Let me just start out by saying that I have searched and searched countless hours on this site and a few others.
I am wondering what kind of tire works best for cross-country driving and also works well for harsh dirt roads in backcountry situations? All while having a Loaded up vehicle set on being out for a week or more.
I have a Jeep WJ soon to have an OME HD lift. I am now contemplating tires. I would like something good on the Highway(ie: low rolling resistance/noise), good on dirt trails, and of course mud situations. I would like to stay as close as possible to stock size(to keep rolling weight down), maybe plus size a few.
Stock WJ with 17" wheels is 235/65/17 which is about a 29" tire. I am leaning towards 245/70(75)/17 size.
Seems like ALOT of the sizes I would go with only come in E rated flavors. I figured E rated would ride WAY too harsh(stiff) for my liking. But is the toughness of 10ply what I want for backwoods roads? I was thinking 3ply sides is good enough. I was also figuring the "Load rating" of each tire would be something to consider.
I'm not new to Jeeps, only the Cross-country traveling side. I have an XJ that I use mostly for Rock/Mud. So I am used to the big lug,grippy side of offroad. I did have 31" BFG AT on the XJ for awhile and did great in snow/ice/rain, just not mud. Then I went to 33" BFG MT KM1's and did awesome in mud/rocks/snow, not so good in icy conditions.
Any input would help out a ton. I have to get some new rubber by July for a weeklong trip to Buena-vista.
I would hope this doesn't turn into a "BFG is way better, all others can suck it" thread. Real world experiences only please.