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.
It was a fateful day in November, November 11, to be exact. Veteran’s Day. I went out for a day of wheeling with some buddies who were doing some testing and tuning. Not just any wheeling, mind you, but jaw-dropping, high speed, pre-runner and overland competition style wheeling.
Up until this day, I was super pleased with my Mickey Thompsons. They excelled at “typical” off-roading and the street performance was great. However, in a style of off-roading that quite frankly many have never experienced, and most will not understand, I pushed those Mickey Thompsons to the limit…and ultimately over the edge of that limit. It seems that there is one type of wheeling those tires didn’t like: aggressive and rocky high speed passes. I know those tires didn’t like that because I lost two of them that day. Yep. Two.
Some of you might be doing the math right now, and you’d be correct. I only had one spare, so losing two tires meant I was being trailered home from the trail. Both tires suffered sidewall damage that rendered them completely useless at their primary function of holding air. This bummed me out quite a bit, since one of the selling points for the Baja ATZ P3s is “a new compound with improved cut and chip protection” and a 3-ply sidewall. Like I said before, I found the edge and pushed them over. One of the tires had several (four) sidewall cuts that let air escape. The other had just one cut, right at the point where the side biter meets the tread cap (which is where I least expected to have a puncture).
So anyway…I ended up borrowing a random tire to get home and to get around for the next few days until the Jeep went into the shop for the #overclock3d build (a custom pre-runner suspension comprised of Teraflex long arms and track bars, King Racing shocks, and Evo Plush springs). I also had another 3-day adventure wheeling event planned for Black Friday weekend. Everything was timed so OVERCLOCK3D would come out of the shop just in time for the excursion. Of course, now I had a new problem. I was down two tires.
We had considered the fact that my Baja ATZ P3s might have come from a bad lot. Perhaps these tires weren’t built the to standard of quality that Mickey Thompson had expected. We wanted to complete our review of the tires, and I still had yet to put them through snow and ice conditions. We contacted our rep at Mickey Thompson in the hopes that they would be willing to work with us to continue the review. Perhaps we could help them identify if my problem with the sidewalls was an anomaly that they might want to be aware of. My intent isn’t to speak poorly of how Mickey Thompson handled this situation, but lets just say that they offered zero support, or assistance, in helping us to continue reviewing their tires. We were on our own. I had two options, really, and less than two weeks to come to a solution. Option 1: Buy two more Baja ATZ P3 tires at full retail pricing to keep my matched set and continue with those tires. Option 2: Find another set of tires.
Option 1 was certainly the easiest, but I was uncomfortable with that choice. If my experience with losing two tires to sidewall damage was considered unusual, and Mickey Thompson stood behind their tires to make sure I got replacements that were more representative of their brand, then I would have been fine. But at this point, I wasn’t really excited about leaving them on and putting them through three more days of the type of wheeling that caused a loss of two tires in a single day before. I had trust issues.
Option 2 was the more comfortable option for me, but obviously comes with a funding challenge. Buying 5 new tires is obviously more expensive than buying 2 new tires.
Enter TreadWright Tires.
We’ve written about TreadWright before, and recently told you about their new bead-to-bead remold offerings. I, personally, have considered their Guard Dog line of tires in the past, and those happen to be one of the newer bead-to-bead offerings on the market. While many people are still hesitant to run remolded tires, TreadWright is so confident in their ability to perform that they put their money where their mouth is.
We told them the conditions that we’re running OVERCLOCK3D through. We told them that the rocks destroyed two of our Mickey Thompson tires in only one day, and we had another three day trip coming up. They had every opportunity to tell us that their tire wasn’t designed for that type of abuse. They didn’t. Do you know what they did? They drop-shipped a set of 5 Guard Dogs straight to the shop where the #overclock3d build was taking place and said they were confident their tires can handle it. BAM! TreadWright to the rescue! They saved the day, they got me back up and rolling with only days to spare. For that, I am truly thankful!
You’ll hear more about the TreadWright Guard Dogs as I put them to the test on and off road, I’ll tell you what I like, and what I don’t like and more. There’s one thing you need to know right up front: The 3-day adventure wheeling excursion was a success. The Guard Dogs did their job. They held air, they provided traction in mud, rocks, on wet and dry pavement and anything else that was in front of them. I have a few more off-road trips planned very soon, so I’ll give them the usual treatment and let you know how they do. I can tell you that TreadWright should be on everyone’s list of tires when shopping around. Considering they are roughly 1/2 the price of other tire options, they are definitely worth a closer look.
You can see how sweet they look mounted and they get positive comments everywhere I drive. Stay tuned for more and check out our Featured Partners page where all of our product supporters are located.