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Re: BFG tires?
Tires are strictly a personal choice. Let me put in my 2 cents though:
I've used gumbo mudders, swamper sx's, BFG trail TA, BFG mud TA, and several off brand tires.
If you do any street driving at all, go with a name brand radial.
Don't make the mistake of choosing your tire by following the crowd or by what you think looks "cool", base it on your needs.
That said, you can't go wrong with BFG's. Look at how many people use them.
Mud tires-If you drive more on the street, and do light four wheeling, you may be happier with an all terrain, UNLESS you are one of those individuals that are willing to pay a slightly higher price, put up with more road noise, and less tread life (like me!)for that 5% of the time you are really in the MUD.
As was mentioned before, proper balancing, proper air pressure, frequent rotation, and driving habits have more affect on tire life than actual tire design(of similar tires, obviously we are not comparing swampers to the tires on the neighbor's minivan).
Keep in mind that tires have a limited life. If you are not happy with your choice, don't worry-you'll eventually need new ones anyway. So many tires, so little time!
I feel the tire reviews that are done in the Four Wheeler magazine are pretty accurate.
I've heard good things about the new BFG all terrain KO.
Swampers (either the SX's, SSR's, the regular bias ply, or the radials) are the best choice for somebody who hits the mud a lot. Oops, now I'm getting into opinion. Opinions are great, but watch out for the guy who just bought his first set of mud tires and swears they are the best thing since internal combustion engines. Talk to someone who off-roads frequently and has been for a while, be patient with his old war stories, and listen carefully to his advice.
Greg 89 XJ-stock, 83 CJ-7/4.0HO-t18-d300-locked-2.5" rancho-32 bfg mt, 79 Blazer/454-t400-np205-locked-3/4 ton axles-35 bfg, 67 CJ-5/231-t18-d18-4.88-front disc-rear 11" drum/front locked/30-9.50's