When shopping for capable all-terrain tires for a vehicle like the Jeep Wrangler the Goodyear DuraTrac tires and the BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires are both highly rated and known for their outstanding performance. These tires aren’t the same though and one is better than the other for different driving conditions. That’s why it’s important to compare the two options to determine which is the best for your specific needs. Below we take a look at both tires and comprare them side-by-side for things like winter driving, mud and dirt driving, durability and more to determine which option is right.
What to Consider When Buying All-Terrain Tires
When buying all-terrain tires it’s not always as simple as choosing the tires that will go through mud, dirt and gravel the most capably, because that’s not how all truck owners drive. Drivers should consider how the tires will hold up to snow, mud, dirt, gravel as well as standard paved driving. Buyers should look closely at the tread composition and the sidewall design, and how the tires handle in all those different weather conditions and terrain conditions. Buyers should also consider how long the different tires last before they need replacing as well as how much they cost. All these different considerations are important for picking out the best set of tires.
Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Overview
The Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires are All-terrain and Mud-terrain tires designed for use on paved roadways and on most off-road driving conditions. These aggressive tires are built to give truck and SUV owners dependable tires for most serious conditions while still providing htem with a decent option for everyday use.
The Goodyear tires come equipped with deep aggressive tread blocks with massive sidewall sections and smaller interior tread sections all designed to grab and hold loose material. The tires are decent for highway cruising, but will put off some noise and vibration when used for this purpose. They’re offered in a range of different sizes and thicknesses and are a good all-around tire for a rugged vehicle that needs to be prepared to take on the elements.
BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 Overview
The BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tire is a rugged all-terrain tire built for rough driving conditions but to run smooth on highways. This tire comes complete with massive interlocking tread blocks and a serrated sidewall design for good biting orce in most driving conditions. The tire features 3-ply sidewalls, an extended sidewall construction and two steel belts with nylon wraps for maximum strength and durability. These tires are very capable on-road drivers with a snow rating for winter drivng, but they are also useful if you decide to go off-roading.
Credibility and Durability
Each of these tires is well-known and highly recommended for rugged performance. The Goodyear DuraTrac tires are known for lasting longer before requiring replacement, and for resisting chipping and tearing well during use. The BF Goodrich tires are known for their enhanced durability for extreme driving conditions. With a more extended sidewall and thicker shoulders, a 3-ply sidewall construction and dual steel belt internal construction, the BF Goodrich tires hold up to extreme conditions better than the DuraTrac tires do. For maximum mileage the DuraTrac tires are the optimal option, but for sheer durability the BF Goodrich KO2’s are the superior option.
When driving through muddy conditions the Goodyear Duratracs perform markedly better than the BF Goodrich KO2‘s do. They eject mud more reliably, bite down more effectively and stay nice and clean after going thorugh deeper sections, something that the BF Goodrich tires struggle with a bit. The BF Goodrich tires are still capable in muddy driving conditions though, just not as reliable as the Goodyears.
Both tires offer reliable traction on loose stone, though the Goodyear Duratrac tires bite down better and offer more stability. The BF Goodrich tires are the more durable option though with a larger upper shoulder, dual steel belts wrapped in nylon and a 3-ply polyester cord sidewall. Between all these different features the BF Goodrich tires are the right option for buyers looking for the best durability with decent rock handling, and the Goodyears are best for the very best grip and traction while driving.
Each of these tires comes equipped with the snowflake symbol for extreme winter weather driving proficiency. The Goodyear tires are fitted with self-cleaning shoulder blocks, deep tread and an aggressive sidewall pattern for a good reliable grip in deeper snow. They’re the stand out tires in terms of grip and reliability when driving through extended snowy sections of roadway. The BF Goodrich tires also come with a snow rating, but they are better for light sections of snow with lots of smooth paved surfaces or even icy sections. The Goodyears are the ones you want for deep snow and the BF Goodrich tires are best when snow is lighter and there are more visible paved roadways to drive on.
Both tires do well on rainy paved surfaces, but the BF Goodrich tires have the advantage in terms of grip. More of the tread remains in contact with the road, and slipping is less common with the BF Goodrich’s than it is with the Goodyears when it’s rainy.
The Goodyear DuraTrac tires are slightly noisier at highway speeds than the BF Goodrich tires are, but neither one is bad in this regard. If you want the quietest and most pleasant ride, the BF Goodrich tires are the better option.
Even though the BF Goodrich tires are all-terrain tires, and the Goodyear DuraTrac tires are rated for on and off-road use, the BF Goodrich T/A KO2s ride more smoothly and quietly on the road than the Goodyears do. They wear evenly and provide a smooth and enjoyable ride at freeway speeds where the Goodyear DuraTracs are a bit bouncier and vibrate slightly more. Both do well for towing and highway driving though.
The Goodyear tires are designed for on and off-road use and they offer impressive longevity thanks to a design that helps put the stress of driving on the entire tire. The tires feature a hardened tread compound that can withstand the stress of off-roading or of towing. Goodyear tire owners remark about getting well over 75,000 or even 85,000 miles of use before the tires begin to get low enough to consider replacing them with another set. They wear a bit more slowly than the BF Goodrich tires do overall.
There are two different types of BF Goodrich T/A KO2 tires to choose from, one with the “DT” branding and one without. The “DT” branded tires are a bit more durable and designed to withstand abuse from gravel and rocks over a long period of time, the non-“DT” tires come with the extreme snow rating for winter driving conditions. Both sets of tires hold up to long term use pretty well. The “DT” tires come with a 50,000 mile tread warranty, and many BF Goodrich owners are getting over 60,000 or 70,000 miles of use before the tires begin to get low enough to require replacing with a new set.
The Goodyear Duratracs are generally more affordable than the BF Goodrich KO2s are, but the prices are close enough together between these two tires that it’s important to compare the local cost of the product if you buy locally. Look at the price of each tire in the size you need and let that help determine which set is the right option.
Drivers looking to get the more capable tires for off-roading, the Goodyear DuraTrac tires are more effective for mud, gravel, dirt and sand than the BF Goodrich tires are. They wear out more slowly as well, making them an excellent long-term driving solution for drivers looking for extreme all-terrain and mud-terrain performance. The BF Goodrich KO2 tires on the other hand are slightly better for on-road driving, they offer a smoother drive feel, less vibration and good stable all-terrain performance as well.