Originally Posted by Moose5
Ill take a look at the BFGs then... Can anyone with duratracs attest to their tires noise, tread life etc...
I ran BFG MT's - good on dry - ONLY. Horrible in rain, sleet, ice. Snow was ok.
(Old style MT's btw)
I switched to 33/12.50/15 Duratracs. They were quiet, super quiet, compared to the MT's. They did great all around - dry, snow, rain, sleet, ice - I wasn't afraid they would fail me anymore. I did have wounds over the years having that set. I picked up three nails or screws in one tire for some reason. All were patched but after 55,000 miles one of the patches started leaking. I replaced it but being closer to the shoulder I think the flex was too much and it continued to have slow leaks. I still has about 3/8 inch of thread on the set at 57,000 when I bought a new set.
The only negative thing I will say is I am picky on weight to balance a tire. I had all of them balanced under 3.5 ounces, expect one tire. That one wouldn't go under 5 ounces. The shop sent it back as defective, and got me a new tire that balanced at 0! The whole life of that tire, the wheel never had weight added, it came up a perfect 0 for life.
I run the 315/75/16 Duratracs now. I had similar balancing issues, with one tire coming in at 8.5 ounces. They got me a new tire and mine all have less then 4 ounces on them. Two balanced at 2.25 ounces. Even the shop guys were a bit surprised considering the size of the tires.
Now, for noise, they are a bit noisy right after rotation if you swap the direction they are turning. In saying this, I noticed the increase only for about 50 miles and it wasn't bad. I don't think I've had a tire not make a little additional noise after rotation like this.
If you are worries about the sidewalls - yes, they are a bit thinner than some, but the flex is nice too. I just bought the certs from Discount Tire to replace a tire if it's damaged. Other tire places may have them as well.