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Unread 03-26-2009, 04:24 PM   #1
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Who all makes 33 X 10.5 R15 tires? What brands and models?

This is my favorite tire size, and is the favorite of many other guys, because it's very versatile for a wide variety of terrains and is also pretty good on road and the gas mileage is reasonably good. Also, only moderate mods and expense needed to fit these tires (lift and regearing needed, but can still use stock brakes with upgraded pads, ideally Yellow Stuff pads) and have a great DD that is also very good offroad.

So what brands and models are available in this size?

BFG AT
BFG MT KM2
Bridgestone or Firestone (forgot which) AT
Several models of Interco brand
Several models of Simex brand
Toyo Open County MT (or whatever model name is of that MT)

Others?

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Unread 03-26-2009, 05:24 PM   #2
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looks like you answered your own question in your post.
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Unread 03-26-2009, 05:26 PM   #3
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lol yea you answered it your self. i have a set of bf gooddies myself.
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Unread 03-26-2009, 05:29 PM   #4
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I just picked up a set of these:
BFG A/T's 33/10.5r15
I just came back from a drive to the Walmart in almost blizzard conditions. They worked great on the icey roads!
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Unread 03-29-2009, 04:39 PM   #5
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I just picked up a set of these:
BFG A/T's 33/10.5r15
I just came back from a drive to the Walmart in almost blizzard conditions. They worked great on the icey roads!
Yes they do. I have the same tire and size that you do.
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Unread 03-29-2009, 04:42 PM   #6
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I answered my own question in the OP? I was hoping there were more I didn't know about.

I just last week learned that the Toyo Open Country comes in 33 X 10.5 R15 when a guy pulled into the parking lot of a local 4X4 shop and I thought his TJ looks awesome with those tires on aftermarket rims and with his 4" SkyJacker lift. So while I was admiring his tires and Jeep, he was admiring my tires and Jeep since I have that same size tire in BFG AT. Interestingly he prefers my 2.5" OME lift to his 4" Skyjacker because he thinks it's a bit difficult to get into his rig (short guy). So he likes my LJ's look and height for that reason and also because of my lower center of gravity. He wants to lower his TJ a bit to the same height as my LJ since I assured him that I have no tire rubbing problems. However, I have the OME lift + their trim spacer in the front to gain a bit of height. It's enough because I never rub anything after getting my aftermarket 15 X 8 wheels with 4.5 BS.

I wonder if the Toyo Open Country might be a better tire on road than the BFG MT KM2 (when comparing same size.

Anyhow, since I just learned that the Toyo MT OC comes in that 33 X 10.5 R15 size. So I was hoping maybe there's other brands that size that I'm unaware of.
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I believe Coopers come in 33x10.5 but I am not positive.
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Unread 03-30-2009, 06:04 PM   #8
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I believe Coopers come in 33x10.5 but I am not positive.
I wish. Not that I've ever seen. However, I might have missed one. If so, please let me know which come in 33X 10.5R15.

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Unread 03-30-2009, 07:24 PM   #9
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I wish. Not that I've ever seen. However, I might have missed one. If so, please let me know which come in 33X 10.5R15.

Thanks
Like I said I am not sure on that. Probably not.

Yeah I just checked coopers website, no 10.5s in flavor of 33.
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Hmm. Well, I did some more research (at Toyo's website) into the Open Country MT 33 X 10.5 R15 size. It's really a 33 X 11 R15, but that's still a dandy size for an LJ like mine. Actually, it's kind of nice because it gives a 33 X 11 option for 15" rims.

While I do like my BFG ATs overall, especially onroad, in sand, and in winter, they aren't very good in mud. I do however love their 33 X 10.5 R15 size very much for an all purpose size. The Toyo Open Country MT offers me that size, or possibly even a slightly better size (33 X 11 R15) for my LJ, and the Toyo is pretty well siped, which I like too.

The Toyo MT has many small treads, sipes, and medium size voids (IMO). i.e. - although it's called an MT, it's not to aggressive of an MT, and it's siped. It's bordering on being a hybrid type tire, IMO. I like that, especially since available in 33 X 11 R15 size.

I like 10.5 to 11 wide tires for my LJ (ideally in 33 tall). For the XJ I had, I liked 9.5 and 10.5 wide tires (since it was 900 lbs lighter than my LJ Rubi).
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Now here is an interesting question, IMO.

Since both these tires come in a similar size I like (33 X 10.5 R15 for BFG MT KM2, and 33 X 11 R15 for Toyo Open Country MT), how does the BFG MT KM2 stack up against the Toyo Open Country MT in a wide variety of terrains?

Also, can the BFG MT KM2 be siped? I ask because its tread patters appears to me that some of the inner treads are possibly a small size and shape that would not lend itself to siping. Would the treads come apart if siped?
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They are measuring from the "side biters", so the actual tread patch will not be any greater than other "10.50" tires. Also, tread depth on the 33x10.50 Toyo is 2/32" less than the 12.50 size. (Same applies to KM2).

According to a lot of people that own them up here they are good all-around tires doing better in mud than the BFG AT, and rumored to be equivalent in packed snow while being more advantageous in the deeper stuff. The tires exert a fair deal of psi on the tread because the pattern is crowned, which also aids in reducing on-road noise.

I personally would rather support the frogs by going with the BFG's ... I think? At the 4WD/4Wheel Parts show this weekend I checked out the new KM2's ... pretty soft compound! The tread blocks feel more pliable than the old KM's, so that makes me wonder if they will have the same life expenctancy as the old?? You sure could sipe them, as sure as the American people have elected a socialist president, and being as these KM2's are rumored to be slippery tires on packed snow, you'd definitely want to do that.
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Unread 04-06-2009, 02:34 PM   #13
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According to a lot of people that own them up here they are good all-around tires doing better in mud than the BFG AT...
I would hope so! Any MT or hybrid should be much better in mud than any AT.

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...and rumored to be equivalent in packed snow while being more advantageous in the deeper stuff.
Sounds good for winter!
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Bump, is that all she wrote?
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i asked this in another post, but havent gotten an answer yet- may i should take a hint. what would be the functional difference between a 33x10.5 and a 32x11.5? would one be preferred over another for any specific reason?
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