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Old 11-20-2015, 09:57 AM
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Tires that look good, and ride good?

So my 06 Rubi has a set of Goodyear Wrangler MTR Kevlars on the factory rims. They look good but the ride is kinda crummy cause they are mud tires. I spend a lot of time on asphalt and concrete.

I would like to hear about other tires that keep that rugged Jeep off road appearance, perform good on the trail and snow, but also give me a better ride.

I do go off road, but as a daily driver, I need tires that also have better road manners. Any suggestions appreciated and welcome.

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Old 11-20-2015, 10:00 AM   #2
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Give Duratracs a look. Much better road manners than the MT's that were on them. Although they aren't a true snow tire, they do have the snowflake emblem on them.


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Old 11-20-2015, 10:38 AM   #3
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Toyo open country at2's are great, I trust them on the wife's jeep out here in Montana. I just picked up some mastercraft courser c/ts and so far like them, great road manners. They haven't been bouncing me all over the road like my Kelly Safaris
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Toyo Buy 3 Get 1 Free

^^^^This

I just drove home in my new Toyo Open Country AT2 Extremes in LT285/75-17 after a very long time deciding between these and the BFG KO2.

I could not justify the expense of ditching the stock 17" x 7.5" rims to jump to 35" tires, plus the 35" tires are only approved for 8" or larger width rims.

Sure, 35" tires are run on thousands of stock JK 7.5" rims but with a 16 year old driver my conscience wouldn't let me put them on.

So, this week Toyo comes out with a Buy 3 Get 1 Free deal and I jumped on the LT285/75 tires. I just drove home on the freeway and they were smooth and well behaved yet they look aggressive enough to compliment the JK and go just about anywhere.

https://www.toyotires.com/tire/patte...-terrain-tires
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I run both Toyo AT2 and bfgKO2 both are excellent choices. if I could only choose one it's the toyos but the KO2 is pretty close.
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Old 11-21-2015, 01:02 PM   #6
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I love the look of the ko2s much better looking then dura tracs
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Old 11-21-2015, 05:39 PM   #7
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Same boat, I'm getting ready to get some tires on my '06 Rubi. I loved how mine rode tho'. The stock Moabs are 16" wheels. Duratracs have a lot of choices in a C load tire which'll ride easier, lighter weight is much better at the wheels. KO2 has none for our size wheel.

I like the KO2, in an E load, it's one of the heavier tires. KO2s tread doesn't look as deep, aggressive as Duras. Think the Duras look cool and so versatile. It's an AT that wants to be a MT.
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Another tire I was considering was the Toyo AT extreme it also comes in a C load. Here's a great, in depth review 'tween the Duratrac and the Toyo AT II. Roody's reviews, thoughts and ramblings: Tire Comparison & Review: Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac vs. Toyo Open Country ATII (AT2)
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Take a look at Cooper ST/MAXX. I have 255/80/17's on stock Rubi rims. Quieter- way- than the stock MT's.

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Another tire I was considering was the Toyo AT extreme it also comes in a C load. Here's a great, in depth review 'tween the Duratrac and the Toyo AT II. Roody's reviews, thoughts and ramblings: Tire Comparison & Review: Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac vs. Toyo Open Country ATII (AT2)
Nice link. While I've not run GY Duratracs I'd like to report my experience thus far on my new Toyo Open Country AT2 Extremes. I was worried going from stock Rubicon BFG Mud Terrain LT 255/75R17 to an LT285/75R17 was going to suck the life out of my 3.8L JKUR.

Well, yes, I do feel some power loss and drops out of Eco Mode, however, these AT2s are like driving on my couch compared to the Mud Terrains. No regrets abandoning MT tread.

Living in Tucson and now San Diego I've been driving my JKUR without roof and doors for a very long time. I am so used to the hum and vibration of Mud Terrains that my initial impression of these AT2s feels like I'm inside a Cadillac (well almost). Also, with the stock Mud Terrains I could feel the JKU dramatically slow when releasing the throttle whereas with the AT2s I feel the JKU coast. I imagine the diminished rolling resistance of the AT2s will slightly offset the power and mpg loss.

I know people don't want minivan tires on their JKs, however, these Open Country AT2s are a very good compromise in my opinion!

Duratracs, KO2s and AT2s are all great choices.
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Nice link. While I've not run GY Duratracs I'd like to report my experience thus far on my new Toyo Open Country AT2 Extremes. I was worried going from stock Rubicon BFG Mud Terrain LT 255/75R17 to an LT285/75R17 was going to suck the life out of my 3.8L JKUR.

Well, yes, I do feel some power loss and drops out of Eco Mode, however, these AT2s are like driving on my couch compared to the Mud Terrains. No regrets abandoning MT tread.

Living in Tucson and now San Diego I've been driving my JKUR without roof and doors for a very long time. I am so used to the hum and vibration of Mud Terrains that my initial impression of these AT2s feels like I'm inside a Cadillac (well almost). Also, with the stock Mud Terrains I could feel the JKU dramatically slow when releasing the throttle whereas with the AT2s I feel the JKU coast. I imagine the diminished rolling resistance of the AT2s will slightly offset the power and mpg loss.

I know people don't want minivan tires on their JKs, however, these Open Country AT2s are a very good compromise in my opinion!

Duratracs, KO2s and AT2s are all great choices.


Shouldn't you be getting an increase in MPG with less rolling resistance of the AT2?

The winter/wet driving is my main criteria, I can deal with a little bit of noise, or not as smooth of a ride. I woulen't even want my jeep to ride to polite. What fun is that?

deep snow and packed/icy roads. The Duratracs seem to be my best choice, and also maybe the only choice. I see awesome clips of mud terrains forging thru' several feet of snow, but then stink on packed stuff. Or I see the best AT tires doing great on packed/icy roads, but can never find anything on them going through deep blizzard stuff. Even the KO2's only advertise their tires in packed snow. I can't find any where they tackle some deep stuff.

My rubi's MTRs were killer when we'd get a blizzard. I loved it, but after I snow blow the driveway, I have trouble getting up the small incline, it was ridiculous.
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the at2 do great in deep snow as well as ice and hard pack snow. click on the top photo for a video.


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You might consider Nitto Trail Grapplers. They are designed to combine something of the feel of a road tire with something of the performance of a mud tire. They are, of course, a compromise. We find them plenty comfortable (and a bit noisy at highway speeds) and exceptionally capable off-road. How they look is a nice bonus. Very heavily built, with 10-ply and knobby sidewalls minimizing likelihood of side-wall punctures off-road.

These are 35x12.5xR17 LT Trail Grapplers:
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Gonna cosign on what jadmt is saying as we live in the same area. I trust these tires to get the wife around in the winter time on icy and compacted snowy roads. Plus, I trust them to not leave me stranded when we are up in the mountains cutting wood or snow wheeling. Are there better tires out there doing that kind of stuff? More than likely but the AT2's are an amazing (to me) best of all worlds kind of tire. But then again my wheeling consists of forrest roads (summer and winter) for hunting fishing and cutting wood, climbing steep verticals (not rock climbing per say), and the wife's daily driver. As I have said in the past, I am the guy that likes to try everything even though I know what is good. If that makes sense. So when it was time for me to get tires on my JK I opted for Mastercraft courser c/ts in a 33. On road handling is on par with the at2s, the c/ts have a little more of a hum down the road but I'm not all over the place like I was with my Kellys safaris. I just went up the mountain yesterday and got into some snow. The packed stuff it was on par with the at2's but in the powder I felt like the at2's are superior. Which now makes me regret buying my tires and not staying with the Toyos. But whatever, my tires should only last 50,000 miles so...
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Last night my area got hit with over a foot of snow. I drove my titan with the ko2s to town and back. Then later in the day I went with the wife to town in the wrangler with the dura tracs, I have to say the ko2s are a better winter tire almost to good. I felt over confident with them.
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Last night my area got hit with over a foot of snow. I drove my titan with the ko2s to town and back. Then later in the day I went with the wife to town in the wrangler with the dura tracs, I have to say the ko2s are a better winter tire almost to good. I felt over confident with them.
That's great! I've been leaning towards KO2s for new tires, for a stronger sidewall, and I think your post just sealed the deal.
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I absolutely hate the noisy, dragging, overweight 35 tires. Need to change them ASAP and get me an A/T tire but then I will sacrifice my look
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I bought Nitto Mud Grapplers... they seem really heavy but look awesome. Anyone know of better looking, lighter tires?
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Falken Wildpeak AT3W. Got these for my Rubicon about 3 months ago. Instantly noticed a big positive with the ride and drivability from the BFG Mud Terrains. They are not supper heavy, "snowflake" rated, and very quiet. Haven't have them buried in the mud yet, but they have done great in the rain and trails, etc. They were relatively cheap too!
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The tread design of Trail Grapplers looks aggressive. These tires are still quiet and smooth on the highway.

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