Ford Bronco tires – our picks
By: Discount Tire
The hype is growing for the upcoming Ford Bronco, set to debut in dealer showrooms in June 2021.
It's a sigh of relief for those of us bored of seeing the same pickups, Wranglers, and 4Runners out on the trail. With such an iconic nameplate being brought back to life, it's a relief to see that Ford is not messing around with its pick of OE tires and tire sizes for the Bronco.
2021 Ford Bronco Tire Sizes
Now that we have a good idea of the ins and outs of the 6th-gen Bronco, its lineup of tires have been making a splash of their own. From the 35's of the Sasquatch Package on down, its OE tire sizes and categories include:
- LT315/70R17 BSW Mud-Terrain Tires
- LT285/70R17 Mud-Terrain Tires
- LT285/70R17 All-Terrain Tires
- LT265/70R17 All-Terrain Tires
- 255/75R17 All-Terrain Tires
- 255/70R18 All-Terrain Tires
- 255/70R16 All-Season Tires
We know the 35-inch mud terrain tires off the Sasquatch Package will lead the group in terms of off-road capability, but there's a lot more than meets the eye in this list. The new Bronco has options where its rubber is concerned, and it all depends on how you plan to use it.
But we also know the launch of the new Bronco is going to be insane. People are going to be putting serious money down on deposits and paying heavy dealer markups in certain markets (especially if there's ever a Bronco Raptor) – only to immediately lift their brand new Bronco three inches, put leveling kits on it, up-fit all kinds of lights and rooftop tents, bumpers, winches, and fender flares.
And what are the universally accepted first mods that off-road junkies and newbies alike do to a brand new truck?
Aftermarket wheels and bigger tires.
Off-road tire swaps usually coincide with changing the way you refer to your tires, from the traditional P-metric "265/60/R18" variant on a sidewall to a high flotation size that are more commonly paraphrased to a "35-inch tire", for example.
For those doing research on or trying to get an idea on what to change out the stock tires and wheels on the new Bronco to, here are our picks.
BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM3
There's really only one way to upgrade from the BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A KO2 for core off-roading capability, and that's to a dedicated mud-terrain tire. For this pick we're opting to keep it in the BFG family by presenting the BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM3 for your consideration when you're ready to swap out your next-gen Bronco's stock tires. Truly, these tires were created to serve as the basecamp of your journey to the peaks of 4x4 supremacy.
In all seriousness, this tire is no joke when it comes to pure off-road prowess, and will be perfect for the big tire and beadlock wheel swaps needed specifically for rock crawling. Dunes and even the roughest trails won't stand a chance with KM3's, especially on the new Bronco and all of the modern off-road tech that'll go into it.
But there are tradeoffs you should know about. You'll encounter far more road noise, depleted gas mileage and reduced acceleration performance if you put on mud-terrain tires in place of all-terrains – even in the case of swapping KO2's for KM3's on your new Bronco. This is kind of an all-or-nothing swap, so if you plan on also daily-driving your 6th-gen Bronco, you might consider storing your dedicated KM3's and their wheels away and then putting them on right before you take to the trail.
Or drive with them on all the time and look awesome doing it.
Toyo Open Country A/t II
Let's say you're interested in a lower trim level Bronco (or even the smaller "Baby Bronco"/Bronco Scout) and want to work your way up to a cool-looking and capable all-terrain without necessarily swapping your Bronco's OE wheels out.
The Toyo Open Country A/T II has been a solid and established A/T tire in this segment for a while now, and it'll increase your Bronco's overall off-road capability without compromising ride quality, fuel efficiency, or even winter weather grip the way switching to a dedicated set of mud-terrain tires will.
An extra bonus? They come with a 50,000 to 65,000-mile warranty and are one of the more affordable A/T tires in this segment – a valuable proposition especially if you're looking at replacing all four tires plus the external spare on your Bronco.
Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac
We couldn't resist the irony of suggesting that would-be Bronco owners equip a tire called the "wrangler" on a vehicle being heralded as a Jeep Wrangler fighter. The thing is, the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac is a solid all-terrain tire pretty much all the way around.
It's M + S-rated for parts of the country that see snow and cold temperatures, and the Wrangler DuraTrac is as good for your commute and around-town routines as it is for getting deep into the wilderness on your next outdoor excursion.
It's also a classic nameplate with a long pedigree of reliability that (as a bonus!) is available in white sidewall lettering to fully accentuate the new Bronco's boxy, retro silhouette. In no way will you go wrong with a set of Wrangler's on your Bronco, no matter how you end up using it.
Here at Discount Tire we're waiting with high excitement for the 2020 or 2021 Ford Bronco, and will be sure to update this page as more information becomes available or applicable to the new Bronco's tire and wheel options.
In the meantime, find your nearest store and give them a call if you need tires or wheels for your 1965 - 1996 Bronco!