Featured Tires: BFGoodrich’s All-Terrain T/A® KO2
When you think of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires, you think of toughness and durability. They are after all the tires that invented the all-terrain category, setting the standard for on- and off-road performance. Did you know that the original All-Terrain T/A® KO has been replaced BFG’s All-Terrain T/A® KO2?
According to the manufacturer, the KO2, which is constructed with the patented CoreGuard™ Technology, has a 20% stronger sidewall, 15% more treadlife on asphalt (and 2X more treadlife on gravel), 10% more mud traction, and 19% improved snow traction in comparison to the original KO. When it comes to toughness, traction, and treadlife, this tire is BFGoodrich’s toughest All-Terrain tire ever. It is currently available in 70% of market sizes for light truck application, with more sizes coming in early 2016.
The KO2 is positioned in the BFG product screen between the Rugged Terrain and the Mud-Terrain. The Rugged Terrain tire is built with a more highway friendly (think long mileage and low noise) tread design that can also handle some modest or occasional off-road usage. The Mud-Terrain tire is for the customer that loves getting dirty and takes the concept of off-roading and mudding to new heights. The KO2 does well on the highway and is great for more frequent off-road adventures.
Consumer feedback on the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A® KO2 has been overwhelmingly positive. Most users recognize that it’s an upgrade over the original KO. Competitor tires in this category include the Goodyear Wrangler® All-Terrain Adventure, the Hankook Dynapro ATm (RF10), and the Michelin® LTX® A/T2. With the new KO2, the BFGoodrich brand will continue to be a staple of quality amongst its’ competitors.
One of CJ’s associates was fortunate enough to attend ride and drive training in Vermont, where he drove a Jeep Rubicon through some very rough and rugged terrain. The Rubicon was equipped with a few BFGoodrich tires, including the Rugged Terrain T/A, the All-Terrain T/® KO2, and the Mud-Terrain T/A® KM2. While the Mud-Terrain was meatier, the KO2 did a fantastic job handling the harsh conditions on the rocks, steep and loose inclines and even some mud, while driving in low gear. While all of the tires were very impressive, you got the impression that the highway tread tires would get chewed up quickly in such rough terrain, but the KO2s performed exceptionally well, without any signs of chipping or chucking. Based on our own as well as our customer’s experiences, the new BFG All-Terrain T/A® KO2 is at the top of our recommendation list.
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