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I've been looking for tires to put on my ranger but im not sure what to look for. I would like to have 33in height, 10-12in width, and a 15-16in rim. I plan on doing off-roading with it and go up in the mountains when it snows (snowboarding). Anyone have any brands or websites I should look at.
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i myself like bf goodrichs their all terrains are pretty good in the snow and arn't to bad in on trails
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The BFG All Terrain is great in the snow, and if they are aired down, and not used in mud, then they are good trail tires too.
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The BFG All Terrain is great in the snow, and if they are aired down, and not used in mud, then they are good trail tires too.
yeah as soon as you hit some thick mud they turn into slicks
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what are you wanting to spend. if you wanna spend some cash then get BFG KM2s. i personally have maxxis bighorns in a 33.12.50 and love em. havnt been muddin yet but i can tell a difference between them and street tires. have no trouble in 2wd goin up steep hills when its wet like i did before i got em. but to be honest, i think most offroad tires are about the same and perform the same. some just look diff than others and are diff brands. unless your a pro offroad racer or are a big enthisist i see no need in spending 3-400 a tire for toyo open countrys or mickey thompsons. i good ol maxxis, dayton timberline, or mastercraft M/T is just as good for a lesser price. there used to be alot more private labels that goodyear and a couple other companies had but had to dispose of due to this **** hole economy. the more expensive tires just look kooler, thats about it IMO
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Well you didn't tell us anything about your truck.
Assuming you have a 98-current 4x4 with no lift, I'd go with 15x7's and 33x10.50R15 BFG mud terrains, with the center treads siped.
Or 32x11.50R15's on 15x8's.

If you are lifted (body lift or suspension lift) run 33x12.50's on 15x8's.

Another good tire I had was Cooper STT mud terrains, but would be much better with the center lugs siped. Plenty of times out in the mountains in Oregon plowing through 12-18" of snow with no problems. Good in the mud, snow, sand, etc. A little slick on very light snow, but siped treads would help.
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i like my bighorns. great tiire offroad for the price. and on the road theyre alright.
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Well you didn't tell us anything about your truck.
Assuming you have a 98-current 4x4 with no lift, I'd go with 15x7's and 33x10.50R15 BFG mud terrains, with the center treads siped.
Or 32x11.50R15's on 15x8's.

If you are lifted (body lift or suspension lift) run 33x12.50's on 15x8's.

Another good tire I had was Cooper STT mud terrains, but would be much better with the center lugs siped. Plenty of times out in the mountains in Oregon plowing through 12-18" of snow with no problems. Good in the mud, snow, sand, etc. A little slick on very light snow, but siped treads would help.
its a 2003 ford ranger edge. I will be putting a 3inch body lift on it. im trying to keep the cost as low as possible but still get good quality out of it.
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Since you'll be going snow where peopel are snowboarding - you wont want All Terrains, as they will pack with snow in a heartbeat and turn into racing slicks out there - you'll need something that cleans well with semi-deep grooves...


I might recommend the tires I have on my truck - Dick Cepek Mud Country Radials - they clean fantastically, and I enver had any traction issues in the snow at all - open differential and I was plowing through 2 and a half feet of snow in the driveway without a problem.
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I live in Seattle so the snow isnt to much of an issue. I was thinking toyo open country MT.
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I haven't checked in a long time, but when I looked at Toyo M/Ts last the only 33" option for 15" wheel was a 33x13.50. Or a 285/76/16.
They will be fine in the snow, but have the center treads siped. Honestly it makes a HUGE difference on mud terrains in the snow.
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since your goin cheap then a bighorn is a good choice. i paid 169 a tire and 129 a wheel for a total of $1337.00 for 4 wheels and tires, lugs, polish valve stem covers, mounted, balanced, and installed. plus free rotation every 6k miles. the tires were 33x12.50x15 on polished 15" ultra type 164s. the wheels are pretty much like the mickey thompson classic IIs or american racing bajas.
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I love my BFG Mud Terrain KM's. If you can find them they are great as BFG does not make them anymore. Bighorns or toyos are also great tires.
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I love my BFG Mud Terrain KM's. If you can find them they are great as BFG does not make them anymore. Bighorns or toyos are also great tires.
If you are looking for the KMs check Costco. I took a look in the system the other day and it didnt say they were deleted yet. They may be able to special order them for you.
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If you are looking for the KMs check Costco. I took a look in the system the other day and it didnt say they were deleted yet. They may be able to special order them for you.
yeah you can still get them, theyre out there, but i got my KM2's for the same price i could have gotten the KM's for and IMO the KM2's are a better tire.
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yeah you can still get them, theyre out there, but i got my KM2's for the same price i could have gotten the KM's for and IMO the KM2's are a better tire.
the KM2 is more of a crawler tire. Its a bit softer rubber and more aggressive. The KMs are better for on road use, as far as wear and noise go.
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the KM2 is more of a crawler tire. Its a bit softer rubber and more aggressive. The KMs are better for on road use, as far as wear and noise go.
Man your full of fail.

Everyone I have talked to that has owned both the KM's and KM2's have said the 2's are 1000x quieter on the road.

I have a buddy who ran both on his dodge, and the KM2's have out performed the originals in every way.
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Man your full of fail.

Everyone I have talked to that has owned both the KM's and KM2's have said the 2's are 1000x quieter on the road.

I have a buddy who ran both on his dodge, and the KM2's have out performed the originals in every way.
X2 not a crawler tire at all and mine are a ton quieter than the KM's on my neighbors dodge.
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Man your full of fail.

Everyone I have talked to that has owned both the KM's and KM2's have said the 2's are 1000x quieter on the road.

I have a buddy who ran both on his dodge, and the KM2's have out performed the originals in every way.
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There is a reason for evolution of tires. Version 2 is probably better than version 1 with its old antiquated design.
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another vote for BFG KM2's! I have heard almost nothing nothing negative about this tire except the supposed weak side walls... i have my doubts about the validity of that claim. Just get 'em!
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Look at some 255/85/16 BFGoodrich KM2's.
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thanks for the input, Its all helping a lot.
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if the truck is 4.10 gears i wouldnt go bigger than 32s but thats me
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Man your full of fail.

Everyone I have talked to that has owned both the KM's and KM2's have said the 2's are 1000x quieter on the road.

I have a buddy who ran both on his dodge, and the KM2's have out performed the originals in every way.
You sir do not know what you are talking about. Ok the noise thing was a guess based on how different rubber compounds effect the noise a tire makes. I have no on road experience with either of those tires. And yes the KM2 is a softer tire.

As for new tires being better then the last, yes that is true, but they are not always better in all situations. Just because its a new design doesnt mean that its going to be better on road and off road. They build these tires for off-road use, not your mall-crawler.

Taken directly from BFG's website "Krawler-inspired tread design for incredible off road performance. Large sidewall lugs add muscle to the sidewall and improve traction in soft soil conditions" So you mean to tell me that its not a crawler based tire. Here look at some pics:

See any similarities?

BFG Krawler


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You sir do not know what you are talking about. Ok the noise thing was a guess based on how different rubber compounds effect the noise a tire makes. I have no on road experience with either of those tires. And yes the KM2 is a softer tire.

As for new tires being better then the last, yes that is true, but they are not always better in all situations. Just because its a new design doesnt mean that its going to be better on road and off road. They build these tires for off-road use, not your mall-crawler.

Taken directly from BFG's website "Krawler-inspired tread design for incredible off road performance. Large sidewall lugs add muscle to the sidewall and improve traction in soft soil conditions" So you mean to tell me that its not a crawler based tire. Here look at some pics:

See any similarities?

BFG Krawler


KM2

youre getting crawler based tire, and crawler based tread design mixed up. yeah the tread pattern is simular, but thats where it ends, the compound is no softer than than old KM's and the road manners are much improved over the old design. take it from someone whos run both the KM2's and the old KM's, the new design is a MUCH better tire than the old design.
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