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Unread 01-19-2010, 09:11 PM   #1
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Most Aggressive/mean All Terrain Tire

I'm purchasing a new 2010 jeep wrangler sport. I had a 97 sahara with muds on it for 4 years and i didn't off-road as much as i wouldve liked. I did do some general off-roading, but nothing serious. I'm leaning towards getting a good mix between an all-terrain tire which would help me in the snow (in buffalo, ny) etc., yet still have the occasional off road adventure capabilities.

Any suggestion on the most aggressive all-terrain tire? or best highway mudds??

Ideally id like to go 33x12.5 with a 3 or 4 inch lift. Thanks!

Any opinions on the BFGoodrich all-terrain t/a KO? or Goodyear Wrangler mt/r?


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Unread 01-19-2010, 09:46 PM   #2
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Unread 01-19-2010, 10:06 PM   #3
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BFG AT is what I have, and they are great at everything, including winter roads (partly because they're 33 X 10.5 and narrower tires are best for winter roads). However, the BFG AT (and any AT) is very poor in mud.

Duratrac is a great "moderate hybrid" tread (hybrid meaning part AT and part MT) because it's great onroad and great on winter roads, and good offroad in general. I hear it's OK in mud. Probably the best onroad tire that still can get-er-done in most offroad situations (though it may struggle in hardcore mud). I think it's a reasonably durable tire, but not nearly as tough as the MTR-K or Trxus. However, the Duratrac is a lot lighter than those other two, which means the Duratrac would get best gas mileage for weight reasons and because it has tighter tread (smaller voids).

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The MTR-K and Trxus are great "aggressive hybrids", or you might say the best MT on road. I'd say aggressive hybrids. Same thing by two different names really.

Both MTR-K and Trxus have many small AT center treads (like all good hybrids do) and aggressive outer treads. This greatly aids traction on wet pavement, ice, and packed snow.
The Trxus also has excellent and many sipes on all treads (another quality of an AT and also hybrids). This greatly aids traction on wet pavement, ice, and packed snow.
Trxus also has a soft grippy rubber that greatly aids traction on wet pavement, ice, and packed snow.
The MTR-K does not have sipes, but does have silica in the tread, which works like stud tires. This greatly aids traction on wet pavement, ice, and packed snow.
Both MTR-K and Trxus have large MT outer treadblocks with large voids that aid self cleaning in mud and deep snow, which is why they are excellent at those things.

Both Both MTR-K and Trxus are very tough and tear and puncture resistant. While those are good quality for hardcore offroad, it also is why both those tires are MUCH HEAVIER than the Duratrac. So they wouldn't get as good gas mileage as a Duratrac for that reason, plus their knobbier outer treads increasing rolling resistance.

If you only occasionally go offroad (like once a month or less), get the Duratrac. If you go offroad often (more than once a month), get the MTR-K or Trxus. IMO

Also, the Duratrac and MTR-K run 1/2" narrower than stated size and narrower than most brands of tire of same stated size. This is a good thing, IMO (because narrow is better on wet and winter roads, mud, and for gas mileage).

The Trxus runs about 1" narrower than stated size, which is an excellent thing, IMO.

The Duratrac runs short and slightly narrow, the MTR runs slightly tall and slightly narrow, the Trxus runs tall and narrow. What fits your lift best? If I had a 2.5" lift, I'd get Duratrac (runs short). If I had a 3" lift I'd probably the MTR-K (runs slightly tall). If I had 4" lift I'd get the Trxus (runs tall). I have a 3.25" lift and I plan to get Trxus next time, though fender trimming will be needed because it's really more like a 33.5 X 11.5 tire. Luckily, Trxus run narrow enough that will aid clearance to swaybar and LCAs.

The 33 X 12.5 R15 Trxus is really more of a 33.5 X 11.5 R15. That's excellent because there are many advantages of a tall medium width tire.

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I wouldn't presume to say which tire is best. They're all excellent, and somewhat different, though all are versatile tires. It's up to you to figure out which is best for your terrains/needs, wants, and clearances.

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Unread 01-19-2010, 10:11 PM   #4
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I kinda like the MTR/kevlar!!!
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Unread 01-19-2010, 11:25 PM   #5
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i like the procomp extreme A/T and the Micky Thompson MTZ's.

MTR/k's are o.k. to they just look to agressive for daily driver use. also i've i'm going to pay $200 a tire they better last long and i think that in DD vehicle they would go way to fast to justify the cost (35,000-45,000 miles?)
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Unread 01-20-2010, 12:53 AM   #6
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i have the procomp xtreme a/t's on my jeep and i love them. do awesome on the street and off road (as long as not in thick thick mud.. but still managable).. plus i think they look good

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Heard many good things about Duratracs, buying me a set this week actually.
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I put BFG AT/KOs on my wife's 4dr, it's unstoppable in the snow/ice up here in Durango CO, best $$ I ever spent on any Jeep. For winter I run 35x12.5x15 BFG ATs on my TJ also.

When we moved up here I looked at every contractor's truck that came out for the remodels, figured they had to get to the job no matter what, 80% of them had the BFG ATs, good enough for me.
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I'm purchasing a new 2010 jeep wrangler sport. I had a 97 sahara with muds on it for 4 years and i didn't off-road as much as i wouldve liked. I did do some general off-roading, but nothing serious. I'm leaning towards getting a good mix between an all-terrain tire which would help me in the snow (in buffalo, ny) etc., yet still have the occasional off road adventure capabilities.

Any suggestion on the most aggressive all-terrain tire? or best highway mudds??

Ideally id like to go 33x12.5 with a 3 or 4 inch lift. Thanks!

Any opinions on the BFGoodrich all-terrain t/a KO? or Goodyear Wrangler mt/r?
I had the old school MTRs and they aren't that great in the snow. They did ok in loose but once it got packed they didn't do that great.
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Well considering it's all Goodyear and BFG suggestions above, I'll give you one more brand and some food for thought.


The Cooper Discoverer S/T has the same "goal" of the Duratrac...an aggressive AT tire. I'm no Cooper salesman but I loved the S/Ts when I had them. Got them second hand from my brother who wore them down to ~35% tread. They still did great in snow and went plenty of places off-road. Since then I've upgraded to the STT model which is the M/T tire from Cooper.

Cooper tends to use a harder rubber compound in their aggressive tires to aid in tread life, so they wear well. Hard pack and ice can get slick compared to other tires because of that, but nothing drastic. This is more apparent in my STTs compared to the S/Ts...because of the larger lugs.

Obviously, both the BFG A/T and the Duratrac are fine choices. I have some second hand BFG A/Ts in the 31in flavor on my Jeep right now and they work very well in the snow, even off-road in the snow when aired down (they're not noted in my sig, only running these for the winter because they were cheap and are low tread and I wanted to save my STTs for the summer)
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Awesome! Thanks for the help, I also just heard some great things about the VorTrac All Terrain. Any thoughts on those? 33x12.6x17
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I just looked up the VorTrac's at SuperSwamper Direct.
It only shows them in 35" and 37" sizes. They look O.K. but very limited sizes.
I think the MTR/Kevlar is what I will be getting, they are very aggressive and readily available. If you tear one up it should be easy to finde a replacement!!!
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I've had my DuraTracs for about 1/2 of a week and so far I really like them. They stick to the rocks better than my old BFG A/Ts and they're lighter to boot. Can't say anything about snow performance, although I've heard it is really good.

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