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When you look across the board at the major manufacturers of Mud Terrain tires, Mickey Thompson, who is owned by the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, is one of the serious contenders for top rated Mud Terrain tires developed for serious offroad conditions.  With their development of the Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ, they have once again proved that they can produce an offroad tire that is designed to meet or exceed the expectations of those who may push their equipment to the extremes. 

There are many key elements that make up a good offroad tire and the closer we look at the Baja MTZ and talk to those who use the tire in some pretty harsh conditions, the more we like the MTZ.  Here are a few of the key element that we think make this tire one to consider.  First, we like radial tires.  Mainly because a lot of us, are going to put one set of tires on our vehicle and drive it hard on weekends, then commute to job on Monday.  With the cost of tires these days, it makes economical sense to buy one set that will work for both worlds, off-road wheeling and on-road driving.  Additionally it's just nice to have an impressive set of tires on your vehicle that handle well on the road, and generally a radial type tire does that. 

Mickey Thompson advanced on the typical radial design construction and made improvements for better wear and a smooth ride which is important for daily commuting.  Tread design incorporates several traction adding features such as a multi-stage lug pattern and sipes across lugs.  The multi pattern lugs help to break up highway driving frequencies for a quieter ride, while the sipes across the lugs improve traction on slick roads and snow as well as improving traction in mud and snow.  All lugs have a decent amount of void area between the lugs for added bit and traction in mud & snow while improving the ability to self clean.  The outer lugs extend down around the sidewalls for increased traction in deep mud with the aid of a patented sideway lug design called Sidebiters® which add traction in deep mud and increase protection against abrasion on the rocks.   When aired down to the low teens or high single digits, the MTZ flexes well and the sidewall lugs come into play.  3-Ply Sidewall and 6-Ply Tread offers plenty of protection and Resistance to punctures. 

While this is not the most aggressive MT tire on the market, it is an aggressive Mud Terrain radial constructed with 3-ply sidewalls and 6-ply tread making this tire as tough as they come. Self-cleaning high-void lugs and enhanced Sidebiters® give this tire exceptional traction in mud and snow.  It is an excellent choice for those who need an offroad Mud Tire that works well on the street with little compromise offroad.  Fellow 4 wheelers we have talked to who run the MTZ all say they are happy with this tire and are impressed with the traction and offroad performance as well as the drive home.  There is a decent selection of sizes to choose from however the cost per tire is on the expensive side when compared to tires of the same caliber.

Manufacturers description of this tire:

Mickey Thompson® Baja MTZ Radial
Polyester Ply/Steel Belted Radial

Popular Sizes Available for Today's Demanding Off-Road Vehicles!

An aggressive mud terrain radial in Specialty Light Truck (SLT) sizing, features cut resistant 3-ply sidewalls and a full 6-ply tread for superior strength & toughness on or off road.

  • Advanced Radial Construction for High Mileage & Smooth Ride
  • Self Cleaning High-Void Tread Lugs for Traction in Mud & Snow
  • Deep Shoulder Lugs Provide Aggressive Traction and Bold Looks
  • Enhanced Sidebiters® for Added Traction & Protection
  • Traditional Light Truck Sizes Have Outlined White Letters.
  • Siped tread lugs for better grip on smooth surfaces & ice.

Specialty Light Truck Size (SLT) Features 3-Ply Sidewall and 6-Ply Tread for Added Strength and Puncture Resistance.

Note: All Specifications Are For Single Rear Tire Applications.

† Specs are estimated, availability to be announced.

Traditional Light Truck Sizes
Part # Size Size
Max Load Max
5251 31X10.50R15LT   47 C 2,270 50 7.0-9.0 8.5 10.9 8.3 30.8 19/32
5253 33X12.50R15LT   56 C 2,205 35 8.5-11.0 10.0 12.1 9.7 32.8 20.5/32
5254 35X12.50R15LT   66 C 2,535 35 8.5-11.0 10.0 12.2 10 34.8 19.5/32
5262 LT265/75R16 32X10.50R16LT 53 E 3,415 80 7.0-8.0 7.5 10.1 8.3 32.0 18.5/32
5263 LT285/75R16 33X11.50R16LT 56 D 3,305 65 7.5-9.0 8.0 11.3 8.9 33.1 18.5/32
5265 LT305/70R16 33X12.50R16LT 61 D 2,910 50 8.0-9.5 9.0 12.0 9.8 33.1 19/32
5266 LT315/75R16 35X12.50R16LT 67 D 3,195 50 8.0-10.0 8.5 11.9 9.8 34.5 19/32
5271 LT265/70R17 32X10.50R17LT 53 E 3,195 80 7.0-9.0 8.0 10.8 8.3 31.9 18.5/32
5273 33X12.50R17LT   63 D 2,600 50 8.5-11.0 10.0 12.5 9.8 32.8 20.5/32
5275 LT315/70R17 35X12.50R17LT 68 D 3,195 50 8.5-10.0 9.5 11.9 9.8 34.6 19/32
Specialty Light Truck Sizes
Part # Size Size
Max Load Max
5255 33X15.50R15LT   79 C 2,405 35 11.0-13.0 12.0 15.7 12.1 32.9 23/32
5256 36X15.50R15LT   88 C 3,000 35 11.0-13.0 12.0 15.7 12.2 35.9 23/32
5257 38X15.50R15LT   93 C 3,415 35 11.0-13.0 12.0 15.7 12.2 37.9 23/32
5267 LT375/55R16 33X15.50R16LT 80 E 3,750 65 10.0-13.0 12.0 15.4 11.8 32.4 23/32
5268 LT375/65R16 36X15.50R16LT 89 D 3,750 50 10.0-13.0 11.0 15.0 12.2 35.4 23/32
5269 LT395/70R16 38X15.50R16LT 93 C 3,415 35 12.0-13.0 12.0 16.0 12.2 37.9 23/32
5282 LT375/50R18 33X15.50R18LT 81 E 3,525 65 10.0-13.0 12.0 15.4 12.2 33.0 23/32
5281 LT325/60R18 33X13.50R18LT 75 E 3,525 65 9.0-12.0 9.5 13.3 10.5 33.2 20.5/32
5283 LT325/65R18 35X13.50R18LT 78 E 3,860 65 9.0-12.0 9.5 13.5 10.6 34.8 20.5/32
5284 LT375/60R18 36X15.50R18LT 90 D 3,640 50 10.0-13.0 11.0 15.0 12.0 35.9 23/32
5285 37X13.50R18LT   86 D 3,525 50 8.5-11.0 11.0 13.9 10.7 36.8 20.5/32
5286 LT395/65R18 38X15.50R18LT 97 C 3,415 35 11.0-14.0 12.0 15.7 12.2 37.9 23/32
5222 36X15.50R20LT   92 E 3,525 65 11.0-13.0 12.0 15.3 11.9 36.4 21/32
5223 38X15.50R20LT   99 D 3,525 50 11.0-13.0 12.0 15.7 12.2 37.9 23/32

Manufacturer Contact Info:

Mickey Thompson 
Performance Tires and Wheels
East Coast
4670 Allen Road
Stow, OH, 44224
Ph. 330-928-9092
Fax 330-928-0503

West Coast
1900 Compton Avenue Suite 101
Corona, CA 92881
Ph. 951-817-0101
Fax 951-817-0199 

For more info on Mickey Thompson Tires visit:

or call (330) 928-9092.

Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, owned by the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company of Findlay, Ohio, USA, designs, develops, and markets racing and high performance tires for drag racing cars and motorcycles, modified street cars, off-road race vehicles, modified pick-up trucks and sport utility vehicles. The company, founded in 1963 by racing legend Mickey Thompson, is headquartered in Stow, Ohio, USA, and offers a wide range of tires and wheels in unique sizes to enhance the look and performance of these specialty high performance and racing vehicles. For more information, visit: www.mickeythompsontires.com

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is headquartered in Findlay, Ohio and specializes in the manufacture and marketing of automotive products. Products for Cooper Tire include automotive, motorcycle and truck tires, inner tubes, tread rubber and equipment. Cooper-Standard Automotive is an original equipment supplier of sealing, trim, NVH control systems and fluid handling systems for the automotive industry in North America, Europe, Australia and South America. Cooper has more than 20,000 employees and 52 manufacturing facilities in 13 countries. For more information, visit the Company's web site at: www.coopertire.com



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Rating  Key - The star rating keys are specific to the terrain being rated in the review.  To the Top 
Don't even consider it if this is your main terrain. This tire will not perform well at all in this terrain.

Its trying but not doing too well.  You'd be better off choosing another for this terrain.

Average.  Its doing ok, not great but its holding its own.  A decent choice if you're compromising.

This tire does very well in this terrain but its not the best tire available however still a very good choice.

This tire performs exceptionally well in this terrain.  Among the best suited for this terrain.

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Money Bags - This is an average cost scale based on an averaged advertised cost of this tire when compared to other tires.  One money bag represents the tire is typically one of the cheapest available while 5 money bags indicates that this tire is one of the most expensive.  Averages are based on the tires reviewed.

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