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Old 04-13-2016, 12:19 PM
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Tire brand comparison??

To your guys' knowledge, what is the best tire manufacturer? I've noticed that BFGs are significantly more expensive, and everyone in my family that knows cars will tell me that they are a very good tire. Same with goodyear. I've been looking at some Toyos, they are much cheaper and I've heard good things about them too. I'm a college student so I'm looking for a very reliable tire- usually a daily driver, but tough for when I decide to go wheeling or take the path less travelled, etc. Based on the little I know about tires, radial construction sounds like the best option to me.

My dad worked as a dump truck driver in high school, and he told me one time they ran over a box of nails. Apparently they just got out of the truck and ripped them out... I'm looking for a tire like that, if I can afford it.
As tough as the hands of a machinist. I'm currently steering away from BFGs because they are so much more expensive, but if they truly are that much better, I'll make budget cuts elsewhere.

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Avoid Toyo like the plague. I am flabbergasted to hear people recommend them. I tried them twice and both times they were absolutely awful. To add insult to injury their company was appalling to deal with and their warranty is bullshit. I'll walk barefoot everywhere before I waste another penny on Toyo.

I've always been extremely pleased with BFG AT/MT tires. They're my go-to truck tire. I'd try the Goodyear Wrangler MTR if I couldn't run the BFGs, for some reason.

Keep in mind that really strong tires -- such as 10 ply sidewalls -- will be extremely stiff and not ride well.

I find BFG to have a good compromise between strength and ride quality. The MTRs are probably stronger if you care more about that.

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I tried the new Toyo Open Country AT2's as everyone on the internet creams over them. Worst AT tire I ever owned bar none and I've been running 4WD vehicles since the mid-80's. I've owned many, many sets of BFG's over the years and other than taking a ridiculous amount of weight to balance on some of them, I've never been disappointed. The latest BFG TA KO2's are incredible. Best AT tire I've ever run.
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Try Falken AT 3W's. Just got them. They are a hybrid like GY DuraTracs. Quiet, relatively light. Have not had them offroad yet. Bought 5 for under $900! Have 55m tread warranty. look great as well
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Ok, so no toyo tires. I guess BJ baldwin and all that advertising had me fooled, those guys go through probably a set of tires a week. I've heard that goodyear makes some kevlar-reinforced sidewall tires, what about those?

Also, when buying a wheel (i imagine it will be 17"), do I need to worry about backspacing? I don't want to worry about any kind of wear on my hubs or any issues with steering. Most of the tires I've looked at come in 12.5" or 13.5" wide, I'll probably stick with 12.5".
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Around here toyo's rock. Search toyo on this site and much more positive than negative. I run both Bfg ko2 in 34x10.5-17 and toyo at2 in 35x12.5-17 and while I really like the ko2's if I could only run one tire it would absolutely be the toyos. I think people who complain about how the ride are running them at too high of psi. I run 26-28psi and they run smooth and wear perfect. I have been driving since the early 70's ��. I do a bit over 20,000 miles a year. I do off-road although not hard core as some. I do trails like the rubicon trail, 6,7,8 rated trails in Moab every year. My toyos have not let me down yet. As far as warranty they replaced one no questions asked when I ripped a lug off. The tire did not fail but les Schwab tires said it should be replaced and they did no problem.

Lots of great choices for sure but for me toyos have been stellar.
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When I was buying tires I went to one tire shop got a quote of $1900. Went to another shop asked if they'd beat my quote at 1650 then to another shop which also beat that at 1400 for bfg ko2s. I'm such a cheap jerk lol. I could probably keep it up lol. That was asking the bfg shop to beat the price of the gy duratracs which they did.
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Goodyear, BFGoodrich, Cooper(MickeyThompson) and a few others like NITTO are sound top tier well proven brands. All make excellent off road tires. Expensive yes, but you get what you pay for.
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Right- this is definitely NOT something I want to go cheap with, it's not like a pair of wire strippers or anything. I've wondered about cooper/mickey thompson- I've seen good feedback so I'm assuming they're good brands. I found the BFGs for under $400 now, I guess I just needed to be patient and look around a little more. Is it like this with other parts too?
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Nothing wrong with Toyo. Especially their MT tire. Thats a great tire. Was better than my bfg mud terrains.
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I have ran BFG 255 70-17 m/t's, after I ran the life out of those I bought a set of used 35x12.5-17 bfg m/t's which had about 40% tread on them. I ran the life out of those and then threw on a set of 35x12.5-17 Geolander M/T's . I just recently about two weeks ago finished those off.

I now am running the 35x12.5-17 BFG ko2 A/T now. Out of those I prefer the BFG over the Geolanders and the A/T for ride quality. I haven't had the A/T long enough to know how well they do off road but a bunch of my buddies run them and love them. Plus they have a 50,000 mile guarantee on them and I picked up a set of 4 for $1300 mounted and balanced out the door.

As far as wheels go you will need either 1.5" wheel spacers or 17x9 or better wheels to run anything over a 11" wide tire.
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Right- this is definitely NOT something I want to go cheap with, it's not like a pair of wire strippers or anything. I've wondered about cooper/mickey thompson- I've seen good feedback so I'm assuming they're good brands. I found the BFGs for under $400 now, I guess I just needed to be patient and look around a little more. Is it like this with other parts too?
Tires are the easy part of the entire build. It gets even harder to choose when it comes to suspension systems and all the additions odds and ends needed to make everything "reliable". It is good that you understand you get what you pay for. The old saying "Buy once cry once" was never more true than with Jeep parts.

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