|06-10-2013 06:53 AM|
I like the idea of the MTR/K, but people that I wheel with say they are much too stiff to really wrap around rocks, even when aired down. They also don't seem to be available in 33x10.5x15 or 255/80R17
I also like the DuraTrac - but again, don't seem to get to the pizza cutter size. Unless I'm looking in the wrong place (looking on manuf pages for the tires at their tire/size specs charts) this seems to be a problem with MTZ and STT.
Going to 33x12.5 (ish) seems to definitely be the way to open up more options in available tires, but I'm sold on the pizza cutter theory Expeditions West: Tire Selection for Expedition Travel.
Garage space to store a set of tires isn't really a big problem for me.
|06-09-2013 11:18 PM|
|HK_Runner||Option C would suck. I had the KMs and they are not siped, so predictably bad in icy and snowy conditions. It is really the braking that is bad. The MTR Kevlars seem to be quite a bit better. If you have the room, Option B would be my recommendation of all your options. That is what I was about to do but I wanted C rated 35s and MTR were available in that size/rating. They are a bit stiffer than the KM2s due to the Kevlar sidewalls but they are great offroad (KMs/KM2s are too) and do better in the snow/ice. Check those out, as well as other options like DuraTracs, MTZs, STTs....|
|06-09-2013 10:10 PM|
KM2 - Seasonal swap? extra wheels?
JKU, stock height, stock wheels. Daily driver, about 75/25 city/highway. Offroad many but not all weekends.
NH, so we get snow, sleet, slush, ice mess to deal with.
I would like to move to 33x10ish pizza cutters. I don't seek out mud, though it isn't uncommon to get a bit slick with slight mud/organic debris here when offroad, and have no need for sand ability.
I don't see going to 35 or bigger for at least two years, likely longer.
I am looking at BFG KM2 in 255/80R17.
My dilemma, due to zero experience with the KM2s is how to prepare for winter driving (and to a lesser degree wet pavement).
Options as I see it:
A.) Move to the KM2, leave them on all the time (which is what I'd like to do, but have gotten the impression that the KM2 aren't as good in winter or wet pavement conditions as the OEM SRAs or winter specific tires)
B.) Buy KM2 as my 'spring/summer/fall' tire, have someone swap and rebalance at the beginning and end of winter (so twice yearly labor cost) - and when the SRAs wear out, get something winter specific, Blizzack perhaps.
C.) Get another set of wheels and TPMS sensors, and swap for the KM2 myself on those weekends I'm going to go offroad. Of course this means the impromptu offroad trip is that much more hassle to prepare for. Obviously this will be higher initial cost (I know people say '15s pay for themselves with lower priced rubber and cheap wheels' - but I just don't see that much difference in price [255/80R17 at DTD is showing $253ea, 33x10.5x15 at DTD is $217ea - so $36/tire, which won't pay for an aluminum alloy wheel and TPMS sensor]).
Aside from cost, which is straightforward to compare, am I making too much out of the other compromises? Which things are likely to drive me nuts? Are there other factors I'm not considering? Is there a different tire that will work well on rocks, in close to the 33x10 size, that I should be considering?