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WE TEST THE DEE­GAN 38 ALL-TER­RAIN

4 Wheel & Off Road - - CONTENTS - Harry Wag­ner BY EDI­[email protected] PHO­TOG­RA­PHY HARRY WAG­NER

BRIAN DEE­GAN IS MANY things. X Games gold medal­ist, me­tal Mul­isha founder, freestyle mo­tocross pi­o­neer, short-course rac­ing cham­pion. These credentials mo­ti­vated Mickey Thompson to spon­sor Dee­gan and even create a Dee­gan line of tires and wheels.

Mickey Thompson started with the Dee­gan 38 Mud-Ter­rain tire, which is just as tough and ag­gres­sive as Dee­gan him­self. The guy has another side, though, one that is rarely seen. Loyal hus­band, ded­i­cated fa­ther, suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man. That per­son is best rep­re­sented by Mickey Thompson’s lat­est of­fer­ing, the Dee­gan 38 All-Ter­rain.

Hear us out. While not as ag­gres­sive as its Mud-Ter­rain sib­ling, the new Dee­gan 38 All-Ter­rain shares the same DNA that makes the Dee­gan 38 Mud-Ter­rain so tough, but with in­creased tread life and de­creased noise for ve­hi­cles that spend more time on the pave­ment than in the dirt. That is the case with our 2014 Ram

3500, which is used to tow our rock­crawlers all over the coun­try. The Ram is not a ded­i­cated wheeler, but it does see plenty of dirt roads and snowy moun­tain passes on our ad­ven­tures. These are the sit­u­a­tions that the Mickey Thompson Dee­gan

38 All-Ter­rain were made for.

The “38” doesn’t re­fer to the tire di­am­e­ter, but rather Brian Dee­gan’s race num­ber. Mickey Thompson cur­rently of­fers the Dee­gan 38 All-Ter­rain in over 30 sizes from

29 to 35 inches and for rim di­am­e­ters from

15 to 22 inches. LT sizes are backed by a

55,000-mile war­ranty, and P Met­ric sizes come with a re­mark­able 60,000-mile tread wear war­ranty. We chose the LT295/70R18 size, which comes in a Load Range E that is per­fectly suited to tow­ing and is an inch taller than the fac­tory size for our Ram to fill out the wheel­wells nicely with­out regear­ing.

Af­ter more than 5,000 miles, half of which have been with a trailer in tow, the Dee­gan 38 All-Terrains show lit­tle to no

sign of wear. The tires have done ev­ery­thing we have asked of them and never left us wish­ing for a more ag­gres­sive tire on our tow rig. The Mickey Thompson Dee­gan 38 All-Terrains may not have us do­ing Dou­bleNac In­di­anAir back­flips, but they have run smooth, re­li­able, and whis­per-quiet. This is a side of Brian Dee­gan that we could def­i­nitely get used to.

“An All-Ter­rain makes sense for ve­hi­cles” many

1 1 The Dee­gan 38 All-Ter­rain has proven to be a very ver­sa­tile tire on our Ram 3500. This truck is used for ev­ery­thing from daily driv­ing to ski trips in the moun­tains to tow­ing a heavy trailer. The void area on the Dee­gan 38 All­Ter­rain is com­pa­ra­ble...

5 5 The tread com­pound on the Dee­gan 38 All­Ter­rain is sil­ica-re­in­forced for excellent cut and chip re­sis­tance. That doesn’t mean that they will last 50,000 miles if you’re peel­ing out all of the time, but it’s valu­able if you spend time on slick boat...

2 The theme with the Dee­gan 38 All-Ter­rain is a more sub­dued ver­sion of the Dee­gan 38 MudTer­rain, so it is no sur­prise that the tires have a toned-down ver­sion of Mickey Thompson’s leg­endary Sideb­iters.

3 The Dee­gan 38 All-Terrains carry an E load rat­ing in the size we tested. Each tire is rated to carry up to 4,080 pounds at a max­i­mum in­fla­tion of 80 psi.

4 4 Gen­er­ous sip­ing al­lows each in­di­vid­ual tread block to run cooler on the road and con­form to the ter­rain off-road. The sip­ing also evac­u­ates wa­ter to make the Dee­gan 38 All-Ter­rain sta­ble and con­fi­dent on wet and icy roads.

6 6 The Dee­gan 38 All-Ter­rain tires took in­cred­i­bly lit­tle weight to bal­ance (11⁄4 ounces on av­er­age), a tes­ta­ment to the excellent qual­ity con­trol ex­hib­ited by Mickey Thompson’s line of tires.

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