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Old 08-14-2012, 01:07 AM   #1
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Tire sidewall ply

I haven't had any luck researching side wall thickness ( ply ). I want a good all around tire but, I want the toughest side wall I can get. I'm looking 33 x 12.5 x ? I'm open on wheel size. ( Aggressive off-road twice a month, DD ) I have had bad luck in the past with cutting side walls on sharp rocks. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Great.....That is just what I'm looking for. Thanks for your help......Don
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I have a set of the BFG KM2's and they are a strong tire. I've also had sets of the Firestone Destination MT's and Goodyear, both great tires but the KM2's are exceptional on rocky trails where there is a good chance of puncture and/or sidewall damage.
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If sidewall strength is what you are looking for may I recommend taking a look at the Toyo Open Country M/T? They may be heavy, but the reason for the weight is found in their sidewall strength. I have them and I love them. I use them mainly in the mud and dirt (there sadly isnt much rock crawling to do in GA) but they are very popular on the West Coast for rocks and such. Good luck
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Cooper and ProComp also have beefed up sidewalls.
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If sidewall strength is what you are looking for may I recommend taking a look at the Toyo Open Country M/T? They may be heavy, but the reason for the weight is found in their sidewall strength. I have them and I love them. I use them mainly in the mud and dirt (there sadly isnt much rock crawling to do in GA) but they are very popular on the West Coast for rocks and such. Good luck
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Had a set of Toyos and replaced them with KM2s. Long story. KM2s are a good tire, but the sidewall/tread on the Toyo is noticeably more aggressive. They are a considerably heavier tire than the KM2.
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Thanks to all of you. I will be awhile deciding which tire and what size. Thanks again......Don
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Just remember that while you use the tires for DD, you pay the penalty in MPG for the higher weight that comes with the heavier sidewalls. Everything is a tradeoff. TANSTAAFL (There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch).
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Just remember that while you use the tires for DD, you pay the penalty in MPG for the higher weight that comes with the heavier sidewalls. Everything is a tradeoff. TANSTAAFL (There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch).
Yep, We took two 2012 JKU wranglers on a 5000 mile trip two weeks ago, mine with 34" KM2's would require 18 gallons at fillup, the other a stock JKU sport with SR-As took 15 gallons. Over and over.

We were probably travelling at 75-80 (the speed limit is 75 on many western interstates) that killed the mpg overall. Of course the trails killed the SR-As (one destroyed, 2 with repairable punctures), so it probably all evened out. LOL

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