Originally Posted by Fargo
This is really good to know. I thought the BFG would have a sidewall similar in strength to the GSA. Does anyone else think the BFG is a stronger sidewall than the GSA? Jerry B or Paul T, do you think the BFG is really stronger or is it more marketing ploy. I know the BFGs are used so much its hard to seperate fact from fiction.
The GSA's a glorified car tire. POS. (But better than the even worse GY Wrangler ST's my KJ came with...
The BFG A/T is a great street tire that's decent off road. The BFG M/T is better off road, but gives up a little bit on the road and in the pocketbook. Both wear like Iron, the AT a little better than the M/T.
The MT/R is a much more agressive tire that's great on rocks. Some people say they wear well, others don't. If you get MT/R's, don't get Rubi take offs, they are a slightly different tire than the 'regular' ones, and they just aren't as good. They'll be better at everything off road when compared to a BFG A/T, and better at everything but Mud than a BFG M/T. Conversely, they'll probably be worse on road than both BFG's.
Personally, I would say that if you put more than 10-12k a year on your Jeep on the road, you want a BFG. If you put 15k plus, I think you'll like a BFG A/T more than any other tire, just for it's outstanding road handling.
Whatever you do, step up in size, to at least 31x10.50. This is the biggest tire you can safely run off-road in a TJ. Think about a small lift to clear either 32x11.50 or 33x10.50 or 12.50. The Ravine wheels you have will handle a 10.50" wide tire, but you'd need spacers or new wheels to run anything wider, so keep that in mind. I would not go with the 30x9.5 size you are running now. That extra inch in both directions is very, very nice.