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Old 03-26-2016, 11:11 AM
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Arizona tires MT's vs AT's

Needing new tires and would like to know what you think is the best suited for the trails around phoenix. Right now I have MT's but have been looking at AT's. My MT's have done a good job but AT's seem to be priced a little lower.
I tried searching but I want tire types specific for Arizona desert, don't care about mud and forest. If you offroad in Arizona you know what I'm asking.
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My $0.02: MTs will always do better on rocks, dirt, granite, shale. Heck, they will always do better in mud and forest too. I'm in Colorado and run to Utah and SW Colorado, as well as the local Alpine trails here. My MTs dig in and have a nice soft rubber that grips. Sipes are mainly for water and snow. ATs will do better there, and on pavement.

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Needing new tires and would like to know what you think is the best suited for the trails around phoenix. Right now I have MT's but have been looking at AT's. My MT's have done a good job but AT's seem to be priced a little lower.
I tried searching but I want tire types specific for Arizona desert, don't care about mud and forest. If you offroad in Arizona you know what I'm asking.
thanks
Being your terrain is much the same as it is here in the SoCal desert look at the Cooper STT/Pro or MickeyThompson ATZ P3. These are hybrid designs which is both an AT and MT. These types bridge the best of both worlds and have super strong 3ply side walls. The MT is not the king of off road anymore and with today's computer designed AT/MT hybrids and new rubber compounds the MT offers no or even less advantage in most terrain (except deep thick mud) one would be willing to risk a $40k Jeep on.

Now is super big sharp rock trails (rocks the size of small tires +) is your thing then yes look at an MT like the GY MT/R, MickeyThompson MTZ, Toyo or NITTO's. Not so much because for grip but because of cut resistance and strength.

Good luck on your search it can a tough choice balancing your daily needs and off road fun with a tire suited well for both.
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I'm in AZ too and was wondering the same thing. I have Toyo RT's on my F150 and love them! They're between an AT and MT and do great on/off road, but they are a little spendy.
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Toyo doesn't make a bad tire! I like those RTs but with an E rating, they seem really heavy and stiff for my lighter Jeep. I'm now looking at the Nitto Trail Grappler MTs in the D rating. If those Toyo RTs or Nittos EXOs were C or D rated, I'd be all over them. They also run pretty true to size, which is great. It is looking like the Nitto MTs for me, and I should be able to compare them to my MTRs soon.
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Toyo doesn't make a bad tire! I like those RTs but with an E rating, they seem really heavy and stiff for my lighter Jeep.
Yeah my 35/13.50/20 RT's weigh 76lbs each! They're E-rated 10 ply.

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