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Old September 15th, 2005, 01:26 PM
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New tread pattern for BFG MT

While in Moab, I got to see BFGoodrich's new tread pattern for the MT. They look very similar to the Krawler tread, the person who was running them liked them a lot and said they would come in every size the current MT is available in. He said they performed better than the old pattern on everything tested so far but hadn't run them in snow yet. He also said the pattern may change slightly before production starts, but for the most part this is what it should look like. They should be out around Jan./Feb.
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Old September 15th, 2005, 01:29 PM
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Old September 15th, 2005, 02:13 PM
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Any shots of the sidewall? Is it lugged slightly?
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Old September 15th, 2005, 02:34 PM
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look at you always thinking. I didn't take a shot of the side wall; however, I did find a shot I was able to crop in on and enlarge. It does appear that there is a decent tread on the side wall. Sorry for the poor quality and lack of imagery. I also remember one of the other big deals about the tire was an additional ply on the side wall and the core.
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Old September 15th, 2005, 02:38 PM
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Looks an awful lot like the Krawler but with a few more sipes.
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Old September 15th, 2005, 03:03 PM
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and harder compound so it will last longer than 15Kmi on the road.
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Old September 15th, 2005, 04:53 PM
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mmmmm....new tires. We need a Drooling Homer Simpson smiley for this type of stuff.
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Old September 15th, 2005, 06:40 PM
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and harder compound so it will last longer than 15Kmi on the road.
You've had bad luck with the MT? I've gotten over 60K with mine, and they weren't bald when replaced.


As for the new style, can't say I'd like seeing that on my truck everyday. I know, I know, mud tires are for function. But still, they make an impact on the overall appearance of a vehicle. Hopefully the old style won't be discontinued too fast.
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were they on a Defender?
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Old September 15th, 2005, 07:00 PM
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were they on a Defender?
If this question is toward me, yes. In fact, I bought the truck with only 24,000 on the odometer. I don't think the tires were new then, and only two have been replaced since I have owned it. If anything, I ought to buy new ones because they are simply getting old.
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I like it. I just got rid of my BFG AT's and put my MTR's from my RRC on my 90 and bought TSL's for the RRC. But when those MTR's are gone I will get those. I was going to use Nitto Mud Grapplers after the MTR's but those new BFG MT's will probably be a bit less expensive then the Nittos.
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Old September 15th, 2005, 10:49 PM
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Robert, when he said only 15k he wastalking about krawlers, not MT's.
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Old September 15th, 2005, 11:01 PM
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Robert, when he said only 15k he wastalking about krawlers, not MT's.
That makes more sense. Now that I think about it, the krawler had the soft compound for gripping rock surfaces.
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Old September 15th, 2005, 11:17 PM
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I had a set at the shop on a truck bound for parts unknown (really if asked by BFG I didn't) So I had to poke a bit and prod... I'm pretty sure that the next set of tires I get for RT1 will be 37" MT's... Not that the 35" MTRs are doing poorly (except when on wet rocks or mud) but sizes dictate that BFG is usually closer to size and the tread looks like it will work well all around with a bit of additional siping.. The sidewalls showed nice BEEF... Since I've only ruined Swamper radial, Goodyear and Dunlop sidewalls on rock, and never a BFG, I have to think their sidewalls will only get better.. I can only hope the BFGMT compound gets a little softer (couldn't check as I let my durometer in my other pants)

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not a diesel, but it was a defender.
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Old September 16th, 2005, 09:16 AM
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and harder compound so it will last longer than 15Kmi on the road.
You'd probably be lucky to get 5K out of the red labels on the street...I cringe every time I have to drive to the trail on road if I can't trailer. The blue labe krawlers are very streetable and seem to have a similar compound to the MTR. Looks like BFG has a blue labe 39 krawler coming out in a few months as well.

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