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Old 21 Aug 2008
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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2

Has anyone had any experience with the new KM2 mud terrains from BFG?

also...

Anyone know when (or if) they will be available in the UK?

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John,

Any review of the tires really depends on what use you intend for them, doesn't it? Here in the states I'd wager that MT's see more use on rock trails than in mud, so it depends who you ask.

From my own experience if you plan on a lot of asphalt driving as well (such as with a lot of dual use trucks here in the states) there are better tires than the KM2. The KM2 has a decent mud tread but is loud on the road and doesn't perform well in the wet. I don't know what types of terrain you are planning but the Interco TrXus MT line is very popular here in the USA, as they actually have a slightly more aggressive tread (better in mud) but are quieter on the road, last long, are good in the wet and mud, and also stick like glue on rocks. The KM2's where really designed for the rock crawling crowd and may be too specialized for what you need? Anyway, depends on what vehicle you intend to put them on and where you are going to go, but there are a lot of reviews on the web.

-Cabel

A popular sport here in the Eastern seaboard of the US is "rock crawling" so tire sidewall strength is a big concern. Earlier BFG tires didn't do to well in this area but the KM2's are supposedly much better. It all depends.
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Km2

Thanks Cabel

I am looking for an alternative to all terrains for my toyota (troupie) landcruiser.

The replacements are for next year's trip round Africa. Terrain is a mixture of :

Sand about 10 %
Rough track about 45 %
Mud about 15 %
Tarmac about 30 %

It is immediately obvious that the amount of mud work is small compared with other terrain we will travel on - the problem is finding the right compromise.

Where as muds are pretty poor in sand (until worn down), they are nowhere near as bad as AT's are in mud and wet

(I run AT's on my farm just because they happen to be on the vehicle and find them to be utterly useless in anything but dry, mud free conditions.

The other issue is side wall strength and resistance to puncture from thorns and side wall tear from rock. KM1's and I suspect KM2's are supposed to have tougher side walls and their deep tread helps against acacia thorns etc

I am therefore likely to go with a mud terrain tire (as the better but not perfect compromise) and wanted to know whether the KM2 were worth waiting for.

We used to live on a farm near Kapiri Imposhi in Zambia and used BFG trac edges when we could get them. They too were a bit weak in the side wall but were quite popular. I don’t believe they are made now.

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John
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Hi there

You should also look at Mickey thomson Baja MTZ. They are very popular in Oz. It is an excelent mud tyre, very quiet on the tarmac, and also very good in the rain. We are using them for our trip now (have a look at our site). They are wearing well at the moment. I carry 2 spares, and try to rotate the tyres every 5000 - 8000km for better life.
We also have a troopy, and use the 265/16 (about 32") for the good load carrying ability.

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Thanks Cabel

I am looking for an alternative to all terrains for my toyota (troupie) landcruiser.

The replacements are for next year's trip round Africa. Terrain is a mixture of :

Sand about 10 %
Rough track about 45 %
Mud about 15 %
Tarmac about 30 %

It is immediately obvious that the amount of mud work is small compared with other terrain we will travel on - the problem is finding the right compromise.

Where as muds are pretty poor in sand (until worn down), they are nowhere near as bad as AT's are in mud and wet

(I run AT's on my farm just because they happen to be on the vehicle and find them to be utterly useless in anything but dry, mud free conditions.

The other issue is side wall strength and resistance to puncture from thorns and side wall tear from rock. KM1's and I suspect KM2's are supposed to have tougher side walls and their deep tread helps against acacia thorns etc

I am therefore likely to go with a mud terrain tire (as the better but not perfect compromise) and wanted to know whether the KM2 were worth waiting for.

We used to live on a farm near Kapiri Imposhi in Zambia and used BFG trac edges when we could get them. They too were a bit weak in the side wall but were quite popular. I don’t believe they are made now.

Cheers

John

There is another big plus to the M/T's, that is that they last much longer on rough stoney tracks because the solid blocks do not tear off as easily as the A/T water discharged serrated blocks.

That M/T's are very poor in the sand is to M.O. not true. Driving with 10 identical Cruisers, 7 on M/T and 3 on A/T there was no noticable difference. Driver skills are much much more important!

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Noel
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MTs good on sand?

hanks all

Noel - your comment about MTs being good in sand is most interesting.

A friend of mine was traveling the dunes in Tunisia last year on brand new MT's.

He had changed from ATs and found no detectable difference.

If this is the case, MTs get the thumbs up from me and ATs get a very definite thumbs down ( I always thought they were only a glorified road tire anyway!).

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Mickey thomson Baja MTZ

Hi there Pumbaa

Like your website and the car!

The Mickey thomson Baja MTZ look like a good choice - thanks for the feed back

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