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Best tires I've ever had ..

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Fightnfire, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Jan 18, 2012 at 7:29 AM
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    Fightnfire

    Fightnfire [OP] Recklessly tired

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    How come everyone's current tire is their favorite? Is it pride of ownership? Or are they actually the best you have ever had ...

    For me:

    The best MT I ever ran was the Les Schwab brand Wild Country MT. They had to tread patterns, the older non lightning tread looking one was the best. Amazing how sticky those tires were in deep snow/ice. Downside, they struggled to get 25k.

    For AT I would say it's a close call ... either the Toyo Open Country AT or the Falken High Country I run now. The Toyo's are better on the road, the Falkens are better in the snow.

    Next: Considering the Cooper ST Maxx, Duratracs or Hankook Dynapro ATM

    When you really think about it, off road, on road, cost etc. What are the best tires you have run, both MT and AT.

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    Bighorns
    BFG KM 1's
    Cooper Discoverer ST

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    Yokohama Geolander
    Michelin LTX (best on road and wet AT, no mud)
    Hankook Dynapro ATM
     
  2. Jan 18, 2012 at 7:31 AM
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    Chipskip

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    I LOVED the old Yokohama Super Diggers. It was the only thing I ran on my first Taco. $99 a tire at Costco.

    ....the good old days.....
     
  3. Jan 18, 2012 at 7:35 AM
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    Fightnfire

    Fightnfire [OP] Recklessly tired

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    I see the logic but in reality who can afford to swap tires that often? Plus doesn't it also take quite a few miles to determine the best? Everyone I know has had tires on their truck that weren't quite as good as the last set. Altho this usually happens when reflecting back, no one likes to admit their current tire isn't as good as the last one :p
     
  4. Jan 18, 2012 at 7:36 AM
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    I reallllly like my bighorns :cool: they are monsters in the deep mud and snow
     
  5. Jan 18, 2012 at 7:36 AM
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    I keep seeing more opinions that make me want to get the falkens for my next set. Plus the 285/75s are only 150 each.
     
  6. Jan 18, 2012 at 7:51 AM
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    Pugga

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    I've had great luck with Cooper tires. I went from the ATR to the AT3. So far, the AT3 seems to be a better all around tire, quieter, wears well and does excellent in dirt and mud but I think the ATR has them beat in snow (although I haven't really been able to get into much snow this year with the AT3s).
     
  7. Jan 18, 2012 at 7:56 AM
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    My BFG KM 1's
     
  8. Jan 18, 2012 at 7:58 AM
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    Pugga, I'd love to hear back when you get them in some snow. Just at first glance I didn't think they were aggressive enough for me when compared to the St Maxx or a Duratrac etc. But, I keep hearing that they are performing really well. I read a couple of reviews from magazines that have them being better than the BFG AT KO off road.
     
  9. Jan 18, 2012 at 8:02 AM
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    I'd love to get some snow and be able to tell you about them! We got a couple inches in October and a dusting the other night but right now my lawn is bare (actually muddy). :(

    There are quite a few members running these tires, hopefully some of the live where there is actually snow falling!
     
  10. Jan 18, 2012 at 8:04 AM
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  11. Jan 18, 2012 at 8:05 AM
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    In looking at the Bighorns MT they are identical to the Wild Country MT I mentioned, same pattern depth and layout. For some reason those things grabbed crazy in the snow.
     
  12. Jan 18, 2012 at 8:09 AM
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    My favorite ever were the ones i had on my Xterra for like 90,000 miles. they were cooper discoverer st. those were fucking gnarly tires. they took beatings and still kept going. they gave all the off road traction i needed and a pretty good on road ride. now later on in their life they liked to sing but not overwhelming by anymeans
     
  13. Jan 18, 2012 at 8:19 AM
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    i hear great things about these, the commercial ambulance companies and local F.D. runs these. so i think that says something
     
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    I tend to agree. Also, by the time everyone gets new tires the current ones are typically much more worn. They put a new set on and are amazed at how well they do when compared to the AT they just replaced that had 40k miles on it.

    The comparison should be over the life of the tire.
     
  15. Jan 18, 2012 at 8:28 AM
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    night and day difference between ATR's and BFG AT KO's, i had the ATR's in 265/70/16 for about 25k and they held their tread okay, the BFG's are 285/75/16, lost a little power, and i only have about 5k on these tires, but they destroy the ATR's in mud and dirt
     
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    i ran maxxis bighorns on my jeep rubicon. i loved them for about the first year. they were great in rock and snow, in fact, when i would go winter wheeling with my club, i would be one of a very few who could climb certain steep snowy/icy trails and it was pretty much solely due to the tires, because everyone had lockers. my bitch with them came after about 12-15K, they just didn't wear well, and by about 20K they were almost shot. i was really disappointed with that aspect of them. oh and i got them when they first came out, they were a bargain! then they got popular and became just as expensive as everyone else.

    prior to that i ran mtr's (first gen) and i really loved those tires for off road use. their only achilles heel was they did not self clean in mud at all. great for rock and sand. decent in snow, but not as good at the bighorns. were an ok dd tire, but did hum quite a bit. i got way more mileage out of them than the bighorns. i don't know about the newer gen mtr.

    at's i have ran a bunch. nitto terra grappler, mickey thompson atz, kumho road venture at, michelin ltx, bfg at, and now my latest set which are the hankook dynapro atm's on the taco.

    i would give a nod to the mickey thompsons, just because you get about 30% more tread on a set of those tires vs. the others. they ride and perform just as good as any at tire i've ever had, especially in the wet and snow. i wasn't crazy about how they looked on the jeep (not very aggressive) but i would buy them again. i got the hankooks this time mainly because of their price and the reviews of people on this site who run them. i've only got 2000 miles on them so far so i can't really comment yet on their overall performance.
     
  17. Jan 18, 2012 at 8:31 AM
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    Not aggresive, but I'm a big fan of the Michelin LTX MS2 tires. They have great siping and the tread depth is bueno. Good in the snow and the wet traction on pavement is really solid. Quiet too. Mud? Not.
     
  18. Jan 18, 2012 at 8:32 AM
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    Not the ATR, the AT3. It replaced the ATR and is pretty different looking, several sites are giving the nod to the AT3.

    I would agree tho that the ATR was a great road tire, no where near the solid off road AT.
     
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    Agreed, the ATR was an A/T tire for someone like me who spends a lot of time on the highway, will do light trail riding and usually gets into a ton of snow. The ATR wore great for me, at 25k miles I still had over 1/2 of my tread depth left. My biggest gripe was they actually split on the sidewall so I had to get rid of them (Cooper was actually great and warrantied the tires).

    The AT3 seems to be even better on road but much more confident off road. In the little bit of snow we've had, they seem to slip a little easier than the ATRs did but I'm waiting to see how they do in deeper snow.
     
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    I had Michelin tires on the truck when I bought it. They lasted a long time and had a nice smooth ride. I'm currently running Hankook Dynapro ATM rubber and I love them! The tread pattern is aggressive yet they don't roar driving down the highway. They do great in the rain but no snow here so not sure how they will do in snow. I didn't know a lot about the Hankook brand but when the Discount Tires guy had them on his Taco and raved about them, I was sold. And at $140/tire they were much cheaper than BF Goodrich.
     
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