Anyone who has ever been around off road vehicles has likely seen a BFGoodrich off road tire. Showcased in just about every off road race or off road challenge and battle tested around the world, BFGoodrich is virtually in a league of its own. So how does arguably the best name in off road tires improve something that to some, has no equal? They start by addressing every tires biggest Achilles heal, the sidewall.
Every working class truck tire must combat everything from the weather to job sites filled with debris. From chunks of hazardous building materials to countless sharp objects hidden in the ground, a job site can prove to be a sidewalls worst nightmare. BFGoodrich themselves claims 84 percent of all-terrain tire failures are sidewall-related.
According to BFG the All Terrain KO2 has a twenty percent stronger sidewall but in order to get there, they had to use a bit of innovation and develop an industry leading, cutting edge (no pun intended), sidewall stress test. This test essentially utilizes a mean chunk of steel that effectively digs into the tires sidewall while it is loaded and rolled against it. The test repeats as the steel is ramped up and shoved in, digging gradually deeper into the sidewall until it causes tire failure.
Using this method BFG finally established what it calls Coreguard for the KO2. A three-legged stool using tougher, cut-resistant sidewall rubber piggy backing off their Baja T/A KR racer, they implement an advanced deflection design and thicker and extended shoulder rubber that reduces the effectiveness that snagging hazards have on their sidewall.
So naturally we at Nomadders outfitted our flagship 4runner (@fargo4x4 on Instagram) with a set of brand new KO2’s and put them through over 5,000 miles of multi terrain testing in our #FLtoYellowstone 9 day cross country and back road trip. Our readers may not be racing in the Baja but they are putting their vehicles through a vast array of challenges weekly and need a dependable all terrain to take them not only where they want to go, but also back home. Coming from years of running Nitto’s Terra Grapplers and a variety of other all terrains in the past, we felt it was time to see what all the KO2 hype was about.
In racing, tires can make a huge impression with how they perform on corners. The same is true for off road racing. However our readers need to know how it performs on different terrains from snow, ice, mud, road, gravel and rocks and much more. So on our road trip we made sure we exposed the tire to all of these.
On roads the tire hummed along nicely. We were told 10 ply tires would be very loud, but in our experience this could not be further from the truth. These tires made no additional noise at all using 285/70/17 from the stock dealership provided dueler h/t that our rig originally had.
After our extensive trip and a lot of recovery sleep we decided to look up some more data. BFG claims the KO2 can last 15 percent longer in road use. Which is important for us since this is also our daily driver. they also claim it has two times the tread life in gravel and up to 19 percent better traction performance in snow and mud. Clearly BFG felt it was important to significantly improve in all areas, but the performance we notices in snow was particularly notable.
As some of you may know the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain and grandfather KO were the only two all-terrain truck tires that carried the rarely seen picture icon of a “snowflake over a mountain” indicating that the tire exceeds industry snow-traction requirements. BFG loved being able to run one tire all year long, but not all KO sizes had this winter badge. Now all KO2s do. We went up against snow and sludge while in our Wyoming leg of the trip and the tires performed consistently throughout.