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Old 05-20-2011, 12:43 PM #1
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BFG T/A KO vs Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

Hey guys, I'm needing new shoes (upgrading to 265/75/16) for my 98 T4R 4x4 SR5. Will be upgrading struts/shocks with brembo blanks/hawk pads too. Lifting it a max 3".

I thought I had my mind set on the BFG's but after some more looking came across the DuraTracs. I've read the reviews on TireRack but would like you guys' opinions on pro's/con's and help me decide since I trust you guys more than these surveys.

*I mostly am on pavement but do occasionally get in the dirt on camping trips or fishing.
*Looking for an aggressive style tire
*Don't do much mudding
*Taking a trip from Florida to Maine next month
*Would like a good handling tire on wet/dry surfaces

Please help me out!! Thanks

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T/A KO
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They'll both be fine for you. I think I would give the edge to the DuraTracs in the rain.

I also think the DuraTracs look more aggressive than the KOs.
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I called a local truck shop and he says "woah, you want the Duras - don't you think they're a little too knobby for you?"

I want the knobby/aggressive look, they look good - and if they perform on pavement especially in the rain, it may be the tire for me...

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Those BFGs have a reputation for lasting. I have heard mixed opinions how they perform on wet pavement. The Duratracs haven't been around as long but I have heard only good things about them.
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Just checked out the weights of some tires on TireRack...this might help me make up my mind:
BFG KO = 54lbs
General Grabber AT2 = 57lbs
DuraTrac = 45lbs!!

That 9+lbs will help save some gas money!!!



Good stuff. Anyone else please...
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Now I'm looking at the Goodyear Silent Armor's (#1) and possibly Firestone Destinations (#2) to go with the more economical/performance on pavement.......decisions, decisions. *sigh*
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Ha.

Making a tire decision is tough. You really can't go wrong with any of the tires you've listed. It mostly depends on how aggressive you want to go. Tires can completely change the look of a vehicle.
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The BFGoodrich are load range E which is why they weigh more. I was in the same boat as you a year ago. Ultimately the BFGoodrich won for me because numerous people stated 70 to 80000 miles of use. The Duratracs were to new to get long term reports.
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Cool, I thought I was getting too anal. I've been staring at online tire site for like 4 hours now + all this week. At first I wanted the all aggressive look, thinking I could take a hit in traction with the DuraTracts, but combined with their high price....I'm now thinking Firestone Destinations. They have a moderately aggressive looking tread, are rating very high with tirerack & comments submitted, AND are $567.92 + tax installed from a place just across the street from me..... I figured since I do mostly street driving, I'll sacrifice some looks and go with them.
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I went with the Duratracs, LOVE them! They are an AT that looks like a MT, but they are quiet, handle great in wet and dry, and they are severe winter rated so they are a true 4 season tire. They have surpassed my expectations in every way so far.
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I know how you feel- I'm in the same boat. I did see some BFG T/A KO in load range C the other day on a jeep- I just cant seem to find anyone that has them to price. I also looked at BFG SilentArmor and Firestone Destination AT- all good tires from what I can tell. I gotta try and get tires before this weekend or next weekend at the latest- the desert calls me!

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I loved the looks of the BFG A/T's, but did some research and talking to some shops and went with the Duratracs, they handle great on the road, and very well in the rain (which was my main concern) I've heard many horror stories of BFG's in the rain, also the Duratracs look agressive, they will hum on the road, but nothing that would prevent me from getting another pain, also not sure what type of offroading you do, but I went with C load, and they are less weight than the BFG's. just some things to consider.
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I have the Duratracs on my Jeep (which I wheel with occasionally) and Goodyear Silent Armours on my T4R. The Duratracs are a great tire. They are very quiet for how aggressive they are, they run smooth, and as noted above, they're lightweight. The Silent Armours are again quiter then the Dura's, but are much less aggressive, which should lead to better mpg. either would be a great tire choice. if you're off-roading consists of nothing more than the occasional dirt road, go with the Silent Armour. If you do some trail running, with any sort of mud, go with the Duratrac.

I have no experience at all with the BFG a/t.
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Not sure if I posted or not but 95% will be going with Firestone Destination A/T. Have an incredible rating on TireRack + also from user posts + you can't beat the price at $125/tire. Installed from a shop just across the street from me is $604 out the door with Road Hazard.

Here's a link to their picture...nice tire. We'll try them first, then after they wear out probably will try the Dura's.

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