2009 Red Alert Xterra Off Road 5AT
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Long Beach, CA
Just put 2k+ miles on these from LA area to Moab, UT and back. MOstly highway of course, but plenty of dirt roads and one "off-road" trail, called Long Canyon Trail.
I took it from the bottom up and had no issues with the tires. Road was rocky from recent rain, and Pucker Pass was very rocky. No slippage aside from at P.P. due to deep, fine sand against the bedrock and my lack of ability as a rookie.
Overall the tires performed well, on road and off. They seem to be very sensitive to every road condition, which is good and bad. A few mornings when we hopped on the highway, my truck would pull a lot left or right for awhile, then it seemed to go away. ONly thing I can think is that they do retain a lot of stones, and possibly that weight affects how the tire tracks. But this is just a theory based on zero knowledge or experience that I hold of AT tires, offroading, etc. I worry a lot so this is my explanation.
I also have two small..I can't explain it...small dips or grooves on the ride side tires. I'm guessing I damaged the tire somehow, and broke something inside. They run the same still, no issues at all. But it's concerning, considering I ghave about 3k miles on them only.
I'm hoping it's not a safety issue. I honestly don't know anything about this.
These are P rated, and I'm thinking they're just thin and not robust enough for heavy usage. I'd like something with more protection, without sacrificing mpg or ride quality, but dont know if moving to LT tires next time would be a good trade off in that regard. Again, I know very little about tires and driving off-pavement.
Overall, they performed well in all conditions. THey retain a lot of stones, sometimes pull left or right for me after long days off pavement. (had alignment done before trip), vibrate depending on paved road surface, but got 20+mph highway, and let me go where I wanted without issue.
Last edited by jschaf; 10-20-2018 at 04:06 PM.