Going to have to start to drive 6 hours from home fairly often for college and I need a tire thats good off and on road. I have had the BFG KOs in the past and I was not impressed with the off-road performance in sticky mud, which is where I do most of my 4-wheeling. Butttt Im going to college at Appalachian State so I need a good snow tire too so I might re-consider them. My KM2s are awesome tires for the mix, but they're too agressive for highway driving. I was looking at the Goodyear duratracs and Dick Cepek F-C II's and the Falken Wild Peak A/T.
I've heard great things about the Duratracs and if you are looking for something in between an A/T and and M/T they are probably the way to go. For a nice highway driving A/T I just put Cooper AT3s on my wife's rubi and they are awesome.
I would say either Goodyear Wrangler MTR with kevlar, the Goodyear Authority that they sell in Walmart or General Grabbers the ones with the red lettering. I haven't personally had the MTR's but I know people that do any they come highly recommended. The other two I have had. The Goodyear pulled pretty good overall and wasn't real loud on the road but it was cheaper and I got 40k+ out of them. The generals weren't cheap but I haven't worn them out yet and they have yet to disappoint off road but the road noise is louder. All of these i consider aggressive A/T's.
2005 Wrangler Unlimited on 31x10.5R15's with BDS 2" lift.
If your ok with a 31x10.50x15 or a 285/16, walmart sells Goodyear authority a/t. I have been through sand, rocks, mud, and snow and have never lost traction or gotten stuck. I now have 21,000 miles on them and they are about half tread. I drive mostly on road as it's my dd. I'm at Ecu and make that drive (75 miles) every other weekend. For $150 a tire, you can't beat it.
I personally have been running 33x10.5 bfg a/t and while I will agree the performance in the mud isn't stellar I've been wheeling them all winter and have been pretty impressed with the depth of snow I've been able to trudge through, I currently live in NH. They have been really good with on road ice and slush as well. I did also look into duratracs heard good things about them.
I just picked up my TJ 2 weeks ago and it had 31 BF AT KO's on it. We've gotten at least 20" of fresh snow here in MA since I picked up the TJ (good timing huh?) and I've been amazed with how well they have handled. I know most here have suggested the Duratrac's, but I'm just letting you know these guys have done amazingly in the snow and are relatively quiet on the dry pavement.
I have run the new toyo at 2s on a few vehicles and cannot say enough good things about them and they are made in America and have either a 65k warranty or a 50k warranty depending on size. Also when you get to what toyo considers an "extreme" size they are quite aggressive
They aren't directional, but because they're asymmetrical they should be mounted a certain way. Since they aren't directional, they can be run on either side of the vehicle so you can do a normal tire rotation pattern. I have had mine a little over 2 years, about 20k miles and I'd say they're about 1/2 tread and wearing nicely.
Definitely go with duratracs if you want a snow and ice tire. This past weekend we were snow wheeling for the first time for just about all of us. Everyone with duratracs had no problem. Didn't even have to air down. All the jeeps with duratracs had very different set ups. The tires were the only constant between us all.
I love my Duratracs so I definitely recommend them.
One thing to do for sure is stay away from tires with "closed" shoulders. I know the Falkens have/had them. Just look at the outside edge of the tread. If there's a rib on the outer portion that's higher then the center area then stay away. They will hold mud and reduces how well they grab as the tire wears.
I'm a vote for the Falkens. I have Rocky Mountains(Same exact tire as Wild Peaks) on my TJ and couldn't be happier. They also have a 50,000 mile tread warranty which will be nice for you. They are very quite on road and have worked well in mud for me so far(light trails/dirt roads).
If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.
If you do a lot of traveling down gravel roads, then the Yokahoma Geolander AT is the best tire. Every other tire we've tried, and over the years it has been a lot between the Jeep and the farm trucks, have been eaten up by the gravel in less than a year. The Geolander is the only one that the rubber doesn't get chewed to pieces by heavy gravel travel. I'm just putting a new set on my jeep this week and the old ones are about a year and a half old and only now starting to get flats a little too often. I put about 40,000 miles per year on my Jeep, so a year and a half of gravel travel is outstanding. And they are awesome in snow, almost never have to put it in 4W and we get more than enough snow in the winter.
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X2 on the Cooper AT3. My buddy has the duratracs. They are good tires, but I've yet to see where they excel over my AT3. His are definitely more vocal on pavement. You really can't go wrong with either tire. I think it really comes done to cost and preference. We both went out in snow last week(7 inches) and both performed the same. Both have sipping to help in snow and wet road conditions.
I just switched from KM2's to the Wildpeak AT2's. a few changes for a better ride than the original AT. They ride awesome on road and many of the four wheel drive mags rate these best buy and possibly one of the best AT's out there. Good in rain, sand, snow, and gravel. Typical in the mud as any AT. Price is good too!
2011 JKU - 3.5 inch AEV Dualsport SC lift, 33x12.50 Falken Wildpeak AT2's, 17x9 MT Sidebiters, Tramp Stamp, Stubby bumper kit, tinted all windows