BFGoodrich KO3 All-Terrain Tire Finally Shipping!

BF Goodrich KO3 all-terrain tire shown at an angle

With lots of Baja wins under its steel belts, the BFG KO2 has been one of the top off-road and overland tires to beat. Great all-around performance, light weight, and lots of sizes mean you’ll find it on a lot of vehicles.

But ever since it was teased a year ago, the new BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO3 tire has been the one we’ve been waiting for. It’s tougher, more durable, and performs better in mud and snow, and now it’s finally shipping.

“BFGoodrich Tires’ legendary toughness has been made tougher with the creation of the All-Terrain KO3 tire,” said Harold Phillips, BFGoodrich Global General Manager. “We’ve done a lot of racing and research in the 10 years since we launched the KO2 tire, so a decade of data, feedback, technology and experience went into the development of the KO3 tire. We are our own competition, and we knew it was time to take the all-terrain tire to another level.”

What’s new about the BFGoodrich KO3?

closeup tread profile detail of new BF Goodrich KO3 all-terrain tire

The All-Terrain T/A KO3 tire has improved wear performance (and gravel road durability in particular) thanks to a new rubber compound and block design. New tread block shapes and grooves help it shed mud better, with thicker “Mud-Phobic” Bars preventing it from sticking inside the grooves. All of this should also help with general wet weather performance, too.

KO2 vs KO3 comparison

The key differences between the BFGoodrich KO2 and KO3 are:

  • KO3 has larger tread blocks that should roll more smoothly and hold up better.
  • KO3 has longer, wider diagonal grooves that channel water more quickly and directly to the outside edge, through even larger side drainage channels.
  • KO3 tread blocks have sharper edges to bite into corners and off-camber, technical terrain
  • KO3 has deeper “3D locking” sipes that gives the knobs more specific, intentional flex where and when needed
closeup tread profile detail of new BF Goodrich KO3 all-terrain tire

The KO3 has larger Mud-Phobic Bars between the wider side knobs, which they say siphons mud away from the casing, releasing it as the tire rolls.

Note the small v-shaped notches in the sipes – that’s the 3D locking design that changes how the tread blocks can twist and flex in some directions versus others.

new BF Goodrich KO3 all-terrain tire shown on kyle straits ford bronco

The KO3 keeps their CoreGard Technology for great sidewall toughness. The side knobs carrying over to the sidewall not only improve traction when aired down, they’re part of the Advanced Deflection Design that helps prevent trail debris from snagging and splitting the sidewall.

side view of new BF Goodrich KO3 all-terrain tire

Traction: Even in the worst conditions, the All-Terrain T/A KO3 tire is made to grip. Those serrated shoulder knobs work with the Mud-Phobic Bars to improve much and snow performance. The KO3s get a Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake severe-snow rating.

KO3 Sizes & Availability Release Dates

The new KO3 is rolling out in phases, and the chart above shows the first three phases:

  • May 2024 – 13 sizes
  • August 2024 – 17 more sizes
  • October 2024 – 5 new sizes for 22″ rims

After that, an additional 52 sizes arrive in 2025 and 19 sizes in 2026, offering more than 100 total options. The KO3 tire carries a 6-year/50,000-mile warranty and 60-day satisfaction guarantee, pricing depends on size. Get your orders in now – Tire Rack has them.

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I'm a serial traveller and road trip lover who's crisscrossed the US so many times I've lost count. I've owned cars, SUVs, wagons, vans and a 37' class A toy hauler RV, and I've customized them all! I love the open road and getting off the beaten path to find new adventures, mainly traveling with Kristi and the kids to explore the world on our own two feet (and, usually, two to four wheels)!

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