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looking for tires.

if i go with a lift then i would like some bigger tires if they will fit. there are two brands that have really caught my eye. the Dayton Timberline MTs and the Wild Country (cant remember the name, but the mud grip). anybody try any of these out? they look good and seem like they can push through some muck.

also, would these compare to dunlop radial mud rovers?
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I've looked at these off-brand M/T's and of course many of them are made by one of the main players in the tire business, even if it's one of the smaller ones like Kelly Springfield.

My main worry about them is quality control and sidewall strength. When I read about them online it just seems like the results are SO mixed it's hard to tell if they're worth it or not. Sometimes, I think some people just got a bad set of them. Some people rave about them. There's tires called a "Mud King" that are really confusing. That name has been used by a half dozen or more different companies and brands, making it VERY confusing to sort out reviews to determine what to buy.

Good luck figuring out that whole off-brand maze. I never felt like I got all the information I needed which is a shame because you can save quite a bit of money.

You might also want to look at Cooper's off brand called "Mastercraft". The Mastercraft Courser MT is very similar to the Cooper STT and is supposed to be not bad at all. It's another choice. You can see them at http://www.mastercrafttires.com -- look in the Light Truck section.

Mastercraft also has a version of my beloved S/T called the C/T but it's less aggressive in the sidebiters.

Mastercraft dealers are rather thin and sometimes hard to find one near you -- but the website has a locator.
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John "Cooper" Griggs......
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Hey, they pay me to promote them. I'm their "spokes model" -- although it's not MY fault they're sales are going down...
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Get the Timberline MTs
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Who makes them, Will, do you know? They're yet another tire I'll look at too if I can find something out about them, thanks.
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Nevermind -- it's Bridgestone/Firestone that makes them and all the "Dayton" brand tires.
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Why would you ask me john...

I dunno...hahaha
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Ha ha! I asked then said to myself, "Self, why don't you just search instead of wasting somebody elses time?" and I said back, "well, I guess that's a good idea, and it might stop me talking to myself like this" -- and so it just made sense to go look...
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Okay, well here's some information about the "Wild Country" brand.

As it turns out, the company that markets them is called "TBC" with another groupe called "Multi-Mile Tires". But it doesn't end there. The Wild Country tires can be made by Cooper, Goodyear and others! Many of them are put out on contract and those companies (TBC/Multi-Mile) don't make them at all. TBC is responsible for marketing the Cordorvan, Dean and some other brands of tires, as well as the Wild Country stable of tire types.

It's just interesting to think you could buy the "same" tires twice and get tires made by two different manufacturers! It's quite a world out there in "off brand tire land"...

http://www.tbcprivatebrands.com/multimile/

These in particular look pretty interesting, treadwise

http://www.tbcprivatebrands.com/mult...line.asp?id=35

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Dean are private label coopers ....(at least the truck tires are)

Personally If I was going to buy m/t's right now I wouldnt
discount the firestone M/T I was highly impressed with them
The bridgestone version is slightly less aggressive and is designed to
highly reduce road noise.

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Are they made here in the USA?
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Whats wrong with BFG MT's ?
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Probably price, I would guess.
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Hey, they pay me to promote them.
Do they really?!
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I wish! Would I be agonizing about tire prices and brand if they DID?!
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i would go with the bridgestone mts cuz they look really nice but i feel im paying for a name because they look just like many other brands of tires out there and dont offer alternating sidewall lugs(a feature i really admire on my kumhos).

there is actually a mastercraft place that sells, mounts, and all that stuff just down the road a ways and my brother can probably get some hook-ups for me there as he knows some people. i have another friend that is getting mastercraft tires. 35s for 600 something. not bad.

ill have to do some more research and thanks for the help...keep it coming.
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If you want to wait a little bit, i will be selling 5 35x12.50 BFG M/T's on 15x10 rock crawlers in a few months?
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Probably price, I would guess.
Those mastercraft courser MT's don't look bad, they look like they would bit in MUD anyone have them ? How do they do ? and how much are they ?
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They are basically a rebadged Cooper STT radial, with a slightly different tread. Go to their website and find a dealer near you to get your price: http://www.mastercrafttires.com -- I believe there are one or two dealers not too far from you.
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