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Old 05-13-2017, 05:44 PM
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Duratracs or K02's for a pavement princess?

Hey peeps. I own a JKUR and it's 95% driven on pavement. I'm undecided on duratracs or K02 for this type of driving.

What do you suggest?

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Both of those tires are great for all around driving. You really can't go wrong with either of them.

FWIW, my wife thinks the Duratracs are as quiet and smooth as the street SRA's I had previously.

The KO2 is heavier and has stronger/thicker sidewalls. That might equate to a stiffer ride.

Of course, there are better pavement only tires but if you want an AT the KO2 and Duratrac are good choices.

I'd go with the tire that is less expensive and/or better looking in your opinion.

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My KO2s don't have a long tread life on my JK. I'm just at 29k and already shopping for new tires.
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Hey peeps. I own a JKUR and it's 95% driven on pavement. I'm undecided on duratracs or K02 for this type of driving.

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Nitto Ridge Grapplers. . Or Toyo RT's.

But definitely KO2's over Duratrac's. Duratrac's get noisy over time.
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Hey peeps. I own a JKUR and it's 95% driven on pavement. I'm undecided on duratracs or K02 for this type of driving.

What do you suggest?
Although I did not choose them for the same reason that you are deciding between these two tires, here is an image of the KO2s that I just had mounted on my Rubicon. They are 255/70/18.

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Nitto Ridge Grapplers. . Or Toyo RT's.

But definitely KO2's over Duratrac's. Duratrac's get noisy over time.
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My used JK cam with new Toyo RT's. 10 ply. Even at 34 PSI the ride is a little rough. Look for a C or D with a 44 psi and softer sidewall.
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The Ridge Grapplers are available in a C rating...

But if it's truly a "pavement princess", consider a P rated tire. The best one I know is the Toyo ATII.
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Nitto Ridge Grapplers. . Or Toyo RT's.

But definitely KO2's over Duratrac's. Duratrac's get noisy over time.
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I can attest to this. I had a set of 265/70/17 load C's I just got rid of after running them for 42K and they still had around 8/32's average tread left but they howled like crazy. I really started wondering if my bearings were going until I realized it was probably the tires. They also were starting to have traction problems in the rain strangely enough.
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I can attest to this. I had a set of 265/70/17 load C's I just got rid of after running them for 42K and they still had around 8/32's average tread left but they howled like crazy. I really started wondering if my bearings were going until I realized it was probably the tires. They also were starting to have traction problems in the rain strangely enough.
Another testament to getting noisy as they wear! I have 255/75-17 Load C Duratracs with about 21,000 miles on them. Plenty of tread but wow they're getting loud! 5 tire rotation every 5k, PSI at 32...just think it's the nature of the tire. Looking at the Ridge grapplers next.
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K02's get my vote! Can't go wrong with them. plus they have more of a sidewall. So better for the 5% off road!
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Don't have any experience with the Duratracs, but I drive over 100 miles round trip for work every day on 35 inch KO2s and they have been perfect.
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I ran 35" Duratracs for 4 years on my 2012 JKU, I loved them. They were awesome in the rain, got me through a surprise snow storm up the mountain and rode really nice. I have heard people say they thought they were noisy, that wasn't my experience at all. I asked a couple people that rode with me and they didn't think so either. I did keep them at 28-30 psi, they felt like they wandered a bit if there was much more than that in them. If they made a 37 I would swap them for my MTR's when I'm using it as my dd.
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I have the stock rubicon MT on right now and don't find them overly noisy. It doesn't bother me. It's slightly bumpy though. I think an overall smoother ride would make me happier.

Thanks for all the input so far.
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KO2. I've had both
35" Duratracs (after about 10k miles) took way too much weight to balance for my liking. Able to sell them and moved to my current 37" KO2's. Great tires and takes almost nothing to balance.
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My KO2s don't have a long tread life on my JK. I'm just at 29k and already shopping for new tires.
I'm at 33k on mine. By the looks of things, I will be exceeding the 60k territory and then some with the KO2's. I do 5 tire rotations at every oil change interval.
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Just put Michelin Defender LTX M/S on my JK. Couldn't be happier. Ride great. Smooth and quiet. Much better on wet roads. Would do it again. No complaints.
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I have the stock rubicon MT on right now and don't find them overly noisy. It doesn't bother me. It's slightly bumpy though. I think an overall smoother ride would make me happier.

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My OEM BFG KM mud terrains got crazy loud after their first rotation at 4500 miles. 600 miles later, they still suck. Forced an immediate purchase. Picked KO2. they will be delivered tomorrow.
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I have the stock rubicon MT on right now and don't find them overly noisy. It doesn't bother me. It's slightly bumpy though. I think an overall smoother ride would make me happier.

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My OEM BFG KM mud terrains got crazy loud after their first rotation at 4500 miles. 600 miles later, they still suck. Forced an immediate purchase. Picked KO2. they will be delivered tomorrow.

Let me know how they go
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My DT tires now have 50K on them and look like they will go another 50K. These have been the best tires I have ever owned by far. They are to me very quiet for an aggressive looking tire, much quieter than the stock BFG's that I took off at 30K more than half wore out. I also get more wander on the road than stock, but I think the width of the new tire/wheels has more to do with that.
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First-time Jeeper as of last spring, so I don't have a personal history to compare tires for you, but I chose the DuraTracs last year after reading reviews on this forum. I have 33" tires on 16" wheels. I drive mostly on pavement in the DC Area, but take to the woods/fire roads near the family farm in the hills/mountains of WV whenever I can. I have 8k miles on them, have been very happy with them so far, ride and noise has not been an issue from my perspective especially considering how aggressive the tread pattern is.

Note that I still have the stock suspension and in order to prevent any tire rub on the plastic air dam that is under the radiator/engine compartment when have steering wheels turned to max left/right, I did have to trim a very small sliver (and I mean VERY small sliver, maybe 1/4" x 2" sliver) from the plastic air dam where it was making contact...took no longer than a minute to do on each side and I have had no rubbing since. Even taking it on a "beginners" off-road venture last spring with an awesome group from NoVa Jeepers in the George Washington National Forest I had no rubbing at all.

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I'm new to the jeep world, we just picked up an 08 JK for my teenage daughter. I put Michelin LTX AT2 on it and the ride is very good and safe which is what I wanted for my daughter.

I've had the Duratracs LT 275/65R20 and now the KO2 LT 275/60R20 both on my F150. I would say the both are good tires and while they are not terribly noisy they will make more noise than stock. I would give the edge to the KO2 on the pavement and the edge to the Duratrac off road.

The KO2 feels as solid and any street tire and pretty smooth on the road in all conditions I experience, I can't comment on snow since I am in Mississippi. Off road they handle most everything as well as any AT except mud, they tend to slick over and not clean out well.

The Duratrac has a little more noise IMO and handles pavement pretty good. I never felt unsafe with it but it really does not feel like a street tire. Off road it is excellent in all conditions and while not a true mud tire it comes about as close as any AT tire I have ever run. It cleans out pretty well in mud and gives good traction.

I got very good wear with both and would not hesitate to purchase either one again.
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My KO2s don't have a long tread life on my JK. I'm just at 29k and already shopping for new tires.
I'm looking to come in right around 53k on mine with 5 tire rotations and 2-3 wheeling trips per month
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My DT tires now have 50K on them and look like they will go another 50K. These have been the best tires I have ever owned by far. They are to me very quiet for an aggressive looking tire, much quieter than the stock BFG's that I took off at 30K more than half wore out. I also get more wander on the road than stock, but I think the width of the new tire/wheels has more to do with that.
My wandering issues with them was due to tire pressure. I kept playing with it and finally found the sweet spot at 28. But that's just my experience.
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Why not these? No cool looking side biters but great road manners, great rain driving, cheap as heck, and available up to 37 x12.5!

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My OEM BFG KM mud terrains got crazy loud after their first rotation at 4500 miles. 600 miles later, they still suck. Forced an immediate purchase. Picked KO2. they will be delivered tomorrow.
Presently at 30k miles on my oem RHR tires

Mine also would get loud after every rotation however they would slowly quiet down a little. But yes still noisy

At around 25K miles under 10mph you feel every tread block hit the road... pretty amazing how poor the oem tires are, Jeep must of got a great price on them!!

I am going with nitto ridge grapplers, hopefully order in a week or two
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Run my KO2's at 28PSI. Only complaint I have with them is that they are a bit stiff, but I'm still running stock bumpers. I think the added weight from aftermarket bumpers Will make the ride a bit more smooth due to them being E-rated.
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Although I do not like the new KO2 as much as the old KO, i believe they are a GREAT tire and super smooth on the road... My Recommendation, DO NOT GET E rated ANYTHING, i was lucky enough to find out that the Ford Raptor uses a C rated 35, they are VASTLY more comfortable than the E rated 285/70/17's i had prior... The duratrac is a more aggressive tire and will be louder, but they are still a very steerable tire, nothing like the KM1.
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Presently at 30k miles on my oem RHR tires

Mine also would get loud after every rotation however they would slowly quiet down a little. But yes still noisy

At around 25K miles under 10mph you feel every tread block hit the road... pretty amazing how poor the oem tires are, Jeep must of got a great price on them!!

I am going with nitto ridge grapplers, hopefully order in a week or two
I'm going to bet you won't be disappointed with the Ridge Grapplers. It's today's stand out A/T tire.
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