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Costco has 33x12.50r15 km2s mounted and balanced with there warranty for 800$ seems like a steal. Thought about doin it a few times.

Some people love this tire some hate it. But haven't gotten any input from any one that's run them on our trucks just full size. All the full size guys say they feel the tire would do better on a lighter truck.

I can get gt adventuro mt in the same size for 180$ with free shipping. But i won't have the warranty
 


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My Buddy Justin has a set on his 06 Wrangler unlimited. He uses it as a daily driver and off road and they did really well when new, but they wore down really quickly to about half tread, and don't grip well at all anymore. They are awesome new though. And you are right, that price is outstanding, especially mounted and balanced.

After him and I going to the same OHV area together, the same amount of times, his tires have many less cracks, chunks, and sidewalls looks better than my tires have faired. But then again, my tires came on my b2 and are cheap crap.

Personally I wouldn't get a set for my rig. But I do see the upsides.
 
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The best thing I ever did for my truck was to take the KM2s off of it.
They are completely useless on everything, except asphalt, dry hardpack, and high-traction rocks.

They spin everywhere, and when in mud they pack up and don't self clean.

Anytime I was offroad, even just going to check on the cows, I found myself needing 4wd.

I've only found 2 tires that please me, Cooper STT and Swamper SX.

Edit* The KM2 is nothing bit a mall-crawler tire.

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I had 33 12.50 km2 before on my truck. They are a decent tire for mild off roading. I went to a mtr Kevlar when I went up in size and they blow the bfgs out of the water. Yes they are bigger, but I sold the km2s to a friend and when we would go wheeling together I would always have better traction. They are pretty quiet on the road for a mid tire though. Light wheeling and dd duty $800 is a good deal
 

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I've had the KM2s for around a year now and yes, they are a mall crawler tire. To a certain extent. They keep up well on mild trails. They do pack up with mud. The sidewalls are stupid thin so I wouldn't trust them on a crawler.

I would honestly go with the MT/R with Kevlar or Super Swamper SX if you want a real off road tire to beat on.
 

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All the people I expected to comment here did so :). I can get cooper stt for 189 each and really thought about them too.

I'm going to go with 33s till I regear then go with 36 iroks. Because I snow wheel alot. I looked at the mtr with Kevlar and I really like that tire I can get it for around the same as an stt. Unsure of which of the 2 would be better. We have clay and snow. Not straight mud.
 

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The ONLY thing bad (and it's more or less cosmetic) about the MT/R-K is that they are a directional tread tire, so keep that in mind.
 

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Yeah. I don't mind directional tread. One of my buddies who does nothing but snow wheel claims the mtr/k airs down like shit because of the Kevlar. But I've heard they go like hell in the snow
 

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1000 word essay on why KM2s suck in the mud.

They should really change the words on the sidewalls.



Here's how you get traction in the snow with KM2. Notice in the first pic what the actions of the second pic did to my leaf springs... I ruined $400 worth of springs so I could get home on $600 worth of rear tires.


My favoritest tire ever! Besides being sexy, the traction in all conditions is fantastic. I think they bite harder than the Swamper SXs I'm running now, although that comparison is apples to orange starburst. Not to mention they wore perfectly even till the died at 55k mi.

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I now see why you hate km2 tires. I've always liked the look of stt. Nice and wide pattern too
 

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I replaced 35"SX's on my rig with KM2's. It's like a new truck. I can drive the speed limit without getting shaken to pieces. Handy as I drive to and from trails. They are quiet and so far proven to be decent tires off road. Also dont weigh nearly as much so wont get a hernia changing them. I do have lockers front and rear, so that's an advantage anyway, but I'm happy with mine.
 

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The KM2 is more along the lines of a great all terrain tire in my opinion. I have them on two trucks and they work great for me. They ride excellent on the road up to 55mph (I don't go faster), they do great on rocks and hardpack trails. Mud performance really isn't much better over the BFG AT KO. They have a hard time cleaning and im pretty sure I get through the spots I do because both of my trucks have real 4wd with Detroit lockers and true tracs.

They get me around everyday on and off the road. I run them year round on one truck and the only real place I don't prefer them is stopping on wet/slushy roads. They get going fine in the slush and turn/handle more than fine. they just don't always stop good. They lock up easy. Good all around tire though. I enjoy them for my trucks that see as much road as off road use.
 

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I'm gonna throw in a suggestion I haven't seen yet.

Hankook MT.

Decided I would try them as my next tire. Wante a mud terrain for winter. I'm glad I picked these. Solid tires. I had the centre tread siped for better ice traction.

4 wheeler crowned them the best MT in 2012 I think which is why I tried them. So far, I'm glad I did. Have no comment on actual mud performance though, since you know, it's winter lol.

But dry pavement, amazing. Deep snow, amazing. Packed snow/ice, pretty amazing (for an MT, probably because of my siping)

Handled 2.5' snow with ease.
Didn't even need 4x for the 1' snow on the backroads either. Just steady throttle and away the truck goes.
 

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I'm gonna throw in a suggestion I haven't seen yet.

Hankook MT.

Decided I would try them as my next tire. Wante a mud terrain for winter. I'm glad I picked these. Solid tires. I had the centre tread siped for better ice traction.

4 wheeler crowned them the best MT in 2012 I think which is why I tried them. So far, I'm glad I did. Have no comment on actual mud performance though, since you know, it's winter lol.

But dry pavement, amazing. Deep snow, amazing. Packed snow/ice, pretty amazing (for an MT, probably because of my siping)

Handled 2.5' snow with ease.
Didn't even need 4x for the 1' snow on the backroads either. Just steady throttle and away the truck goes.
I remember reading that mag. My buddy has a set on a f350 with a rear locker and swears . Them. Was a tire i thought of but not sure on. So Many options! !
 

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Almost to many options haha.

I'm very happy with them so far. I had 33x10.50 km2's for a while. But they didn't balance right and I ditched em after maybe a month (3,000 miles)

Sold them for what I paid so it was no loss to me. After those I went to falken wildpeaks. Which I absolutely love. Would have bought them in 33's but wanted an MT for winter due to better deep snow performance.

Can't go wrong with cooper STT's either.
 


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