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Old 09-16-2015, 03:29 PM
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Hi everyone, I am completely ignorant regarding tires and am learning as I go. With that being said I would like some advice on a tire purchase: I drive a 2012 Rubicon Unlimited that is my daily driver and which I love taking on road trips. I'm an explorer, not a rock crawler, but in addition to significant highway miles I'll be travelling dirt roads, gravel, fire roads and mild off roading situations. I live in Canada and winters are icy and there will be deep snow and slush. The Jeep is stock and remaining that way and I want to keep the tires close to stock and have something that stays on the Jeep year round. I'm looking at 5 BFG KO2 in 265 / 70 R17 as opposed to the original 255 / 75 R 17 OEM BFG MT. Whew! Any thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated. My budget runs to $1687.82 Canadian (pretty specific, eh? lol) Thank you, and if you know a good post or source for basic tire info/knowledge feel free to pass it along. Cheers.

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I currently run the BFG KO2's in 35x12.5/17. Great tires for your intended purposes.

I squeezed out around 320+ miles per tank on the KM's and with the KO2's, I get the same tank and similar if not better mileage.

the only downside is that they have a slight audible noise to them at very low speeds and IF ONLY you pay attention. Otherwise, its a great tire.

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Thanks for the input. Is the (slight) noise something that passes after a while or is it a constant?
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Thanks for the input. Is the (slight) noise something that passes after a while or is it a constant?
its noticeable when you have your windows down. 10-15mph is very prevalent, however anything over that speed, the sound will go unnoticed unless you drive side by side next to a wall (creates an echo). It sounds like hundreds of little suction cups sticking/unsticking to the ground, otherwise it goes unnoticed.
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Thanks again. They certainly aren't cheap but I think I'll be grabbing 5 of them this week.
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Thanks again. They certainly aren't cheap but I think I'll be grabbing 5 of them this week.
You'll also achieve better gas mileage too switching out your oem mud terrains for an all terrain. Consider the Toyo AT2 as a better alternative to the KO2's. Cheaper too. Good luck with your decision.
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Canada eh? I suspect that means mud, snow, and sloppy conditions are prevalent there. If you use an all-terrain tire with an interlocked tread pattern like the KO, KO2, General Grabber AT2, etc... your user name is the opposite of what you'll be doing.

I'd recommend something with a slightly more open tread pattern. One of the "hybrid" tires perhaps. Goodyear Duratrac, Open Country RT, Cooper ST Maxx, Dick Cepek Fun Country, something along those lines.
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Thanks WXman, I looked at the Duratracs but a lot of reviews made mention of tears in the side walls when off road. I'm getting a lot of information to sift through but I still have a little time to decide so thanks for the input, I appreciate the help.
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The latest issue of FourWheeler magazine reviewed the KO2s. They said the only terrains they didn't get to test in was mud and snow. Of course not! Those are the two areas where BFG tires fail miserably and they can't give any negative remarks to a BFG tire in the magazine because that's one of their biggest advertisers!

Cooper ST Maxx has 3 ply sidewalls that are tough, long wear life, and better traction in sloppy stuff without being harsh on the pavement. That's probably my next tire.
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The latest issue of FourWheeler magazine reviewed the KO2s. They said the only terrains they didn't get to test in was mud and snow. Of course not! Those are the two areas where BFG tires fail miserably and they can't give any negative remarks to a BFG tire in the magazine because that's one of their biggest advertisers!

Cooper ST Maxx has 3 ply sidewalls that are tough, long wear life, and better traction in sloppy stuff without being harsh on the pavement. That's probably my next tire.
I am going to have say with the KO2's (I have not had KO's) that is not my experience. I was pretty happy how they performed in both mud and snow. I wish the 34's tho were really a 34" or at least a 33". I love wheeling in snow and hate wheeling in mud tho. I am guessing the BFG test was done in California where there is most likely a shortage of both.

I am lucky living in Montana I get a lot of snow to play in. As soon as winter hits full force here my KO2's will be going back on for the winter.
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NOTE: BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires meet the industry's severe snow service requirements and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol. User reviews are quite favorable on this tire. Tire Rack has quite a few reviews on them.

I would avoid the Duratracs. Mine were horrible on wet surfaces and couldn't imagine how bad they would be for you up in Canuckistan!
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I have K02's in the 35" variety and absolutely love the tires. Mine are E rated so they can be a bit stiff at 40lbs but if I drop them to 25ish they feel great. They do great in our Colorado snow, aren't loud compared to the gooyear MTR's I had previously and perform well in the rocks. I've done Hells Revenge, Fins & things, Elephant hill, Black bear pass, Imogene pass and Day canyon point with these tires and haven't had any issues. Also, the sidewalls have held up really well considering how many times they've scrapped the rocks. I have a 2.5 lift, 35's, 3.73 gears and after using AEV procal I can get 18-19mpg highway at 65mph and that's driving around at 6800 ft elevation.
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They said the only terrains they didn't get to test in was mud and snow. Of course not! Those are the two areas where BFG tires fail miserably and they can't give any negative remarks to a BFG tire in the magazine because that's one of their biggest advertisers!
Here WXman, I'll help out...

Baja California mud pit test!

Keep Moving Forward will be a sitting duck after his first patch of melting snow/mud combination! I hope the guy has a winch on his 'unmodified' Jeep.


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