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Old 12-23-2017, 04:21 PM
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Duratracís or ko2ís

Iím looking for some real world experience in specific conditions. Iím considering Duratracís or KOís for a fairly light weight 2 door JK. Which tire works best on wet or slushy conditions with up to 2Ē-3Ē of snow covered pavement? This is a daily driver the makes trips to Michigan in the winter time.
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Old 12-23-2017, 05:27 PM   #2
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Although this had been discussed many times over the past years, I'll come in with my opinion based on my experience.

The Duratracs are snow rated for emergency vehicle use. I've had them on my TJ Anand they've been awesome and provided traction even when the snow is deep enough to bury my pumpkins. I've had them on both of my F150s. As soon as the stock tires wear out on our 18 JKRR, I'll let a set of these for that Jeep too.

The tread life of the Duratracs is awesome! I've got >40K miles on both the truck and TJ with more than half the tread left. On a heavier truck, it it more important to rotate your tires more frequently to keep them quiet. On the lighter Jeep, it isn't as noticeable.

I had the KO2s on both my F150 & TJ before the Duratracs. The BFGs didn't fare as well in the snow on a heavier vehicle but did just fine in the TJ. However, when the BFGs were at about half worn, they got significantly worse in the snow. That's when I found out about the Duratracs & replaced the BFGs.

Good luck. I hope my experience is helpful.

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I know itís been debated many time but was hoping for feedback for comparable driving conditions in a lighter 2 door Jeep with the late manufactured tires like the JL Rubicon is coming equipped with.

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I think I would lean towards the Duratrac's if snow was common for you.

FWIW, I will say that a great customer of mine in Flagstaff replaced his worn and very loud Duratrac's with a set of Kumho AT51's on his F-150 and he states that they are better in every way, especially snow...
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The sipes in DT's are not deep at all I'd hate to see them after a year or less, they would be gone...
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I just got some Duratracs after driving my BFG KMs for 3 years up and down to the ski resort where I patrol and I can only say I wish I had got Duratracs earlier. The KMs required lots of caution whereas the DTs let you drive more like normal.

I still have the KMs and will switch back in the summer to preserve the DTs for winter (and also to get the awesome trail and mud performance of the KMs).

So Duratracs for winter, KMs for summer.

BTW I have a light 2 door Jeep - all my armour is aluminum so the weight is close to stock.
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I think I would lean towards the Duratrac's if snow was common for you.

FWIW, I will say that a great customer of mine in Flagstaff replaced his worn and very loud Duratrac's with a set of Kumho AT51's on his F-150 and he states that they are better in every way, especially snow...
His Duratracs were loud because he probably didn't rotate them often enough. Not as big as issue on a lighter Jeep.

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I only have about 1200 miles on my KO2's and we've had snow for the past couple weeks. I've never had Duratracs but there is nothing about the KO2's that I ever say I wish "this" or "that" were better. They are quiet, good grip, and look nice. I think DT v KO2's is like asking ford v Chevy.
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Duratracís or ko2ís

Odd, on BFG's website, there are a very significant number of 1 star ratings.
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Had a set of Duratracs without a single issue. They are very dependale both on and off the road.
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Have had both - if you touch snow/ice Duratrac's hands down. If you don't get into snow, whichever you prefer the looks of, but I found the KO2's very slippery on wet asphalt.
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Add the Ridge Grapplers to your list... You won't be sorry. We've installed 100's of tires in the last couple of years and the Ridge Grappler always gets the best customer reviews. The Duratrac's are good on a DD, but weak sidewalls puncture easily off road. The KO2's fair well, but below the RG's.
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I put KO 2's three years back on a light truck and they were great. Good snow traction both on pavement and on gravel roads (stock truck so nothing gnarly). Decent tire wear and longevity. I sold the truck to someone I know a year and half ago and still see the truck occasionally and the tires still look great.
For two years now I've been running Duratrac's on a weekend driven Jeep. All weather conditions including snow on pavement, gravel roads and off road. This is an offroader so it's seeing a lot more than truck ever did.
I dont think you could go wrong with either tire. I see the KO2 being more of a street tire only because the tread isn't quite as aggressive. Otherwise I like them both
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Duratracs are awesome in snow and they look great too. I would choose them again and will buy them when my stock tires wear out.
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I was just watching a video taken at an ORV park near me and the Jeep with the Duratracs pulled the Jeep with the KO2s out of the mud. True story.
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Love my Duratracs for the winter. Going back to KMs for the summer though. Too many sharp rocks on the trails round here....

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