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4 Wheels and a Motor Reviews Guard Dogs

4 Wheels and a Motor Reviews Guard Dogs

As the OVERCLOCK3D build progresses, it’s important to have tires that can keep up. I’ve mentioned before that I’m currently running TreadWright Guard Dog tires on this build, and now it’s time to give you an update on how they perform off-road. Let me just cut to the chase: They have been fantastic!First, let’s take a look at the tire. Many of you who have been in the off-road scene for a few years might immediately recognize this tire pattern as being strikingly similar to that of the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R. In fact, many people immediately point out that fact when they first see them on my ride. While the Goodyear MT/R was a well-regarded tire, but make no mistake, these are not just an MT/R copy. There are some subtle, but important design differences with the Guard Dogs. The tread blocks are closer together on the Guard Dogs, but still clean out very nicely at the edges. TreadWright has also added additional siping, which gives more biting surfaces. I can’t speak to the difference in the rubber compound, but I can tell you that the Guard Dogs seem to have found a nice balance between sticky and durable.

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A Tire Story – TreadWright Guard Dogs to the Rescue

A Tire Story – TreadWright Guard Dogs to the Rescue

If you’ve been keeping up with the build of my 2015 Willys Wheeler Edition Wrangler Unlimited, now officially dubbed “OVERCLOCK3D”, then you might have noticed my tires have changed. I decided I had better offer up an explanation as to why I was previously running Mickey Thompson tires and now magically have Treadwright meats on my ride. I’ll be honest. I was very excited to have an opportunity to review the Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3 series of tires. They looked great, and for the time I had all of them in working condition, performed very well. The problem is they didn’t all stay in working condition, and that’s where the story begins.

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"Four Wheeler Review" on FourWheeler.com

"Four Wheeler Review" on FourWheeler.com

Getting the most life out of your tires is something everyone strives for. After all, tires are a big investment, and not one that any of us want to make often. TreadWright is a company that has been threading new life into old tires for decades. Specializing in remolded tires, TreadWright puts an eco-spin on an otherwise not so green part of our hobby. In an effort to bring users an even higher quality remolded tire, the company has come to market with a new line of Bead-to-Bead tires.

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"TreadWright's Affordable Recycled Mud-Terrain Tire." on Off-Road.com

"TreadWright's Affordable Recycled Mud-Terrain Tire." on Off-Road.com

One of the easiest ways to transform your ride into a more confident trail rig is by adding a set of off-road tires. Factory donut street tires just don’t stand a chance against purpose built rubber. Off-road tires have stronger sidewalls and more traction features engineered into the thread design for tackling off-road terrain. They really are great, with only one pitfall – they are expensive.

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Outdoor Channel Tests TreadWright Tires
Outdoor Channel Tests TreadWright Tires
There are a lot of things that we put a beating on and go through in the outdoor business: Shotguns, shells, decoys, rain gear, ground blinds and a bevy of other items. One thing that we don’t go anywhere without, whether we’re headed to New Mexico to stalk Elk, Canada for waterfowl or South Florida for Tarpon fishing, we’re ALWAYS rolling down the road on tires. Initially we sit down and budget out our trips, what do we need? Fuel, food, lodging, shells, camo, all make our gear lists, but often times we forget that hey, when you put 250,000 miles a year on your vehicles, you’re going to burn through some rubber!

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Petersen's 4Wheel & Off-Road Tests TreadWright In The "2013 Cheap Truck Challenge"
Petersen's 4Wheel & Off-Road Tests TreadWright In The "2013 Cheap Truck Challenge"
When the crew from Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road buy low buck 4x4's and pit them against each other in the Arizona desert, it can only be one thing... Cheap Truck Challenge! On this episode of Dirt Every Day, watch as Rick Pewe and his 1989 Jeep Cherokee, Harry Wagner and his 1978 Ford F-150, and host Fred Williams and his 1993 Toyota Landcruiser battle the budget ($4000 total bought and built) and each other to see who's beater 4-wheeler can survive rock crawling, hill climbing and the mud bog obstacle course. Will their low dollar dream machines make it home, or are they a few cents short? Will their freakishly wild hair-do's help them get down the trail, or just make them look like some ridiculous '80's garage band? Will you tune in again, or have these knuckleheads pushed their luck for viewer delight?

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FourWheeler.com Product Review
FourWheeler.com Product Review
According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, about 290 million tires are discarded in the U.S. every year. Of those castoffs, over 80 percent of them (approximately 233 million tires) are reused or recycled. That’s a lot of tires! TreadWright, an American tire remold company located in Houston, has been putting a dent in the tire recycling game for nearly 40 years. In 2015, TreadWright launched a completely new line of branded MT/AT tires, which now covers 72 percent of the replacement market. TreadWright has been introducing sizes and models at a rapid pace, with 29 new sizes and load ranges available. When the new Warden All Terrain tread crossed our path, we mounted up a set of 31x10.50R15s on our 1962 Willy’s Wagon. Next stop was a trip to the local tire shop, where the techs were amazed at how the remolds looked like a new tire. They commented on how it was nearly impossible to tell the difference between TreadWright’s remold and new. TreadWright offers a unique Bead-to-Bead (B2B) tire, where the remold spans the entire tire, from inner to outer bead. So all of the tires have reinforced sidewall and the TreadWright logo instead of a bunch of mismatched brand logos.

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Overlanding USA Product Review
We recently starting using TreadWright Guard Dog Mud terrain tire on our flagship 2015 Toyota 4runner. TreadWright is a true blue American company based out of Houston, Texas. They use a process called re-casting tires where they take old casings from used tires, apply freshly recycled rubber and press it into the molds they use for making their specific tire. This is the exact same process as all other manufactures, only this way we get a tire that is made of 80% recycled material and a fraction of the cost. We are currently running a 285/70r/17 tire on the 4Runner. In a short amount of time we have managed to put on some 10K miles, yes we drive a lot, but the truck is my daily driver.

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