❏ BFGoodrich (BFG) has a long,
impressive history in four-wheel off-road racing. Until recently, BFG only
had tires for cars and trucks, but that
has changed. UTV drivers can tap
into that BFG history and racing success. BFG’s UTV tires only come in
one tire size—30x9. 5-15—so they won’t
fit on the stock wheels. We tested the
KR2s on a set of trick OMF beadlock
wheels. The BFGs are about 2 pounds
per tire heavier than the STI tires we
tested in the last issue, and they are
not DOT rated. BFG basically built
these tires with desert racers in mind.
The $258-per-tire price is discounted
if you do compete in supported race
series. That price gets you premium
pit service in events like the Baja 1000,
and we feel that quality pit service is
ON THE TRAIL
From the first 5 feet that we rolled
the RZR forward we could tell the
BFGs had a lot more traction than
we were familiar with. The knobs
are gummy like an ATV tire, but the
footprint is a little flatter like a truck
tire, so they offer a big contact patch.
Once we got moving the tires rolled
very smoothly and didn’t feel overly
heavy. In the loose, dirt-covered hard
pack traction was abundant. The tires
didn’t float at all. They were a little
more darty instead. At high speeds
they were very smooth and stayed
glued to the dirt.
Around corners the front turn-in
traction was amazing. The tires would
grab and carve a very sharp corner.
You could really notice the body roll
of the stock RZR in the sharp corners.
The back end was equally as grippy
and would hardly slide at all.
Over the rough stuff the bump
absorption was as good as other
quality tires, and again you couldn’t
even feel the smaller rocks we hit. We
drive most UTVs in 4WD, and that’s
what we did for this test, and all the
tires were inflated to 20 psi. We didn’t
like the way the BFG worked in the
sand at 20 psi. The tires wandered a
lot and wouldn’t stay in the ruts as
well as we expected. They are better
than many of the stock UTV tires for
desert conditions but, at 20 psi, not
perfect. We aired down to 15 psi and
liked them much better in the sand.
WHAT WE THINK
If we were racing events like the
Baja 1000 and needed the pit support
that BFG offers, it wouldn’t take any
convincing for us to buy the BFGs.
They held up to our abuse very well
and didn’t wear quickly. For casual trail riding we think they would
work better on a wider, heavier car,
as they provide more grip than we
have ever had in a RZR. But with
a narrow stock car it might be too
much, and the extra weight is something we are very hesitant about
adding, especially way out on the
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BFG’s new KR2 UTV tire is only available
in one size—30/9. 9-15—but expect a
32-inch option to be available soon. The
30s sell for $258 each, unless you get
the racer discount.
We haven’t had as much time on the new BFG KR2 tires as we have had with other
brand tires, so we abused them. We tried to get them to fail and we couldn’t.
UTV desert tires from a car tire company
By the staff of Dirt Wheels