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Super Swamper SSR Tread DesignReview of the SSR Series Super Swamper Radial TSL (TSL = T
hree Stage Lug)

The SSR Series Super Swamper Radial TSL is a combination of many good qualities that together make up an extremely good Offroad tire while improving on some of the poor traits a mud tire had on the paved roads.  To start with the SSR builds on a proven tread pattern that Interco tires have been known for in their Super Swampers.  The three stage lug design is very impressive in not only mud but also on the rocks, in deep snow, on loose grainy terrain and on the changing wooded trails.  Its two center rows of alternating "v" shaped lugs incorporate sipes that allow the tire to grip not just on the rocks but better on wet roads and in icy conditions than typical mud terrain tires would. 

Those center lugs also incorporate a "stepped" design that allows better release of mud and debris for better self cleaning as the wheel rotates around for another bite of whatever it is your propelling through. 

Sidewalls are protected by a supplemental tread design that not only servers to reduce sidewall damage but also assists with finding grip in mud or across rocks.  The SSR is a radial tire so on road handling is better than you might expect and it will not "flat spot" as a bias ply would on those cool nights after sitting still for a while.  Sizes available up to 38" with plys ranging 6, 8, 10 model dependant.


Manufacturers description of this tire: 

SSR Series of Super Swamper Radial TSL
The SSR Series of Super Swamper Radial/TSL tires is the next generation of light truck radial tires. This series has many of the OEM sizes for Sport Utility Vehicles and 4 Wheel Drive light trucks who do not want to modify their vehicles but still need the performance of Super Swampers. The design incorporates a slightly tighter tread pattern, siping for wet pavement traction and icy conditions, greater sidewall protection with traction features and is quieter running.

Manufacturer Info:

Interco Tire Corporation
2412 Abbeville Hwy
Rayne, LA 70578
Phone:  (800) 299-8000

Interco Tire Corporation, is a Louisiana company that has evolved through three generations into a leader in the development of high performance tires for use on four wheel drive light trucks and all terrain vehicles. In 1968 Interco developed the first 78 series light truck tires which began the evolution in light truck tires we see today.




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Carl Fichter Boyertown, PA
Terrain where used: Wooded trails, Mud, Rocks
Sand N/A
Wooded Trail
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Overall Rating
I have this tire on on 98 TJ.  They're 33" x 12.5" mounted on black American Racing steel rims.  I've had these tires on my Jeep for over 4 years and it's my daily driver.  The tire proved to do so well on the trails I run in the PA that I never put lockers in my Jeep.  I've gotten stuck several ties where a locker would have helped but the overall performance was so good that I hardly ever had a problem getting through most of the stuff I wheel through.  Good on the highway, better then I though it would have been and I put well over 30 thousand mile on a set.  Great tire overall.  
Ralph Aston PA
Terrain where used: Mud, Wooded Trails, Rocks, More Mud
Sand N/A
Wooded Trail
Overall Rating
Spent 3 year building a 78 CJ-7 and when I chose the tires, I when with the Super Swamper SSRs on a set of original Jeep steel Sport rims.  In my Jeep  the SSR has done so well I haven't had the need to put the Detroit locker I have on the shelf in the rear axle as I had planned before too much wheeling.  So far I've wheeled for a few years on the rocks at Paragon and the wooded trails and mud in central Pennsylvania.  In every case they've performed beyond my expectations.  Occasionally when I'd loose traction, I could back down a hill just a little and burp the clutch.  The SSRs would bite again and dig in.  I like to air them down to about 12 PSI and adjust the Rancho shocks to a soft 1 or 2.  This give the Jeep a great ride, eating up the rocks, ruts and bumps.  Deep in the mud they're great.  I can always keep the Jeep moving, even with open differentials.  On the road, they get a little squirrely with the short wheelbase and a less than optimal castor in my front axle but I don't worry too much about using them on the road since I trailer the Jeep to the trail.  Overall, I think it's a great performer and has an aggressive look.
Kyle Hagar Hazard, Kentucky
Terrain where used: Wooded trails, Mud, Rocks
Sand N/A
Snow N/A
Wooded Trail
Overall Rating
Awesome tire.  I got the 35s on my K5.  Can't say enough about the SSR.  We got a few mud bogs around here and I like to get the K5 muddy.  I do more pulling then getting pulled.  We have some rocky places to wheel but not  like the mud.  What rocks I have climbed over they seem to get really good bite.   haven't been in the snow with them.  On the street.. not bad.
Parker Jenks Wake Forest, NC
Terrain where used:  Rocks, Mud, Wooded trails    
Sand N/A
Wooded Trail
Overall Rating
Great Tire, good on-road even better off. I have set of 38's on my 2001 Chevy 1500. Never been stuck in the mud. decent ride on road with a little vibration and hum but not to bad.

This is a great tire!

William King Andersen AFB, Guam
Terrain where used:  Rocks, Mud, Wooded trails    
Wooded Trail
Overall Rating
The 38 by 12.50 kick ass they ripped so hard on my yota we was bouncing and a carryin on through the swamp i ripped big chucks from the lugs from spinning over rocks and logs in the mud but they still pull like a champ their made for mud nothing else ive got origanal TSL's.
Nick Reid Lansing, MI
Terrain where used:  Rocks, Mud, Sand, Snow, Wooded trails    
Wooded Trail
Overall Rating
I have had 37x12.50R17 on my Hummer for over 3 years now. The tire has allowed me to get through AM General's level III off road course without getting stuck. Out of every other Hummer (mostly on MT's and MTR's) in our group I was the only one to concur the trail. For the miles of off road trails in my back yard that is mostly wetland these tires have done great. The SSR tires perform much better on road than the previous MT's I had on the truck. I firmly believe that this tire is amazing.
Matt Wright Lumberton, TX
Terrain where used:  Rocks, Mud, Sand, Wooded trails    
Snow N/A
Wooded Trail
Overall Rating
I've got 33/12.50 on my 1500 z71 and they tear up anything i drive on even a couple peoples front yards!! I've had em for over a year now and they are still looking good. hopefully ill go bigger with the next set...

Editor's Note: We don't condone tearing up people's yards. 

Ed Reidel Crescent City, CA
Terrain where used:  Rocks, Mud, Sand, trails, snow
Wooded Trail
Overall Rating
37 12.50 tires was not happy with the tire. They load up with mud and snow was not much better. A stick went thru my sidewall and I cut one on rock.  Maybe a good road tire. I am driving 2000 TJ with Dana 60s front and rear and I go offroad a lot. I don't tow, I drive to the Rubicon each year.
Jimmy Guidry Lafayette, LA
Terrain where used:  Mud,  trails, snow
Sand N/A
Rock N/A
Wooded Trail
Overall Rating
What else can I say about this tire it is bad to the bone. It will carry you through tons of mud and keep you rolling.
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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.

Size Availability - This is a one to three thumbs up snapshot rating where one mean poor selection, two means ok and three means great.  Check with suppliers or manufacturers for actual available sizes.  While this rating system is vague, we couldn't possibly list all available sizes with size selection changing over time.  Please see manufacturer for list of sizes in production.

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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