tires (32" tires with 2" lift and 3 speed auto w/ 3.07 gears)
It is time for new tires and I am looking at bfg at ko. I have a 2inch Budget lift and was thinking about 32" on crager soft 8 15x8. Now I run 31 so this should be a little boost. I have a 2002 auto 3spd 3.07 will this be ok. I wheel about 2 times a month in the spring summer fall. Thanks.
Silver Metallic finish with black dual tops - Dana 44 Rear 2.25" Suspension Lift with Old Man Emu Shocks Performance Accessories 1" Body Lift Daystar 1" Motor Mount Lift Spidertrax 1.25" Wheel Spacers - 32"x11.5" MT/R Tires
no once they are filled with snow or mud they turn into a racing slick and you spin your tires constantly the tread blocks hold in snow that is connected to the snow on the ground giving the tire something to push on you want a tire to hlod onto the snow when it's on the ground but to release it for when the tire comes around again so the new snow has a place to go
me: 32x11.50 bfg at's on cragar soft 8's w/2" spacer lift no BL. so far, so good w/minor offroading, but I am sure I will get some rub when I take it to the mountains this spring. Not bad either on Washington state snow (wet). Hopefully I will make a decision on a lift upgrade soon-I want that extra 1". Probably going to go 3"-3.5" spring lift and all the goodies that go with it and ditch the pucks.
EDIT: oh, and I have the 4sp OD w/stock gears and though it is a bit of a dog on a strong headwind, or uphill, it's not unbearable. Just would not go any bigger on the tire action w/o re-gearing.
I've had lots of BFG AT's and have always loved them in the snow. I am thinking of trying MTs with this next set because the ATs were terrible in deep mud, but I'm concerned that that don't seem to be siped. There's always a compromise I guess.
I pretty much ran that setup for a while: 32's, 3 spd auto, 4.0L, 3.07s.
It did ok but the power drop was noticable. Still, the Jeep got up to 85+ mph ok on the highway. And there was only about 2 miles of freeway in our mountains that the Jeep "bogged' down to 55 mph. The rest of the time it's fine. If it wasn't for the installation of my Truetracs I'd have left the gears alone. But since the it wouldn't cost any extra labor to do the gears at the same time I re-geared to 3.73.s Much better. I could actually (slowly) accelerate up those steep mountain passes and it generally improved the drivability.
Now, however, I want to re-gear again in preparation for 33x10.50's maybe by summer or so. Wish I would have gone 4.10's or something from the get-go. The 3.73's were just about right for the 32's but I think they'd be off for the 33's.
Actually, if I could do it over again I'd forget the 32x11.50's and go for the 33x10.50's. They taller but narrower tire will fit the same lift (2" lift, 1" body lift) and actually should fit it better due to the narrower tire. And then it would probably have been more apparent the need to re-gear to 4.10's.
Anyways, think big picture down the road. Do you really want just 32x11.50's or do you really want 33's. If it's the 33's, suck up for a little while with the 3.07's and get the 33's.
buddastrat I had BFG AT KO's and they were amazing in snow. I could stop on a dime and I'd even try to test them and make the jeep slip and slide and couldn't.
If you want to know bad tires in snow, try the Goodyear MTRs. Ughhh.
I dont know what the snow is like where you are at but i know around here it is the exact opposite the MTR's do great in snow and the BFG AT's are a nightmare in snowbut like i said we get extremely dry and deep powder and more than likely that is not the snow that you are driving in so the tires act differently
I have the same tranny and gearing issue as you.. I have BFG MT's presently and I am so pleased with them that I am going to stay with the BFG MT as I go up in size. They clean very well in mud or snow..