BF Goodrich tyre quality - America or Japan?

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 14:38
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Hi all, I have owned 2 pairs of BFG Mud terrains (32 x 11.5) and I am just about to buy my third lot. Now I know there are a lot of guys out there that don't like BFG tyres. I don't really care for that opinion, as they have been nothing but good to me getting 130,000km out of my tyres each time and putting them through hell. What I want to know is that I believe they are making them in Japan now instead of America? and apparently they are using different (cheaper) materials which aren't up to scratch? Before I lay my hard dollar out for them again, I would like to know if anyone has some knowledge on this matter?
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Reply By: NathanK - Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 14:46

Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 14:46
i know Bridgestone are the same - The Japanese ones generally aren't as tough as the ones made in australia which are reinforced for Aussie conditions.
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Reply By: flappan - Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 15:08

Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 15:08
I thought it was only the AT's that went to Japan.

The Muddies were/are still US made ?

We are still getting US made AT's at the moment anyway. Muddies shouldn't be any different.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 13:11

Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 13:11
Nah, the MT's are also being sourced from Japan and aren't up to the US standard
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul H - Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 17:45

Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 17:45
Dont know about that I just bought a new set of All Terrains & they are stamped "Made In USA"
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 17:52

Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 17:52
You're lucky.. I speak the truth.... a little Ducky who knows more about tyres than Dunlop told me and he speaks the truth also.
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Reply By: LBJ - Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 15:17

Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 15:17
I'm not 100% on this but i thought that michelin made BFG's. all of them out of USA.
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Follow Up By: flappan - Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 16:16

Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 16:16
There are SOME BFG AT's coming out of Japan. I know a few blokes with them.

It seems it depends on where the Tyre Shop sources their tyres. The smaller ones , come from the BFG importer who imports from Japan, but the Bigger tyre Co's , like Bob Jane etc , import their own, and these come from US.

Apparently the AT's are being stopped, or have stopped production in the US , and have moved to Japan. As I said though, I thought the Muddies were still being made in the US.
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Reply By: Dude - Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 16:33

Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 16:33
Well I have heard it from the horses mouth...I called Michelin tyres 1300 727 878 and they informed me that no matter where their tyres are made in the world they are of the exact same compound and structure. And they are 150% sure of this. They get BFG's from Japan and America and a few other locations but they are all made exactly the same, and there is no difference to what part of the country they are supplied to. So I guess the only way to find out if they are telling the truth is to buy another set and see how they go?
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 17:17

Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 17:17
Dude youve done well answed your own question via the forum .

Well done .

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Reply By: The Banjo - Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 19:19

Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 19:19
My original BFG 245/70 R16's put on the Jack 4 years back are USA made. The new set put on last week are US made too....... and Dude.....did you really (really) get 130 from those sets of muds ?
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Follow Up By: Dude - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 08:57

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 08:57
thats correct mate, I did get 130K out my last set of Muddies, that is why I really want get the same (american) ones again. 30K of that was driving around OZ. I have a 92' 4Runner, and I have a feeling the weight of the vehicle might have something to do with it considering my mate with a landcruiser got 90K? Both of us have 32 X 11.5 muddies.

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Reply By: Member - Andrew(WA) - Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 21:49

Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 21:49
It says on the tyre sidewall where they're made.

Just check before purchase.
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Reply By: David Deece - Sunday, Apr 11, 2004 at 15:48

Sunday, Apr 11, 2004 at 15:48
Gday I bought a set of 33 by 10.5in BFG AT's and had concerns with them as they had creases in the side walls. After a lot of hassle and bull from where I bought the tyres (Bob Jane) I finally met up with the Michelin Sales/Technical rep he verified that the creases were joins and also told me that all tyres japanese or US were of the same build quality and to expect the same K's out of them. Mind you the tyres I have are US made

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Reply By: John - Monday, Apr 12, 2004 at 22:44

Monday, Apr 12, 2004 at 22:44
My info is that they still make them in the USA and in Japan.
I just bought my third set of AT's and specified that they be US made.
I was told to watch the fact that some out of Japan are listed on the side wall as "Product of USA" whilst actually made in Japan.
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Reply By: Croozer - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 00:09

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 00:09
I have just bought a new set of AT's 285 75 16 which are marked made in the US. The dealer told me that he thought all the 70 series tyres were now out of Japan and all 75's were from the US. We checked this with his stock in the store and it appeared to be correct as the 70's were all marked as made in Japan. I'm not sure about imperial sizes...... I never had a problem with my last set of 285 75's but I know someone who put a set of BFG AT 275 70's on a new 100 series and got 2 flat tyres on the way home from the dealership (out in the country) I assume these tyres were made in Japan.
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