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Unread 10-24-2009, 11:04 PM   #1
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BFG-AT/KO vs. Goodyear Duratrac vs. Nitto Terra Grappler

Wondered if anyone would please share their experience with these tires.. I'm mounting them on Pintlers, 17 x 8.5 inch. Also, whether 315 is a good width or if I should do 325, or 305s. They're for my DD, 90% on road.

Goodyear Duratrac 315/70/17: $235

BFG AT/KO 315/70/17: $232

Nitto Terragrapplers: 305/70/17: $235


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Unread 10-24-2009, 11:07 PM   #2
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I have duratracs and they are awesome in rain and dry...havent had them in snow or mud yet..but they rip grass up awesome lol.
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Unread 10-25-2009, 09:12 AM   #3
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I run BFG AT's all year round (on my truck). In my opinion they do the best in all the different conditions.
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Unread 10-25-2009, 09:28 AM   #4
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Thanks, guys. Those two are the only tires left on my "short list". I think I'll have a first hand look before I decide. They are sized and priced almost identically. Now I need to "kick the tires"
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Unread 10-25-2009, 09:59 AM   #5
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I ran the Nitto Terra Grapplers for a while and really liked them.They were quiet on the highway,held the road good in rain and worked good on rocks but they didnt clean out real well in mud.
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Thanks, guys. Those two are the only tires left on my "short list". I think I'll have a first hand look before I decide. They are sized and priced almost identically. Now I need to "kick the tires"
Same here. I've run the KOs on 2 diesel pickups for 7 or 8 years now and they're great. My only complaint with them is a shorter life than I'd like. That may be just a product of running on a 7000# vehicle, though.

They're quiet and have a good grip in many conditions.

When I bought my last set, I did a bunch of research online and still didn't find any better. Lots maybe as good, but none really better. Also, the review base was in the high thousands vs dozens or hundreds. They've been around a long, long time and have very solid feedback.

I'll check again when it's time to replace, but my standard are the KOs.
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I'm going through the same dellima. I'm going with 15" steelies cause 15"tires are alot cheaper and IMO look better cause you have a taller sidewall on the tires. The price difference between 17s and 15s for tires more than pays for the rims. I'm trying to decide between the Duratracs - MTRs with kevlar - BFG AT KOs - BFG KM2s. I wasn't considering the BFG AT KOs until I went to a local shop and they have a new set of 4 - 35x12.50x15s KOs that someone ordered and didn't take, so he will give me the whole set for $500.oo.
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Wow, awesome price! You got lucky

I like the looks of the Nitto Terra Grapplers too. The AEV support guy recommended a 12.5 inch width which ends up being a 315/70/17 for my wheels. Nitto doesn't make a 315. They do make 305 and 325 which I've also considered. Not sure if I'm going too wide here for my stock-fendered Sahara.

Are all three "snowflake" rated? Winters here can be messy...
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Yeah they are snowflake rated. I only have 7000 miles on my jeep and replacing the crappy stock GSAs. The winters are messy I live 5 hrs north of you up here in frozen brain country. I kinda want a little more agressive tire than the KOs (and was planning on 33x12.50x15) but the price is right. If I dont get the KOs do you want to rethink your rim size I could get you the same deal and I'm not that far away.
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Thanks Randie!

My 17" rims are already on the way along with a Rough Country 2.5" lift. I'd like to end up with with a tire size of just under 34 and avoid re-gearing my automatic. Thanks for the offer

Was in the Catskills last week and noticed snow all around.. Oddly I don't remember it being December.

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Unread 10-25-2009, 05:24 PM   #11
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I really like the BFG KO/All terrians. They run real quiet on the road and they are pretty good in the winter.
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Unread 10-25-2009, 07:05 PM   #12
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I have Nitto Terra Grapplers and they are real quiet on the road. The Duratrac's are more aggressive looking as well as the MTR with Kevlar. Both more aggressive looking than the BFG KO, but the KM2 is equivalent.
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I've had both the BFG TA/KO's and now the GoodYear Duratracs.

The GoodYears are clearly better in mud. They are also a bit less noisy on the road, but it's a minor difference.

The BFG are terrific in snow. I don't know about the DuraTrac's yet because I got them in the spring.

Both are terrific tires! I went with the GoodYear because of size availability, and I am not disappointed at all. They're terrific.

Assuming the snow performance is good, I would choose the DuraTrac's again over the BFG's.

Hard to go wrong here. Good luck with the decision!
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I've ran both the Terragrapplers and the BFG KOs and I like the KOs better. They are quiet on the road and excellent in rain/snow. I got 60K out of them as well, so they wear great too.
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Unread 10-25-2009, 09:36 PM   #15
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Nice ride, cvjoint! Black wheels are great.. and your bumper is similar in shape to stock but has a brush guard? What did you do there?

Thanks hawk, I didn't compare the looks of the Nittos with the BFG KO/AT or the Duratracs. Have you seen any reviews of these choices where AT's are stacked against each other?

I saw this on another site, and plenty other opinions too..

"the BfG AT KO has been the most inconsistent tire we've ever run, with a combined bad tire balance issues out of the box, being prone to excessive cupping, noisy on the highway, poor self-cleaning, poor Pennsylvania mud traction, poor snow traction, and thumping generated after 10k or miles, due to internal belt "shifting".

Then again, almost everyone disliked the Goodyears too, except for this guy:
Goodyear Duratrac review - Lengthy, but worth it. - Blazer Forum - Chevy Blazer Forums

Terra Grapplers...less money, quieter ride, but not as aggressive as the other two? Tough choices..

It all leaves me rather bewildered ...
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