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Old 04-19-2013, 09:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best rock crawling tire?

I need tire advice. Searched and didn't find much.

Im looking at getting some new tires in 37x12.5-17 primarily for rock crawling and trail use. I want radials and these are going on a light 3200 lbs jeep with an 80 wheelbase and beadlocks. This is not a trailered vehicle, I drive it back and forth to Moab (8 hour drive each way) and around Colorado. I'm not super worried about tread life, but stickies that wear out super fast are not a good option.

What do you think about these and why? Just want something that hooks up well in the rocks.

1.BFG KM2
2.Goodyear MTR
3.Irok radials
4.Pitbull rockers

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Irok, Pitbull (close 2nd from what i've seen), MTR, KM2 in order from 1-4
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If I was driving 8 hours then wheeling I'd go
1. Mtrs
2.irok radials
3.km2s
4. Pit bull

I own Mtrs and km2s.
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Goodyeara, the km2's suck

Also consider the cooper stt. A damn good tire both on and off road
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If you drive it don't get interco anything. They have a high defect rate.
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I've ran all the above but the Pitbulls. I'd run a set of Toyo m/t over any of them.
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:55 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I think I'm leaning towards the Iroks of MTR's. Both seem to have good traction, durable sidewalls. I'm sure the MTR's wear better, but the Iroks are a little more aggressive. Also, both of those tires are fairly light as well.
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I run 37" Iroks under the same conditions.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:19 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I run 37" Iroks under the same conditions.
What do you think about them? Are they holding up well (cuts, tears)? How is the wear on the road? Are you happy with the traction?

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Old 04-20-2013, 03:52 PM   #12 (permalink)
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if I were driving 8 minutes in any direction on the road, I'd skip the IROKS.

I dunno about the radials, but ive got a bias ply set and they are a mess on the street.

work pretty good off-road though!
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:14 PM   #13 (permalink)
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If you have been to Moab then you know pretty much any tire does well there.
Lower pressure is where it is at.
Spend your money on beadlocks.
Anything made by Interco is not going to give you alot of road miles.
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That's a good point beadlocks air pressure is huge!I ran toyo MTs forever they amazed me every trip at 3-4psi.I will add I've read alot on tires and I believe (along with many others)Iroks are overrated.They have lost lots of ground in the tire market over last few years.Check out Trailworthy fab they have great prices on 37" Goodyear MTRs not the military Goodyears the actual MTRs.Dirt cheap!!
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The MTR/k do really good in the rocks.
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The MTR/k do really good in the rocks.
Till the side wall lets go
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Till the side wall lets go
Yeah, that seems to be the trade off for some of these tires. I havent lost one yet but know the risk is there.
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I need tire advice. Searched and didn't find much.

Im looking at getting some new tires in 37x12.5-17 primarily for rock crawling and trail use. I want radials and these are going on a light 3200 lbs jeep with an 80 wheelbase and beadlocks. This is not a trailered vehicle, I drive it back and forth to Moab (8 hour drive each way) and around Colorado. I'm not super worried about tread life, but stickies that wear out super fast are not a good option.

What do you think about these and why? Just want something that hooks up well in the rocks.

1.BFG KM2
2.Goodyear MTR
3.Irok radials
4.Pitbull rockers

Thanks
That's one short wheelbase Jeep you got there!
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That's one short wheelbase Jeep you got there!
GPW, MB, CJ-2A, CJ-3A, CJ-3B, M-38 all had stock 80" wheel bases if I remember correctly.
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That's one short wheelbase Jeep you got there!
Yep, stock wheelbase, which is short for 37's! 3200 lbs is REALLY light too for having a V8 and 37's. Most lifted V8 jeeps are way over 4000+ lbs, so this does help some with tread life, obviously heavy rigs eat tires faster.

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Is the MTR sidewall all that weak?
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if I were driving 8 minutes in any direction on the road, I'd skip the IROKS.

I dunno about the radials, but ive got a bias ply set and they are a mess on the street.

work pretty good off-road though!
I had 36" IROKS on my old CJ7 and I agree, they SUCK ASS on the pavement.
My CJ7 was a trailer queen which saw limited road use, which was fortunate since
driving any distance on pavement with the IROKS would have been a nightmare.
They did work extremely well off-road though. For a good combo tire it's hard to
beat the Goodyear MTR. I had those before the IROKS and was very happy with them.
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Is the MTR sidewall all that weak?
I never blew a sidewall in the 6 years I ran them and I did quite a bit of trails with sharp rocks.
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I never blew a sidewall in the 6 years I ran them and I did quite a bit of trails with sharp rocks.
The current MTR hasn't even been out for 6 years? If your talking about the older MTR. Than yes they had a better sidewall. But their no longer available.
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The current MTR hasn't even been out for 6 years? If your talking about the older MTR. Than yes they had a better sidewall. But their no longer available.
Yup, the older MTR. I thought I made that plain in an earlier post. I had the MTRs before I had the IROKS. That would definitely make them the old style MTRs.
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i have 37" irok radials.

will be going to 37" goodyear mtr or pitbull radial rockers.

the iroks are good until about half life or so, then they kinda start to suck. my opinion.
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