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how bad?

how bad are MTs on the road?

I drive my ranger every day, and often on the highway. once a month I go to the hunt property and the street tires just don't cut it.... I was considering ATs, but found a steal on some BFG MTs new....

obviously for the looks, the more aggressive the better, but... how bad will it really be on the highway/braking/turning?
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My KM2s ride just like the ATs did, its impressive. The only difference is the MTs are louder
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I had the BFG MT KM's LOVED THEM! they were a little tricky in the rain sometimes.. but other then that, they were great.. id say do it!
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Have you looked at the Cooper Discoverer S/T's? Not a street tire, but not a mud terrain.
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It all depends on the tire. The BFG MT's my buddy has on his ram ride really nice.

If its too loud, just turn up the radio
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Mine are great. I'm 50/50 freeway/city and the only difference I noticed was a slight noise increase (hardly noticable) and I can actually go places in rain/snow...
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i have km2s in the 33 inch variety. never regretted them. noise and vibration never seems to be an issue for me. its all worth it.

be prepared for some interesting in the rain though. i always burn through a ****load of gas when it is drizzly out. just goofing off around corners. fun stuff
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and in my experience with tires you get what you pay for. i paid good money for the km2s and they treat me well. Im would expect a cheap mud terrain will ride like crap on the road.
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my KM2's are great on the street. i dont get why everyone says they suck in the rain though, ive not had any issues with lack of wet traction.
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I had the BFG MT KM's LOVED THEM! they were a little tricky in the rain sometimes.. but other then that, they were great.. id say do it!
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Go for it!
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my KM2's are great on the street. i dont get why everyone says they suck in the rain though, ive not had any issues with lack of wet traction.
yeah, mine arent nearly as bad as the kms were. they have a little more siping when newer. it will wear away after the first 4 or 5 32nds of the tread. im guessing they will get worse when that time comes
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my KM2's are great on the street. i dont get why everyone says they suck in the rain though, ive not had any issues with lack of wet traction.
Yeah me too, I've ever tried to slide in the rain but nothing unless i really crank it and hammer on it.
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Yeah me too, I've ever tried to slide in the rain but nothing unless i really crank it and hammer on it.
Yup. I can slide it around in the rain but only when I intend to.
My KM2's have almost 15k miles on them now, still smooth and quiet. Although they did get louder the last time I got them rotated. After looking closely at the tread a couple weeks ago I noticed that the tire shop has only been rotating front to back, and not crossing over side to side at all. This was causing one side of the tread to wear a little more than the other (from acceleration). I expect them to quiet down again after a few more miles. On a related note, why the hell wouldn't a shop rotate side to side at all? The purpose of rotating them is to get them all worn evenly.

If you are worried about rain, get them siped. I have siped a few mud terrains and it makes a world of difference in the rain and snow.
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hmm now I am really considering this...
I can get BFG MT (old style)
32x1150 for $540
33x1050 for $504

I am really tempted for the 32s, my only hesitation is the lack of sipping....
edit: Where could i get them sipped? I know I could get a heated knife and do it myself, but I am thinking that is better left for someone with more experience in tires
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how much does siping cost? i didnt know you could get that done. good advice!
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You can usually get it done at the same place you bought your tires. I think they normally charge like 20 bucks a tire or something like that
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Any tire place should do it, I think I paid $10/tire every time I did it. Just asked them to sipe the center lugs about 1/4" apart.
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BFG M/T and Goodyear MT/R's are the best unsiped tires out there for daily use. I used to hydroplane like crazy on the sets of All Terrains I used to run. You hear bad things about rain + standing water + high speed + mud terrains, but you know what? With my unsiped tires, these things perform WAYYYYY better than some siped all terrains.

I've always ran mudterrains on my trucks, then I got the ranger, ran two sets of all terrains on it, went mud terrain and never looked back.
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BFG M/T and Goodyear MT/R's are the best unsiped tires out there for daily use. I used to hydroplane like crazy on the sets of All Terrains I used to run. You hear bad things about rain + standing water + high speed + mud terrains, but you know what? With my unsiped tires, these things perform WAYYYYY better than some siped all terrains.

I've always ran mudterrains on my trucks, then I got the ranger, ran two sets of all terrains on it, went mud terrain and never looked back.
That was my experience with all terrains too.
The mud terrains cut down through the standing water much better. The only time I can get them to slide is just wet dirty pavement by being heavy on the throttle from a stop. Siping helps that a bit, makes the most difference in snowy/icy roads. Despite lots of rocky gravel roads I never had any real chunking of the tires either.
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no chunking on mine(except the 35" sets I've had that came from trailtrucks. lol), slightly louder as typical with all mud terrains, this past winter had alot of snow and ice driving on MT/R's and was very very very pleased with them even at full air pressure and open differentials.
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my MTRs arent that bad. the way i see it if you are worried about noise stay away from a mud tire.
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What about wear?
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how fast do the mts wear compared to the ATs?

EDIT^^^what he asked...
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Their going to wear faster due to being a softer compound (normally) the BFGs will last 40,000+ miles if you take care of them though. The more you use them offroad the shorter they'll last of course
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The tread depth is a little deeper normally, but they wear a little quicker generally speaking. It all depends.
Some people claim 50k miles from the Toyo M/T's. I don't think I'd get that much out of any tire due to my driving. I almost always sell my tires at around half tread so I couldn't give you a realistic idea. Sometime people leave comments on tirerack about mileage on their tires.
My KM2's have about 15k miles and still look great though.
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