...on a set of Continental MPT 81's.
In early 2004, at about 36,000 km, we started to notice that the
tires were definitely getting worn. The traction on muddy
roads just wasn't what it was three years earlier when the tires
were new. When new, these tires didn't slip sideways, they
went where you told them. Now, we noticed that they didn't
always stay where you'd planted a paw.
We hoped to get one last season on the tires, but knew their days
were numbered. On a logging road in Northern B.C. (North East
of Prince George) we discovered that the end had come for one of our
tires, in the pouring rain. It looks as though a rock placed
itself in just the wrong place with just a little too much force
& tried to tear a lug right out of the tire. We pulled
over as soon as we realized the tire was flat, but it was too late -
the side wall was destroyed. We made the 900km trip home from
Prince George (shortest highway route possible) on our bias-ply
spare tire, with no spare. Neither of these facts made for a
comfortable trip home. Your traction is much more erratic with
one bias-ply mixed in with three radials.
The old tires have a tread depth varying between 3 and 7 mm.
When we got home we ordered two new tires and now have them on the
front end of the truck. We expect to be replacing the other
two within a year, but putting off the expense a little while
helps. The tread difference is impressive!
The new tires have a tread depth of about 12mm.
We are happy to have a radial spare for one of our spare
tires, but we would have liked to put it off a little longer.
This incident emphasized the necessity of finishing the mount for a
second spare tire that we had begun sometime earlier. Had we
had it along we could have at least done a little off-road driving
on our way home from Prince George.
This second tail gate has been in place for a few years now and
works *very* well.