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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor's BFGoodrich Tires in Detail: Video

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor’s BFGoodrich Tires in Detail: Video

The new BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires provide better traction, longer life for Raptors

Ford has released the second video in its six-part series detailing the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor. (Check out part one here) The minute-long clip shows why Ford engineers chose BFGoodrich’s completely revised All-Terrain T/A tire for the Raptor, all while the truck blasts through the desert in slow motion glory.

For those unfamiliar, the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tire is largely credited with creating the all-terrain tire category more than 30 years ago. In those decades, the tire has undergone four generational changes, the latest of which comes standard on the 2017 Raptor.

This new generation of All-Terrain T/A is called the KO2. It replaces the previous KO tire with a new internal construction, thicker sidewalls, larger sidewall lugs, improved rubber compounds, and a revised tread design. The KO2’s tread still recalls the original tread of previous generations, but its new design is said to provide better traction in every condition, including snow and ice. In fact, the KO2 earns the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s Three Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol – a big deal for any tire.

Thanks to all these advancements, the KO2 is said to be 20 percent stronger than the KO, while gripping 19 percent better in the snow and 10 percent better in mud. BFGoodrich says it’s designed to last twice as long on harsh gravel roads and 15 percent longer on conventional asphalt then the outgoing All-Terrain T/A.

While those numbers are based on corporate speak, the All-Terrain T/A’s long-standing reputation is widely known. It’s easy to see why Ford was keen on adopting the new KO2s for the 2017 Raptor. We just can’t wait to get behind the 2017 Raptor’s wheel and see for ourselves.

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