tax refund was just deposited and it's about time i got these street tires off my jeep... i was looking at the treadwright ATGs but they seem to be out of stock (trying to add more than 1 tire to the cart tells you they are out of stock and no backorders through the site)
my ZJ is on stock wheels/suspension so i'm looking to go either 235/75r15 or 30x9.5x15
they have the puma in stock in 30s and i'm trying to find decent reviews on these
also looking at the Kumho Road Venture AT which i can get from wal-mart with my discount for about $30 more for 5 tires (for the 235s)
this is a DD and occasional weekend warrior... i want something that handles well on dry/wet pavement, doesn't fail massively in snow/slush, and bonus if it does well on ice... and at the same time i want decent off-road performance
i'm trying to keep it under $600 (shipped) for 5 tires... and at the same time if i can talk them into mounting them i can stretch it a little and get the grabber AT2s from WM with my discount (i trust the guys in my store's TLE but you know how walmart is about mounting non stock size tires)
$524 shipped for the 30" pumas
$554 for the Kumho
$650 for the grabber AT2
the pumas i'll definitely need to take somewhere to have them mounted the Kumhos and Grabbers I might be able to convince them to mount at walmart (and since i'll be buying them from them the mounting/installation is free)
i went with firestone destination a/t in 30x9.5r15 from tirerack.com. with shipping it was just over $700, definately worth it IMO. good traction off road, quiet on road. i was able to save on the cost of mounting and balancing, did it myself in auto shop at school.
Reliability is relative
We have a set of the Kumho road venture AT tires on the church bus I drive and while they are quiet I can't say they really work all that well off the pavement. Clog up with only minimal mud ( like mud from peoples driveways) and really clog with snow. 1/2 inch of white stuff will stop them with any incline. my two cents
Just got this email from TreadWright about their new bead to bead process:
Bead-to-bead is a process of applying new rubber veneer to the tire sidewalls, significantly enhancing the tire’s cosmetic appearance and long-term performance.
The new bead-to-bead tires will have the TreadWright brand name on the sidewalls providing a customer with a cleaner and more consistent look. The new sidewall veneer provides additional benefit in that it further seals the tire improving the overall durability.
that doesn't help with the tires i was originally wanting being out of stock... and none of the bead to bead tires are available in a size i wouldn't need lift, wheels, or spacers to fit
sure if i had that kind of tax check i'd be all over those 31" b2b guard dogs... get them siped and add a BB and some wheel spacers and call it a day... or let me rephrase that... i'll throw duratracs on there and call it a day
as it is i'm starting to lean towards getting the grabbers... might just get 4 now then next month when my quarterly bonus comes in get the 5th one... stretch my tax check a little more