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Old 02-26-2010, 08:23 PM
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Thumbs down Mickey Thompson ATZs...

are not very impressive when it comes to snow. Im actually pretty dissapointed in their performance with even an inch of snow.

With the BFG ATs on my OBS I could run through 4 or so maybe more inches of snow in 2 wheel drive and not slip unless I gave it a good amount of throttle. Just driving cautiously I didnt have to worry about slipping.

Now with these ATZs on my new truck I seriously cant even go through a dusting of snow in 2 wheel drive. The truck just immediately starts sliding even if its just idling. I have to go into 4 wheel drive no matter how much snow is on the ground.

I would have thought that being an all terrain tire they would have performed better than that. Dont get me wrong in 4x4 these tires do great in the snow but in 2 wheel drive they are good for nothing unlike my BFGs where I didnt need to worry about 4x4 unless it was heavy snow. So looks like thats what will be going on next for me. I just like to use 4x4 as little as possible if I dont need to use it.

Just wondering if anyone else had this experience with these since they are so popular. Not saying the tires are bad Im just surprised with how poorly they can grip in snow.
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:29 PM
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My old man had a set of 37s that came with his '03 f250 when he got it.
They don't look to good for snow, since they have a ton of surface area, and huge lugs.
As of now they are actually sitting in my barn, in brand new condition on some 18" wheels.

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Old 02-26-2010, 08:32 PM
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My old man had a set of 37s that came with his '03 f250 when he got it.
They don't look to good for snow, since they have a ton of surface area, and huge lugs.
As of now they are actually sitting in my barn, in brand new condition on some 18" wheels.

BTW, i'm going to shoot you a PM about installing the TTB drop brackets.
Sounds good man

yeah all the surface area makes it pretty obvious that they arent going to be as good, I just thought they would be better than that, being in an area where it snows half the year having a good snow tire is important and the BFG is a ton better. Ive never been too impressed with Mickey Thompson, My 86 came with a set of baja belteds and those are by far the crappiest tire Ive ever had, but Ive never had a set of MTZs so I cant comment on those.

The ATZ is loud tire too
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I love my ATZ all I can really say about them in the snow is that they dont have as much gap between the treads. The spacing is bigger, but I think there is more rubber touching the ground. Now I will say that I have run both BFG's and MT in the snow and I can go through much more with the MT ATZ's (in 4x4). But I cant say that I noticed any problems in 2wd. I was back home in KS this winter and there was snow; didnt have any trouble in 2wd.
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I love my ATZ all I can really say about them in the snow is that they dont have as much gap between the treads. The spacing is bigger, but I think there is more rubber touching the ground. Now I will say that I have run both BFG's and MT in the snow and I can go through much more with the MT ATZ's (in 4x4). But I cant say that I noticed any problems in 2wd. I was back home in KS this winter and there was snow; didnt have any trouble in 2wd.
Really?

Huh well thats weird cuase I had the opposite experience. lol

Especially when I was way up north snowmobiling this week. I just remember with my OBS and my friends dads duramax that hauled all the sleds up to their house the last snowmobiling trip that ran BFGs as well. We drove through a blizzard using 2wd the whole time. There was a strom when we drove up this week and if I stopped that truck would not move again unless I was in 4x4. I was really dissapointed with the tires. I had to put it in 4x4 to get around my friends driveway yesterday that had 3" of snow on it from not being shoveled cause just trying to inch up it in 2wd I couldnt get any traction
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Can't say much about snow, since I'm out in the desert. BF's put in work, sand, gravel, mud,they are very quiet on the highway, and when it rains out here,they hold.
Not the best looking tires, but for sure the best A/T's out there.
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I have only ran BFGs and ATZs but I have to agree that BFGs are the best Ive had or seen from other people I know have ran
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I dont like the atz's, I have the mtz's and they are the best tire I have ever owned.
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:55 PM
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yeah see I feel like I would be a lot happier with the MTZs if I stuck with mickey thompson
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tire for tire, are the MTZ's you are running a wider/bigger tire than your BFG's you had? just curious because comparing say a 285 BFG at to a 315 or a 325 MTZ will be like comparing apples to oranges. Personally, i hate the BFG's my truck came with, but they are pretty worn..... either or, they're a good looking tire, i find if i'm in any sort of snow, i can't get out of my own way with my BFG's in 2wd
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