If there’s one tire that has seen the notoriety that Jeeps have seen in the off-road community, it’s the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A. From daily drivers, to work trucks, and even weekend warriors, this tire has long been considered the cream of the crop. When it comes to long-lasting tires that can work hard and play harder on just about any surface or terrain imaginable. The design is a trusted name in the off-road world, and the reason why is fairly obvious: They’re dependable in any situation and offer classic good looks that can’t be rivaled.
While it’s hard to improve on such a tried-and-true design, that’s just what BFGoodrich has done with its latest iteration of the all-terrian. The company hasn’t strayed too much from the original design, which is a testament to its quality and performance. To say they have a religious following would be an understatement. It’s no surprise that the new version of the tire had to be true to its roots while giving all-out off-road performance, as well as civilized road manners in a design that can get the job done under any circumstances or conditions.
We first saw spy shots of this tire on a few race vehicles at the 2013 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 and were pretty anxious to get a firsthand look at this new tread design. So we went down to Baja to put some serious dirt miles on the new tires.
When it comes to testing the off-road prowess of any tire, there’s just no better place than the gnarly deserts of Baja California, Mexico. Baja is riddled with soft sand, silt beds, sharp rocks, mud, and washed-out dirt roads that can really put a hurt on a set of tires. Our brutal 400-mile test loop throughout Baja consisted of all of the above, and we are pleased to say the new tire lives up to our expectations and is sure to be a winning design like its predecessors before it. Longer-term testing will be needed to really see how it compares to the tire it is replacing, but we like the performance we’ve seen so far.
Make/Model: BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2
Country of Origin: USA
Size Tested: LT285/75R16
Max Load (lbs): 3,750
Sidewall Construction: 2-ply with 10-ply rating
Tread Construction: 3-ply polyester
Approved Rim Width (in): 9.1
Tread Depth (in): 15⁄32
Tread Width (in): N/A
Section Width (in): 11.3 on 8-inch wheel
Overall Diameter (in): 32.8
Weight (lbs): 59.1
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