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Old 05-31-2013, 02:33 PM
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BFG KM2 vs KO Tires

soon im going to have to get a new set of shoes for the jeep, im stuck between the BFG KM2's and BFG KO's i just want to hear some pros and cons to each tire, with the KM2 i know itll be better offroad but whats their life expectancy on road, and as for the KO's they will be better on road and ill have to give up some traction offroad, im going to get 35/1250/15 and my TJ is my daily commuter. so anyone who has or has had either tire, id like some input, thanks

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soon im going to have to get a new set of shoes for the jeep, im stuck between the BFG KM2's and BFG KO's i just want to hear some pros and cons to each tire, with the KM2 i know itll be better offroad but whats their life expectancy on road, and as for the KO's they will be better on road and ill have to give up some traction offroad, im going to get 35/1250/15 and my TJ is my daily commuter. so anyone who has or has had either tire, id like some input, thanks

Both are great tires. I like the KM2s better. I have them on my jeep and my daily driver. I have around 50k on the ones on my truck. I would say there is at least 10k left in them. The ones on my jeep have about 30k and I would say they are at half.

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I have the km2s in 33 10.5 love them they do good in the mud snow and wet pavement
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I had the KO and just bought the KM2 and Offroad capability of the KM2 is 3x better than the KO. The ride on the street so far is really good for a commuter. I didn't feel much power loss in my TJ until I hit 5th gear, It does not pull until you get over 65. I feel Offroad is more important so if I get 50-60k out of them it's worth the price!
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Is your Jeep set up for 35" tires? As in Dana 44 axle in the rear (the standard Dana 35 axle is not strong enough for 35" tires), axles with a ratio that won't kill the engine with 35" tires, beefed up steering, better brakes, etc?
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Love the KM2s, on my second set of them. No complaints.
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I'm currently running 35" Cooper Discoverer STT's and I think they're great but I want to get some tire that will give me alot more mileage out of them that are great offroad but still liveable as a daily commuter
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is the life on the KO's just as good?
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I'm interested both, but I've always liked the look of the KO's. I see a lot of jeeps and trucks around here with the KO's, but the KM2's come in an odd size I'd like. But, how do the KM2's do on hard packed and icy roads? And how much better are they when syped?
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I stumbled upon a set of 35x12.5r15 KOs for an unbelievable price. So, I jumped on them, and so far have been satisfied. I have only run BFG and Interco tires over the past 13 years - faithfully. The BFGs have their strengths (price, availability, balance really well). The Intercos also have theirs (ruggedness, superior traction) but also lack the ability to balance and howl at hwy speeds.

As for the BFG brand - I have run both the KM (not the KM2), the All-Terrain (1 set) and the All-Terrain KO (on my 2nd set). In the desert, I destroyed 1 KM tire (new) and 1 All-Terrain (pre-KO tire).

Ford Ranger - Big Bear, 2002 (rear set All-Terrains, front set KOs) 4.56s, open diffs


I wasn't very happy with this configuration after running a set of bias-ply TSL-SXs (32") and no locking diffs. I almost lost it near a cliff behind Mike's Sky Rancho, and I can only blame the truck and its' poor traction (and the tires). I sold the truck 2 yrs later, so who cares.

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Laguna Salada Creek Crossing - Baja, Mexico
This is what sold me on the 35" size for the KO - I crossed this muddy section with the rear air locker helping push me through. Big Thumbs up!


Russ with 33" KM2s pulled through with no issues through the same creek crossing (did I mention this is a salt water creek?)


Our tires were caked with mud, but everyone was running BFGs, and nobody needed a tow strap.


On the highway, the Jeep isn't noisy like it had been with the nearly bald set of Interco TrXus MTs I had been running. Handling is great, as is braking. MPG is almost the same (w/4.10 gearing) as with my 33" Intercos - which I consider to be a plus! My only long-term concern will be that of durability on the trail - because, I run my Jeep all day and into the night DEEP into Baja where tires are known to give up.

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