BFGoodrich is a household name in the off-road world, tires like the T/A KO2s are the reason. You’ll find these tires on high-performance off-roaders and mall crawlers alike because they last forever, have amazing grip on all surfaces, and look really, really good on trucks and SUVs.
- Type: All-Terrain LT
- Sizes: 15-22″
- Uniform Tire Quality Grade (UTQG): N/A
- Speed Rating: R, S, Q, T
- Warranty: 50,000 Miles or 6 Years
- Price: $$$-$$$$
What Sets It Apart
The BFGoodrich T/A KO2s are simply the best off-road-focused all-terrains you can buy. They have traction levels that put many dedicated off-road tires to shame. Plus, they will survive a grueling race across the desert. BFGoodrich developed these tires to compete in Baja, then made them road-worthy… somehow. The end result is the premier choice for anyone who spends time in the mud, snow, or climbing rocks.
However, what really sets them apart is that they will last a lot longer than any other aggressive AT. It’s rare for a tire with side blocks to last more than 30k miles, but BFGoodrich is confident that you’ll get 50k out of the KO2s.
Comfort and Performance
There’s not much to complain about when it comes to comfort. They are noisy tires, and they will wonder if you aren’t paying attention, but that’s true for any tire with an aggressive tread. The KO2s are actually quieter than some of their competitors. If you have ever driven with a set of Goodyear Wrangler DuraTracs, the KO2s will feel downright quiet.
These tires aren’t really meant to make you comfortable, though. They are meant to take you off the highway and on an adventure. It’s once you leave the pavement that you will really notice how good these tires perform. The serrated sidewalls can bite into snow, sand, and rock, and the interlocking tread blocks can keep you planted on ice and wet pavement.
We mentioned above that these tires were developed for Baja, but we left off the best part. The winner of the Baja 1000 was using these same tires. If that isn’t a testament to these tires’ performance, we don’t know what could be.
Safety and Durability
The downside to the incredible off-road capability is that these tires are heavy. If you are not used to driving with heavy-duty tires like these, you will notice that your braking distances are increased, and you’ll need to take corners a little slower. It’s not excessive, and it’s not as bad as hardcore MTs, but it is noticeable.
When it comes to durability, though, the KO2s are unrivaled. They are incredibly resilient and hard to puncture. You need that when you are flying through the rocky desert, but it’s also convenient when driving around construction sites or near neighbors who are careless with their tools.
It’s not just a marketing spiel, either. BFGoodrich backs up these tires with one of the best warranties you can get on an off-road tire. They guarantee uniformity for up to 25% of the tread’s life, and they offer a 50k-mile limited warranty. That’s impressive for a tire company that fully expects you to abuse the absolute hell out of their product.
Who It’s For
Ford and Jeep both equip their top-tier off-roaders with these tires. If you own a Wrangler Rubicon or Ford Raptor and are happy with your tires from the factory, then these are the replacements to get. You might have the older generation; the newer KO2s are even better.
Otherwise, anyone that really values off-road performance, but isn’t quite willing to give up highway driving completely, will love these wheels. We mean it when we say they are one of the best all-terrain tires you can get. That’s why they are used for racing, that’s why Ford sticks them on their famous Raptors, and that’s why you won’t be disappointed.