Simple Tire Comparison: BFG Mud Terrain vs. Maxxis Bighorn

Thinking about getting a set of mud terrain tires for your full-size truck, 4x4 SUV or Jeep? Let’s compare the BF Goodrich Mud Terrain and Maxxis Bighorn.

Tread Compound

Both tires use a rubber formulation that’s optimized for off-road use, meaning cut and puncture resistance and enough flexibility to conform around off-road obstacles like rocks and stumps when aired-down. The BF Goodrich, however, features the company’s Krawler TEK  construction in the sidewall, an feature that makes them up to 33% stronger than previous generations of the Mud Terrain T/A KM. The Goodrich also features a single strand of bead wire wound over and over for an extra-strong, tight bead seal.

Tread Pattern

The Maxxis Bighorn uses a deep lug design with sizable voids to help eject mud, stones and debris from the tread for traction; it’s also pinned for inserting studs in wintry weather. The lugs along the shoulder are staggered and feature a moderate wraparound for handling. The Bighorn is noted for excellent traction on rocky, sandy, muddy or winter conditions. The Goodrich Mud Terrain, on the other hand, is designed with aggressive sidewall lugs and a more continuous tread pattern (compared to the Maxxis’ sectional tread design). Both tires are stamped with the industry’s Mountain + Snowflake brand on the sidewall.

Internal Design

The Maxxis Bighorn is put together with steel belts for long tread life and a wide, stable footprint. The Mud Terrain, on the other hand, features Goodrich’s TriGard Casing, with three-ply polyester construction for ride quality.

Ride and Handling

The Mud Terrain is noted for a smoother ride, better pavement handling and lower road noise than you’d expect from such an aggressive tire. The Maxxis is a heavy-duty tire that produces considerable road noise, and might be more suited for off-road than on pavement.