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Best mud tire for street driving

I was just wondering what the best tire for performance in the mud and for handling and wear on the street would be. I'm looking at BFG's, Firestone, Goodyear, and super swampers. But I'm open to suggestions. Thanx.
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Pro comp x-terrains are best of both worlds for me. Check them out if you want.

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I was just wondering what the best tire for performance in the mud and for handling and wear on the street would be. I'm looking at BFG's, Firestone, Goodyear, and super swampers. But I'm open to suggestions. Thanx.

First BFG's and the Goodyears are going to be the best. If you want just good looks go with Goodyear. They wear really good and do good off road but they dont do mud too good. BFG wear really good and also will go through more than the Goodyears as far a muddin goes.
Swampers are excellent off road but not on
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I was just wondering what the best tire for performance in the mud and for handling and wear on the street would be. I'm looking at BFG's, Firestone, Goodyear, and super swampers. But I'm open to suggestions. Thanx.
Street tires and mud tires are completely different requirements, so what you are asking for is the best compromise. This will be niether a stellar performer in mud or on the street but should perform adequately enough to get you by with good wear and safety on the stret and not leting you look silly on an easy slightly greasy trail.
My vote is for this compromise is the BFG MT. A compriomise radial tire.

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i have BFG MT's and they're pretty good on the street...they dont have the best wet traction for stop lights, but with the supercharger it's hard to keep any tire from spinning when it's wet

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My BFG MT's have been great to me, no complaints, even on 1000mi trips


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Love my Goodyear MTRs...I have about 10k miles on em and the look pretty much new, some say theyre not so great in the mud, but I have had nooooooooooo problem in mud that other trucks have been buried in. Road manners are OK, about what you woud expect from an MT, and not too noisy, but I must admit that I like the hum of nobby tires goin down the road

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Definitely go with the BFG's. After that Goodyear, Firestone, then Swampers dead last.


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I Like The Dunlop Mud Rovers, Much Cheaper Then All Of The Tires Mentioned So Far, Look Great And Last Long, Decent Highway Ride And Great Off Road.

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Pro comp x-terrains are best of both worlds for me. Check them out if you want.
Do you have any pictures of your setup? I'm actually thinking of running these tires next time around. They get pretty decent reviews, and they are certainly not common around here. The only thing that I'm drawn back about, is that their price generally seems a bit steep. How is the tread life? Any balancing/vibration issues (other than typical M/T vibes)?

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Do you have any pictures of your setup? I'm actually thinking of running these tires next time around. They get pretty decent reviews, and they are certainly not common around here. The only thing that I'm drawn back about, is that their price generally seems a bit steep. How is the tread life? Any balancing/vibration issues (other than typical M/T vibes)?
my buddy has xterrains on his f250 and he gets stuck in stuff that gives me no trouble...they dont clean as well as the BFG MT's and pack up real bad

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Do you have any pictures of your setup? I'm actually thinking of running these tires next time around. They get pretty decent reviews, and they are certainly not common around here. The only thing that I'm drawn back about, is that their price generally seems a bit steep. How is the tread life? Any balancing/vibration issues (other than typical M/T vibes)?
Sure do..i currently have about 13,000 miles on them and show minimal if any wear, i hear people talking about how you have to compromise between street and mud tires when i'm here with mine and the only compromise i feel you have to make is more road noise than stock. I don't notice any difference in handling besides the difference from switching from a 31 to a 35 inch tires on a small truck. the difference is very very minimal besides the extra road noise...i can still weave in a out of traffic as if i still had my stock tires on. All around great tire so far, i really never expected a mud tire to be like this...balenced perfectly and does not give the typical mud tire problems...they may be a little higher priced but if your looking for a mud tire that will perform in the mud and on the highway and look great on your truck at the same time then you'll have to pay a little more...i bought three and got one free, you might want to wait around for a sale like that because pro comp likes to run them often. Anyways you be the judge this is just my openion. It won't let me post any pics, i never did that before but it's giving me a limit of 19.0K and my pic is bigger. I know i'be seen pics larger than that on here before if anyone can help let me know.

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my buddy has xterrains on his f250 and he gets stuck in stuff that gives me no trouble...they dont clean as well as the BFG MT's and pack up real bad
Well they never fail to get me through the thick stuff, maybe it's because my taco is lighter and i'm getting lots better floation than that F-250, unless he's running really really huge tires because that's a really heavy truck! I can clean them out if needed with a little wheel spin, i don't see how you can say they pack up that bad. Anyways I have had lots of experience with mud being from Louisiana and all and feel that this tire is a good compromise between mud tire and street tire, I don't have an ounce of problems with them balancing or wearing unevenly, and that's what the origional post requested, 13,000 miles and holding up great, like i said minimal wear at the most. They are no boggers or ground hawgs but they haven't let me down yet...we'll see how they hold up in the long run as i was skeptical at first when i bought them having no prior experience with them...I'll be upgrading to boggers for my mudding tires when i move back to Louisiana for the simple fact that they are mudding monsters and not much will touch them in the mud...but i'll be running these babies on the street for the plain and simple fact that are trouble free and handle nicely. That's my openion and everyone is entitled to their own.

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I have had BFGs and SSRs, and I would say that the BFGs would be a good compromise. The SSRs are FAR superior to the BFGs and ride about the same, but wear more quickly. Now, my opinion is the cheapest mud tires are the best. Unless you go with swampers. I am looking at buckshots or dunlops. I have had 2 sidewall flats with my BFGs, and that is what they claim is so great about their tires. Might as well save the $$ and get a comparable tire for less. Just my opinion.

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I had the super swamper TrXus tires and the BFG M/T's. The TrXus started out good, but then sucked after about 10,000 miles. The lugs started to seperate from the tires on all four tires. I got them replaced for free and got the BFG's. They were extremely good on the highway for a mudder. I was happy with them. Unfortunatly I didn't get to keep them for their entire lifespan so I don't know how they acted after about 15,000 miles.

A lot of guys like the Goodyear MT/R on here, but I haven't ever had the opportunity to try it....too expensive for me.

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I've had the Pro Comp xterrains and had lots of problems with balancing, getting even wear and extreme vibrations. For me, they worked well on rocks and loose rocks/shale but performed poorly in mud. After 20K miles I switched to BFGs and I could not be happier. I feel the BFGs are superior on road (noise, vibration, handling), on rocks and in mud when compared to the xterrains.
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4Wheel Mag did a 31in mud tire comparison. Same 86 Toyoyta truck and same mud. They would go right next to eack rut to keep equal playing fields so the tires touched fresh mud.
In last were Xterrains and MTR's only went about 16 feet in.
Then they had Trxus and BFG's. Dont recall how far those went but BFG went farther
Also BAJA Claws and TSL Radials went the farthest with the TSL's beating the Claws by a few feet. Both tires went beyond the 50ft mark.

Straigh out of the MAGAZINE so dont bash me saying i dont know what im talking about. I have no experience with these tires....just repeating the results of there test.
I personally have dunlop mud rovers and the have 10000miles on them with 75% tread left on them. Cheap too.

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I'm not bashing you but i can't see how Baha Claws did so much better being that they are so close in design...i was origionally going to buy those tires but went with radial tires for plain and simple reason that I have to use my truck a lot on the highway. I fugired they couldn't perform that much different in the mud being that they have similar tread pattern as the x-terrains. But from my experience like i said these tires perform great in the mud. If you don't believe me anyone is more than welcome to join me if in the area for a day of muddin.

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Bridgestone deullers are the best road mud. I have BFg muds now cause I could get them in 33x10.5-15 and the look cooler. But the Bridgestones where way better on road and rock. Pretty good in mud too. I had MTr's too but they sucked in mud, and where way to noisy, and hard to balance.
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Bridgestone deullers are the best road mud. I have BFg muds now cause I could get them in 33x10.5-15 and the look cooler. But the Bridgestones where way better on road and rock. Pretty good in mud too. I had MTr's too but they sucked in mud, and where way to noisy, and hard to balance.

I've been wanting to try the bridgestones, I haven't heard anything bad about them yet. They are always more expensive then the MTR's though so I keep going with them instead.

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I've been wanting to try the bridgestones, I haven't heard anything bad about them yet. They are always more expensive then the MTR's though so I keep going with them instead.
I am using one as a spare.

To all of you recomending directional tires.. I have them and here is a though...How do I get a matching spare? I don't I have to get something else. If you get 5 non-directionals you can have 5 sets and rotate them into the driving tires. lLonger wear and if you do tear one up on the trail you are not driving with an odd tire to get home. Just a thoought on the good performingBaja claws and the x-terrains.. They ride and drive nice on the stret and mine do very well offroad, but I would not do it again for the above reasons.

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I am using one as a spare.

To all of you recomending directional tires.. I have them and here is a though...How do I get a matching spare? I don't I have to get something else. If you get 5 non-directionals you can have 5 sets and rotate them into the driving tires. lLonger wear and if you do tear one up on the trail you are not driving with an odd tire to get home. Just a thoought on the good performingBaja claws and the x-terrains.. They ride and drive nice on the stret and mine do very well offroad, but I would not do it again for the above reasons.
Which do you have the Baha Claws or the X-Terrains? If you have the Claws how do they handle on the road for you? How do they wear? Banlance well? Bias Belted or Radial? Thanks...just wondering.

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I have the Claw Radials in 33x 12.5. They have been on my truck for almost two years now and I have tons of tread left. I drive rather gently on the street but these have seen a variety of uses, sand, mud, and granite.

They have maintained balnce since new. Like any aggressive tire they will ride rough at low speeds from the lugs, and if you have road irregularities you have to be alert, ones a side lug latches on they like to climb uphill Lets' say if you have rutted pavement from heavy traffic, Hold on to the wheel.

At highway speeds they ride as smooth as an AT but louder. No shimmy or shakes in my experience. Good tires other than the intrinsiclogistical problems of running directionals. If you run gravel or shell road you should use caution with these tires, they pick up golf ball size stones and fling them far. Check them before pavement driving after excursions offroad.

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I have the Claw Radials in 33x 12.5. They have been on my truck for almost two years now and I have tons of tread left. I drive rather gently on the street but these have seen a variety of uses, sand, mud, and granite.

They have maintained balnce since new. Like any aggressive tire they will ride rough at low speeds from the lugs, and if you have road irregularities you have to be alert, ones a side lug latches on they like to climb uphill Lets' say if you have rutted pavement from heavy traffic, Hold on to the wheel.

At highway speeds they ride as smooth as an AT but louder. No shimmy or shakes in my experience. Good tires other than the intrinsiclogistical problems of running directionals. If you run gravel or shell road you should use caution with these tires, they pick up golf ball size stones and fling them far. Check them before pavement driving after excursions offroad.
Sounds exactly like my X-Terrains as far as highway handeling. Thanks a lot thats what iI wanted to know.

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The Pro Comp Mt's Aren't bad either I have 35's on my scout.

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my buddy has xterrains on his f250 and he gets stuck in stuff that gives me no trouble...they dont clean as well as the BFG MT's and pack up real bad

LOL your buddy's truck weighs twice as much as yours, but it's got to be the tires right

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I've been wanting to try the bridgestones, I haven't heard anything bad about them yet. They are always more expensive then the MTR's though so I keep going with them instead.

The Firestone Destination MTs are have basically the same technology as the Bridgestones but they have more aggressive sidewalls. Also they are much cheaper. Neither brand comes larger than 33"...

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