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Old 12-10-2015, 06:48 AM
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Duratrac vs KO2's on ice?

Just as the tittle says, does anyone have any comparison for these 2 tires on ice? not so much worried about snow, it's the ice and sliding on it that i'm not crazy about.
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I have the dura trac 275/65/18 on my 2012 jku and I have the bfg ko2 275/70/18 on my nissan titan. I live in ontario and had both sets put on in october. I found the ko2s to be better on ice/snow. They are crazy good, I have to much confidence with them.don't get me wrong the dura trac can hold its own to. The dura tracs have a much smoother quieter ride on pavement. I also have 10ply ko2s and the dura tracs are the lighter thinner ones so that might make a difference. Both sets do awesome on gravel roads. I've yet to do any real mudding with them but from my research the ko2s still have the issue of the tread not cleaning itself very well and balling up with mud. If I were to only have one choice I'd go with the ko2s.

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never had duratracs but really impressed with my 34x10.5-17 KO2 on ice so far.
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I have the dura trac 275/65/18 on my 2012 jku and I have the bfg ko2 275/70/18 on my nissan titan. I live in ontario and had both sets put on in october. I found the ko2s to be better on ice/snow. They are crazy good, I have to much confidence with them.don't get me wrong the dura trac can hold its own to. The dura tracs have a much smoother quieter ride on pavement. I also have 10ply ko2s and the dura tracs are the lighter thinner ones so that might make a difference. Both sets do awesome on gravel roads. I've yet to do any real mudding with them but from my research the ko2s still have the issue of the tread not cleaning itself very well and balling up with mud. If I were to only have one choice I'd go with the ko2s.
I just compared some 265 70 17 C load to my265 75 16s and the C's were much louder and noticed more rolling resistance . I got better mileage and smoother ride with the E's. I haven't had a chance to try them in snow but we usually get lots of it, so good to know they can handle it.
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I hated to take my 315/70/r17 duratracs off last Saturday and replace them with a dedicated winter tire (General Altimax Arctics 285/70r17) but as far as I'm concerned my 2dr rubicon was flat out dangerous on ice, spins around like a top. Ice covered roads and wide tires + short wheelbase = WTF I should have driven the truck. Love the ride and look of the duratracs and they're a great AT tire, when the snow starts to melt off they're going back on but I wouldn't recommend putting them on a 2dr for winter driving if you live in a severe winter climate, a 4dr might be different. There are a lot of jeepers on the forum who swear by DTs as a great winter tire and don't have any problems in whatever the conditions, good luck. I don't have any experience with the KO2's just giving you my 2 cents on the duras. I hope to have a review on the Generals in a few days.
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Thanks for the reply's! Please feel free if anyone else has experience I would love to hear!j By the way it will be going on a 4 door Sahara.
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Thanks for the reply's! Please feel free if anyone else has experience I would love to hear!j By the way it will be going on a 4 door Sahara.
I've run Duratracs on three pickups, but not on a JK. I really like them in the snow, and they were studable. That mean that I had to run different tires during part of the year. However, doing so meant that I usually kept tires (two sets) for a long time. I haven't run KO2s, but reliable sources say they're excellent.
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I've run Duratracs on three pickups, but not on a JK. I really like them in the snow, and they were studable. That mean that I had to run different tires during part of the year. However, doing so meant that I usually kept tires (two sets) for a long time. I haven't run KO2s, but reliable sources say they're excellent.

I see you also run Toyo AT2. How do you like them in the snow? I have been debating between the Duratracs, KO2's and the AT2's and I think I'm leaning towards the AT2's.
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I see you also run Toyo AT2. How do you like them in the snow? I have been debating between the Duratracs, KO2's and the AT2's and I think I'm leaning towards the AT2's.
I am perhaps the biggest Toyo at2 fan on this forum. I have had 5 sets 265/75-16, 285/75-16, 285/70-17, 285/75-17 and 35x12.5-17 in the last 3 years. I love them and ran them for the last 3 winters in Montana. I scored a great deal on some KO2 this summer and figured I would swap back and forth to save wear and tear on my Toyo 35's and I can tell you that on ice and slick snow covered ice the KO2 34x10.5-17 is a better tire. I still love the Toyos and if I could only run one tire it would be the toyos but being I have a choice the KO2's are a better winter tire will stay on until I head to Moab in early March.
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I am perhaps the biggest Toyo at2 fan on this forum. I have had 5 sets 265/75-16, 285/75-16, 285/70-17, 285/75-17 and 35x12.5-17 in the last 3 years. I love them and ran them for the last 3 winters in Montana. I scored a great deal on some KO2 this summer and figured I would swap back and forth to save wear and tear on my Toyo 35's and I can tell you that on ice and slick snow covered ice the KO2 34x10.5-17 is a better tire. I still love the Toyos and if I could only run one tire it would be the toyos but being I have a choice the KO2's are a better winter tire will stay on until I head to Moab in early March.
Thanks for the advice! I am planning on getting a set of 285/75-17's next week.
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I just add K02's to my Sahara in the stock size... no snow to test in yet

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I see you also run Toyo AT2. How do you like them in the snow? I have been debating between the Duratracs, KO2's and the AT2's and I think I'm leaning towards the AT2's.
I think they're excellent. I busted through some snowmobile trails today, though I gave up when it got a little hairy and the end of the road was only 1/4 mile ahead. You have to distinguish between snow/ice on road and snow in the mountains. I can't speak to KO2s for the latter, as i haven't run them. Based on "looks," I think the AT2 Xtreme tread is better for mountain snow. I loved the Duratracs on my pickups. They're studable, which I found to be a big advantage, in town and off road. In the end, I like the size/fit/profile/performance of the AT2, so they "win."
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I've had my KO2 on over year now. We've had several snow storms and day of freezing rain. My street ends up like a sheet of ice after a morning of traffic, and we don't get plowed. I continue to be amazed how well these do in winter snow and ice. Ever in 2WD they are good but in 4WD I have no slipping and I have yet to feel out of control. I've done a few controlled brake tests on rough ice, the tires did great. I can't say anything against the Duratracs, but I'm very satisfied with my KO2
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I think they're excellent. I busted through some snowmobile trails today, though I gave up when it got a little hairy and the end of the road was only 1/4 mile ahead. You have to distinguish between snow/ice on road and snow in the mountains. I can't speak to KO2s for the latter, as i haven't run them. Based on "looks," I think the AT2 Xtreme tread is better for mountain snow. I loved the Duratracs on my pickups. They're studable, which I found to be a big advantage, in town and off road. In the end, I like the size/fit/profile/performance of the AT2, so they "win."
Thanks! I think I am set on my decision to go with the AT2's. Your opinion helped.

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