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Anyone ever run these back to back and compare gas milage savings? I'm trying to decide what to get next. I like my MT's on the trail, but I want to do a real cost analysis before I decide. I only wheel once a month or once every other month, so not alot. The terrain here is dirt (slick when wet), and rocks.

So here are the factors:
1 MT cost more up front
2 MT wears out faster, so you buy new ones sooner
3 MT gets worse gas milage which costs more

If the savins of an AT aren't that drastic i'll stick with MT's. I can figure out the first two I just wanted to know numbers on the third. 1, 2, 3 mpg drop from at to mt???

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for the amount you wheel get the all terrains. they work better in real world street conditions like rain and snow than mud terrains. plus you'll get better milage with them because of the tread pattern. smother tread will always give you better mileage.
 

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AT's last longer too - probably a bigger $$ savings...
 

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LavosTRD said:
lol.....i though you were talking about tansmissions
Hehhe Me too when I first saw the thread title...

pdxtaco said:
I only wheel once a month or once every other month, so not alot. The terrain here is dirt (slick when wet), and rocks.
I'd think if you were only up once a month and you have a mix of dirt and rocks that ATs would be what you should buy. I commute 30 miles during the week and go wheeling at least twice a month. I've got ATs and haven't gotten into any trouble in the mud with them at the Azusa Canyon OHV. But then again I stay away from the stuff that gets the full size guys w/44s stuck.
 

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I have had both on the same truck, with the same equipment. I only used the MTs for about 5000 miles on this truck (moved them to another truck), and the other 90K was the same set of AT's. I have another new set of AT's on it again. I did not notice a huge difference in mpg. Maybe 1 at most. However, my truck was brand new when I had the MT's on it, so its hard to say for sure now. The MT will spank the AT in any type of mud for sure. It also looks a little better. However, the AT to me is fine on a daily driver that does not go offroad much. It will save you money for sure as opposed to the MT. In a trail only ride, I would get the MT for sure, but not in your case.

Oh yea, all of this was with BFG both ways..
 

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LavosTRD said:
lol.....i though you were talking about tansmissions
Me too, I actually did a long post but deleted it after rereading about 5 times...
 

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NorcalPR said:
Me too, I actually did a long post but deleted it after rereading about 5 times...

sorry bout that... when i wrote it, it didn't cross my mind as manual vs automatic.... MT, Mud T., MT, Manual.. :cool:
 

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IMHO I would not run a MT on the street, unless you do a lot of wheeling. The reason I say this is because the older they get, the more noise they make. Especially if you drive a lot of freeway miles. I have driven both MT and AT and much prefer the AT for every day use. As for the mileage issue, I can't help you. I have not done a comparison between the 2 on my 05 taco. Seems to reason that 2 identical size tires would produce similar mileage results. I may be wrong on this, so pick the tire that best suits your driving style and don't worry about the possible small difference in mileage. Plus, when you ask this type of question on a forum, you are bound to get 20 different results. Most people don't turn this type of an issue into a science project under controlled conditions, so everyones results will be different based on their driving style and road conditions. Good luck. :)
 

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Most people don't turn this type of an issue into a science project under controlled conditions, :)

i'm an engineer, I can't help but think this way :xpfft:
 

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pdxtaco said:
i'm an engineer, I can't help but think this way :xpfft:
Well, Mr. Engineer, like I said. The fuel cost isn't where there is a $$ difference between the two models. The inital cost and service life will be the determining factors, and for street only almost it is no contest. I've got 35,000 miles on my BFG AT's and they're maybe 50% worn. If I had MT's I'd be tire shopping right now...
 

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personally, i want the insurance policy of knowing when i hit that trail, i wont have a problem and get stuck. I have seen way to many guys with AT's get stuck or just slip around a lot. Personally, i would stick with the MT.
 

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ljschnel said:
Well, Mr. Engineer, like I said. The fuel cost isn't where there is a $$ difference between the two models. The inital cost and service life will be the determining factors, and for street only almost it is no contest. I've got 35,000 miles on my BFG AT's and they're maybe 50% worn. If I had MT's I'd be tire shopping right now...
:eek: a buddy of mine has a set of 37" MTRs on his rig right now and they have about 32k on em. I would say they have...50% tread left!

give the MT a break! LOL
 

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Jesus, 17 replies in (including mine) and only 1 answer...and yet some of these same peeps yell search :rolleyes:

I have not run side by side, but know AT's will net better mileage. I would guess that it would not be that substantial though...maybe 1 mpg.
 

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so on average you would say a bfg mt would get 30k and a bfg at would get 50k?

I know this will vary alot depending on the driver and other various things but on average... or what the tires expected life is...
 

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pdxtaco said:
so on average you would say a bfg mt would get 30k and a bfg at would get 50k?

I know this will vary alot depending on the driver and other various things but on average... or what the tires expected life is...
I ran BFG MT's for 24k miles and had about 30-40% useable tread left. I should have seen 33k-35k miles out of them. But I drove mostly highway. I have heard people run AT's for 50k miles plus. So I think your guess is pretty close.
 
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