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Pit Bull MadDog Radial Tires - Tire Test

...From A Bias-Ply Pro

Jerrod Jones
Apr 1, 2010
Photographers: Kevin Blumer, Paula Taylor
Pit Bull is one of the newest tire manufacturers to make its mark in the off-road scene, but the company has certainly gained a quick reputation for ultra-aggressive tires that work excellently off-road. Until recently, these off-road tires have been limited to bias-ply versions, but now, Pit Bull radial versions of the MadDogs (that we tested) and the radial Rockers are available.
Photo 2/10   |   pit Bull MadDog Radial Tires ford F350 Super Duty
What really piqued our interest is that Pit Bull has decided to take a different approach to tire construction than some unnamed, older, monster mud tiremakers took long ago. The company saw how many fullsize heavy-duty trucks were driving around on giant balloon tires with light-duty load ratings. These heavy-duty trucks with big, light-duty tires are too often seen loaded down with junk and pulling huge trailers that are clearly too much for the light-duty tires' carrying capacities. This type of situation puts everyone on the road at risk, and that's just not acceptable.
Knowing full well that the radial versions would see their way onto lots of fullsize trucks, Pit Bull decided to take the MadDogs an extra step by adding a much higher load-carrying capacity to match the needs of today’s truck owners.
We were able to run a set of 38.5-inch MadDogs on an F-350 Super Duty to see how they’d hold up to the chore of lots of weight and work. Unfortunately, there's been no rain and certainly no snow in Southern California to test these in. We'll have to revisit the MadDogs in the future to tell you how they handle deep mud and snow. Stay tuned...
FOOTPRINT
Impressions
The MadDog is a great-looking, aggressively treaded tire and the new radial technology just made this rubber something you could roll on every day. It's a bit louder than some other tires we'd put on a fullsize truck, but that was expected with the high void ratio this tire's tread carries. It doesn't track too badly on uneven roads, and street handling seems good, too, without too much sidewall flex on pavement. The siping on the inner tread block will definitely improve icy and wet road conditions, but we have yet to be able to test them in harsh conditions due to the time of year.
Photo 9/10   |   pit Bull MadDog Radial Tires heavy Duty Truck
SPECS AS TESTED
Make/Model: Pit Bull MadDog Radials
Mounted On: 16x10 Weld Racing wheels
Size On Sidewall: 38.50x13.50R16
Load Range Rating: D
Max Load: 4,080 pounds
Tread Depth: 2 1/32 inch
Sidewall: 2-ply polyester
Tread: 2-ply polyester + 2-ply steel + 2-ply nylon
Weight Of Tire: 88 pounds
Measured Diameter Unloaded: 38.63 inches
Measured Width Unloaded: 14.10 inches
Measured Tread Width: 10 inches
Available Sizes: 38.5 inches at time of testing (more sizes coming soon)
Available For: 15- to 20-inch wheels
Photo 10/10   |   pit Bull MadDog Radial Tires towing

Sources

Pit Bull Tires
St. Louis, MO 63103
800-645-2006
www.pitbulltires.com
Ramona Tire
Rancho Mirage, AK 92270
760-773-3935
www.ramonatire.com

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