Hey vista, I'm right up the road from you in Wellington.
I've had two sets of BFG all terrains over the years and will never buy another set. One set would not stay balanced as they wore and the other had very weak sidewalls that led to a blowout that never should have happened.
Good all terrain traction, but poor construction.
Look at the Toyo AT2s. Toyos are very high quality tires. I have run three sets between my Dodge Cummins and my JK. Never a problem.
It's your call on steel vs aluminum. Heavy and cheap, or light and expensive. It seems the load ratings are about the same or even better for aluminum in some models. I've bent steel wheels on the trail and I've dinged pretty aluminum wheels on the trail. I recently went with aluminum for my new ones, but the simple utility of steel is appealing. Sheesh.
"I only exaggerate enough to compensate for being taken with a grain of salt."