Tires - A different approach
As the 31" BFG AT tires that came with my Ranger started getting closer to being worn out I began to think about what to replace them with. I have a set of 32" Procomp MT tires for off-road and I decided I wanted to get something primarily for the pavement.
Initially I decided on Michelin 31-10.5-15 LTX AT tires. They are barely what I consider an AT tire but still have some off-road capability. When it came time to buy them I found out they are being discontinued and are being replace by the AT2. It is not suppose to be available until October and it is slightly smaller in diameter and width.
I searched a little more and settled on the Michelin 31-10.5x15 LTX MS. It has what I consider an aggresive street tread. I was concerned that I would not like the looks of the tire but I was more concerned with driveablity and handling characteristics on pavement and the reviews looked good on those features.
When I picked up the truck after getting the MS tires mounted, I was not disappointed at all. In fact I was very pleased. They by no means have the go anywhere look but the tread is agressive enough that they go well with the truck. As soon as I got in the truck and drove it, I knew I made the right choice. They feel like they were made for my Ranger and they ride very well. I have always felt AT tires are a compromise for road and off-road, a good one but a compromise non-the-less. I now have a situation where I have no compromise for pavement or off-road. Unfortunately, it takes two sets of tires to do this.
2002 FX4 Bright Red Supercab 4.0 SOHC, manual 5-spd & Tcase, 33" BFG MTs, K&N air filter, Modified air box inlet, Gibson SS cat. back exhaust, Bama flash, Hidden Hitch round receiver, Rear helper air springs, Electric trailer brake controller, Line-X bed liner, WAAG bar with KC lights and Wildernest shell.