Duratracs have been getting great reviews especially in snow. Heard nothing but good things from people that own them and even JP magazine seems to like them. BFG are also great tires and many love them and swear by them. Their only failure is their side walls on the trails. They puncture very easily. I think either would be a very good choice but my next set is going to be Duratracs myself.
__________________ 2010 Dark Charcoal Pearl Jeep Wrangler Sport S Automatic
4.88 Yukon w/Trac-Lok rear and Eaton ELocker Front - Synergy Gussets - B&M 70264 Trans Cooler
BDS 3" lift - BDS Fox 2.0 Racing Shocks
XHD front Bumper - Trektop NX - Goodyear MT/R w/Kevlar 35X12.5X15 on MB Chaos 5 Wheels - Thrush Turbo Muffler
My tire dealer told me the Duratracs had softer rubber than the BFG's I have used for years. Where I live in the heat they might not get the best mileage with softer rubber. I have heard nothing but good things about them too and if I lived in a cooler climate I think they would be great. Would like to hear from those that have them in hot climates.
I had Bfg for two years and they fell apart on me. I recently got the dura trac and I've went through the same trails as the Bfg... The dura tracs are holding up far far better.
Dura tracs > Bfg in my opinion.
I have had the BFG KO's on my old Xterra and a '97 Grand Cherokee. Solid tires, good road handling, quiet, really good mileage life (~84K) but only mediocre on muddy roads & trails. I have Duratracs now. Still good road handling but a bit noisier. Much stronger off road. But they seem to produce more of a hit on the gas mileage. I haven't had them long enough to know how long they will last.
Although we don't have much snow in the ATL, I have heard universal praise for the Duratracs over the BFG's which is confirmed by the published ratings. BFG's are probably not the choice for snow & ice.
'09 Wrangler Unlimited X
Red with mud accents.
Ive had my 'tracs on for about 8k. very little wear, quieter than the stock rsa's. Performs well offroad, although to be honest, the mud here is less mud, more clay, so it really makes little difference what tire you run where I am at. They ALL fill with clay and you will get stuck. Quickly.
+1 vote for the 'tracs
For those that have had Duratracs for a while, how many miles are you getting out of them?
If you do a search for "Goodyear DuraTrac reviews" on Google, as well as on sites like tirerack, discounttiredirect, etc, you'll find that it's not uncommon for peeps to get 40-50,000 miles out of them.
As with anything, a lot of it depends on the user. With proper alignment, PSI, regular rotation you shouldn't have any problems with them.
"What we see depends mainly on what we look for."
I am not taking anything away from the Duratracs--I have never had a set of Duratracs.
Last fall I installed my THIRD SET of BFG'S I get over 50k per set. Changed from stock tires at 22k--Jeep has in excess of 150K. I have never gotten stuck in snow, sand, or mud that I couldn't drive out of. (I realize it does depend on the off-roading you do and mine is fairly mild.) But (As mentioned) that also applies to snow--biggest storm I have driven in was over 16" of snow with blowing and drifting.
They are quiet on the road and serve me well for the driving I do. My gas mileage is on the high side of average 17-19 around town 18-22 on regular highway. Interstate forget it--16mpg at 75mph.
I looked at the Duratracs last fall, but in my area--the BFG's were less expensive with a road hazard warranty.
I wouldn't be afraid of getting Duratracs next time--but the wallet will probably decide.
And an aside . . . the 33x12.5R15 DuraTracs weigh 49 pounds. So that's 4 pounds lighter, a little taller, and about 2.5" wider that the 285/70R17 DuraTrac. Also significantly taller/wider than the stock Rubi tire, albeit about 1 pound heavier. But of course a 15" alloy wheel is going to weigh about 7 to 8 pounds less than the stock Rubi wheel, so you net out at less weight than the stock set up. Just sayin'.
2010 JKU "Mountain" Edition
TeraFlex 2.5" Coil Lift : Old Man Emu Nitrocharger Shocks : 33x12.5R15 Goodyear DuraTracs : 15x8 Black Rock 909s : Other Stuff . . .