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After blasting through 350 desert miles in Baja Mexico we can definitively say that the new BFGoodrich T/A KO2 is BFGoodrich’s toughest all-terrain tire to date.

In early September BFGoodrich invited a few of us to join them in Baja Mexico to test the new BFG T/A KO2. Waiting there for us, were Ford F150 Raptors from Miller Motorsports Park and Baja Challenge Buggies from Wide Open Excursions.

We grabbed our helmets, found our assigned vehicles, and met our co-drivers. I was paired up with Mike Junior Johnson, President of Evolution Performance Racing School. We loaded up and hit the trail.

We spent two days blasting through the fast Baja deserts, drifting through the hill country, and clawing up rugged, rocky terrain at higher elevations. We had sunny skies one moment, overcast another, and in a flash we were caught in a torrential downpour. Not only were we able to test the KO2 in different terrain, but we were also able to see how it performed under dry, wet, and plain nasty weather conditions. All of which, the New BFG T/A KO2 conquered with flying colors.

When it was all said and done and the dust, mud, gravel, and rocks were cleaned off, everyone was wearing a smile and we all wished we could turn around and do it again.

Here are a few pictures from our experience: BFG All-Terrain T/A KO2 Experience - Slideshow



Click here for: BFG All-Terrain T/A KO2 Sizes, Specs, and Pricing





TECHNOLOGY


TREADLIFE
Longer treadlife on and off-road to extend your adventure.


  • Tread Rubber: Specifically formulated rubber optimally blended to reduce chip and tear for superior gravel road endurance.
  • Advanced Footprint: Results in more evenly distributed stress, for longer more uniform wear.
  • Interlocking Tread: Provide increased tread block stability, for more even wear over the long haul.
  • Stone Ejectors: Rejects stone retention and provides extra tread cleanout protection against stone drilling.
TRACTION
Aggressive all-terrain traction. Exceeds rubber manufacturer association (RMA) severe snow traction requirements.


  • Side Biter Lugs: Protruding sidewall rubber blocks that provide increased mud, snow and rock traction, especially in aired-down driving situations.
  • Mud-Phobic Bars: Raised bars in the shoulder tread area that helps to release compacted mud for enhanced traction in muddy and soft soil conditions.
  • Serrated Shoulder: Staggered shoulder blocks that provide greater maneuverability in soft soil and deep snow conditions.
  • ]Locking 3-D Sipes: 3-D active sipe technology, that provides more biting edges for significantly increased snow traction.
SIDEWALLS
20% tougher sidewalls featuring race-proven COREGARD™ technology to take on the toughest road hazards with confidence.


  • Tougher Rubber: Split and bruise resistant sidewall rubber, derived from BFGoodrich's race proven Baja T/A®KR2 tire.
  • Thicker, Extended Shoulder: Increased rubber thickness, extending down the sidewall to protect more of the critical sidewall failure zone.
  • Advanced Deflection: Computer predicted object path design deflects protruding objects from snagging and splitting the sidewall.
*content taken from [U]www.bfgoodrichtires.com[/U]
 

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It's a shame BFG didn't have the foresight to build a 285/75/17. Would have ordered a set tomorrow!
 

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How about water? How are they in heavy rain? They don't mention anything about that.
 

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It wasn't a full blown test but here is what one of our guys that was at the BFG introduction had to say about the tire in heavy rain:

We spent two days blasting through the fast Baja deserts, drifting through the hill country, and clawing up rugged, rocky terrain at higher elevations. We had sunny skies one moment, overcast another, and in a flash we were caught in a torrential downpour. Not only were we able to test the KO2 in different terrain, but we were also able to see how it performed under dry, wet, and plain nasty weather conditions. All of which, the New BFG T/A KO2 conquered with flying colors.
 

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Who has any experience with these tires in the mud? I assume they're too new for snow experience?

The KOs I presently have are horrible in the mud.
 

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Got mine today. 35 12.50 18. I switched from Toyo MT 35 12.50 18.

On paper:
Toyo MT 35.1 x 13.2 and 81 lbs
KO2 34.5 x 12.4 67.9 lbs

Measuring before and after in the garage, I lost 3/4" in height. Tires were matched at 59 psi.

My initial feelings on these: They are much quieter. I don't get as much feeling through the steering column in the corners as I did with the Toyos. I don;t think the sidewalls are as stiff as the Toyos and ride quality feels "softer". The tread depth is a bit less than the Toyo MT's had, but I feel the improved on road ride quality is worth it.

I need to do a chalk test on these tomorrow and see where I need to be with tire pressure. Even at 68psi where Discount had them set, they road smoother than the 59psi the Toyos were at. Now at 59psi, they feel pretty good.

My only complaint:
There is not a 33" available at this time for my spare. FYI, a 33.25" tire is as large as you can go and keep it tucked up under the bed on a '14 Power Wagon. So, I had a 285 70R 17 AT KO mounted up. It just fits with maybe 3/4" of room to the exhaust heat shield and hitch.


 

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So why would you want a 33" spare if you are running 35" tires?
 
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So why would you want a 33" spare if you are running 35" tires?
That's the largest tire that fits under the bed. In an emergency, it will do the job if I cannot plug it with my tire plug kit. If I loose a sidewall, I have a spare to throw on.

I have a PowerTank and tire plug kit in my toolbox in the bed of the truck. Another reason I'm not mounting a 35" tire in the bed. Will take up too much room.
 

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Got mine today. 35 12.50 18. I switched from Toyo MT 35 12.50 18.



On paper:

Toyo MT 35.1 x 13.2 and 81 lbs

KO2 34.5 x 12.4 67.9 lbs



Measuring before and after in the garage, I lost 3/4" in height. Tires were matched at 59 psi.



My initial feelings on these: They are much quieter. I don't get as much feeling through the steering column in the corners as I did with the Toyos. I don;t think the sidewalls are as stiff as the Toyos and ride quality feels "softer". The tread depth is a bit less than the Toyo MT's had, but I feel the improved on road ride quality is worth it.



I need to do a chalk test on these tomorrow and see where I need to be with tire pressure. Even at 68psi where Discount had them set, they road smoother than the 59psi the Toyos were at. Now at 59psi, they feel pretty good.



My only complaint:

There is not a 33" available at this time for my spare. FYI, a 33.25" tire is as large as you can go and keep it tucked up under the bed on a '14 Power Wagon. So, I had a 285 70R 17 AT KO mounted up. It just fits with maybe 3/4" of room to the exhaust heat shield and hitch.






What is the back spacing on these wheels and do they stick out much?
Truck looks good!
 

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Ordered mine today 285 65 20 from discount tire but after i ordered they said they were back ordered? Cant wait. Hope it dosent take long
 

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Ordered mine today 285 65 20 from discount tire but after i ordered they said they were back ordered? Cant wait. Hope it dosent take long
Thanks for your support. You can call in to check your order status or shoot us a PM with your information and we will check for you.
 

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What is the back spacing on these wheels and do they stick out much?
Truck looks good!
+1 5" back space. They stick out some. Bushwacker Pockets would cover them. a +20 might be a better choice to tuck it in a bit more, but not sure if they would clear the radius arm or not. The +1 offset clears by quite a bit.
 
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Hoping to see some more pictures of these on trucks. Gonna need some new ones come spring time!
 

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On bf goodrich website it shows they have this tire in a 35x12.50 17 E but I don't see it on your website. Will there be more sizes added as they are available?
 

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On bf goodrich website it shows they have this tire in a 35x12.50 17 E but I don't see it on your website. Will there be more sizes added as they are available?
I believe that size size is set to be released in March. If my link works, check out the chart, they are releasing a new batch of sizes next year.

http://social.bfgoodrichtires.com/BFG_KO2_Sizing+Availability.pdf
smhardesty is correct. The 35x12.50R-17 is part of the phase 2 wave of sizes coming this spring.

PHASE 2 SIZES
37X12.50R17 LT 124R TL ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 LRD RWL
LT225/75R16 115/112S TL ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 LRE RW
LT235/85R16 120/116S TL ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 LRE RW
LT265/65R18 122/119R TL ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 LRE RW
LT275/65R20 126/123S TL ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 LRE RB
LT275/70R18 125/122R TL ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 LRE RW
LT285/70R17 121/118R TL ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 LRE RW
LT305/70R16 124/121R TL ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 LRE RW
LT325/65R18 127/124R TL ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 LRE RW
LT285/65R20 127/124S TL ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 LRE RB
34X10.50R17 LT 120R TL ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 LRD RWL
35X12.50R17 LT 121R TL ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 LRE RWL
LT265/70R17 112/109S TL ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 LRC RW
LT265/70R17 121/118S TL ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 LRE RW
 
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