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Old 10-25-2007, 12:09 AM   #1
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I bought my used SMB 4x4 RB50 last September and immediately took it up to the Mojave National Reserve, Valley of Fire State Park, and then Utah to see if it would work. I haven't taken any pics lately, but here's my beast:

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An awful flat tire at the Eureka Dunes, Death Valley NP

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Old 10-25-2007, 01:13 AM   #2
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Flat tire

Get rid of those B. F. Goodrich tires and get some Toyo M/Ts.


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Old 10-25-2007, 09:38 AM   #3
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How come everyone is so down on BFG's?? I've been running 'em on five or six rigs for the past twenty years. Put over 300k on various sets and only had five flats. One from a house key, two from nails, and two from sliced sidewalls while driving too fast on volcanic rock roads.
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Old 10-25-2007, 11:30 AM   #4
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Yeah, Scatter, I agree 100%. I had them on my FJ-40, my Trooper, my Discovery, and my SMB. LOTS of driving and off roading. I had only one flat and it wasn't even the tire's fault. The rim got dented and I lost air. I love thoise BFG's. That's why they are the industry standard.
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Old 10-25-2007, 05:28 PM   #5
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BFG Diehard myself. Both AT's and Mud Terrains.

Have had the BFG's for years on my FJ80 Landcrusier too and the Sporto.

But, I'm going to have to try out the Toyo's next round.

They are really expensive though. Best price I found was for $222.00 each without mounting/balancing.
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:07 PM   #6
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If so many people own any given product so widely, it increases the number by percentage of folks who may be unhappy with it too.

BFG are in a fight for the niche right now with new tires from several manufacturers.
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Old 11-29-2008, 05:51 PM   #7
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BFG's are great tires. However, most of them are not E rated and with the weight of a Sportsmobile, you should really be running E rated tires.

I too have run BFG's with years of success on many vehicles, but with my current truck, a 4x4 diesel, I wouldn't run anything but the Toyo's. They are way more stable, the sidewalls are WAY thicker. Many of the Toyo Open Country MT models are E rated.
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:17 PM   #8
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My BFGs (285's) are E-rated. Went from D-rated to E-rated and the handling appeared to improve, though that could be going from old tires to new tires.

BTW, the only problem I have had with the BFG's on my Bronco, FJ60 or the SMB is the price of the tires. Then again, given the few choices (BFGs, Toyo's, or Goodyear MTRs) for what I consider to be a credible offroad tire, the prices are comparable.

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Old 11-29-2008, 07:44 PM   #9
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I am stickin' with our E-rated (3860lb @ 60psi) Coopers....
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:03 PM   #10
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E rating is the key. While I don't own a Sportsmobile yet (I will someday soon), I've spent a lot of time driving heavy trucks over all kinds of terrain and the difference in stability between an E rated tire and a D rated tire is day and night.

For what it is worth, when I purchased the Toyo's, I did side by side comparisons between the BFG MT, the Goodyear MTR and Toyo MT. The Toyo has the thickest tread and the thickest sidewalls by far over the other two. I can't speak for the others, but I'm sure they are also good tires.

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