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Deadman 94 xj
January 27th, 2009, 00:41
I know this has been covered. I read a few reviews but I didn’t find what I was looking for.

Can anyone with experience with both KM2s and the old KMs give me some honest feedback?
I’m getting ready to pick up a set with the good old tax return. I’ve always liked the KM but I can’t decide which way to go. The KM2s seem to lack the lug bite that the KMs have so I’m leaning that way.
Price is about the same but I think it’d be easier to find the KM2 these days.

I’m not really interested in street performance, just wet, mud, and rocks.

35/12.5/15

Thanks!

Deadman 94 xj
January 27th, 2009, 01:23
Well I did find this.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=678964&highlight=bfg+km2

mecompco
January 27th, 2009, 02:53
Another concern might be future availability of the KM. I just had one replaced under warranty and the vendor had some difficulty in locating a replacement. According to them, BFG is phasing out the old style. Just a thought.

89eliminator
January 27th, 2009, 07:13
i know i love my KM's, but like stated already, they are phasing them out in favor of the new style.

Achmed
January 27th, 2009, 08:07
I have run 35" KM1's and and now running 35" KM2's. The KM2's are light years beyond the KM1's in terms of road noise, balance, even wear and overall performance. BFG outdid themselves with the effort put into the KM2. I have run 7 sets of tires in the last 2 years and as far as a radial, I will never install anything except the KM2 on anything I drive that leaves the pavement.

sunburned
January 27th, 2009, 09:29
Are the KM2's really that good for on-road grip, as well as everything from rocks to mud offroad? I really like my KL71's, but I was considering switching to KM2's if I ever upgrade to 33's.

Achmed
January 27th, 2009, 09:38
The KM2's have served me well on the road for 1000 miles so far.

Deadman 94 xj
January 27th, 2009, 09:41
Another concern might be future availability of the KM. I just had one replaced under warranty and the vendor had some difficulty in locating a replacement. According to them, BFG is phasing out the old style. Just a thought.

Yeah, very good point. I knew they were being phased out but I didn't think about needing a replacement in the future.

I have run 35" KM1's and and now running 35" KM2's. The KM2's are light years beyond the KM1's in terms of road noise, balance, even wear and overall performance. BFG outdid themselves with the effort put into the KM2. I have run 7 sets of tires in the last 2 years and as far as a radial, I will never install anything except the KM2 on anything I drive that leaves the pavement.

Thanks. Good enough for me.

NW-ZJ-SCOTT
January 27th, 2009, 09:48
Are the KM2's really that good for on-road grip, as well as everything from rocks to mud offroad? I really like my KL71's, but I was considering switching to KM2's if I ever upgrade to 33's.
thats funny. I have decided on Km2s for my Durango (Lr-E for towing), But it was a Close call, I was debating on getting the KL71's, Got pictures on your rig?

Still need tires for the XJ, and im debating between the two again!:wave:

vikingxj
January 27th, 2009, 12:12
They're still available and the 4x4 shop I bought them from said that if I needed to replace them under warranty, that I'd just pay the difference between what the KM1s cost and the KM2s. I think its about $16 difference.

I'm going to try to find a full sized spare to make sure that I've got one for when the time comes.

You might be able to find a shop that has some sitting around due to not being able to sell as many tires/due to the tire being the "old undesireable" type (even though they're good tires). I got 4 for $550, but they were 31x10.5x15.

Phil
January 27th, 2009, 12:27
If I can try to steer this thread a little more across the BFG spectrum, has anyone run both the KM2s and the Krawlers?

Do the KM2s even compare with the Krawlers?

WaXJ_Skier
January 27th, 2009, 12:36
I went from 33 KMs to 35 KM2s, I would say the road traction is way better with the KM2s. They seem to do fairly well in the snow too.

Achmed
January 27th, 2009, 12:51
If I can try to steer this thread a little more across the BFG spectrum, has anyone run both the KM2s and the Krawlers?

Do the KM2s even compare with the Krawlers?

Considering the compound differences, I would say no. Are we talking red?

Phil
January 27th, 2009, 12:54
Considering the compound differences, I would say no. Are we talking red?

Sorry, I mean the 35s primarily, and I thought they were only available in the street compound. Not sure what color that is.

XJfire75
January 27th, 2009, 14:03
Blues the comp co pound reds more of the streetable compound I believe...

I'm watchin this thread close I've got half worn KMs and want KM2s so this will help me decide...

Deadman 94 xj
January 27th, 2009, 14:20
If I can try to steer this thread a little more across the BFG spectrum, has anyone run both the KM2s and the Krawlers?

Do the KM2s even compare with the Krawlers?

I read the KM2s are better in the cold stuff because the compound doesn't change at all. Then again, that would be any non-sticky MT.


Keep the replies coming. I didn't mean to sound like I had made up my mind just yet. I know a few others were interested in this too.

NW-ZJ-SCOTT
January 27th, 2009, 14:23
what is your price on the 35" Km2?

Deadman 94 xj
January 27th, 2009, 14:30
what is your price on the 35" Km2?

I only looked at tire rack and 4WD hardware. Tire rack was $183 for both. 4WD IIRC $19?.

sunburned
January 28th, 2009, 08:41
thats funny. I have decided on Km2s for my Durango (Lr-E for towing), But it was a Close call, I was debating on getting the KL71's, Got pictures on your rig?

Still need tires for the XJ, and im debating between the two again!:wave:

I have pics I just can't get to them here at work. Go to Jeep Forum and search 'KL71' and you should be able to find plenty of pics of my white cherokee.


I just want to make sure the KM2's are good in all offroad conditions. My KL71's are way better than I expected in the rocks, flexing and grabbing like crazy, I'm guessing because of the fairly soft compound. They also do well in the mud and as of this weekend, get good traction in the snow and ice. I want the KM2 to do all that as well if I'm going to switch.

Does anyone run the Krawler for a street/offroad rig, or is it really made for just offroad? Just think it would be much better in the rocks and such. Guess it doesn't matter much for me, they don't make it in a 33". Still, most guys in the Peterson's Off Road Ultimate Adventure were running KM2's up to 40" and they were going over and through everything.

Built2Flex
January 28th, 2009, 10:37
Blues the comp compound reds more of the streetable compound I believe...

I believe red is competition, if at all available in KM2's. I know that's the case it Maxxis Kreepy Krawlers, IROC, and BFG Krawlers.

Raspberry
January 28th, 2009, 17:01
I'd be one of those who are also interested in this debate. I'm leaning towards KM2's after reading all of the above posts :)

On a side-note, how would the tread-wear compare to BFG's A/T KO's? ie. how long would they last? I know it wouldn't be as long, but is there a really sizeable difference in the length of time they would last compared to A/T's on tarmac and asphalt?