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Old 07-25-2010, 03:25 PM   #1
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Looking for a cheap Aggressive/Mud tires in a 31x10.5

I currently have BFGoodrich - Radial Long Trail T/A tires.
31x10.50 R15LT 109 R M+B

I only use my jeep a dozen or so times a year. Whenever I use it - its for offroading use. Nothing absoultely crazy - but - definitely some slight rock crawling and mud running. The jeep only has a 2 to 2 1/4" lift (budget boost) - but - I really do push the limit of the jeep when I go.

The BFGoodrich tires are really hurting in the mud. Does anyone have any good recommendations. Again - I only go wheeling about 12 times a year. I personally don't care about ride quality on a highway. And cost is a big factor since I need to justify the expense of only using them 12 times a year.

Lastly - with a 2 - 2 1/4" lift - do you recommend a different size then what is installed currently? I also have Rough Country wheel spacers.

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Old 07-25-2010, 03:41 PM   #2
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You can go up to a 32 with the lift on a TJ, but that will increase your costs. Have you looked at CL for some used mudders? If you don't need them much, that's what I'd do..

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Old 07-25-2010, 04:06 PM   #3
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I got Dunlop mud rovers for cheap. If u can't find any on craigslist used the mud rovers are aggressive and will suit u. Be careful though side wall not as thick as bfg but there soft and grip rocks pretty good.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:19 PM   #4
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well, IMHO, when it comes to tires, cheap and good don't go together. it's not the lift, lights, or axles...it's the tires that make a Jeep. to me, it's the single most important modification, not so much height, but tread and quality.

traction is the name of the game off-road, as I'm sure you're figuring out. best thing for traction issues is an upgrade to an aggressive tread pattern. the good ones, aren't cheap. opinions will vary, but I place Pitbulls, Irok's, and Swampers as my "high level" tires. they cost a bit, wear like sh*t, but they climb up the sides of a house.

you could cheap out a bit and get "good" tires. Mickey Thompson MTZ (I currently run these), KM2, or Maxxis Buckshots all handle deep mud well, and they don't wear too bad. if wear isn't an issue as in your case, I'd probably stick with my first group.

last is my iffy group. Mud Rovers, BFG AT's, Duratracs, etc. not bad tires mind you. but rocks and mud approaching 12" they just can't hang. the price is attractive, and they wear well, but offroad they aren't quite there with the big dogs.

honestly if I had a mud toy jeep that sees only offroad duty, I'd get some Irok's, Groundhawgs, TSL's, or even directional tractor tires. even my tires, although very good, is simply a cheap imitation compared to those. they are the big boys. you want max traction, there's your answer. not cheap, but you need to find that balance of $$$ vs. traction.

since you see no street, rule an AT out. get a KM2/MTZ/MTR radial AT LEAST. but I'd really consider a Pitbull/TSL/Super Swamper style instead.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:28 PM   #5
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Thanks all. I really appreciate the writeup Ground. I'm gonna do some research and see how low I can get the tires you mentioned in your "first group."

Its just tough to justify spending $1k on tires to only go 12 times a year (and realistically - its prob less then that). That's about $100 a trip (just in tire cost).
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you're welcome. trXus makes a good middle group tire too. rocks will tear those up though.

without street use, I'd expect tires to last awhile. rocks really beat on them though chipping lugs and scratching the sides. there's not much that can be done about that though. it's the nature of rock crawling I guess.

an easier way to pick tires out is do what I do. there's only about 5 tread patterns in a MT. for example, the MTZ and KM2 are similar. therefor, they'll perform roughly the same. same with a Krawler vs. TSL. you'll see minor differences like tread angle or sips, but pay attention to how many rows of lugs it has. the height of middle ones vs. outside ones. the voids between them. sidewall tread style, etc. you'll see what I'm talking about.

using myself as an example, I chose the MTZ. it's got the KM2, Buckshot style pattern. a radial, uniformed pattern. I selected that style for street handling, with rocks and deep mud in mind. now KM2's being cheap...were sold out. MTZ's were available, and had sips, a plus in rain and light snow. so I got them on sale.

once you find the pattern you like, watch for that pattern in tire sales online or in the outside world. ignore brand, and focus on the patterns. that TSL pattern is EXCELLENT for rocks and mud. huge lugs, huge voids, and aired down nearly unstoppable. my MTZ pattern is a domesticated version of that style, as my jeep sees street. the BFG Krawler pattern is similar to the TSL's.

if you aren't running crazy sh*t, the MTZ/KM2/MTR style might suit you. mine are good up to about 2 feet of mud, and rocks I'll smoke em' here and there but they eventually prevail. I'm not too serious with rocks though. not too many here in Ohio. but mud that pattern does well in. that thick, mucky, Everglades type stuff you'll want the V-shaped Groundhawg/tractor style directionals or TSL bogger style.

depends how crazy the terrain is. another trick is check out the Jeeps in your area. what pattern are they running? us here in east Ohio do mostly mud. the MTZ style is popular, with the Baja Claw style maybe 2nd. that'll tell you what works well in your region too.

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