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Re: O/T Super Swamper Thornbirds.
Honest opinion? Thornbirds do one thing very well: they look good. As far as performance goes....the only "All Terrain" tire that I've seen get stuck more was the original Goodyear Wrangler AT. Now I've never owned a set of Thornbirds (I've had several sets of the Wranglers, back when I was a kid and didn't know any better) but I've pulled out several guys that have, and wheeled around others. They don't seem to clear very well at all. Also, they have no siping, and don't do well on ice or wet pavement either. Overall, I think they fall into the realm of "Poser tire".
Now on the other hand, no tire is going to do EVERYTHING well. However, the consensus of this board is that the Goodyear MT/R is about as close to an all-around off-road tire as you can get. They have one big drawback--they are spendy! You might want to look at the BFG AT/KO or MT. Pro-comp makes a decent tire, and of course the rest of Interco's line (swampers and boggers) are excellent if slightly short-lived. There are some off-breed tires that are pretty good as well. I ran Hankooks for about 6 years and was overall very happy with them, except on wet pavement this last year when they were getting very worn. I'm running Trail-mark MTs now, and they are good, and inexpensive.
I'm sure you'll get some other responses to this, but I hate to see anyone shell out the money for a tire that just isn't what it ought to be. Let us know what you decide, and good luck!