BFGoodrich® Tires has introduced the Mud-Terrain T/A® KM3, its next-generation off-road tyre for extreme conditions. Long known as the leading brand for hard-core off-road enthusiasts, BFGoodrich has introduced technologies into the new tyre that improve climbing, traction and toughness in the mud and over rock.
Representing the latest innovation in BFGoodrich’s 40-year history of advancing off-road tyre technology, the Mud-Terrain T/A® KM3 is must-have equipment for those who need tyres to perform in nearly any off-road scenario.
“The KM3 tyre is essential equipment for serious off-road enthusiasts. We designed this tyre for extreme toughness and traction,” said Harold Phillips, global general manager of the BFGoodrich brand. “Whether building for off-road fun or for extreme capability to reach outdoor activities, this tyre was made to take drivers anywhere they want to go.”
Made to Mud
The BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A® KM3 has 5 percent better mud traction than its predecessor. “Mud-Phobic” bars on the tyre’s shoulders are designed to release compacted mud for enhanced traction in muddy or soft soil conditions. The tyre’s Terrain-Attack tread pattern includes massive tread blocks designed to deliver incredible grip from any angle of approach.
Built to Climb
The advanced Krawl-TEK compound in the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A® KM3 delivers 8 percent better rock traction that enhances grip on rock and other slick surfaces. The tyre’s Linear Flex Zone allows it to envelop objects at reduced inflation for even more grip when climbing. The Traction-Armor Sidewall Sculpture and notched shoulder design also boost traction capabilities in soft soil and mud.
Created to Conquer
The BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A® KM3 was designed to conquer the toughest off-road challenges with extreme sidewall protection, pinch shock resistance and chip-and-tear resistance on gravel. Its sidewalls are 27 percent tougher, thanks to CoreGard Max race-proven technology derived from the BFGoodrich Baja T/A® KR3 desert-racing tyre line. This technology helps prevent splitting or puncturing with increased thickness that protects the critical sidewall failure zone. The BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A® KM3 also offers solid street performance and acceptable on-road noise levels for the rides to and from the trail.
Sizes and Market Coverage
The KM3 tyre will be available in North America and Australian BFGoodrich dealers from June 2018.
Australia will have 25 new sizes available from June ranging in size from 16 to 20-inch rim diameters. A full compliment of 38 sizes will be available by end of 2019, providing for 90 percent coverage of the Australian market. The Mud-Terrain T/A® KM3 will have the best coverage of the 17- to 20-inch rim diameter market – the largest segment in this tyre category.
The Mud-Terrain T/A® KM3 will also offers three size upgrade options in the UTV sport and UTV multi-purpose segments. The new KM3 UTV tyres offer the same toughness, traction and climbing ability as those for street-legal vehicles, but are tuned for performance of UTV rigs.
BFGoodrich created the radial all-terrain and mud-terrain categories. With more than 40 years of category leadership for off-road tires, BFGoodrich has won more SCORE Baja desert racing championships than all other competitors combined — and continues to regularly use such desert races as real-world laboratories to improve tyre technology. A look at the brand’s mudtyre history demonstrates nearly four decades of progressing technology:
- 1980: BFGoodrich debuts the world’s first radial light-truck performance tyre, the radial Mud-Terrain T/A®.
- 1984: BFGoodrich introduces 35-inch radial Mud-Terrain T/A®, the tallest light-truck tire in the world.
- 1988: Second-generation radial Mud-Terrain T/A® is launched.
- 1993: BFGoodrich releases the Moab Edition Mud-Terrain T/A®.
- 2001: Third-generation Mud-Terrain T/A® KM makes its debut.
- 2007: Fourth-generation Mud-Terrain T/A® KM2 is introduced.
- 2018: Fifth-generation Mud-Terrain T/A® KM3 is launched globally.
For full details of the Mud-Terrain T/A® KM3 including a gallery of photos, videos, data sheets, frequently asked questions and sizes, visit www.bfgoodrich.com.au.