View Full Version : OT Mastercraft Courser HTR tires

Dr Stan
03-25-2011, 11:32 AM
It's time for new tires for the Dakota. So I've been shopping around and a local dealer has recommended Mastercraft Courser HTR tires at a very good price. From my online research Mastercraft is owned by Cooper tire and is considered their budget or house brand where they use old Cooper tooling to make these tires.

The reviews I've found on Mastercraft tires have been good. But, does anyone know if they are made in North America?

Anyone out there have any experience with Mastercraft tires? Would you buy them again?



03-25-2011, 02:43 PM
Stan, although I have no knowledge about the Mastercraft tires, I can help shed some light about their origin.

All tires have markings on them to help identify every characteristic of the tire that you may need to know.
Click on the link below to give some idea of the info present on a tire.


Now for the info you are after you will have to decipher the DOT code:


G. US Department of Transport code (http://www.tire-information-world.com/dot-codes.html). This code is required on all tires which may be sold in the USA. Following the "DOT" the code uses the format: XXXX XXXX XXXX in which the first two letters designate where the tire was manufactured. The next two letters and numbers are a code for the tire size and the following 4 are for discretionary use by the manufacturer and may be omitted. The final group of four tells you the week and year in which the tire was manufactured. "2206" would indicate a tire made in week 22 of the year 2006. Before the year 2000, this part of the code was only 3 digits long, for example 019 would be on a tire made in the first week of 1999. ...........................

And finally the DOT codes listing the tire's origin by company and location.


Dr Stan
03-25-2011, 02:57 PM

Thanks. The charts will be quite helpful.


03-25-2011, 03:38 PM
Don't get me wrong - NOTHING beats Cooper tires for a truck in the mud and snow, but if these tires are soft rubber like Cooper's AT tires then you won't get too many more miles the 35,000 out of them

Dr Stan
03-25-2011, 05:06 PM
Don't get me wrong - NOTHING beats Cooper tires for a truck in the mud and snow, but if these tires are soft rubber like Cooper's AT tires then you won't get too many more miles the 35,000 out of them

Cooper is a good tire and I place it second only to Michelin and then by not much. I've had both in the past.

This tire has a 60,000 mile guarantee for tread wear which is very close to Michelin's 70,000 tread wear warranty on their LTX MS2. The load rating for the Mastercraft is 107 V 106 for the Michelin.

On paper they appear to very similar.

A set of the Mastercraft will be right at $600 out the door. The Michelins are $850.

So I'm trying to find someone with real world experience with the Mastercraft.

03-25-2011, 05:31 PM

03-25-2011, 07:34 PM
NOt long ago i stopped at a friends welding shop as he was doing some work on a large wheeled back hoe.
Looking at the rear tires be darned if they were made in Egypt!!!

First tires i,d seen for anything comming from Egypt!!!:eek:

03-25-2011, 07:56 PM
My son has Mastercraft tires on his Mazda B3000. I was rather shocked to find that after berating him for buying cheap tires, that the ones he got are made in the USA and actually pretty good. I had to apologize to the boy.

He took off to Illinois with his girl for a week, should be back Sunday. I'm curious now as to just which model he bought.

03-25-2011, 09:44 PM
Mastercraft Courser HTR are on my Jeep G/Cherokee right now. I went in a friends tire shop wanting Michelins as that is what was on it when I bought it used. They seemed to be all I needed in a tire, with wear being great.

Well was I ever surprised at the cost.

On to my 2nd choice. BF Goodrich Comercial TA's. They're no longer produced.

At this point they turned me onto the Mastercraft brand, which they sell tons of.

That's what I bought and after 20,000 miles I see no wear. I more than happy with these tires.

I never even asked where they were produced but the link Willy posted should help you figure that out.


People say I'm getting crankier as I get older. That's not it. I just find I enjoy annoying people a lot more now. Especially younger people!!!

03-25-2011, 11:26 PM
Had two sets of these. 3 tread separations. Not a great ride. Not great traction.....

The Firestone tires that came with the F 250 were ok.

I think comparing MasterCraft with Michelin is apples and oranges.

Others may have different experiences.