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post #1 of 70 (permalink) Old 11-06-2015, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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New All-Terrain Option-- BFG TA KO2

Hey, Everyone--

I originally posted this in the wheel and tire section, but it seems up the alley of the people here. BFG recently came out with their best All Terrain in a Forester size (225/65r17). I just picked mine up from Discount Tire, and while they are a little tight, they are quite a step up from our previous options (Geolander AT/S, Discoverer AT3, etc.) IMHO.

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Looks like they could rub against the strut.....


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Thanks!

Awesome tires!

Any danger they could rubs against something?
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?Dear Lord Baby Jesus, or as our brothers to the south call you, Jesús, we thank you so much for this bountiful harvest of Domino?s, KFC, and the always delicious Taco Bell. I just want to take time to say thank you for my family, my two beautiful, beautiful, handsome, striking sons, Walker and Texas Ranger, or T.R. as we call him, and of course, my red-hot smoking wife, Carly who is a stone-cold fox.? And the bgf all terrains!
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Here is a better shot of the strut-- actually a reasonable amount of clearance there. https://goo.gl/photos/agTXjr27DMGsmnQA6

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Awesome tires!

Any danger they could rubs against something?
Thanks! Actually I haven't had any rubbing at all. The closest spot is on the front of the fender at full steering lock, which has about a pencil's width of clearance: https://goo.gl/photos/jVPfqHqTJyjTZEWLA
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For that price tho?!? Screw that, my Mastercraft AXTs are awesome and WAY cheaper.

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Wow, this is really cool! I had originally heard that there were not going to be any sizes of the new KO2 that would fit a Subaru easily. Thats a pretty awesome fit for a stock suby...very cool!

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For that price tho?!? Screw that, my Mastercraft AXTs are awesome and WAY cheaper.
What price are you seeing? I paid $178 for mine, which is only $28 more than Yokohama AT/S or $33 more than Cooper Discoverer AT3. Discount Tire, where I was sitting on my stupid doughnut spare (now replaced), didn't have any Mastercrafts, but online they look like they are in that same price range.
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Wow, this is really cool! I had originally heard that there were not going to be any sizes of the new KO2 that would fit a Subaru easily. Thats a pretty awesome fit for a stock suby...very cool!
Thanks! It took Discount like a week to get them, so I'm pumped to really put them through their paces.

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They also have a good selection of 16 inch sizes.
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I just got those in 225-65-17 for my Outback which has 225-60-17 as OEM. I had been running 225-65-17 GeoL AT-S, now relegated to DD duty (and so I have not even taken the BFG anywhere yet...).

For those Subarus, like mine, that have the 12.4 brakes, wheels smaller than 17 are not an option. I spent months trying to figure out if Braid rally wheels in 16 could fit, but templates only show it would be borderline. I have heard about ZERO people with these brakes running anything under 17.

In turn, if you gotta have 17s, this BFG is the ONLY LT-tire one can fit. Everything else in 225-60 to 235-65 is P-metric AT tires. This is also why all those 4x4 tire reviews are of little use to us: they always test the far tougher LT versions of the tires.

While I have no intention of running the TA KO2 in town, these will be far better in challenging terrain. I have not had any AT-S punctures, but I trust the TA K02's far more rugged, three-ply sidewalls more.

Smaller wheel sizes open a great deal more choices at lower prices.

As for Central Arizona, although the AT-S are plenty enough on forest roads and the likes of Four Peaks, Senator Highway, Bloody Basin, or Schnebly hill , they reach their limits in the endless mixture of rocks and coarse sand that dominate all but the easy trails. The TA KO2 should be better. That said, I usually go unpaved north of Grand Canyon. And I can use the toughest and most dependable tire when the closest tire shop is hundreds of miles away!

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As for Central Arizona...
It's crazy-- a week ago I couldn't find anyone on the forum talking about these tires and now I find out someone my home state is already running them! Hope to see you on the trail.
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If you air down to about 20 PSI is there any rubbing?
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^For what it's worth it's weird that my 235/65 R17 tires actually seem to rub more on the fender liner when I'm aired down. I'm running P-metric ATs and never air down that low though. 30 psi seems to be good for my purposes. Scared to test the limits of when a bead would pop and don't have an on board air compressor. My Hankook Dynapro AT-Ms seem pretty tough though. I drive rough fire roads with pretty sharp looking rocks often and still haven't got a flat in the over 20k miles that I've been running them. They also still look to be in pretty good shape wear wise. Running those heavy LT's has really got to sap the power, especially if you have an N/A Forester I'd think. I guess it depends on your needs and purposes with them though.


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