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Old 07-06-2012, 11:43 AM   #1
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Best tire for our So Cal area

I am lost. I plan on running Miller, John Bull, Rubicon, and Moab. I don't think the Azuza canyon mud beckons me at all. So rocks, trails and sand seem to be the norm. Do I want a closed trail tire like a MTR-K or a more serious rock tire like an LTB or Krawler. This is a limited driver. Few miles a day to the VA and back. Then a drive to the trails. So trail performance is the most important. Looking at a 35x15 in Trail Grappler, Mud Grappler, KM2, Krawlers, LTB's,
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:31 PM   #2
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I'd stay away from anything Nitto. They're way too heavy, meant more for big trucks and will put stress on your axles.

I'll probably go with the Goodyear MTR, BFG KM2, or something from the Mickey Thompson series (maybe Baja).

The GY MTR's are great, but they have production problems and go out of production all the time. I think because they contract with the military. If you get them, just make sure you get a 5th for spare. If you wait until you need it, might not be able to get one.

BFG seems to have the longest life. I might go with them.

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Old 07-06-2012, 02:58 PM   #3
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I know the KM2 is 7 lbs lighter than the MTR-K in fact it is the lightest 35 I have found that is off road rated.
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:46 PM   #4
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Lots of people love their KM2s. I just put on 305/70/17 KM2s but I am not real happy with them. First off check the size- their 35" tire is not actually 35". The tread width is also narrow in comparison to other similiar sized tires. I am sure this partially explains why they are lighter. They are really noisy- even for MTRs. They were in fact great on the trails but like I said I just put them on.
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Old 07-07-2012, 12:39 PM   #5
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I plan to get the MTR-kevlar when the time comes. Just my 02 cents. Very durable reliable tire.
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:37 PM   #6
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I've been on You Tube looking at what the guys like Dan Mick use on their jeeps and I see a lot more of the MTR-K's than anything else.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:40 PM   #7
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I've been on You Tube looking at what the guys like Dan Mick use on their jeeps and I see a lot more of the MTR-K's than anything else.
Dan Mick is a really super nice guy. However, just about any tire works on slickrock and Dan hasn't paid for a tire in at least the last 20 years. Find another benchmark.

That said, for this part of the world, it's really hard to beat the MT/R-K's.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:39 PM   #8
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Thanks Blaine. Those and some of your 15 inch brakes, and a Savvy TJ front bumper will be going on my new to me Rubi.
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Another vote for the MT/R.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:48 AM   #10
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Im looking into the MT/Rs for my next set.
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I love my MTR K's can't go wrong with those.
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i have the 35' MTR-K, ive run miller, john bull, rubicon and many other trails and i have no complaints. im getting lots of miles out of them too, i do the 5 tire rotation every 3-5k miles.
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:25 PM   #13
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All Righty then. I guess I found my tires.
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I plan on running Miller, John Bull, Rubicon, and Moab.
My MT/R/K's have been through all those places and much more. No complaints, no regrets. I've gone over 25k miles on a five tire rotation and I don't think even half of the useable tread is gone. I plan to buy them again when my current set wears out.

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