When I finally saved up the money and decided to replace my stock suspension with Old Man Emu components I also had to decide on new tires. This was a much tougher decision than I expected. There are a lot of really good options out there. My very first car was a CJ7 and I put BF Goodrich Mud Terrains on it. I have always preferred the look of a more aggressive tread pattern and the idea of top-of-class off road performance.
BF Goodrich Mud Terrain
So this was my first consideration for my FJ60. And of course if I was considering these I also had the consider the BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KM2s.
BF Goodrich KM2
These are both great tires and most people, from what I have read, seem to be happy with them. However, I always try to consider practicality and necessity when making a purchase. After thinking about it I realized that what I really needed, and actually really wanted, was a tire that didn’t cause a lot of excess noise, lasted a long time, had good behavior on the road (since this is where my 60 spends most of it’s time) and had decent off road capability. This led me to look at options other than the two list above.
One option I came across was the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar. These tires seem to combine good road manners with great off road performance, and and they look super cool. They are also Kevlar reinforced which makes them sound super tough and made me want to buy them even more.
Goodyear Wrangle MT/R with Kevlar
Another tire I considered was the good old BF Goodrich All Terrain. These have been around forever and you see them all over the place. These tires have a very good reputation. They probably belong in the tire hall of fame, if there was such a thing. Or, maybe they deserve a lifetime achievement award.
BF Goodrich All Terrain Tire
I looked at a few other options, but based on reputation and awesomeness it came down to the Goodyears and the All Terrains. I really wanted the Goodyears because they seemed to combine everything I wanted in a tire into a super sweet, hightech package. But in the end I went with the All Terrains. The All Terrains have good on and off road performance, have a long wear life, aren’t noisy, and don’t hurt your mpgs too much. AND, they cost a lot less than the Goodyears. I just didn’t feel I needed to pay the extra cost for any extra performance the Goodyears might have provided. For an FJ60 that spends most of it’s life on the pavement 🙁 I think this was the best option.
Leave a comments and let others know what tires you have/like.
P.S. I got the 33×10.5
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