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Hi, I am in the market for some tires and I'm having a hard time deciding what to get. I have a Kia Sportage with a 2.5 inch suspension lift by Eibach and a 1.5 inch custom body lift and 1 inch Suzuki Samurai wheel spacers by Spidertrax, and I'm currently running 215/75/15 AT tires that are about 28 inches in diameter and about 8.5 inches wide. They look way to small now with all the lift, they were fine when it was stock. I know I can easily fit 30x9.5-15 tires but I will probably try to fit 31's, I am almost positive they will fit. My question is, I want to get some mudders but this is my daily driver. I am lookin at the Super Swamper TSL Radials, but I am worried whether they will wear out fast since I have to drive my rig to work every day. I am also considering BFG MT's, or possible some mud terrain tires from Hi-Tec Retreads. The thing that attracts me about the retreads is it will only cost me about 320 bucks to buy 5 and have them mounted and balanced. Anyway just wanted to see what you guys think.
 

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BFG's and welcome <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0">
 

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I posted the following in another forum this morning in a Q about AT vs. MT tires on daily drivers:


"If you're going to spend any time at all in mud, you're gonna want some "MT" type tires. They won't be as good on the street as "AT's" will, but they'll make the difference between being stuck & not being stuck an AWFUL lot of the time in mud. There are a number of good & bad choices out there. I have experience with 4 radial "MT's" as well as bias Swampers (you don't want those - I trailer my Swamper-clad machine).

Here are the 4 I have experience with:
BFG MT
Cooper Discoverer STT
Uniroyal Laredo MT
General Grabber MT

Pavement noise
1st - tie BFG & Uniroyal
2nd General
3rd Cooper

Pavement handling
1st - tie BFG & Cooper
2nd General
very distant 3rd Uniroyal

Mud
4-way tie

Snow
1st Cooper
2nd Uniroyal
BFG & General I have not run in snow

Life expectancy
1st Cooper
2nd - tie BFG & Uniroyal
3rd General

Price
1st General
2nd Cooper
3rd Uniroyal
4th BFG (distant 4th for 16" sizes)

My overall pick - Cooper. The only downside of this tire is the extra noise. And I don't find that to be objectionable (one extra notch on the stereo). But, if you're extremely sensitive to noise, go ahead & pay extra for the BFG's. Grabbers are usually dirt cheap, but you're getting a somewhat lesser quality tire in my experience. The Uniroyals are good in all ways except pavement handling, but they're SO BAD in that area that I cannot recommend this tire to anyone.

There are several other choices out there, many of which I'm sure are very good. But, that's my $.02 on these 4. And again, whatever you get, I don't think you'll regret going with an MT over an AT since you play in mud.

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Thanks for the help and the welcome <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> I'm very surprised nobody has flamed me yet though. When I went to Fly-N-Hi to see if I could get some lift blocks from them they treated me like crap and told me I was crazy for wanting to do anything with a Sportage, then they just left the room and wouldn't talk to me.
 

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damn newbie wants to lift a sportage what an idiot. burn it now. <IMG SRC="smilies/pissed.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/pissed.gif" border="0">
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ok there is your flamage
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I personally ran a set of 33x12.50 TSL radials and got 45,000 miles out of them with even tread wear -and not even worn down to the wear bars when I had to retire them due to a rock dash in a sidewall. They were noisy, but rode good, and the soft rubber gripped GREAT in rocks, mud, and especially snow and *ice*.
 

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With the Suzuki being as light as it is you should get some good mileage on BFG Mud Terrain or TSL Swampers. Just rotate and balance regularly.
 

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i would go with the BFG muds! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

i like them good! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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45,000 on swampers? must not have any HP or all snow driving definatley not rockn <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> Ah DRM I havent messed with anyone since ive been on this board. tonight is the start of my vacation so I might as well start <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by spoolnaround:
<STRONG>45,000 on swampers? must not have any HP or all snow driving definatley not rockn <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> Ah DRM I havent messed with anyone since ive been on this board. tonight is the start of my vacation so I might as well start <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"></STRONG>

Hey, surprised me too <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0">

It was on a Toy truck - so light weight helped. I also rotated them every 3k miles (Easy to do) and balanced them 2 times a year. I watched air pressure on the street and always kept them perfect (for best contact patch on my truck). They were wheeled at least once a month (back when I had time to go once a month) and saw lots of road use too (college commute).

Basically, I did everything "right" for these tires, and I was rewarded with super performance out of them.
 

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With the Suzuki being as light as it is you should get some good mileage on BFG Mud Terrain or TSL Swampers. Just rotate and balance regularly.
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I don't have a Suzuki, it's a Kia Sportage, didn't you read my initial post? <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">
 
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