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It seems that everyone these days is running BFG M/Ts or Wranglers, Super Swampers, etc. But why do you never see anyone running Bridgestone Dueler M/Ts or Firestone M/Ts? They have good ratings and look like really good offroad tires. And at a place I looked they were both cheaper than the BFG. Any ideas?

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BFG, SS, and Goodyear are more associated with off road races and has a larger selection of sizes to choose from than Bridgestone or Firestone. Also, others might not think you are a wheeler if you use another brand. Similar to school-wrong shoes means you're not in my clique Air Jordans
Just my experience anyway. Is that what everyone else seems to gather?
However, the next set I get will be Bridgestone M/T-last longer on highway travel.
 

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I tnhik it depends on what youre using them for.
The BFG M/T's have a real soft sidewall, and i saw a pic on superford of one, on a rock, with the sidewall folded over top of itself!
the MTR's also have great sidewall protection. Thats mainly why i run em. On the rocks, those sidewalls really help to keep me from cutting a tire up.

Now, i found a set of used General Grabber MT's super cheap. 35s, too! Guy took em off cuz he got 38s. Ended up passing the deal on to 86convert4wd. But the point is, those tires are already cheap, they do great in the mud, and theyre barely louder (if at all) than my MTR's. If i wasnt using my tires on rocks, id probably save some cash and just get a set of those next.
 
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I can't remember but aren't the General Grabbers MT a directional tire? On another note, if I decided to get a directional tire, would I need two spares (one for each side)? I like the Generals and the Ground Hawg but I think I remember they were directional and more "work."
 

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No, theyre kinda like a rip-off of BFG's MT's.
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I dont consider Directionals more work, you just need to get a spare that isnt directional. Like a Procomp M/T to go with their XTerrains, or a Gumbo Mudder to go with GroundHawgs, a TSL to go with a Bogger, etc etc etc
 

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Never even considered it a "clique" thing. If you're out on the trails, you will see the brands mentioned at work. SS is best in the truly muddy stuff (for obvious reasons), BFG/MTR are tough radials that are the best compromise tire for offroading and street driving. Probably wear a little better than the SS too. The bridgestone or Firstone brands are fine, not sure if they have much to offer past 35". And they would likely make a good (and cheaper) compromise tire along the lines of the BFG/MTR
 

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I was running the Deullers(32) until they went bald. Now I am running the Wilderness AT III A/T. they are a bit more agressive than the BFG A/T but not quite the BFG M/T. I bought them because they were the most aggressive A/T I could find and still get a tread life warrenty.
 
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'Cause they're all radials and don't come in sizes bigger than 35. The only radial I kinda-sort-not-really trust is the MT/R, and even that leaves a lot to be desired.

BFGoodrips (excluding the new Krawlers), Firestone (unless you're talking farm implement tires LOL), Bridgestone etc, all too weak for serious trail use
 

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Yep, my Bronco is now rolling on Rockwell 2.5ton axles and 41" Michelin XL's!!

Haha, just kidding. No, those are over at usa6x6, the 12.5R20 XL's that run about 41"x13" on a 20" rim. He's out of them at the moment, but he usually has them with 70-90% tread for $150 each and dirt cheap shipping. They are only rated to 56 mph but keep in mind they are designed to carry 8000 lbs each so I don't know if that speed applies to a Bronco with 1500 lbs on each tire. Surely we could stretch it out to 65 mph, that's not a bad speed. Norm, you wanna buy some and let me know how they do on the highway?
They are load range F so sidewall strength should not be an issue


If you don't wanna go that big, there's also the 11R16 that are ~38.5" tall and narrow, load range E. The XZL line looks to be more all-terrainish and would probably vibrate less at high speeds, at the expense of voids for mud. Being huge radials, all of these will suck up rocks like no other. For those with higher aspirations (NORM!), all these styles are available up to 54" or so.

Here's the ~38.5" version next to a 38" Swamper:
<img src=http://www.garbee.net/~cabell/december/tires/bradcomp1.jpg>
 
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