I finally got myself a Jeep. I've been reading here for a while and have finally got a question that I think is worth asking. I tried the search and didn't get the answers I'm looking for.
I live in AK and don't want to lift my XJ before spring, so I'm in the market for all-terrain/mud-terrain tires in about the smallest size they make 'em in, 235/75R15. Main contenders in my mind are the BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO's (had these on my S-10, loved the tires, hated the truck) and the Goodyear MTR's, but I'm open to suggestions. I need them to perform well on snow and ice and they'll likely see some trail riding and mudding come spring. The prices I've found on these two are comparable and therefor not a real issue.
Tirerack.com shows the user rating for snow as being better for the MTR's, but I didn't have any problems w/ my KO's before through two winters.
What do y'all think?
97 XJ Sport...Skyjacker 3", 31x10.5 BFG AT KO's, no rear & disco'd front sways, skids, Conferr rack w/custom spare/hi lift mounts, Hella 500FF & Harbor Freight lights, flareless & trimmed fenders
01 XJ Classic...rolled & totaled, but resurrected by someone else
I also have the MTRs and love them. They are awesome in just about every offroad application. On-road they are very quiet for a tire with aggressive tread.
I have never ran the BFG A/T's but the only area I think they would outperform the MTR is on ice. The BFGs have lots of edges/siping to grip the ice wereas the MTRs don't. I don't feel real safe on ice with my MTRs, but pretty much any tire sucks on sheer icy roads so I don't sweat it.
Eric 2000 XJ "PROJECT RUBICON" 3-link front / 4-link rear / coilovers / running 37's on Dana 60s
My website - EricsXJ.com
Thank you. I was just about to say that, but when you look look at an MT/R, it looks like Mud-Terrain tread, when you look at a KO, it looks like an All-Terrain. The BFG KM IS better than the MT/R. And quite a bit cheaper.
91 XJ Limited - RE 5.5" XD, 32x9.50 TSL's, 4.0 HO, disconnects, other good stuff
94 ZJ 5.2 Limited - 6.5" Teraflex lift, Clayton Long Arms, disconnects, 37x12.50 SSR's, Hummer Beadlocks, and more good stuff
I've run BFG MT's on all 3 of my YJ's over the years and love them. They last a long time, offer great traction on the rocks here in AZ and I like a good tire hum when rolling down the highway. I've heard of many MT/R converts, though. Just this weekend I heard from a tire store guy in our Jeep club about how the MT/R's are superior in construction. Something about the MT/R's being formed in a single mold instead of in two halves and then sealed together. Hadn't heard that before. For now I'm sticking with my BFG MT's.
I've also run the BFG AT's (not the KO) and didn't care for them much, mostly because they couldn't offer near the traction of the MT's in the rocks (and they didn't look as tough ).
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