This section of the forum seems a little slow. I think I'll spice it up!
I’m looking for a 275-70/18 tire for my LR3. I’m currently running Goodyear Duratracs and have been mostly satisfied with their performance however I have chunked the tread and gouged the sidewalls significantly in 20K miles. I’ve only holed one sidewall (small, plugged) but all of the tires show enough abuse and general wear that it’s time to look for something new.
This is not a daily driver; it’s a trail rig. However, that doesn’t mean it never sees the highway. In fact, it’s common for me to drive it 2 to 8 hours to the trailhead. So while off-road performance it the priority, I don’t want to totally sacrifice on-road manners and noise. That puts me into the aggressive end of the AT or milder end of the MT spectrum.
Since the truck is used in the west, rocks are the norm. I see one or two snow runs a year. Occasionally sand or dunes. Mud – er, maybe if it ever rains in California I’ll have to think about that but for the last couple years not so much.
Since this isn’t a super popular size, I’m somewhat limited for options. Here’s what I’ve found-
New BFG AT KO2
The old BFG AT was much loved, but long in the tooth. The new tire looks promising, but I suspect it’s a bit milder than what I want. Sadly, the KM2 is not available in my size or it would be high on my list. It does have the winter rating like my current Duratracs, so that’s nice, and it would likely have good street manners being a mild AT tread pattern. And BFG has a good reputation for making strong sidewalls.
I’m running this tire now in a 275/65 size. Great snow performance (one of the few actually rated as a winter tire like the BFG above) and decent everywhere else, but the durability leaves something to be desired in the rocks.
Much-loved by the JKO crowd, but I don’t know a lot about it otherwise. Possibly the most expensive option-msrp is almost $100 more than the Duratrac
Nitto Trail Grappler MT
Also an unknown to me; the tread shows little siping so I wonder about wet pavement or snow performance, though the description does specifically say it’s quitter on-road than their full MT tire which seems to indicate at least some semblance of on-road manners
Cooper Discoverer ST-Maxx
I’ve only heard good things about this tire. It looks like a very close match to the Duratracs I’m currently running but should be a bit more durable in the rocks if perhaps a bit less in the snow. Sadly I’m more interested in the STT-Pro but it doesn’t appear to be available in my size.
Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ
Again, I don’t know much about this tire other than it looks to be on the expensive end of the spectrum. The brand as a whole has a good reputation but I don’t know anybody running them.
Toyo Open Country MT
Other than a Nick running these on his RRC who really likes them I haven’t heard good or bad about this tire. It does look to be on the aggressive end, though the marketing material makes it seem like it would be acceptable on the road. Some reviews suggest these don’t hold up long to pavement use though.
Toyo Open Country RT
This is another of the new breed of ‘in between’ AT/MT tires – in other words, on paper it sounds very much like what I’m looking for. But again I don’t know anybody actually running it. Reviews make it sound like a good performer on the street but I hear little about its off-road performance.
And that’s about all I can think of – which now that I look at it is a bigger selection than I expected. Keeping in mind my use as stated at the beginning, any thoughts or suggestions? Any tires you can think of I’ve left off my list?
Please keep in mind that if I don't get adequate responses I'll be forced to start an oil thread. Don't make me do it.