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post #1 of 10 Old 09-01-2021, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Tire Recommendations

Hey Folks,


It's going to be time to get new tires soon, and I'm looking for options. I've always put BFG A/T KOs on the TJ in the past. They have done fine, but I'm wondering if there's a better option out there these days. The TJ will be used mostly on pavement, from rural farm and horse lands into downtown more or less daily. I don't get to take it off pavement like I used to, but I don't want to sacrifice dirt and gravel performance entirely. The one area I've always found the BFG A/T KOs lacking is in the rain, so if you've got recommendations for me, I'd love to hear them.


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post #2 of 10 Old 09-01-2021, 01:39 PM
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In heavy rain causing water on the roads and highways, narrower tires do a LOT better than wider tires do which tend to hydroplane too easily at lower speeds. A wide water ski easily rides on top of the water, a narrow snow ski would sink down through the water. And the more sipes in the tread the better. Sipes add traction on slick surfaces. Sipes are cut into the tread blocks, don't confuse the molded in kerfs for sipes.

So if you're looking for better wet road traction and reduced hydroplaning tendencies, go for a narrower tire width if you can find it in the tire size you want. Narrower works well on snow-covered roads too, which is why those in areas that see a lot of snow tend to run pizza-cutter tires.
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What size? 33x12.50/15 like you have listed in your specs now?
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I'd like to stick with 33s. I'd be happy to go to 10" width. I was thinking similar thoughts to those Jerry mentioned regarding width. The 12.5s have been fun, but I don't feel that much width is really necessary.



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33x10.50 will really narrow your tire choices. And unfortunately there is not a metric size that is close to this.

Available in 33x10.50r15:

BFG AT
BFG MT
General Grabber
Dick Cepek Extreme Country
Toyo Open Country MT
Super Swamper TSL
Super Swamper Thornbird (Thornturds, yuck)
Milestar Patagonia MT

Maybe a few other off brands, but that's all I can come up with for now.
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That's what I've been realizing as I read elsewhere.



So, should I consider a different size to get a better option?



Are any of those known to be superior to the BFG ATs?



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That's what I've been realizing as I read elsewhere.



So, should I consider a different size to get a better option?



Are any of those known to be superior to the BFG ATs?



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Of those tires, I have used both of the BFGs, but that was years ago.

You'd have to stick with the 12.50 width if you want more choices.

Personally I'd rather have the tire I want in 12.50 width vs. one of those in 10.50 width.
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I like the Goodyear Duratracs for inclement weather. they are great in the rain, snow, and even decent on ice.
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I like the Goodyear Duratracs for inclement weather. they are great in the rain, snow, and even decent on ice.
Lots of backordered sizes for Duratracs right now.

I wanted them in 35x12.50r20 and couldn't get them.
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I've never have had any issues running MT tires in heavy rain, snow or sleet (below pic). I'm not a fan of AT tires. I particularly liked my Dick Cepek Extreme Country tires I had on my XJ.

p.s. Stay clear from the crap Milestar Patagonia MT.
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