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Rockdawg84

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#22
So over 5 months ago I ordered at set of tires that I have wanted for a really long time. Pitbull Rocker Radials. Well the time it took for them to be made gave me the time to really talk to some people who are running them. While I know that they are probably the best non-sticky offroad tire on the market. But I still daily my Runner and so when I was told that the PBR's suck on the highway (@theesotericone ) it made me rethink my choice. I was able to cancel the Pitbulls (it hurt inside a little) and then back to the drawing board of picking a new tire that would be good on the road and great offroad. I knew that I didn't want to go back to MTR's as they were horrible on the road, BFG's are notoriously undersized, Everybody and their brother is running the STT pro's. So I settled on a tire I knew would meet my needs. The Mickey Thompson MTZ p3's. I didn't get the metric size but got the D load 35x12.5R17's.

I am super happy

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Here is a pic of the Day I put the MTR's almost 4 years ago for comparison
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#23
I gotta figure out what's next. I love my km2s, but honestly I feel like they've been shit in the rain around town and I wasn't too excited with the way they felt on ice/wet. Could just be my alignment sucks balls but they didn't handle the way my duratracs did during wet/ice/snow situations. If they could fix the sidewall issues with duratracs I'd run the again in a heartbeat, but I replaced 4 tires within. 1 1/2 years due to sidewall blowouts.
 

Rockdawg84

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I gotta figure out what's next. I love my km2s, but honestly I feel like they've been shit in the rain around town and I wasn't too excited with the way they felt on ice/wet. Could just be my alignment sucks balls but they didn't handle the way my duratracs did during wet/ice/snow situations. If they could fix the sidewall issues with duratracs I'd run the again in a heartbeat, but I replaced 4 tires within. 1 1/2 years due to sidewall blowouts.
It's tough, and the selection of available tires just grows. I've run MTZ's in the past and they are a great all a round tire, they are tough and roll great, and they are sticky on the rocks. If this wasn't my daily driver I absolutely would be running the Pitbulls but maybe by the time I wear these out I will have another daily and this will be my trail rig. Time will tell. LOL
 

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#25
So over 5 months ago I ordered at set of tires that I have wanted for a really long time. Pitbull Rocker Radials. Well the time it took for them to be made gave me the time to really talk to some people who are running them. While I know that they are probably the best non-sticky offroad tire on the market. But I still daily my Runner and so when I was told that the PBR's suck on the highway (@theesotericone ) it made me rethink my choice. I was able to cancel the Pitbulls (it hurt inside a little) and then back to the drawing board of picking a new tire that would be good on the road and great offroad. I knew that I didn't want to go back to MTR's as they were horrible on the road, BFG's are notoriously undersized, Everybody and their brother is running the STT pro's. So I settled on a tire I knew would meet my needs. The Mickey Thompson MTZ p3's. I didn't get the metric size but got the D load 35x12.5R17's.

I am super happy

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Here is a pic of the Day I put the MTR's almost 4 years ago for comparison
Smokey 63
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Bummed to see that you didn't stick with the PBR's. I'd probably do the same thing if it was my daily too. I'm surprised to hear so many people don't like the MT/R's in the road. Maybe I just have really low expectations, but I've never had any real issues with them on the road. They get decent road traction and don't make too much noise.
I gotta figure out what's next. I love my km2s, but honestly I feel like they've been shit in the rain around town and I wasn't too excited with the way they felt on ice/wet. Could just be my alignment sucks balls but they didn't handle the way my duratracs did during wet/ice/snow situations. If they could fix the sidewall issues with duratracs I'd run the again in a heartbeat, but I replaced 4 tires within. 1 1/2 years due to sidewall blowouts.
Well Duratacs are known to be great in the wet/ice/snow situations. KM2's are the complete opposite. Only good in the rocks and dirt. Can't really compare AT's to MT's when it comes to those conditions. Hard to have tires that are good in all situations.
 

Rockdawg84

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#26
Bummed to see that you didn't stick with the PBR's. I'd probably do the same thing if it was my daily too. I'm surprised to hear so many people don't like the MT/R's in the road. Maybe I just have really low expectations, but I've never had any real issues with them on the road. They get decent road traction and don't make too much noise.
It was a hard choice. I really wanted the PBR's but I make several long trips a year in the Runner and it has to drive well on the Freeway. My MTR's were fine around town and did great in the rocks but from day 1 we were never able to really get them to balance or roll well, my friend who is a manager at Discount Tire said that my experience was not uncommon unfortunately. I figured that the Pitbull's would be similar to the Goodyears and so I made a choice. I know that the Mickey's will do great so I will be happy for now, but look forward to the day when I have another vehicle to drive daily and can run 37 Pitbull Rockers. LOL
 

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It was a hard choice. I really wanted the PBR's but I make several long trips a year in the Runner and it has to drive well on the Freeway. My MTR's were fine around town and did great in the rocks but from day 1 we were never able to really get them to balance or roll well, my friend who is a manager at Discount Tire said that my experience was not uncommon unfortunately. I figured that the Pitbull's would be similar to the Goodyears and so I made a choice. I know that the Mickey's will do great so I will be happy for now, but look forward to the day when I have another vehicle to drive daily and can run 37 Pitbull Rockers. LOL
Yeah I'm kinda getting tired of the km2s on the long drives and it's at least 2 hours to any wheeling spot. Unfortunately they have a ton of tread so it's gonna be awhile until I can replace them.
 

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#28
So over 5 months ago I ordered at set of tires that I have wanted for a really long time. Pitbull Rocker Radials. Well the time it took for them to be made gave me the time to really talk to some people who are running them. While I know that they are probably the best non-sticky offroad tire on the market. But I still daily my Runner and so when I was told that the PBR's suck on the highway (@theesotericone ) it made me rethink my choice. I was able to cancel the Pitbulls (it hurt inside a little) and then back to the drawing board of picking a new tire that would be good on the road and great offroad. I knew that I didn't want to go back to MTR's as they were horrible on the road, BFG's are notoriously undersized, Everybody and their brother is running the STT pro's. So I settled on a tire I knew would meet my needs. The Mickey Thompson MTZ p3's. I didn't get the metric size but got the D load 35x12.5R17's.

I am super happy

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Here is a pic of the Day I put the MTR's almost 4 years ago for comparison
Smokey 63
by Sam Wright, on Flickr
Good choice Sam. My PBR's suck ass on the highway. They're heavy as fuck. But they stick well and are very true to size so I'm just gonna deal with them. My next tire will not be PBR's. I'm glad you listened to the advice because I'm sure you'll be way happier with the Mickey's on the highway.
 

Rockdawg84

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#29
Good choice Sam. My PBR's suck ass on the highway. They're heavy as fuck. But they stick well and are very true to size so I'm just gonna deal with them. My next tire will not be PBR's. I'm glad you listened to the advice because I'm sure you'll be way happier with the Mickey's on the highway.
I know I will be happy. I will just wait for the PBR's for down the road when Smokey is a dedicated crawler or I build a Rock Lizard. Then I will go back to bias in a 42". LOL
 

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