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Exclamation Bad news mtr w/ kevlar

Bad news for anyone with MTR w/ Kevlar! Maybe its just my luck. After off roading today through mud, dirt, sand, rocks, and gravel I gave the XK a little inspection. Everything was fine and I was completely happy with the performance. Only using 4 LO on occasion (pull for maximum pleasure) and the tires pulling me through everything. However, one problem arose.

It appears as if maybe 6 of the outside lugs/tread blocks have been ripped or cut completely off. I have been driving on these tires for 3 weeks! I have no idea how it happened or how Goodyear or 4wheelparts is going to help me. Taking it into 4wheelparts monday. I have read a lot about these tires and other then the kevlar, goodyear used a super secret soft silica/rubber compound. Could it be too soft?

Vandalism? rubbing? rocks? I dont get it.
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Did this happen on only one tire or more? If one, where was it mounted?

It could be, if a front tire, that it is rubbing on the pinch weld. In fact, the pinch weld may have cut into it. You need to bend the pinch welds over.
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Looking closely at the picture it looks like that tire is on the rear. I could see that running over a sharp rock could do some damage possibly, but I wouldnt think that a rock would cut into so many lugs. Sorry this happened to ya, maybe since they are so new you can get some sort of warrantee and get a replacement.
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I would question the material. I think you would see a lot more damage around the knobs that broke off if it was the road/trail that did the damage.
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It is the rear passenger side. At 4wheelparts.com these 265/70's cost $$269 a tire. With the suspension fully compressed that tire does rub a little but nothing sharp to cut it, I dont think, on the outside like that. I think it happened passing something sharp or driving over a sharp rock and maybe spinning over it a little cutting those off. I really have no idea. It is the only tire with any type of damage. Other tires dont even have a single small cut into them and obviously travelled over same terrain.
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By the way, 4 wheel Parts has an on and off road "no hassle" warranty on their tires for additional cost. Not sure how much. We will see how "no hassle" it is. Also have free lifetime rotations.
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my tires are cut up alot. from climbing the hills here in tn and the rocks are jagged and one tire has tread tore off and sliced up i thinks its just that tire had bad like and the rocks got the best of tht side. just the way it goes its trails not the parking lot
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