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After doing the front end rebuild and getting an alignment done with a FRONT ONLY balance ---why in the hell was the rear vibrating???-It was so bad -I thought it was the driveline (shaft or u joint??)- So I had the rear tires checked and it seems that I have flat spots or cupping -when I had a guy come by and check the tread with a gauge. He asked if I rotated the tires from the front to the rear-and I said Yes I did -since they were all ready off for the front end rebuild.
So he tells me to put them back the way they were before and take it for a spin and see if it changes.. So I did what he said and put the rears back to the front -hopped in and went for boot to the gas station for gas.WOW! the vibration is now in the front!!!!- feeling it in the feet and steering wheel.
It looks like I need 2 new tires -What I have had now for the last 11 years is the M/T Baja ATZ from back then -with so little mileage on them -I guess tires go bad from sitting long periods of time -unless the front end was out just enough to contribute to this wear.Talking with some off road guys -they said that they don't like the Mickey Thompson's.Back in 2008 I was looking for a different tire other than BFGs All Terrains -because I didn't care for their knobby sidewalls for a AT tire and the fact that it seemed like every truck and SUV had them on. I wanted something different--- and then I must of saw the Bajas online.-I was happy with them and liked the look of the sidewall.Not too knobby and a bearable rumble on the road.
I just checked out the MTs new Baja ATs and of course they have a new look after all these years. Not the same as mine -and I dont care for the new look. So 2 or 4 new tires?? -I have to make a decision??. If you guys can post with pics of what AT tires youre running and are happy with .Again I'm looking for ones that arent too knobby and run too loud on the road-
(Tell me your opinons on Mickey Thompsons-GOOD OR BAD!!!)
BTW***--- SIDEBITERS (what M/T calls them ) on the sidewall are not necessary on a AT TIRE


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A Nice looking AT tire that served me fine for over 10 yrs-NO LONGER AVAILABLE馃槨馃槨馃槨(n)(n)(n)
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Whats up with this NEW Design???-Crappy zigzag (SIDEBITERS)on the sidewall-Why did they have to change the sidewall??
So now I would have to buy USED --if I just wanted to replace the 2 bad ones.
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Unless you guys can talk me into something else
 

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Have you looked into Coopers?
 

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I鈥檒l just leave mine here (I鈥檓 a cheap azz though) $850
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No experience with MT, but I have beat the snot out of BFG AT2's on my CJ and really like the Kuhmo AT51's on my Bronco.
 

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more pics please!!!! 馃憤 馃憤 馃憤
 

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General Grabber ATX would be my own pic for an A/T out of today's tires.
Have them on my 91 f-150 and also had them on a 2005 excursion. They do look like a BFG A/T, but in my opinon work better and are less money.
I say this after putting a set of BFG KO2's on my '17 f-150. Id rather have the grabber atx then those.
 
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My last two sets on my 89 have been General Grabber AT2's. They seem to wear good, and the first set got replaced when I lifted it and went to a bigger size. Tread looks a lot like the BFG, and like said above, are priced better. I bought the first set from Tire Rack and had them installed locally, the second set came from Discount Tire. They do well on rock and trails in the southwest. Haven't had them on any off highway situations here in the Midwest yet.
 

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Nitto TerraGrappler is a good tire that fits your desires. Blocky but not wild tread, good siping, smooth-ish sidewal, and good street manners.
They come in both Light Truck or Passenger car sizing. LT will be more expensive but will last longer.
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Same exact set of tires mounted on my old van



All terrains are seeing increased use offroad in the western US. Everywhere from Baja to Moab. The side biters add a lot of traction when needed, and offer increased protection for the sidewall.
 
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Mine is gonna stay on the road -dont need the aggressive tread-just looking for something simple
 

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I can't recommend an A/T as I don't have any, but you asked about Mickey Thompson tires and I can share my personal experience with that.

I have a set of Mickey Thompsons (Deegan 38 M/T) on mine and I like them. I'm sure they are a cheap tire compared to some of the more popular tires out there, but I haven't had any problems so far. They are my first M/T, so I can't compare them to others, but they seem pretty quiet for an M/T and that's what other reviews, from people who have used other M/Ts, have said about them.

As far as balancing, these were balanced from the place I ordered them from online (ntwonline) and I haven't had them rebalanced since they arrived (3 years or so?). I did notice that they had to put a butt load of wheel weights on the rims to balance them though.

I admittedly got the tires and wheels I did because of their lower price and because of the narrower cross sectional width of the tires compared to other 35's as I was trying to keep things from rubbing with no lift or cutting, which worked out. Not all 35x12.50 are the same width or height, go figure.








The side lugs probably aren't needed on most tires as I doubt the majority of people go off road with them and they just like the aggressive look. If you lower the pressure a bit and get the tires a little squishy, they will certainly grip on rocks and whatnot though, which is nice.







Anyway, I hope you find a set of tires to your liking whether they are Mickey Thompsons or something else!
 

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I can't recommend an A/T as I don't have any, but you asked about Mickey Thompson tires and I can share my personal experience with that.

I have a set of Mickey Thompsons (Deegan 38 M/T) on mine and I like them. I'm sure they are a cheap tire compared to some of the more popular tires out there, but I haven't had any problems so far. They are my first M/T, so I can't compare them to others, but they seem pretty quiet for an M/T and that's what other reviews, from people who have used other M/Ts, have said about them.

As far as balancing, these were balanced from the place I ordered them from online (ntwonline) and I haven't had them rebalanced since they arrived (3 years or so?). I did notice that they had to put a butt load of wheel weights on the rims to balance them though.

I admittedly got the tires and wheels I did because of their lower price and because of the narrower cross sectional width of the tires compared to other 35's as I was trying to keep things from rubbing with no lift or cutting, which worked out. Not all 35x12.50 are the same width or height, go figure.








The side lugs probably aren't needed on most tires as I doubt the majority of people go off road with them and they just like the aggressive look. If you lower the pressure a bit and get the tires a little squishy, they will certainly grip on rocks and whatnot though, which is nice.







Anyway, I hope you find a set of tires to your liking whether they are Mickey Thompsons or something else!
Thanks Doose'- For some reason there is something about MTs that I like- but its those darn sidebiters that I dont care for . They aren't too bad at all -thanks but I think I'm leaning a bit more towards those Cooper Discoverers shown above by 馃憤 馃憤RockinHorse
 

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I bought the Yokohama geolander mt.
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Or I just bought these for my Titan. Firestone destination xt.
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I work for a Rock Quarry/Asphalt/Readymix company. We run Coopers on all our work trucks. They seem to be the best bang for the buck. When its raining, they do their job in the quarry, and hold up well to the abuse our guys put on the pickups. On a personal level, my family has had coopers on our South Texas hunting jeep for the last 5yrs and never had a flat.
 

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I have ran bfg at2's on a few of my trucks. Enough tire to do good off road and in the snow. But also have good road manners
 
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