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Unread 04-17-2009, 09:08 PM   #1
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tire brand / type question for newbee (BFG AT vs. MT MTZ)

I am severely limited by my budget.

Because of this, I don't think I am going to get a lift... at least not yet. I also want to keep my stock wheels because I already own them and really like the looks of them.

I do want to upgrade to a more aggressive, more attractive, bigger tire. I believe the biggest I can put on my is the 31.5" tires.

Most of my driving is on the road, but I do on occasion go off road. Ultimately I just want my jeep to look a little more then stock.

I am considering BFG All terrains... but yesterday I saw a jeep with mickey thompson Mtz? on it. It looked sweet.

I am guessing I will get more road miles out of the BFG all terrains, but the mickey thompsons look like they have a DEEP tread pattern.... so realistically, If I keep them balanced and rotated, how many miles can I expect to get out of the BFG All terrains VS the Mickey thompsons on the road?

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Unread 04-17-2009, 09:27 PM   #2
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There is no question that you will get way more miles out of the all terrains than the MTZs. I have the MTZs on my jeep, and they don't wear too bad. They are a cheaper tire and are great on and off the road. I would say get the MTZs. The look cooler and it will still be a long time before you will have to buy tires again.
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Unread 04-17-2009, 09:31 PM   #3
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here is what I am talking about...

http://www.4wheelparts.com/Tires/Mic...t_pn=M%2fT5251

I figured the ALL Terrains would live longer... but my question is, how much longer? Is it a huge difference?
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Unread 04-17-2009, 09:34 PM   #4
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and here is the other...

http://www.4wheelparts.com/Tires/BFG...&t_pn=BFG87961

Anything else I should consider???
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Unread 04-17-2009, 09:51 PM   #5
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You can get the General Grabber AT2's, which are almost an exact copy of the BFG AT's, for a lot less. Even Wal-Mart carrys them.

31x10.50 AT2 - $114 http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....e1=yes&place=6

A 30x9.50 will work the best with no changes to your Jeep. Those are $102 each
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....e1=yes&place=4
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Unread 04-17-2009, 09:54 PM   #6
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I just replaced my 31 inch BFG ATs because the tread was worn down. They had almost exactly 50,000 miles on them.

I kept them at 30 psi and rotated/balanced them every 6 months. Only 4 tires; no spare.
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Unread 04-17-2009, 10:21 PM   #7
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I just replaced my 31 inch BFG ATs because the tread was worn down. They had almost exactly 50,000 miles on them.

I kept them at 30 psi and rotated/balanced them every 6 months. Only 4 tires; no spare.
Thanks! Now does anyone have any similar info on the mickey thompsons?
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Unread 04-17-2009, 10:22 PM   #8
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You can get the General Grabber AT2's, which are almost an exact copy of the BFG AT's, for a lot less. Even Wal-Mart carrys them.

31x10.50 AT2 - $114 http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....e1=yes&place=6

A 30x9.50 will work the best with no changes to your Jeep. Those are $102 each
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....e1=yes&place=4
very interesting! Is there any physical difference between the BFG all Terrains and these? (keep in mind I don't know squat about tires)
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Unread 04-18-2009, 12:14 AM   #9
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very interesting! Is there any physical difference between the BFG all Terrains and these? (keep in mind I don't know squat about tires)
I believe the Grabbers dont have the 3 ply sidewall that the BFG's do. I looked at some 31x10.50's at Wal-Mart, and was amazed at how much they look alike.

I might also add, my BFG's have been great, this is my 2nd set I'm on. My firsts were 31x10.50's. They do great in almost everything except sticky mud. They were great on the beach, and amazed me at how well they did in the snow.
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Unread 04-18-2009, 06:54 AM   #10
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very interesting! Is there any physical difference between the BFG all Terrains and these? (keep in mind I don't know squat about tires)

The BFG's will get you stuck in the FL mud. I have around 25 to 30k on my MTZ's and still have a great amount of tread left. If balanced and rotated often, They will last 45 to 50k. BFG's might net you a little more street miles.
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Unread 04-18-2009, 01:16 PM   #11
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Have the BFG ATs & have just ordered the MT MTZs as want something more agressive offroad & tougher looking. Went to 33X12.5 & the MT Classic II wheels. From what I have been told the AT will last longer but as above (Kiowa) MTZs do last well. It's always give & take the ATs a little btter on road & lasting while the MTZs better offroad & looks. Both are good choices depending on what you want to do. By the way I am 75% road, 25% offroad. MTZs are a good MT for road purposes as they are factory siped (but not to the level of the ATs).
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A little pricier is the Michelin LTX A/T2. Any web reviews I've read all say they are great off road and I had them on a Saturn Vue, awesome tire, wears down slow. I swore I would only stick to these tires for future vehicles but unfortunately they only go up to a 285/75 (equivalent to 32 inch). All Michelins are now warrantied for 6 years within usable tread depth, mileage does not matter.

To go up to 33/35, I've been looking at Mikey Thompsons. Seeing as how I drive mostly on road, the Baja ATZ Radial Plus looks to be comparable in tread pattern aggressiveness/safety to the LTX A/T2. The MTX appears to be good for people who wheel every weekend. What are your thoughts comparing the 33/35 inch General Grabber, MT, BFG?
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Unread 07-11-2010, 10:01 AM   #13
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im a big fan of pro comps they are cheap last forever and do really well in the mud
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Unread 07-11-2010, 10:01 AM   #14
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and they are really good on the road especially for being mud terrains
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Unread 07-11-2010, 01:00 PM   #15
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bfg at's fasho
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