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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-15-2000, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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35\" Pro comp or 35\" BFG, your 2 cents please

I got the new 4Wheel parts catalog. Here's the deal, buy 3 Eagle 589's, get one free. Also, you can get 3 Pro Comp 35"MT's and get the fourth free.

I was going to get 35" BFG MT's but is the cost savings worth going with the pro comp's? The only major diff betw the tires is 2ply vs 3 ply sidewalls right?
15x8 rims and the 35" pro comps would run me $690
while the sames rims and the 35" BFG's are $880.

What should I do? Also, 8" or 10" rims. I like the 10's functionally, but 8's look cool.

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Re: 35\" Pro comp or 35\" BFG, your 2 cents please

Not 4WPW is it? I like BFG's personally, have you checked out Sears? They have pretty decent prices on the BFG's and they offer lifetime warranty with balancing. VIP also carries BFG's, but the stores I have seen don't offer the MT's, they also have an awesome warranty, if it goes flat, they repair it. If it can't be repaired, it's replaced, no pro-rating, they also have the lifetime balancing. Try Ron's for tire prices, he often sells Swampers at catalog prices, but no shipping (added tax though), maybe he can get the same deal but without the shipping cost. I'd also run 8" rims, I prefer them over the wider 10".

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BFG\'s don\'t have a 3 ply sidewall!

It is a marketing bag of elephant dung! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]

Sidewall ratings are no longer based on actual sidewall construction.

Their "TriGuard" claims are now based on the fact that these tires have a sidewall that is RATED EQUAL TO a 3 ply sidewall... That doesn't mean they are 3 ply, it means they "claim" that their sidewall has the strength of a 3 ply sidewall tire...

Anyway - BFG's are overpriced and not all that great. Go for the ProComp M/T's and save yourself some money (and from BFG's - with the weakest sidewall I have ever seen)

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Re: BFG\'s don\'t have a 3 ply sidewall!

<font color=purple>I'm with DRM. Personally, I prefer the Cooper STT to the BFG anyway. So, they're not that high on my list. Save some $$$ - BFG's are overrated.</font color=purple>

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Re: 35\" Pro comp or 35\" BFG, your 2 cents please

Tires are always a somewhat controversial subject. I ran BFG MTs last yest, this year am running swamper sxs. Over the last two years I have been wheeling with a lot of guys who run cheaper mud tires - specifically wild cats (which are made by cooper) and mud kings - and the subject of which is more cost effective in the long run is always thrown up.

I've noticed some things:

the cheap tires are by and large bfg mt copies as far as tread pattern are concerned. I was not able to tell any signifigant difference between the copies and the real bfgs are far as how well they went through mud.

The differences were in rubber compound and construction. The copies generally had a different compound, which was sometimes better in a particular terrain, sometimes worse. In constuction, the copies were universally weaker in the sidewalls. This became evident when friends running the copies would get a puncture or slice, and I would not.

Now I run swampers, which have super strong sidewalls. On the last trail I ran, 4 sliced wild cats (coopers), 1 blown bfg bead, I had no problems at all.

I think the pro comps are a little better than the other copies in that they have siping, but I kind of THINK (no direct experience) that they will not stand up to as much sidewall abuse as the real thing. Now for many, this situation never comes up, and my friends (even those that sliced their tires on the last trail) are always pointing out (quite correctly) that if they ruin a tire it only costs them 100$ or less to replace it whereas as I (with swampers) would be looking at 3 times that much..... but so far I haven't even come close to damaging the swamper sidewalls. Did some abuse to the bfgs, but they always pulled through.

So is the (probably) superior strength of the bfg sidewall worth the extra cash? Depends on how likely you are to puncture/slice the tire (where you wheel) and how much confidence you have in your spare, I guess.

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Re: 35\" Pro comp or 35\" BFG, your 2 cents please

nice response chad, is going to be a tough decision to make!

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Re: 35\" Pro comp or 35\" BFG, your 2 cents please

My buddy has been running the 35 procomps for several months now. They have made a believer out of the both of us. For mud traction and daily driving, this seems to be an excellent choice. They are quieter than BFGs on road asnd grip just as well off road. Not too many rocks around here though just mud.

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