Goodrich R17 KO2 Review

The review is based on New Mexico Backroads [NMBR] experience with the Goodrich 37×12.50R17 KO2 tires mounted on a Jeep Rubicon for a year-long review.

“Is it time to return to an all-terrain tire?” –this question would function as running theme for New Mexico Backroads’ continuing review of this KO2. Would an off-roading enthusiast or professional be inclined to give up their huge cube mud-terrains for BFGoodrich’s next-generation competitive all-terrain tire?

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Currently, the KO2 tires have over 15,000 miles of use, the vast majority of which has been off the sidewalk and on dirt in 14PSI. NMBR’s  experiences have included an expedition hosted for American Expedition Vehicles, two Ghost Divide Expeditions, traversing the historic Butterfield Trail with Overland Journal, the Gila Legends Expedition, the Camino del Tesoro Overland and a host of other rocky field work Throughout the backcountry of the Southwest. The tires are subject to every possible surface state except ice. As mentioned previously the tires provide exceptional traction in various challenging conditions and terrain while still maintaining excellent pavement manners. These powerful characteristics have remained unchanged over the previous eight months and 15,000 miles.

Review Background

Coming from my excellent experience (zero failures) using a half dozen sets of BFGoodrich KM2 Mud Terrain tires because their 2008 launch, the KO2’s had some big shoes to fill. My expectations for the KO2 All-Terrain tires were although they’d be a tire, but could fall short of the KM2 in terrain or the scenarios. Up to now, my assumption was proven wrong.

Sidewall Durability

In technical scenarios utilizing the sidewalls is essential, and where the tire tread isn’t in contact with the terra firma, the sidewalls of the BFGoodrich KO2 hold powerful. The sidewalls of the KO2 feature a shoulder layout sipes and an side lug design that provides bite when steering precision is crucial. The material was improved over the KO tire with BFGoodrich Coregard Technology that offers a durable rubber composition that resists cutting and bruising. For extra protection, the sidewall rubber compound and side lugs of this KO2 extend towards the tire’s middle. Countless miles of riverbed and dry streets were traversed with the Jeep Rubicon and the KO2’s. Hundreds, if not thousands, of stones (football to VW Bug in size), have manhandled the sidewalls.

When airing up, I try to always inspect the tires and the car’s bottom for damage. The sidewalls show no indication of gouges or cuts. Some of the harshest contacts has arrived in scar regions, where branches stretch onto the road like spearheads from ponderosa snags. The sidewalls of the KO2 have not been jeopardized by the branches, but pelase remember that driving over such hazards are not recommended.

Airing up with the KO2sIt had been mentioned in the May 2,000-mile review that the KO2 sidewalls were stiff and the preferable off-road PSI was 12.5 PSI. In the months since, the sidewalls have broken in a bit, providing greater flexibility and a more conspicuous sidewall “bulge” at low PSI. At 15,000 miles, 14 PSI currently provides optimum (total) of sidewalk stability and grip for our Jeep Rubicon.

Traction, Tread & Mileage:

It’s official, the BFGoodrich KO2 has equivalent or better overall grip attributes when compared to the BFGoodrich KM2.

While the vast majority of the mileage I log is off-road, I only engage the 4WD  when necessary. Lots of the paths we cover are just three or four hundred miles between fuel stops where fuel conservation is critical.

With the KO2 tires, I have managed to travel more miles in 2WD than with the preceding KM2 tires. Whereas with the KM2 tires I used to arrive at Reserve, NM for refuel on fumes, after three days traveling across the Gila Legends Expedition route, I am currently arriving on a bit less than a quarter tank with the KO2 tires. The improvement in mileage could be attributed to improved traction and decreased 4WD involvement and the tighter (lower rolling resistance) tread pattern of the KO2–when comparing to the KM2. In any event, I will take it!

Traction while climbing loose steep inclines is on par with the KM2. Spin out and breakaways are minimal when the differentials are equally open in 4-low and non-existent when the differentials are both secured on the loosest and most angled terrain. The standard of grip the KO2 tires supply in these difficult conditions equal that of the knobbiest mud terrain tires on the market–a significant statement for an all-terrain tire.

The extensive siping found throughout the KO2’s legendary interlocking tread block pattern provides improved traction, which further compliments the threads themselves. While the tread edges stay sharp and unphased after 15,000 miles of hard use, the sipes borders themselves exhibit minor rounding–this indicates that the sipes are working hard and essential to the tread pattern’s functionality.

Between the treads are small pyramid-shaped risers which foster the ejection of debris and stones to maximize traction by maintaining the tread openings open and protect against drilling (meaning embedded rock caused tire damage).

Tread Profile

 

Road Manners

BFGoodrich’s KO2s remains true and steady. Cornering is excellent for a 37-inch tall tire. Since the May 2,000-mile review, the favored street air pressure has come down to 28 PSI. This places all but a quarter inch of the tread in contact with the sidewalk while providing a good ride on New Mexico’s pothole-riddled byways. While the tires were rather quiet rolling down smooth-street when brand new, they create slightly more sound with 15,000 mph–not really an issue or complaint, just an observation.

Nevertheless, the KO2’s are still quieter than a brand new pair of KM2’s. Balancing has been undramatic; no tire cause drifting, negative feedback or vibrations can be detected.

 

Dirt road driving

Tire Wear Characteristics

While keeping to the basic interlocking tread block look of the prior KO all-terrain tire, BFGoodrich has significantly altered the tread rubber compound of this KO2 to offer a 100% more on grime tread life expectancy using the newest KO2–a figure derived from extensive Baja improvement and third-party testing.

Given the tough life the Rubicon’s BFGoodrich KO2 tires have lived in a relatively short period of time, the treads are in good shape. The tread depth of the tires fresh was 15/32 of an inch, in over 15,000 miles; they now measure an impressive 12/32 of an inch. It must be noted that the spare remains unused and won’t be included in the normal 3,500-mile rotation and balance program. The  Rubicon’s frontend orientation program was run every 5,000 miles. As for trail-related wear, just a half dozen nicks that the size of a fingernail is found in the tread blocks–no chunking, dividing or cutting is evident. The tread block edges are still sharp and unphased. The siping inside the tread blocks display minimum rounding–proof the sipes are hard at work providing maximum grip. The wear exhibited so far are the best I’ve seen of an aggressive all-terrain tire. The 15,000-mile KO2 review photographs provide the best comments on wear–the pictures say it all. The NMBR Rubicon’s KO2 tires aren’t even halfway through their service life.

KO2s up close

Cordovan Passenger Tires

We have summarized Cordovans passenger tire models in a handy list below. Cordovan offers four different types of passenger tires, ranging from touring to all-season tires.

The following information has been taken from http://www.cordovantires.com/

Tour Plus LS

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From cutting-edge component technology to premium visual appeal, the Tour Plus features an impressive integration of innovative construction and aesthetic enhancements designed with a singular goal in mind…to refine and enhance your driving experience.

  • Modern asymmetrical layout with ventless technologies for year-round functionality and superior look
  • Silica-enhanced tread compound for superior winter and wet grip
  • Computer enhanced audio quality system provides ultra quiet ride
  • Variable Progressive Siping (VPS) offers prolonged all-weather functionality and enhanced worn tire appearance
  • 80,000-Mile Limited Treadwear Warranty (T-Rated Products)
  • 60,000-Mile Limited Treadwear Warranty (H & V-Rated Products)
  • Free replacement initial 50 percent of treadwear for workmanship and material
  • Free roadside assistance available
 Grand Prix Tour RS

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The new creation of an all-season scooter, combining exceptional quality using an extremely efficient all-weather vacationing design. The Grand Prix Tour RS packs ride relaxation, weatherproof grip and enhanced handling to make our best tire worth. Designed for the modern sedans, compact cars, and minivans.

  • T, H & V-Rated sizing for the popular vehicle fitments
  • Technology-driven tread design for exceptional all-weather performance
  • Precision engineered for even wear and extended run life
  • Full-depth siping for lasting snow and wet traction
  • Notched center rib with multi-element blading for enhanced steering and handling response
  • Low rolling resistance for improved fuel efficiency
  • 60,000-Mile Limited Treadwear Warranty (T-Rated Products)
  • 50,000-Mile Limited Treadwear Warranty (H & V-Rated Products)
Centron All-Season

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Centron, the all-season passenger tire that provides long mileage and dependability in just about any sort of weather. Designed for any sedan, hatchback, SUV or minivan.

  • All Season Tread Style For Outstanding Year-Round Grip
  • Dual Tread Compound For Slower Wear And Improved Durability
  • Variable Tread Element Sequence For A Smooth And Quiet Ride
  • 50,000-Mile Limited Treadwear Warranty

 

 

Duration Classic A/S

Dependable and affordable all-season performance. The Duration Classic A/S features appealing white sidewall styling and 12 popular 70/75 series sizes.

  • All Season Tread Style For Dependable Handling and Traction
  • White Sidewall
  • Smooth and quiet ride
  • M & S rated for yearlong performance capacity
  • Affordably priced

To see more tires from Cordovan, check out our in-depth Cordovan Tire Review.

Cordovan Tires Review

Cordovan Tires is a Personal company that uses the Private Brands Division of TBC to distribute tires. TBC’s Private Brands Division the marketing company for personal tire brands in North America.

Recently TBC’s Private Brands Division was ranked number one of those groups performed by Independent Tire Dealers. Cordovan offers tires for many kinds of tires such as passenger, performance, SUV, and Light Truck. Highway Commercial tires can also be provided, such as ST Radial bias and radial truck, and trailer. Cordovan produces agricultural and skid steer tires for farms, backhoes, and skid steer.

Cordovan does not specialize in only automobile tires. Off-the-road tires such as: for Garden and Lawn, ATV, Forklift, and Industrial OTR Bias and specialty tires. Four types of tires are manufactured including Touring All-Season, Passenger All-Season Luxury Touring T/H/V, and Value All Season.

Cordovan currently offer the following categories of passenger vehicles:

High-Performance Tires are also provided including Premium Ultra High Performance, Premium High-Performance All-Season, Performance, White Letter Performance, and Ultra High Performance.

See the list below for their extensive range of performance tires:

Ten Kinds of tires are offered for Light Trucks, a few of those tire options include Premium All Terrain, All Position/All Terrain Premium Highway All-Season, and Value All Position.

The Cordovan Grand Prix Tour RS is a choice for All-Season Touring Tires. The Grand Prix Tour RS is T, H, and V rated with several sizes to choose from. This tire uses design techniques to make it a tire that hugs the road in all of the elements. The Grand Prix Tour RS has a center rib using a multi-element blading that improves handling and steering response. Wide Circumferential grooves and Cross Channels were added to provide water evacuation to reduce potential hydroplaning. A tread design was incorporated to increase traction to allow for all season use. The Grand Prix Tour RS was precision engineered for even tread wear and an extended life. The tire tread depth is great for snow road traction. A 60,000-mile tread-life warranty for its T-rated, and 50,000-mile warranty for the H and V rated tires backs the Cordovan Grand Prix Tour RS.

The Sceptor G/P326R is an Ultra-High-Performance tire that uses innovative technology to provide performance that is superior to the tire. An Advanced Directional Tread Design creates a utopia of superior acceleration, cornering, and braking power. A center rib design gives the tire more stability, enabling it to work with a greater response with minimal sound at high speeds. This tire is magnificent to look at, with a sidewall that gives the tire a performance appearance.

Cordovan produces a tire for Light Trucks and SUV’s, Wild Spirit Radial SUV. This tire is innovative technology, and a Premium-Highway-SUV/Light Truck Tire that has become very popular because of its great guarantee. The tire has a design tread wear, backed by a 65,000 mile, 60-month mileage warranty. Cordovan Tires are manufactured with manufacturing standards and superior quality.

10 Best All-Season Tires Under $100 (2017)

Are you searching for a new pair of tires, but looking to spend the least amount of money as you can? Maybe you’re not confident of which tires are the best choice for your automobile that will keep within your budget? Whatever the reason, we have assembled our list of the top 10 best all-season tires under $100, updated for 2017.

Lots of men and women believe low cost means cheap tires, but this just isn’t true with the tires in this review. We chose every tire in this top 10 review on the grounds of quality, price, reviews, and comments from other drivers, in addition to our own experiences. For a more detailed review on each tire, you can find them listed under our Tire Reviews section, or simply click on the comprehensive review button.

Costs for all tires on this list are based on tires that fit 15″ rims and come in a wide variety of sizes.


Prodigy H/T

Produced by Yokohama for trucks, SUV’s, crossovers, and vans, the Prodigy H/T features impressive grip and handling no matter if the road surface is dry, wet or even snow covered. The tread life with this tire is long, and the ride comfort may surprise you. There’s also a 100 000 kilometers (60 k mile) tread guarantee included with this version.

Kumho Solus KR21

The KR21 from Kumho is among the cheapest priced all-season tires out there. It sports excellent overall ride quality to go with all year long grip and dependable handling. One of the advantages with this tire is how quiet it’s on the road. These tires have a very generous 85,000-mile guarantee.

Westlake RP18

If we had to select the top all-around cheapest priced all-season scooter, the RP18 is our probably pick. Expect excellent wet and dry grip, in addition to enjoyable ride quality. For around town driving or daily commuting, this scooter does not disappoint.

Ohtsu FP0612 A/S

As one of the cheapest priced high-performance all-season tires created today, the Ohtsu FP0612 offers reliable performance that may even surprise you. Traction on wet and dry pavement is more than adequate, ride comfort isn’t bad, and there is also a 40K mile guarantee. It provides outstanding overall performance at a more affordable price, which makes it a fantastic option.

General Altimax RT43

The most recent addition to the General Tire lineup is also one of the best. The Altimax RT43 features a unique twin tread compound which not only increases traction on wet, dry or snow covered road surfaces but additionally, it adds more driving comfort by cushioning the ride. As reviewed Altimax offers a 75,000-mile warranty, promising a long tread life on the RT43s.

Goodyear Assurance UltraTour

The Goodyear UltraTour is intended to provide one of the more comfortable rides within an abysmal tire which you will find today. But this tire sports excellent yearlong grip to go with more than competent handling on all kinds of road surfaces. A 70 000-mile tread guarantee and its lower cost make this a good choice in fresh tires.

Laufenn G Fit AS

Since Hankook established their Laufenn brand as an entry-level alternative for budget-minded drivers, the G Fit AS has quickly become a popular alternative. For fundamental driving needs that this scooter is dependable and built to last, and the reduced price will save you plenty of money in the procedure.

GT Radial Champiro VP1

GT Radial has included features on its Champiro VP1 which are typically found only on tires costing far more than this version. A minimal rolling resistance tread compound increases fuel efficiency, while the tire’s tread block design enriches all-season grip and handling. Noise canceling technology reduces road noise, making this an extremely quiet and comfortable riding tire.

Kelly Edge A/S

This budget-friendly version from Kelly Tires, which is owned by Goodyear, offers some of the very best dry, wet and winter grip of any all-season tire available. The steering is quick and responsive, and Kelly backs it for 55K miles.

Arizonian Silver Edition III

Not a great deal of people know about the Silver Edition III, but it fits in well for a cheap all-season tire. It’s designed to deliver reliable wet and dry grip while providing a comfortable ride with a better than average tread life. Road noise is minimal. As a subsidiary of Cooper Tire, you will also find a 55 000-mile tread guarantee on this tire.

That’s a wrap for this review. Should you want view all our posts on different tire brands then click here to return to our tire page. Likewise you can click here to view rims and mags to go with your fresh set of tires.