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Best all around all-terrain tire?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by ToyotaTundraMike, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. Dec 17, 2015 at 1:42 PM
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    So after diggin through the multiple threads including the list of tires, I have narrowed it down to 3 options.

    Going with a 275/70/18 since the suspension is stock.

    BFG A/T KO2
    Goodyear Duratrac
    Cooper ST Maxx

    Not too worried about noise, my main concerns are tread life and performance on wet roads.

    What do you guys think would be the best option?
     
  2. Dec 17, 2015 at 2:02 PM
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    Cooper or Duratracs
     
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    I have heard a lot of good things about both (along with many people saying that the original BFGs are better than the KO2's). Have you had any experience with either of them? Also where do you guys purchase your tires from? Bought my last set locally and saved some $ on shipping, but it was a Toyo Dealer. Not sure if there are any Goodyear or Cooper dealers around.
     
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    i've had duratracs, bfg all-terrain ko's and bfg all-terrain ko2's. the ko2's are the best of all of them for the where i drive which is true 4 season weather.
     
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    I had ko's on my 00' taco and they were great! On the louder side of AT's then I just recently replaced them w/ the ko2's and much more quiet/smoother ride I would say. I will be putting ko2's on the pro as well once I get a new set of wheels.
     
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    Dura Tracs hands down. IMO. Had them on my 09 Tacoma. Drove up and back to AK in 2011. All kinds of road conditions including ice. Best A/T tire I've ever owned and that goes wayyyy back. BP up in Prudhoe Bay used Dura Tracs on their entire fleet of trucks for good reason. 99% most likely my next set of tires for my Tundra.
     
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    love my dura tracs.
     
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    Dura Tracs have rim guards, shoulder tread, a decent A/T tread with very good siping. My Nitto T Grap M/T's were already on my truck. Very good "M/T" tire. They had some siping which disappears soon enough. Great on deep snow. Crappy on ice and wet. My M/T's are very similar to Toyo OC M/T's and the new Cooper Discoverer SST's (which I like) and are pretty much clones of my Nitto M/T's. All three are very high priced. Very high priced. KO's and KO2's are not exactly cheap either, but the KO's, IMO, do not have enough siping to make them very good at all for slick, icy, wet conditions like the aforementioned M/Ts. An A/T should perform well in all conditions, unlike a M/T. Goodyear Dura Tracs are easily in most of our budgets. Some say GD DC's have soft rubber and may not last as some other brands. I say , so what. This subject can be endless. There are so many good tires out there. Go with what you think is best for your needs, driving habits, road conditions, and budget.
     
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    Well I have only had the older all terrains and they were great! But was Christmas shopping today and the mall I was at had a Goodyear store and man I gotta say those duratracs are a very good looking tire! And from all the good things I have read about them its gonna be a hard decision between them and the ko2's when the time comes for tires. I honestly don't think you can go wrong with either so good luck with your decision and keep us posted with what you get and how you like them!
     
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    Agree with all of this but the ko and ko2's aren't good in ice..... Very good tire for the worst of winter driving
     
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    Maybe I can help a bit as I have duratracs on my tundra and St Maxx on my taco.

    Duratracs no doubt will give u excelled traction in anything other than dry conditions. With that softer rubber GY uses you will undoubtedly see shorter life spans... if u see 40k on a set of duratracs your doing pretty darn good. Rotate every 5k miles and keep a good alignment and they'll be your best friends... especially in snow and ice.

    My st maxxs are a much stronger tire, thicker sidewalls and much stiffer rubber compound. I wheel the piss out of my taco so I wanted to try coopers;)
    I have noticed in the snow and ice, they don't do nearly as well as the duratracs due to the lack of siping and rubber compound differences. They aren't noisy at all and seem to wear very well. Again, keep a good alignment and rotate often to keep them round;) in the rain, they do just fine. No complaints there. I would say you will see a bit more life out of the st maxx because the rubber is much stronger...also I'll add they were cheaper than the GY's by a good chunk...

    Bottom line, if you do quite a bit winter driving, duratracs are a no brainer. If u never or rarely see snow and ice... give the st Maxx a try.

    For these reasons above^^^^ I hate bfgs... too expensive, Shitty ass rubber-sucks to balance, and have a tendency to get loud. And traction is anything but impressive. My .02 of course.... lots of different opinions
     
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    Good reviews Jace. This is why I read this site daily! Anyone have any experience with the new sst pro coopers?
     
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    I haven't heard anything bad yet a out them. A few guys on ta coma world are rocking them. Pretty aggressive tire for a mostly road driven tundra tho imo
     
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    @ToyTec Lifts has them on their Tacoma and Tundra. Haven't heard a complaint yet.
     
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    BFG AT KO2 is still on top for me among the tires you mentioned. But I read someone reporting tiny cracks developing on the tires (esp in the grooves), sort of like the stock BFG Rugged Trail that came with my truck. These tiny cracks do not affect the performance of the tires, but . . . Maybe it's just a fluke since I have come too many of these reports.

    The most common complaint I've read about DuraTrac has to do with its sidewall being too soft. But then again, most of these complaints were from Diesel truck owners. Also the compound of DuraTrac seems to be soft as mentioned by several people above.

    People who have ST MAXX seem to love their tires. I've not come across too many negative reviews on it. But then again, that might have to do with fewer of them being around than the other two.

    IMO, you can't go wrong with any of these.
     
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    Thanks for all the great info guys! Still have a few weeks to make a decision but I'm leaning towards the ST Maxx as of now, with Duratracs being a close 2nd. (Being in Florida, I drive in the rain a lot, but never in snow or ice which the Duratracs seem to excel in)
     
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    I haven't really heard anyone talk about them, but Firestone destinations are great tires. I had the Destination A/T's on my f250 powerstroke for years. I know you said you didnt really care about road noise, but these things are quiet. Also pretty aggressive looking depending on the size. Whenever i got into mud at our duck hunting spots, they always cleaned out really well. Just my .2 cents. I will say that mine were D rated, so the were pretty tough.
     
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    I agree with everything you are saying, except about the side walls. I had load range E's on my Taco which was over kill. I'm just wondering. Some folks go cheap, actually buy the wrong tire for their truck. D Tracs side walls were not the issue for me. I did get approx 40K on mine. Most decent A/T's and M/T's don't come with a guaranteed mileage for a reason. I never noticed anything about my D Trac sidewalls. BFG has sold a ton of KO2's since they have come out. I bought my D Tracs when they first came out. Now I see them all over the place.. In Anchorage , 80%+ of the tires I saw were Cooper Discoverer M/T's. It's to hard wear off tread on any tire in the winter there when most of your time is on snow and ice.
     
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