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Old 07-18-2012, 09:17 AM   #1
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Goodyear Duratrac vs. BFGoodrich All terrain TA

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Would like to hear your experiences with the Goodyear Duratrac and also the BFGoodrich All terrain TA tires. Will mostly be used on street, trails and once and a while off road. Looking for a 34 inch tall tire with a max width of 11 inches. Want 17 inch rims, but can't find a tire with my requirements in 17 inch. Choices are 16 inch, too much rubber or 18 inch. Opinions please.

Please don't suggest 35's, don't want them!

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IDK what classifies as a 34" tall tire. In 16" wheels 305/70R16 is a 33" tire and a 315/75R16 is a 35" tire, which is the next size up.

17's have a 315/70R17 which is about 35" and of course a 35x12.50R17.

Anyway on to your question. I like the Duratrac helluva lot better than the BFG A/T. It is more aggressive and will shed mud a lot better. BFG A/T tires are over rated A/T's IMO.

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Old 07-18-2012, 10:02 AM   #3
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295/70R17 Hankook ATM RF10 Those work out to about 33.3" by 11.6

I was so close to going this route. Ended up doing a slightly smaller Duratracs. I think the only other options in that size worth considering is either Toyo or Nitto.

I just received my Duratracs, and I am very happy with my purchase! They look great and I know they will preform just as good. I have some Goodyear Wranglers on my Expedition that are awesome.
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There are some 35" tires that have true heights of 34.x inches (from 34.2 - 34.8) but I don't think that I've ever seen tire being listed as a 34"x<width>R<wheel size> before... You'd be looking for a metric sizing of 285/75R17, which sizes out to 33.8x11.2/17

Question: Would a 33" not work for you? You could easily find some 33's that would better fit your requirements.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:10 AM   #5
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Duratracs > BFG AT
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Most 35" tires are actually 34". So if you want a 34" tire, are you really looking for a 33"?

Whatever. DuraTrac.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:17 AM   #7
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duratracs 315/70/17 are 34.x.. just got em and like them so far
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I don't know if you are in a snowy climate or not, but IMHO you can't beat the Duratrac for snow and ice traction. I've been running them for almost a year now and have used them on anything from Snow and Icy roads to a 3,000 mile road trip. They performed excellent and exceeded my expectations in all situations. I'm running the 315/70/17 (supposedly a 35", but it's really a little shorter)
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I now have duratracs and i do like them, however, i have ALWAYS been a BFG fan...I had several sets of ATs and Mud Terrains. I heard good things about the Duratracs and thought i would try them...I dont regret it, however, i will probably go back to BFGs eventually.
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It is simple as where do you leave and what do you want from the tire? The BFG is a harder rubber. It will last longer because of that. But is has it's downfall as in snow for example because of the harder rubber. The Duratrac uses a softer rubber with more siping for better snow traction and even better in wet conditions.

Saying that, each works better depending on the region you live in. If you live in hot dry climate, I would recommend the BFG. If you live up north in colder snowy climate, I would buy Duratrac's. The grey area is inbetween areas were you have warm summer and mild winter with some snow. Then it is really a toss up between tread life and snow/wet road conditions. Not that both can't handle each very well just one is slightly better in each condition over the other.

The weight deference really isn't that much to factor in especially since the BFG will get a little longer life thus negating any mild savings in mileage. Both have weak side walls and can get torn on trails and not really enough reviews yet on the Duratrac's as to trail traction but BFG would probably handle rocks better and Duratrac handling dirt trail better just from the tread design IMO but only slight differences would be noticed.
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BFG AT's are great in sand, rocks, OK in snow, terrible in mud. I've had several sets of BFG when I lived in So Cal, wouldn't have anything else living there. I now live in Texas where the BFG AT's are worthless (mostly mud around Houston). I now have BFG MT, love them too! Never had duratracs. Ric is right about the rubber too, I once got 80K on a set of BFG AT's.
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I had the bfg at's on an s10 blazer. They were horrible in the rain, especially when it first started to rain. They did well in the sand though. Everybody I know with the duratracs love them and haven't had a bad thing to say about them.
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I do not know about BFG A/T's anymore.
I too am a real long time user here in Southern NH
Always used them ever since having a Dodge 4x4 Ramcharger many, many years ago. Always got 80k miles on them but the present set on my DD ( 01 Dodge 4x4 2500 ) is not going to get any where near that number. I leave them on year round and have them pretty much for snowy roads & plowing my driveway. Never have gotten stuck and I have burried my DD in some pretty deep snow. I did read once long ago that even tho they are BFG A/T's there is some other code number on them to watch out for :-(
Supposely if you have a certain code number the rubber is not as hard and made for more of a Southern climate.
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:04 AM   #14
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Most 35" tires are actually 34". So if you want a 34" tire, are you really looking for a 33"?

Whatever. DuraTrac.

I currently have the stock 33's with a 2" lift. Need a little more tire to fill the empty space. Not looking for wide though. I really want the AEV wheels, so I am limiting myself to 17 wheels. I currently am looking at the Duratrac's LT315/70R17 (34.4 X 12.7), Goodrich unsure of 17" size, and toyo LT325/70R17 (34.9 X 13) Don't really want more than 11" wide, but I guess I might have to deal with it! I think the 4BT engine will do ok pulling them around, but since it is mostly a daily driver I was...ugh, hate to say it, looking for better mileage. About a 80 mile a day commute in Florida.
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Going with Duratracs here on my new '13 once it arrives. I love BF Goodrich AT's but it couldn't be a better time to try something different on the new Wrangler. Global I would check into the 315/70/17's. I'm sure when they are mounted and sitting under your Jeep they measure closer to a 34 than they do a 35. Wish I could tell you for sure but I won't be able to for another month or so.
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Another vote for duratrac
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:00 PM   #18
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for reference.. pintlers and 315/70/17 duratracs.. 2" leveling kit. debating about putting on the yellow hub centers.

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for reference.. pintlers and 315/70/17 duratracs.. 2" leveling kit. debating about putting on the yellow hub centers.
That's gorgeous and exactly what I am shooting for all the way down to the argent pintlers.

When you say 2" leveling kit what do you mean? What exact kit is that?
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i vote the yellow hub centers btw
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:30 PM   #21
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In Arizona, both should be fine unless you do passes and snow. AEV uses BFG as their stock AT. The 315 BFG tucks a little better under the stock flares and is slightly quieter. It also weighs more than the Duratrac in some sizes.

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I like the BFG AT, I use them as snow tires and KM's for summer tires.
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for reference.. pintlers and 315/70/17 duratracs.. 2" leveling kit. debating about putting on the yellow hub centers.

Looks great! Mine is black as well, so I now know what it will look like. Have any photo's from the front and back? I will be going with the yellow centers.

Any issues with tire scrub while in rough ground?

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Global, tire manufacturers round up. So a 34.4" tire is technically a 35" tire. Actually seeking out listed 34" tires may be a task. Seems like you are looking for 35's.

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thanks all. I'll put the yellow centers on and take some more pictures if it's not pouring out tonight.

I haven't taken it through any trails yet, just on the beach.. but I will have some rubbing. I was hoping to start trimming my pinch seams tonight and cutting the rubi rails but i might get rained out.
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That's gorgeous and exactly what I am shooting for all the way down to the argent pintlers.

When you say 2" leveling kit what do you mean? What exact kit is that?
Again...just curious.
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bah.. sorry.. i'm the guy who didn't answer the question..

I installed the teraflex leveling kit. 1" in the back 2" in the front. For $130 it was a nice cheap mod, but i think a proper 2.5" lift is in my future

http://www.quadratec.com/products/16190_1100_07.htm
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for reference.. pintlers and 315/70/17 duratracs.. 2" leveling kit. debating about putting on the yellow hub centers.

Lookin good.

For me it was camp for the boys or mods for the Jeep. My wife had to change my mind. Haha.
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bah.. sorry.. i'm the guy who didn't answer the question..

I installed the teraflex leveling kit. 1" in the back 2" in the front. For $130 it was a nice cheap mod, but i think a proper 2.5" lift is in my future


http://www.quadratec.com/products/16190_1100_07.htm
Good stuff, thanks. That kit is currently sitting on my workbench

Any rubbing on the street?
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duratracs are wider than the BFG'S when looking at the 315/70R17 size. both measure at 34" or less mounted depending on PSI. BFG'S are best if u are gonna be doing light trails with mostly highway commute. they last FOREVER too. i love the handling and mileage of BFG's but the Duratrac's look mean as hell and will perform better offroad due to the more aggressive pattern. they will ride rougher and wear faster than BFG'S because of that same reason. BFG's are also cheaper. I got mine 315/70R17's brand new delivered no tax at $260 each.

As someone mentioned earlier there are two different model numbers in this size...one is a ford OEM tire and one is the GM OEM tire. I went through hell for the following info directly from BFG....they didn't want to tell me the difference between the two ....the GM tire is NOT snow rated...the Ford Tire is and has full siping for wet traction. the ford tire number starts with a 3. cant remember the rest. i posted about this a while back when i got mine. the GM tire that is not snow rated is the OE Hummer Tire

i like both dura's and bfg's. pick what suits your needs and pocket book.

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