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Old 08-28-2017, 08:02 PM
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37" Goodyear Kevlar MTR vs. BFG KO2 or KM2

Ok...I know this is a bit of an apples and oranges choice, but I am really agonizing over this decision. I am working on my 2012 JKU at the moment (new to me and I am new to Jeep world). Among other things I am putting on a Rock Krawler 3.5" lift, Poison Spyder aluminum fenders and Genright bumpers.

I am moving up from 35" tires on the Jeep (pretty worn) to 37". The Jeep will be on the road 90% of the time as a daily driver, but I intend to get it offload as well (locally in IL/IN but also planning a trip to Moab in early 2018).

I know the KO2's will be the best behaved on the road, but aren't great in the mud. I love the look of the MTR's and what i have read about the offload performance.

Basically, I am looking for perspective on whether the MTR's are worth an extra $100/tire and whether anyone is running them primarily on the street. Thoughts?

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I tried to be realistic when looking at new tires, yes, the MTR's look awesome, but they will be noisy and rough on the highway. In my case I went with a hybrid MT ATZ P3, aggressive enough more so than an all terrain, but still not too loud and balances nicely.

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With a directional tire like the goodyear mtr, what do you do with the spare? It's only good for one side of the jeep.
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Eh i hated the MTr. The tread pattern commonly wears funny. Rode rough and hard to keep balanced. Check out the new Nitto Ridge Grappler ... best tire ive run yet. Click image for larger version

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I can tell of the 3 37's you mention the MTR is bigger than the other two. I can also tell you they are impressive for Moab type terrain. A couple of years ago we wheeled with a guy that had a set and he rocked the place. He said they were hard to balance but they sure stuck like glue.
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With a directional tire like the goodyear mtr, what do you do with the spare? It's only good for one side of the jeep.
Billy, I don't believe the MTR's are directional so they can be used on either side.
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Eh i hated the MTr. The tread pattern commonly wears funny. Rode rough and hard to keep balanced. Check out the new Nitto Ridge Grappler ... best tire ive run yet. Attachment 3731793


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Thanks KJeeper. I am curious to know what sort of driving you were doing with the MTR's when you were having problems? Predominantly road or a lot of off-road?
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I tried to be realistic when looking at new tires, yes, the MTR's look awesome, but they will be noisy and rough on the highway. In my case I went with a hybrid MT ATZ P3, aggressive enough more so than an all terrain, but still not too loud and balances nicely.
Thanks Shark_13. I will check them out. BTW...you live in one of my favorite parts of the world. Lived in SE Idaho for 4 years and absolutely loved it!
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Billy, I don't believe the MTR's are directional so they can be used on either side.
They look directional to me, but maybe I'm wrong:

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They look directional to me, but maybe I'm wrong:

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They are not directional but they are asymetrical meaning there is a "inside" and a "outside" and must be mounted correctly. As I look at that a bit more, it would mean to rotate 5 tires, that it would require remounting a tire or two at some point. Hadn't considered that before...kind of a PITA.
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Thanks KJeeper. I am curious to know what sort of driving you were doing with the MTR's when you were having problems? Predominantly road or a lot of off-road?

You know I wasn't really having problems per se. Just a rougher riding tire. Terrible in slippery conditions. Hoping the RG's do better over the winter.


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They are not directional but they are asymetrical meaning there is a "inside" and a "outside" and must be mounted correctly. As I look at that a bit more, it would mean to rotate 5 tires, that it would require remounting a tire or two at some point. Hadn't considered that before...kind of a PITA.

Not true, if the longer lugs were mounted facing out, they would stay out left/right. Just have to make sure when mounting all are the same.


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I have the MTRs they do not wear which is great....and a beast off road. They can be hard to balance and may need rebalancing over time....to the OP I have five 37x12.5x17 MTRs if you are interested PM me ..... they have 19/32 tread.
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I ended up going with the KO2's. Just seemed to be a better option since this is a daily driver and will only be off-road 6-10 times a year. Only on for a week but love the way they ride on the road. Will see what performance is like off-road in a few weeks!
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I ended up going with the KO2's. Just seemed to be a better option since this is a daily driver and will only be off-road 6-10 times a year. Only on for a week but love the way they ride on the road. Will see what performance is like off-road in a few weeks!
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37" Goodyear Kevlar MTR vs. BFG KO2 or KM2

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ID:	3800290 I love my 37 gy mtrs!only one out of five needed xtra weight to balance but that was the tire shops problem!they are also one of the lightest 37 Tire available besides the bfgs except they run much larger than the bfgs so in reality they are the lightest 37 Tire as far as I know!


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