Originally posted by xoc:
It's really simple. BFG AT or MT, or Goodyear MT/R. Don't even bother trying to save money buying anything else.
I don't know if it's that cut and dry........
What about Pro-Comps or Bridgestones? The guys I know running those won't touch BFG with a ten foot pole! And what about offroad tires like Mickey Thompson or Interco. Their sidewalls are much stronger than a BFG or MT/R.
I really like the rim protectors on the KO's and the M/T's. The MT/R seems to be just about the best all-around tire out there. On the downside, the MT/R is prohibitively expensive, and the BFG's sidewalls don't seem to be any stronger than any other light truck tire. My "passenger car" Long Trails have seen a lot of rocky and talus trails where I've seen people changing their slashed BFG KO's or M/T's. MT/R's, however are tires I see on the trails all the time, but rarely, if ever see sidewall tears. On a side note, the Nankangs I ordered definitely seem to have thicker sidewalls than the Dunlop RT's I originally tried to get.
Personally, seems to me most of trail situations come down to the skills of the driver, anyway. Whether someone is trying to get over an obstacle, or avoid puncturing a sidewall, it will come down to which line is picked and how careful the driver is being.
I've already ordered the Nankangs; I guess I'm stuck with them. We'll see whether or not this turns out to be a good deal.
Wish me luck!