For a 17' tire, the best one I have found for all around applications are the ones I have, the Firestone Destination AT. Quiet, Good Looking, great in any mud, sand, snow, slush, crap, gravel or pavement I have put them on or through. They have 40k on them now and look like they could go 40k more.
i run federal courgia's (i yhink thats how its spelled) i love em they are 20's tho but alot of people run them on off road jeeps they r prretty aggressive but but i live in the country and dont haul much but when i do its heavy stuff they r 10 ply. they r a cheaper tire but work great for me and i believe they come in a 17 16 or 20 i picked mine up off of tireeasy.com
I agree with ArmyofOne. I have about 1,000 miles on a set of Destination A/Ts. They are very quiet on pavement. Excellent in mud. Couldn't ask for a better all around tire. Decent price too. I don't mean to sound like a Firestone commercial but they're good tires.
There is a good article the recent issue of 4 wheeler magazine..They rate 33 different tires in different categories..Street,snow,ice,rock,mud,sand etc..An give them star ratings in each category..If i find my issue I can fill ya in on some info..Sounds like street and sand mainly for the OP..Correct?
I had Bfg all terrains on a 17 in wheel and hated them, i was wandering all over the road and the sidewalls are thin. Put Nitto trailgrapplers on 2 weeks ago and these tires are awesome. I track so nice and straight, they ride nice and are quiet, and they look killer. They come in a load E which is good for my 2500.
I just drive to OBX on weekends but I mostly drive on road 85% of the time (like i haven't had my truck for a year it had 132,000 miles now it has 153,000 miles) and the rest is off road driving. I don't want a loud tire but i want the mean look I was looking at the Ferice Attitude, Fierstone Destination MT, Nitto Trail Grapplers, Super Swamper M-16 but I don't know much about how they go