tire (3.75" range) is under served. The more detailed scale builds become the more scale parts need to be like their real-world parts, and size plays into that detail.

    Enter RC4WD with their offering of the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac 1.9" Scale Tires.


    In the box were the tires and some decals. The tires are stuffed with the typical RC4WD grey foam.

    First impression was these things are soft. Very pliable material. I asked my wife to check them out (and she is NOT a scale nerd, or car girl even), and she said, "those are soft... and sticky.'' Her words, not mine. It just so happens that the attributes to RC4WD's new X2 S3 compound are... soft and sticky. Super soft and super sticky, in fact. To use a term a good friend of mine likes to use, these tires are "juicy". This compound is nothing like I've felt for an RC4WD tire. I'll compare it to a few different tires I have on-hand and share more of those findings.

    The detail of these tires are spot on to the real tires because these have been Officially Licensed by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.

    A couple small things I noticed were a mold line around the circumference of the tread, and a noticeable line around the sidewall of the tire. Both look to be a result of the molding process, and neither are evident on the inside of the tire. Neither should affect the performance.

    The tread pattern looks to be open enough to clean, while the center design allows for many edges to grab at rocks and dirt. I like this style of tread design, and some of my favorite tires have a tight center pattern and a more open outer edge.

    These tires would look great on a Jeep Wrangler build using the TF2 SWB kit because many full size Jeeps run Duratracs. I wanted the tire to use on my C1 TF2 because I wanted a sub-4" tire (to avoid body trimming).

    I haven't had a chance to get them mounted. Now a decision has to be made, do I order new wheels or use some I have on-hand?

    I look forward to testing these tires. Once I get them mounted, I'll give them a go and share with you my findings. Stay tuned.

    Below are some photos of the unboxing and the detail of the tire.
















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    We are glad you like them. We have worked hard to get the "right" Compound and feel we have nailed it. Can't wait to hear how they perform for you.



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    I decided on the wheels. I had some TSS 1.9 beadlocks sitting on the desk; so, I decided to mount the Duratracs on them to see what happened.

    First, I vented the tires with a leather punch - two small holes in the center tread of the tires. I vent all my tires as I have found that works best for my driving style and the way I set-up my rigs.

    I decided to try the included foams to start off. I have a few options in the spare parts box that I will try too. The included foams fill the tires just enough to keep the shape but not overfilling. The tires mounted easily on the wheels. These wheels use an internal beadlock ring, and the front half of the wheel screws to the back half with the scrwes you see on the face of the wheel. No issues with mounting the tires. I did rip one foam as I was removing it from the tire. It was the first one I removed, and I was more careful on the others.

    The stance of the tires with the included foams is spot on for what I want it to look like. It simulates an aired-down tire ready for the trail. The softness of the included foams will allow the tire to form around the terrain and get some extra grip. I see an issue with side-hilling because the foam provides little support when the weight of the rig is forced on one side as in a side-hill situation. The rig the Duratracs are mounted on is approximately 7-1/2 pounds, depending on installed accessories.

    Here are a few photos of the Duratracs mounted and on the rig.







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    They look great on there. Curious with them vented how they will perform being how soft they are already.



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    I'll have to rely on foam tuning to get the support I need since they are vented. I've tried non-vented set-ups before and personally find them unpredictable, especially in off-camber situations.

    With that said, I'd say theses tires are soft enough to do great on the trail without venting. Venting is one of those great debates that could be discussed for a while.

    For those that choose not to vent, this compound should serve them well. I see no issues with purchasing this tire, mounting it up and hitting the trail.

    It's hard to describe the softness and stickiness of this compound.
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