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2018 Moab Easter Jeep Safari: BFGoodrich KM3 Sneak Preview #EJS2018

Posted in Moab Experience: 2018 on March 28, 2018
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Notice the similarity in the sidewall between this KM3 and the all-terrain T/A KO2 tire already available on the market.

The venerable BFGoodrich mud-terrain tire appears to have a new cousin in town at the 2018 Moab Easter Jeep Safari. We joined the folks from BFGoodrich for a day of wheeling at AreaBFE, a 320-acre off-road area south of Moab, Utah. After a sumptuous round of BBQ pulled pork trail rations, we laid eyes on our trail mules for the day—a fleet of Jeeps outfitted with the latest offering from BFGoodrich, the KM3 Mud Terrain.

We were pleased with the refreshed tread block pattern.

From what we could tell, the tire had certainly gotten a refresh from the previous edition, namely in the sidewall. For anyone familiar with the all-terrain T/A KO2 tire, this mud-terrain appeared to have a similarly styled sidewall. When we got our dusty mitts on the lugs, they felt slightly softer and more pliable to the touch compared to the last KM2 model, and we also noticed rearranged siping and block designs.

Aired down below street pressure, the sidewalls flexed and bulged to help increase the contact patch and wrap around rocks and roots.

Though we could have spent all day just ogling the new tires, we had to get them onto some rocks, and AreaBFE has plenty of those. We saddled up and played a game of follow-the-trail-leader along some of AreaBFE’s off-road trails where we could get the tires into some sticky situations.

Up close, the tires appeared to be made of a softer material, which felt great sticking to the grippy Moab sandstone.

Read on to see how they held up on the rocky, sandy, and dusty trails of AreaBFE!

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