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Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx (LT275/70r18) 10 62.50%
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Old 01-13-2016, 08:20 PM
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Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx vs. BF Goodrich T/A KO2

OK - after lots of reading and talking to folks I've narrowed my search to two options:

Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx - - - or - - - BF Goodrich T/A KO2

I am doing a teraflex 1.5 leveling kit (springs) and upgrading from the stock sahara Bridgestone Duelers. I am looking for a 99% on pavement / on road daily driver with an aggressive look (can't stand the stock shoes), handles wet pavement, and snow - along with civilized road manners (highway / noise etc.)

I am going with a 275/70r18 (note: I've been through the whole E debate..fyi) that will run on my OEM sahara wheels. Also, I've ruled out the duratracs for some of the reasons listed above (great tire, but not as much geared for on road). Cooper S/T Maxx came into play just as I was ordering my KO2s - when I started looking into them I realized the look good and people seem to love them...people love the KO2s too! Please help - share any experiences (on road DD please - rain, sleet, dry, noise) as well as how well they "look" - thanks in advance for helping me out!!

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LOVE my S/T's

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It would help if you mentioned what off road terrain you plan on being in and on road weather conditions.
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It would help if you mentioned what off road terrain you plan on being in and on road weather conditions.
I am looking for a 99% on pavement / on road daily driver with an aggressive look (can't stand the stock shoes), handles wet pavement, and snow - along with civilized road manners (highway / noise etc.)

FYI - I ended up going with KO2s - there is another tread that picked up this discussion - thank you though :thumb"
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Disclaimer: I have owned maybe 7 sets of the older BFG A/T KO, not the new KO2. But I understand they behave much the same. So, assuming that:

BFG are great, tough tires for sidewall strength and carcass puncture-resistance. They really don't bruise. They are great in sand, dry dirt, silt, rocks, pavement noise is moderate, and they last a long time. Horrible in snow, and not a lot better in mud. ST Maxx is all those things, but they are good in snow and mud. Especially for an A/T tire. My one set of ST Maxx also balanced using much less weight. I am using load range E tires.
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I'm in the exact same debate as you. So far I'm leaning towards the Coopers
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S/T Maxx get my vote (though I've never ran the BFGs) ....they're quiet on the road, aggressive looking, and performs well in all conditions IMO
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Disclaimer: I have owned maybe 7 sets of the older BFG A/T KO, not the new KO2. But I understand they behave much the same. So, assuming that:

BFG are great, tough tires for sidewall strength and carcass puncture-resistance. They really don't bruise. They are great in sand, dry dirt, silt, rocks, pavement noise is moderate, and they last a long time. Horrible in snow, and not a lot better in mud. ST Maxx is all those things, but they are good in snow and mud. Especially for an A/T tire. My one set of ST Maxx also balanced using much less weight. I am using load range E tires.
I can tell you the ko2's are excellent on ice and snow. Not sure about mud. I live in Montana and have been driving in winter conditions since the early 70's and I'm amazed at how they grip on snow and ice.
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Here's what I found:

If you want a mostly on road tire with some good looks the KO2 is a solid option; if you want a on road tire that gives you a wider variety of off road options, the Cooper is the way to go.

If there was an "on road, with occasional off road" continuum of tires, on road on the left and off road to the right, it would be KO2, Cooper ST Maxx, then GY Duratrac. Those are the options I evaluated and because I am on road 99% of the time, but also want a respectable AT, I chose the KO2.

All in, both are solid options and somewhat comes down to personal preference.
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Disclaimer: I have owned maybe 7 sets of the older BFG A/T KO, not the new KO2. But I understand they behave much the same. So, assuming that:

BFG are great, tough tires for sidewall strength and carcass puncture-resistance. They really don't bruise. They are great in sand, dry dirt, silt, rocks, pavement noise is moderate, and they last a long time. Horrible in snow, and not a lot better in mud. ST Maxx is all those things, but they are good in snow and mud. Especially for an A/T tire. My one set of ST Maxx also balanced using much less weight. I am using load range E tires.

KO2's are very different in performance. I had old KO's, and recently got KO2's, they are MUCH better in everything. They are incredibly good in snow and ice. Said to be the best tire in winter conditions outside of a dedicated winter tire. The tread design is different on KO2 vs. a KO, if you look closely. Mud reveiws have noted great improvements, but I try to avoid the mud.

I couldn't be happier with this tire, looks, performance. I also run E load.
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Just the same, I'll stick with my ST Maxx meats next time I need tires. Just a larger size by then.
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Just the same, I'll stick with my ST Maxx meats next time I need tires. Just a larger size by then.

Yeah if you have them now and like 'em stick with 'em. They were one of my choices but i couldn't find them locally. I see your in CA, (Envy!) so you don't have to worry about blizzards and ice storms like up North. We're about to get dumped on again.
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Yeah if you have them now and like 'em stick with 'em. They were one of my choices but i couldn't find them locally. I see your in CA, (Envy!) so you don't have to worry about blizzards and ice storms like up North. We're about to get dumped on again.
We just do a good job of hiding the dungeons and forced labor camps. I'm only half kidding.

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