NMBR Begins Year Long Review of BFGoodrich KO2 - Is it time to come back to an All-Terrain Tire?

It has been seven years since my last set of all-terrain tires [BFGoodrich KO’s] were replaced with mud-terrain tires [BFGoodrich KM2’s]. Two vehicles and five sets of BFGoodrich KM2’s later, the demographic of off-road enthusiasts I guide and train has transitioned from those seeking obstacle rich 4WD trails to those seeking multi-day overland/expedition adventures. Today, most of my clients drive highly modified overland/expedition type vehicles outfitted rooftop tents, modest suspension lifts and upgrades that focus on self-sustained travels more than hardcore off-road capability. About now, you may be asking how this all relates to the new BFGoodrich KO2.
Until recently, my advice to clients has always been that “since tire issues are the number one cause of being stranded [trailside or roadside], why risk running anything less than a mud-terrain for the one day an all-terrain may fall short?” This rationale has been backed primarily by my professional experience with the BFGoodrich KM2. With over 100,000 miles of off-pavement BFGoodrich KM2 use, I’ve never encountered single puncture or failure; this for both my clients and myself. A few months back, I was forced to reconsider my long-standing opinion after guiding a client that had a set of the new BFGoodrich KO2’s mounted. As I spotted him through an unforgiving boulder field, I couldn’t help but be impressed that his tires held the same lines as the mud-terrain equipped rigs that had preceded his—the tread and sidewall traction was impressive. I’ve seen countless [other] all-terrain tires succumb to lesser challenges. My [strong] first impression of the BFGoodrich KO2 had me contemplating “Is it time to come back to an All-Terrain Tire?” Stay tuned for NMBR’s long term review of the BFGoodrich KO2. 

Photo: 37x12.50R17 BFGoodrich KO2 tires mounted on 17x8.5 American Expedition Vehicles Salta wheels