Kelly Tires might not sound like a name you know or can trust, but it’s actually a sub-brand of one of the world’s largest tire manufacturers – Goodyear.
Dating back to 1894, it’s actually the oldest tire brand in America. So much so that Kelly Tires first made rubber tires for buggies – including the one belonging to President William Howard Taft.
Goodyear acquired Kelly Tires in 1935 and in the 1990s moved its base of operations to Goodyear’s headquarters in Akron, Ohio. Then in 2010 the brand made the bod move to go from a limited network of distributors to being a nationwide brand. Now Kelly Tires are available at over 1,000 retailers nationwide including popular automotive stores such as Pep Boys and Mavis Tire, as well as larger retailers like Costco and WalMart.
When it comes to actual product, Kelly Tires offers a sizeable range of all-season, performance, winter and all-terrain tires. In the all-terrain lineup, Kelly’s offerings include the Kelly Edge AT, the Safari ATR and the Safari TSR.
The Edge AT and Safari ATR are comparable tires, although the ATR takes on- and off-road performance to a higher level and is built to withstand off-road driving better. Kelly Tires’ most impressive off-road performance is the Safari TSR, with the characteristics of a mud-terrain tire, including four rows or large tread blocks and plenty of void to help dig into loose ground and toss it away.
All Kelly Tires come with a standard factory warranty and if found defective due to materials or workmanship will be replaced free of charge (including mounting and balancing) for the first 2/32nds of an inch of treadwear or in the first 12 months since purchase (whichever comes first). Beyond that, any tire will be replaced at a prorated amount for the first six years from purchase.
In addition, the Edge AT comes with a 50,000 mile warranty, while the Safari ATR comes with either a 40,000 mile (LT sizes) or 50,000 mile (P-Metric sizes) warranty. There is no additional mileage warranty on the Safari TSR.
Most Kelly Tires also come with a 30 day money back guarantee.