When talking about All-Terrain tires, you cannot fail to mention BFGoodrich. Neither can your neighbor nor the most experienced off-roader around. Since its establishment in 1976, BFG has been consistent in pumping out some of the best car tires for regular driving, off-roading, or overlanding expeditions. During this period, BFG has experienced great success and expansion of its business territory due to its constant innovation and effort in every subsequent new product it releases.
Looking deeper into the particular products from BFG, we will be developing a specific interest in two Off-roading tires, the KO2 and KM3.
Research has it that these two tires have dominated the off-road tire industry, with their prevalence recorded almost everywhere worldwide.
KO2 represents the second generation of All-Terrain BFGoodrich tires. In this article, I will be comparing the KO2 to the KM3 tire.
Even with these two off-road tires showing massive similarities, there can always be a way of comparing them. However, I will not head straight to the differences. Let’s first check out the similarities that these two tires possess.
When we sideline these two tires against the larger group of ordinary car tires, we can see how they are similar in a way. Unlike standard car tires, BFG’s KO2 and KM3 are specially designed for off-roading activities, as evidenced by their aggressive look and tread pattern.
The sidewalls, thickness of the treads, and block design are unique characteristics that make these tires more capable and acquire more traction off-road and in the mud.
From the design of the KM3 tire, it will only be right to support BFG’s statement that after years of experience and consistency in producing off-road tires, they finally made a tire that could withstand some of the most challenging terrain.
The KM3 has surpassed everyone’s expectations, and it’s hard to imagine what sort of landscape would stop this tire. One of the most significant improvements made to the KM3 was constructing its treads to assume a softer feel to imitate a lesser inflated tire.
BFG KM3 tires have thick grooves that perfectly execute the work they are meant for; cruising through muddy terrain. These dense grooves are a plus when it comes to mud-evacuation, as well as the elimination of any other material that could get stuck in between and consequently reduce traction. As a result, these tires are perfect in silt and sandy conditions as well.
Moreover, the KM3s have thick sidewalls that increase their lifespan as off-road conditions may cause chipping. Additionally, a more rigid and aggressive sidewall works to prevent the tire from puncture.
However, there are a few setbacks to this M/T tire. One of the most obvious cons of KM3 is that they tend to be noisier on the road than other off-roading tires. This is because the tires are loaded with aggressive block treads that produce noise during the road’s impact.
Another disadvantage of the tire is that the softer-made treads tend to wear off quickly, limiting the tire to mostly work in wet terrain; if you want to keep them for long.
KO2 has several differences from the KM3. However, you have to be keen and read between the lines to figure out the key differences.
For a start, the KO2 has closer-knit treads than the KM3. The closer-constructed treads allow for less noise on the road and improved traction on relatively less-rugged terrain.
This factor limits the KO2 to some landscapes, making the KM3 a better choice concerning versatility. Moreover, another difference between the two is that the KO2 has softer sidewalls than the KM3, making them easier to puncture and wear out.
However, even when the KM3 seems to have an edge over the KO2, there’s barely any box the KO2 doesn’t check in terms of giving you a quality off-road ride. The tire ranks above average in terms of dry traction, hydroplaning resistance, and light snow traction. The KO2 gives you a quiet ride, giving you complete control of steering, which reciprocates into a comfortable ride. You will get a seamless start in wet traction, accelerating, and, most importantly, negotiating corners. It is far beyond debate what KO2 tires are capable of. It is arguably one of the best tires you can get on your 4WD truck.
Summary and Conclusion
To summarise these two tires, it is fair enough to say that both are fantastic in their ways. With the KM3 being almost unstoppable in mud, the KO2 has its hands firmly on relatively stiffer pavements, as its thinner treads leave a large surface in contact with the road.
However, none of these two tires is to be underestimated since they were meant to serve diverse niches. The KM3 is specialized to work in muddy, wet conditions, while the KO2 is perfect for general rough terrain and on-road manners.
Coming down to a conclusion, I am tempted to say that the KM3 outweighs the KO2 in several aspects.
The final decision all lies in your taste and preference. For instance, someone may overlook the noise from the KM3 and choose it for the aggressive and cool look it will paint on their truck. Regardless of the choice you make, these two tires will give you the confidence to trade the highway for some dirt trail.