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Old 02-25-2012, 09:05 AM   #1
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BFG - KO vs Goodyear Duratrac

I'm going to be buying tires soon and am looking for some opinions on these tires.

KO's have been around a while now and the Duratrac seem to be the new big thing. These will be on my daily driver with some weekend wheeling (nothing real serious) and will also be towed behind the motorhome.

What do you prefer and why?

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Old 02-25-2012, 10:20 AM   #2
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I had the BFG KO's. I had really good luck with four sets of these tires on a small 4wd pickup, but they didn't last as long as expected on my TJ, even with tire rotations every 5k and alignments. I like the fact that the KO's have a 3-ply sidewall, and I never had a flat on the trail. If the Duratracs had a 3-ply sidewall, I would have given them a try. I got a great deal on 31" MT MTZ tires, and so far so good.

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Old 02-25-2012, 11:35 AM   #3
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Another to consider, the hankook dynapro. I went in to talk to my local 4x4 shop about tires, and the shop owner along with his crew only had awesome reviews. He said they've became more popular in the past two years,
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:21 PM   #4
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I was shopping for tires earlier this month, ended up going with KM2s. But I via my research, I did note some nice bits of info for the Duratracs. From a traction perspective, the Duratracs are sort of a hybrid between an all terrain and mud terrain. They offer great traction on asphalt, wet terrain, snow and ice (due to the siping). Reviews place the Duratrac's traction above the BFG AT. Tread life is reported to go as much as 40k miles.

The weak side of the Duratrac is the sidewall at 2 ply. While ok for mild to moderate wheeling, I wouldn't trust the tires "Dura"bility on sharp rocks and jagged obstacles.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:41 PM   #5
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My TJ had the BFG T/A KOs on it when I bought it 2 years ago. the KOs are quiet and seemed to last a good while, But they sucked in wet weather, they don't really have a rain groove to channel away the water while on road, on wet grass they slide. Off road they get clogged up quick with dirt or mud. In the sand they'd just dig in. I replaced them with the GoodYear Duratracs, these are just as quiet as the KOs, and better in every way. In the rain they cut right through in a heavy down pour- no hydroplaining. they don't clog up with mud or dirt while off road-they clean out easily. I drove through some washed out trails where the water was above the wheels- the tires didn't slip at all, they pulled the jeep right out. and they do awesome in sifty sand I didn't even have to air down, the tires just float on top of the sand. as far as the 2 belt side walls, I wouldn't say they are weak, they're just not "bullet proof" I wouldn't purposely drag the side wall of the tires across jagged/sharp rocks. but other than that you'll be fine.
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:00 PM   #6
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Only experience with KOs on a Suburban. Got almost 80k on a set. Great in the snow. If I recall, they have two versions and one has a stiffer side wall and deeper tread depth. That is what I had.
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I have the BFG KO's. Run great in the snow, especially the 33 x 10.5's. That's the real reason I bought them, I could get the narrower size in 33's. We get quite a bit of snow, not much rain but a lot of gravel and rocky roads.
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:48 PM   #8
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For what it is worth....My '04 TJ Sport has 150K+ miles on it. I put my first set of BFG's on it @ 22K when the "stock" 29" tires were "really worn". This is my third set.

With regular rotations, I have been averaging about 50K+ per set. They are very quiet. They work great for me on the highway, around town. Off road I have found that a lot of skinny pedal in the "soupy mud" will help keep them clear, keep momentum and get me through. I have never gotten stuck with my BFGs, but have had to hit some obstacles twice. They work great in the snow---again with the wheel speed so that you don't "clog the tires". On light snow they are "skittery".

All that being said my next set of tires be it for my TJ or JK , whichever needs them first, will be Duratracs. There are too many other Jeepers that I respect who keep telling me, and everyone else on the Forum how good they are. Maybe than I wouldn't need the skinny pedal so much.
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:31 PM   #9
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Ran bfg at's for years and loved them. Never had a problem in rain, quiet, great traction in the snow, wore like iron. For average weekend wheeling they were fantastic, sidewalls are plenty strong, aired down they'll do pretty well in the rocks for what they are but can be a bit slippery, if rocks are your game id skip an at entirely and go to an mt...mud is really their only downfall, they're simply not a mud tire, but you have to sacrafice if you buy an at tire. They're a tried and true design.

Ive never run duratracs, but you cant find a negative review of those things. I tend to take all those reviews with a grain of salt though...reason being a lot of the reviews ive read go something like this "ive put 100 miles on my duratracs and they're the best, great on everything, bfg ats suck in snow, rain and mud".

Am i doubting duratracs are great tires? No way, im sure they're a great at tire, maybe even better than bfg ats...but do i think most of these duratrac fans have never even run through a set of bfg ats? Definitely. Cause if they did they wouldnt say they suck in snow and rain cause i can assure you they perform great in both and anyone whos run through a set of them from 0 to 50k miles could tell you that.

Bottom line i dont think you can go wrong with either one for an at tire. Bfg ats are extremely popular tires and for a good reason, they're a fantastic tire. Duratracs are the latest and greatest and like i said you cant find a bad review of that tire, i dont think you can go wrong with them either. I personally havent run them but i would strongly consider them if i was looking for an at tire. I dont care much for the looks of the duratrac but that should really be low on the list of factors when deciding on a tire anyway.

Choice is yours, good luck!
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:42 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the input. Looks like I'm leaning towards the Duratrac.
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:05 PM   #11
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I have BFG KO's on my TJ and have had no problems at all but I only use it on weekends and I do drive it on the beach. I have driven on the beach without airing down and they don't dig in if you don't gun it. They seem fine in the rain but again I only drive it on weekend so in two years I only put 3000 miles on them.
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:21 PM   #12
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I have ran a set of bfg at ko's all the way through on a full size Chevy blazer and practically all the way through on my tj. The are a great tire. Especially for a DD. the diffently take forever to show any wear to them. But going from all the reviews of the duratracs, I kind of like them. I think they have a more aggressive tread pattern. And now that I have a company truck and hardly ever drive my tj but weekends and the occasional run to the store and maybe the beach and I'm still looking for some trails in my area. Well I'm leaning towards a duratracs now. If I put a new set of tires on my tj they will probably dry rot before the tread is gone. Lol.. Atleast it's garage kept :-)
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:41 PM   #13
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I ran BFG on my last jeep and a Tacoma got 68000 in the tj and 72000 on the Tacoma. Only complaint was in mud they don't clean out well otherwise a nearly perfect tire. Also never had a flat. I am thinking about the duratrac also, just can't see them lasting as long.
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:49 PM   #14
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x2 on the Duratracs. Very good A/T tire. Downside is the 2ply side wall. But for light offroading you shouldn't have to worry. I think the bfgs have 3 ply side walls but dont quote me on that. The duratracs tread depth is also bigger. Duratracs tread also looks more agressive and looks like it would clear mud a bit better.
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Just put some 33x12.5 x15 on my tj, 2 weeks ago. Don't really like them, they feel real soft kind of like a flat tire. Have BFG KM2s on my z71 315/16 and they feel alot better than the DTs. Had KUHMO mud terrain 33x12.5x15 on the tj before the duratracs, and liked them alot more. But the price was right and tried the duratracs this time. Goodyear tires don't last to long so I will be going back to the Kuhmos for my next set.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:42 PM   #16
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No issues with duratracs here
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I'll clear this question up for you. I have had both BFG KO's & I just put GY DT's on recently. Love 'em both. BFG last forever. DT's VERY quiet. So the answer clearly is... Dude you can't go wrong with either one.
Seriously, both are great tires. To be honest, I put the DT's on because I could get them cheaper. If not I would have went with the BFG's again, You'll be happy with either set.
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My TJ had the BFG T/A KOs on it when I bought it 2 years ago. the KOs are quiet and seemed to last a good while, But they sucked in wet weather, they don't really have a rain groove to channel away the water while on road, on wet grass they slide. Off road they get clogged up quick with dirt or mud. In the sand they'd just dig in. I replaced them with the GoodYear Duratracs, these are just as quiet as the KOs, and better in every way. In the rain they cut right through in a heavy down pour- no hydroplaining. they don't clog up with mud or dirt while off road-they clean out easily. I drove through some washed out trails where the water was above the wheels- the tires didn't slip at all, they pulled the jeep right out. and they do awesome in sifty sand I didn't even have to air down, the tires just float on top of the sand. as far as the 2 belt side walls, I wouldn't say they are weak, they're just not "bullet proof" I wouldn't purposely drag the side wall of the tires across jagged/sharp rocks. but other than that you'll be fine.
What size tires and lift do you have?
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Have you considered the new GoodYear Wrangler MT/R with kevlar ?

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