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Old June 12th, 2012, 07:56 AM   #1
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Default Duratracs vs BFG AT KO tires. vs Toyo open country

Looking at putting some "aggressive" road tires on the tow rig. I'm looking at roughly $1350 for the BFG's installed and $1470 for the Duratracs installed, $1450 for the Toyo's

Looks like people say the Duratracs have a tendency to wear out quick, especially at highway speeds. They are quiet when they are new, but are very loud as they age.

People claim the BFG's suck in rain, suck in snow, but are quiet and wear great.

Everybody likes the toyos, but the looks are "pussyish". I guess..

Any real world experiences with these tires?
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Old June 12th, 2012, 08:03 AM   #2
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Duratracs aren't bad, really popular in the snow plowing. I have been dd'ing a set for almost two years now. Great wear if you keep the alignment up and rotations. However its difficult to find a set of round ones. I went through a couple to find 4 decent ones. And they still vibrate. My wife has the identical vehicle to mine and I put the ATKOs on hers. While I get better traction, hers runs down the road SO MUCH better then mine and took far less weight then my duratracs. But she has only had them for a couple months.

Cant comment on the toyos, haven't ran those yet. Look at the BFG rugged Terrian TA, kinda a new tire that has a different pattern but still aggressive. I have been running the Mastercraft AT2 on my tow rig and have had awesome treadlife and decent traction.

I worked at goodyear when I bought my tracs, pretty popluar tire, but expensive. Now I am at Belle and still sell a fair amount of them. I've never been a fan of the ATKO's. But they look good on my wifes.
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I have the BFG AT's and LOVE them.
They have 40k miles on them and still have about 50% tread, its unreal.
I have had no problems with them in the rain and they seemed to work great in the snow.
I have 285/75/16's
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Old June 12th, 2012, 08:08 AM   #4
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Duratracs aren't bad, really popular in the snow plowing. I have been dd'ing a set for almost two years now. Great wear if you keep the alignment up and rotations. However its difficult to find a set of round ones. I went through a couple to find 4 decent ones. And they still vibrate. My wife has the identical vehicle to mine and I put the ATKOs on hers. While I get better traction, hers runs down the road SO MUCH better then mine and took far less weight then my duratracs. But she has only had them for a couple months.

Cant comment on the toyos, haven't ran those yet. Look at the BFG rugged Terrian TA, kinda a new tire that has a different pattern but still aggressive. I have been running the Mastercraft AT2 on my tow rig and have had awesome treadlife and decent traction.

I worked at goodyear when I bought my tracs, pretty popluar tire, but expensive. Now I am at Belle and still sell a fair amount of them. I've never been a fan of the ATKO's. But they look good on my wifes.

I didn't price belle! Am I in the same ballpark for pricing as I listed above? LT 275 / 65 R20
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I've run BFGs on a few different vehicles, including my last 2 Chevy 2500HDs (one gas and one diesel). I thought they did pretty well on snow, definitely not a snow tire, but not bad. Seem to do reasonably for a non-snow tire on ice. I didn't have hydroplaning issues in rain, but feel my current LTX MS2's I replaced the BFG ATs with are a bit better with rain. Can't comment on snow since we didn't have enough to say.

They are an overall good tire. I wanted quieter highway ride, so I went with the LTX's; but it was a tough choice to step away from the BFG ATs after all of these years.

I sold my last truck with a set of Toyo A/Ts on it and had run them for 10-15K miles. Quieter than the BFG ATs and seemed to do well in rain. Easier to break traction on snow, but seemed to grip well if you weren't pushing it. At the time they were probably $200 less than the BFG ATs.
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For a big heavy truck I wouldn't fukc around with aggressive tires. Michelin ltx m/s lr e's. When I was slinging tires I heard multiple guys tell me they got 100k miles out of them. Great in the snow and quiet.

I had a set of bfg at's on my s10 blazer and even in 31's they did fine in the snow. When I had duratracs on the wk, I only say snow with them once. As soon as I was home again I swapped them out. However my winter tires were pizza cutter bridgestone at's that did awesome in the snow.
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I put BFG's new design Rugged Terrains on my Dodge PU.

Kind of a hybrid "mall terrain" style AT and sport truck tire. Quiet, wearing well, excellent in rain and what snow they've seen (not a lot).
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I can't speak for the other two, but I have been very happy with the Toyo Open Country tires on my truck. I've had them for roughly 5 years and 60k miles. I will need a set before winter, but I will buy them again.
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I love a bfg at/ko for all around good tire.I feel they work better in snow then some snow tires.I wonder if the people complaining about them in snow and rain switched from a narrower tire,or a snow tire.My exsperience is people usually put bigger tires on their truck then they came with,then complain when it pulls more,or follows the road more.
I have run almost every tire out there and I get the most miles out of bfgs,my km2s have 57,000 miles on them and my freinds keep telling me to buy new,so they can buy mine,they still have 1/3 of there tread.
I was going to try duratracs,but havnt seen my freinds get the miles out of them I know I get out of bfgs.
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Old June 12th, 2012, 10:14 AM   #11
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I didn't price belle! Am I in the same ballpark for pricing as I listed above? LT 275 / 65 R20
I have always bought my tires from Belle. They always have the best price around my area
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Old June 12th, 2012, 10:21 AM   #12
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I had duratracs on my 2006 Silverado I just sold a few months back. I had roughly 20,000 miles on them and kept them rotated and they were great. I would buy a set again in a heart beat, they were great in EVERY element of weather I threw at them. I got a set of 285/75/17's for 1k mounted and out the door at Discount tire off of center road.
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Go with the Michelin tire. They wear great. No road noise and handle Michigan weather excellent. Just replace the tires on my truck with the new ltx m/s2. The set that came off had well over 100k miles on them. They went on when the truck had 30k miles or so and. Ow has 155k.
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Old June 12th, 2012, 10:25 AM   #14
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Bfg at's on my one ton ford and when they wear out ill buy another set for sure. Great tire in my opinion. No problems in the snow and they ride down the road great.
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I have ran the bfg's on numerous rigs and really like them...they are my first choice for tires for my dd.

I am currently running a set of nitto teragrapplers on my dodge and they are a very solid tire. Very quiet and smooth, really awsome in the snow imo....plus they are usually really reasonably priced....i would deffinately reccomend them.
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Old June 12th, 2012, 11:12 AM   #16
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I have the BFG AT's on a few rigs and wouldn't think of putting anything else on my DD/light trail & hunting rigs. They regularly last 60-80k. I run them at Sno-Blind and they work great.
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I put 47k on my last set of BFG AT on my Wrangler, and working at about a 45k pace on the current set. 16-18k miles per year including DD, towing the camper & boat and of course playing in the dirt. Obviously they do not like mud, but I use them just about everywhere else without complaints. Not sure how my C range tires compare to a D or E range tire for durability though.
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I have owned all 3 over the past 10 years. Duratracs hands down in snow and offroad. The other 2 don't even come close. The toyos outlasted the BFG's and were better on the highway. BFG's were great for the price I paid and a good all round tire but simply come in last compared to the other 2. I don't think you could go wrong with any of the three.
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i ran the toyos on my tow rig for a while. they were good in the snow, and quiet on pavement. at about 35k i sold them. had about 1/4 of the tread left. you could get 40k out of them, but they would be totally bald by then. id lean towards the bfg at's, they will be better off road and look good.

i got kelly safari trex on it now. they are still pretty new, but i like them.
look for the highest load capacity possible(3750@80psi). overloaded tires are dangerous.
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