I'm running these in the 33x12.50x15 size.
They balanced very well. I used a top of the line Hunter GSP9700 machine to dynamically balance my MTZs on a set of Procomp 1069 alloy wheels. The worst tire needed about 270g (less than 10oz), while the rest needed less than 120g. All of them achieved 0 balance easily and they ride very smoothly. I wasn't expecting any balance problems as I have heard these tires are manufactured for Mickey Thompson by Cooper Tire.
They're very quiet on the road for how agressive they appear. A bit of hum around 30-45mph but it's completely drowned out by wind noise at any speed over 50mph with the top off. The results are pretty much the same with the top up. Better than I thought they would be by far.
In a rainstorm last night the Jeep handled very well. No slipping when starting off, and they didn't seem to want to fishtail like my MT/Rs did around corners. I experienced no hydroplaning problems either, though there weren't any deep puddles to really give test them for that. I expected them to handle much worse in the wet weather due to the increased width from my previous 245/75R16s. They have exceeded my expectations in that respect.
A friend commented that the ride & noise was as good as his 31x10.50x15 Bridgestone Revos. Since my TJ is my daily driver, I am very pleased.
I will update this as I pack on some more miles, and with my off-road impressions after I run through some Paragon trails next month.
First Paragon trip on the MTZs, and I'm very pleased. I took a trip around to the far side (Woodpecker, Muddy Pipeline Bypass) specifically because I wanted to see how they did in the slop. Nothing was particularly deep, but the tires didn't hesitate once. No slipping off the rocks, no spinning in the goop, they just clawed me forward with zero drama.
One pit on Inner Spare Tire was a bit deeper than I thought it would be and had a very steep exit, it swallowed my right front & right rear tires and stopped me. I just shifted up one gear and gave a bit of gas and I pulled right out. Again with no drama, and to the obvious surprise of the onlookers how easily I drove through.
On the dry rocks the tires seemed to perform every bit as well as my MT/Rs did. I ran several trails that I've done on my MT/Rs before, and they climbed up as well as the old tires ever did. Granted I'm using a larger size now, but I think they grip as well as the MT/Rs do. I can't say if they're as tough as the MT/Rs have prooven to be... I had no problems, though jeepitup tore a sidewall on one of his new 35x12.50 MTZs. He was running some more difficult trails than I was however... showing off his new Nth LA + AiROCK suspension
I did have one bit of trouble on Hummer Hill. I've done the trail several times before, usually with little trouble. Depending on how dug out the one obstacle is, usually a flick of the locker switch and I'd pull right up. Only one time on my old tires I had to back up and take a different line to make it. This time I had to winch
Perhaps if I had backed up further and gained a bit more momentum I could have made it as others in my group had done, but I didn't want to risk anything. I suspect the Nissan Frontier with semi-bald tires and no lockers that was attempting to climb the hill backwards before us was to blame for our troubles. He had dug out the ruts down to some very slick rock under the dirt which made it particularly difficult.
I guess that's a trail I'll have to try again next time out.
Another wheeling trip down, and this time I finally got to test two of the things I hadn't previously.
HEAVY RAIN. Driving home in a downpour, no problems at all. The Jeep never felt squirrely or light in the front, even at 75mph thru the twisty & hilly I-80 across Pennsylvania. Very good performance for a wide tire
MUD. These tires rock. I went thru Hummer Hole at Rausch Creek, and though I had a touch of trouble at the end, I did not get stuck. I found a ton of mud caked on both my diffs from dragging the bottom, but the tires still pulled me thru & made for a good show. It's a deep and sloppy hole, but I made it thru on only 33s: 1st gear, 4HI, lockers off.
Here's the proof they can throw some sloppy mud!
A couple of weeks ago we had a few days of solid snow, leaving the roads completely covered in deep show. Driving to work at 6:30 the roads had not been touched by the plows yet, and the traction was great. When braking you could feel a bit of sliding, probably due to the width of the tires. At no point did they loose all traction, or pull to either side of the road. Stopping was still very controlled. Compared to the BFG ATs & Goodyear MT/Rs I have driven in this kind of weather previously, the tires did great. Better than the MT/Rs for sure, and possibly better than the ATs as well.