I've always loved my Bfgs, like everyone says though they're terrible in the mud, but I'm generally out in the rocks and rhey do great! I will be switching over to Goodyear mtrs when I move up to 33s though.
Fred just wants to mash rocks. RAWR!!!
I've had the A/T KO's for 6 years. Been on the trails of Moab, slick rock, rough rocks, snow, a little mud here and there, and I'll be buying another set by this winter. They have never let me down and seem to have a lot of versatility for my use. Just sayin'
Just FYI I've sold tires for almost two decades and not to step on toes but the bigger Goodyear tires have given us fits with balancing although if everyone likes their duratracs then ehh whatever you want to do. I know it's been a big enough issue for me that when people come in unless they ask specifically for Goodyear then I don't price em if I'm getting quotes on several brands. Only because I don't want them coming back unhappy and balancing for free several times then giving up and going to a different brand (it's happened before). Anyways, just my 2 cents.
Several years ago, (around '05) JP magazine rated BFG ATs as the "best tire". I had an '04 TJ that needed tires, so I went to the BFGs 31"s and they did well.... decent in snow for IN, and they balanced easy and I got 50K plus out of a set of five with regular rotations. So I bought another set and they did well for the same type of driving, mostly street, some highway, some snow.
Than I joined WF and it was getting close to time to get tires again I also added an OME lift during this same time frame. And everyone was talking about the Duratracs, I compared prices. and the Bfg's were less costly so I went with them again...and was extremely disappointed when I went truly off road/ wheeling and even with the lift and lots of clearance I was having issues. It wasn't the flex, it wasn't the dragging the belly pan in the dirt, my tires were filling up with mud and I couldn't sling it clear.
The next year anual Jeep Jam was coming and I wanted better, I added 2" to the tire height and width also went different rims for BS and yes I went to the Duratracs and added another inch BL, and Zone Quick discos.
SO in all fairness it is slightly weighted for the Duratracs, bigger taller and wider tire, more lift and the discos....but the same trails I had "issues" with before became "easy" and that has allowed for more difficult trails and ORV Parks. I have got "stuck" with the Duratracs, if you count getting "high centered" on my skid plate on an Earth mover tire.
Other than that the Duratracs ride better, grip better in the rain (no slipping on wet asphalt like the BFGs), go like anything in the snow (9" fresh snow with drifts tossed in are not a problem).
Down side my MPG is down to 16 around town and about 18 on the highway.
So the question for you more street ability tire life, or more off road usefullness good street performance? Good luck!!!! They are both good tires just different uses.
Go the Duratracs. They now have an E rating with a 3 ply sidewall. Traction is outrageous off road. IMO They beat the crap out of BFG M/Ts that most of my buddies have.
Can't wait to burn up my 33s and bump up to 35 DTs
My duratracs have been great. Quiet on road, do great on ice and in snow, do just as well as my old Pro Comp M/T's did in the mud, grip well on the rocks, and seem to wear well. I have almost 15,000 miles on my set and have around 3/4 tread left.
My friend has the BFG A/T's on his jeep and has had trouble in the mud with them packing full. Snow wasn't great either, but they sure do last forever and do well on the rocks because of their 3 ply sidewall.
Some say the 2ply sidewalls are a problem on the duratracs but with all the sharp granite I have gone over even aired down I've never had a hole or slice.
I too am leaning toward Duratracs. I plan to keep my current size at 31x10.50x15. I may add a 2" lift to stiffen up off road ride. Then a friend recommended I check out what Cooper Tires offers in an AT tire. Not to take this thread in a different direction, but has anyone any ideas how Coopers rank with BFG AT's and Goodyears? Some folks are concerned with weight of the tire, others with sidewall strength, others with how they influence mpg, and still others with expected tire mileage and wear. Any advice would be appreciated.
Goodyear does now make an E rated 3 ply sidewall.
I was hesitent to buy the E rated because it has been said that the ride was rougher than a C rated 2 ply, but I don't feel any difference ride wise in the E rated DTs opposed to my prior C rated Nitto's.
This depends on were will you be driving. I have the BFG's but they came brand new with my Jeep with I purchased it but I'm happy with them since it doesn't snow in TX where I'm at, off roading will be mostly dry ground and there are a lot of highways in the city but if I were to purchase my own I prob would get the DC AT' since thats what I have on my spare.