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Old 08-10-2013, 10:33 AM   #1
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Tires with a less aggressive tread than BFG AT's

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After 8 1/2 fun years with The Van it's becoming apparent that I'm taking it off the beaten path less and less. I seldom stray off forest service roads, some maintained worse then others, but nothing that a Subaru couldn't handle. I'm getting ready to replace my second set of BFG 285/75r/16's"E" series All Terrains and am looking for something with a less aggressive tread for better highway use, but robust enough to handle the pointy rocks and potholes that I'll encounter off the interstates. I want to keep the same size "E" rated tire Any suggestions?

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Old 08-10-2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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Re: Tires with a less aggressive tread than BFG AT's

http://www.bfgoodrichtires.com/tire-sel ... re-details

no experience with them, but i see a lot of used ones for sale around here. dont know if thats a good or bad thing, but since you seem to have good luck with bfg thought you might look into them. they look to be a bit more highway friendly, and not quite as offroad agressive. looks like they are available with an E rating as well.
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:07 AM   #3
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Re: Tires with a less aggressive tread than BFG AT's

Michelin LTX A/S are very tough tires. LTX A/T is the same tire with a more aggressive (still less than BFG's) tread pattern. They are pricey, but I've gotten well over 50K from a set.

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Old 08-10-2013, 11:14 AM   #4
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Re: Tires with a less aggressive tread than BFG AT's

I agree, the Michelin LTX tires sound like what you're looking for.
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Re: Tires with a less aggressive tread than BFG AT's

I have Toyo Open Country H/T. They aren't the aggressive tread pattern Open Country's but the more street friendly ones, like the Michelin LTX M/S. They are tremendous! I've had the same set on 2 vans and tons of miles and they still look new. Very quiet and very good looking IMHO.

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Old 08-10-2013, 01:34 PM   #6
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Re: Tires with a less aggressive tread than BFG AT's

I would highly recommend the toyo M55. H/t tires don't have the puncture and tear resistance of an all terrain. I used to run open country A/T tires and the m55 are superior in every way except speed rating (89 max) and they are heavy so harder to balance. The biggest area they shine is snow and ice. The compound does not harden at low temps like the open country tires do, so they grip way better on the white or shiny stuff. And I get double the wear life.
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Old 08-10-2013, 01:36 PM   #7
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PS I used to swap out the m55 tires in the summer but since they ride better, handle just as good, and wear better I leave them on year round. I just pull the studs each spring.
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