Finally made a decision about which tires will replace the OEM Firestones, which I do not like one bit.
I had been leaning toward Coopers, since I've run a lot of Coopers over the years and never been unhappy with them. I'm running the Cooper M+S as winter tires, with studs, and they are awesome.
But as an old motorhead with fond memories of running Pirelli tires many years ago and being thrilled with them (as young bucks we went nuts over the huge leap forward in performance provided by the Pirelli Cinturatos way back in the 1960's - they truly were revolutionary at the time) I decided to take a flyer on the Pirelli Scorpion AT plus.
Not much in the way of reviews so far, but got them installed a few days ago, and we'll see how it plays out over time.
Visually the tread architecture is not dissimilar to BFG KO2's. Maybe just a little bit less 'aggressive' a tread pattern with a few extra sipes, all of which are full-depth. They are currently running about $160 less, for four, than the BFG's too, and close to $50 less than the Coopers.
My initial reaction is all positive so far. The first thing I noticed is that, once mounted they needed only very minimal weights—the heaviest was a 1.5—to zero out the balance machine.
I hopped on Interstate 70 after leaving Discount Tire to see how they felt at speed and they were great. Very stable and quiet with good tracking and no noticeable vibrations of any kind at any speed, including a couple of short bursts up to 95mph.
Naturally, since I took off the winter tires and rims to install the Pirellis, we got a spring snowstorm the very next day. Performance in those conditions was excellent. The gravel road up to our house is a steep series of switchbacks requiring 4WD under even the mildest winter conditions, and even with a 4" snow cover there was no noticeable loss of traction.
So far so good..
I'll update this review after a few thousand miles, especially after some miles with our 2800 pound Arctic Fox in-bed camper loaded.