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looking for new tires...opinions

I'm looking for a set of new tires, 35x12.5 or 13.5 need some opinions though, im debating between the following;

Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ
Dick Cepek Mud Country
Cooper Discoverer STT
Hankook DynaPro MT RT03
Nitto Mud Grapplers


My truck is a DD but i do also like to have fun with it, and i want something meaner looking then the BFG ATs i have now, road noise im really not worried about, my music is too loud to hear it anyways. but does anyone have experience with any of these on road/rain/mud/snow how do they handle? are there some that wear like crap on road, any that will hold up decently? I'm more so leaning towards one of the first three, the other two were kind of after thoughts, and KM2s would be pretty sweet, but not for over $400 a tire, the ones i have listed are all around the same price ($302-$330 per tire) although when i get them i may take a day trip to the states...way cheaper

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My Cooper STTs were a good tire (had them on 98 ranger and 05 sport trac). They worked well in everything, but they weren't great in real light snow. If there was just a dusting they weren't really good, but most any mud terrain will be like that. Having the center tread siped would make a big difference in that though.

The KM2s have been great to me so far. Quieter and smoother than the Cooper STTs from what I remember.

The Nitto Mud Grapplers are not for a daily driver. They are super loud and were very fast. They look cool and I hear they work well, while they last.

Whatever you get, I highly recommend getting them siped. I had a few mud terrains siped down the center tread blocks and it made a world of difference in ice/snow/rain.
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STTs are looking good, thats what im leaning towards, i saw them on crazymikeys old mazda and they looked great and what i heard handled well, but how would i sipe them/know a pattern to do or something, or should the tire place know what to do?
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STTs are looking good, thats what im leaning towards, i saw them on crazymikeys old mazda and they looked great and what i heard handled well, but how would i sipe them/know a pattern to do or something, or should the tire place know what to do?
The tire place would do it. The other sets of mud terrains I had did not have any siping at all, just solid tread blocks like the old BFG mud terrains. I asked the tire shop to sipe the center lugs 1/4" deep and 1/4" apart. They are just horizontal cuts in the tread that give more of a biting edge. I also did this to the last set of "ultra high performance" (as tirerack says) low profile all terrains for the Jetta. They rocked in the snow.

Here, you can see on one of the sets of tires on my ranger. Tires were about 50% worn at this point fyi.

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why not km2s?
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why not km2s?
If you read near the bottom he said they cost about 80 bucks more a tire.

Out of that list I would go with the Dick Cepeks or the MTZs
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on tire rack dick cepeks cost a hell of alot more than the km2s


**** i didnt see he was in canada. but on the us tire rack the km2s are 189 a tire and the dick cepek is 222 and 223 a tire. how far are you from the us boreder maybe have someone in the us buy the tires for you then meet you.

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check out Mastercraft courser MT's
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im debating ordering my tires from tire rack and going over the boarder to one of their supported shops and getting them mounted there that way, no customs at boarder :)
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im debating ordering my tires from tire rack and going over the boarder to one of their supported shops and getting them mounted there that way, no customs at boarder :)
dude that man then you can get km2s for $189 a tire
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then that just may be what i do haha, i think for a 35 here they are over $400 so totally not worth it here, im going to browse their site and see what they got
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holy crap, 35x12.5 KM2s = 189
35x13.5 KM2s = 319
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for sure go to the states to pick them up though, $350 shipping, hah. no thank you

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yeah its a **** load of money for an inch widers the 35s are cheaper than the 33s
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maybe i'll just get some 15x10 rims and that'll make them look better, need to find some nice ones now too
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give me your old stuff?
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haha well i gotta save for the rims and wheels first which could take some time, plus my tires kinda arent round anymore haha
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