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Unread 04-13-2008, 01:05 PM   #1
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Tire question from a newb...

I have tried the search feature several times over but can't seem to find exaclty what I am looking for on the topic. I just picked up a '97 ZJ Orvis with the UP Country package and will need to purchase tires in the near future. As you can tell from the pics below, the stock size is definitely too small for the amount of lift I have with the UPC.



So now my question is pretty simple. This is my dd so I will be on road 95% of the time. Good rain and snow behavior is also important. I do want to, however, be able to on beginner trails if I decide to pursue it.

What sizes/brand recommendations do you guys have?

And remember, I did try the search... and I am still a

TIA

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Unread 04-13-2008, 02:24 PM   #2
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Unread 04-13-2008, 02:29 PM   #3
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Agreed. 30x9.50s should fit nicely, although you have 16" wheels so that rules out 30x9.50r15s unless you are planning on getting new wheels too. I would look for an all-terrain tire in 245/70/16. The Revos are a good tire and will do decent off-road but I would also look at the Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armors. A lot of people like BFG All-Terrains, but I have been less than impressed with them myself.
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BFG ATs or Bridgestone Duelers
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Unread 04-13-2008, 02:38 PM   #5
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I've got the BFG AT's and like them a lot. They haven't really let me down as far as the wheeling I do right now. But, a lot of people claim they aren't that good in mud, rain or snow. In rain I've had no problem, snow I dont know and mud I dont think they're too bad IMHO.
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Unread 04-13-2008, 04:21 PM   #6
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I stopped by the local Wal-Mart today and found that they have a Uniroyal Liberator in a 255/70/16 at a really good price. They were a little under $100 per tire. I've just never heard anyone talk about Uniroyal on the boards. They also carried the typical Goodyear street SUV tires, but that's definitely not what I want.

Thanks for the input so far, I just have to really start price shopping and see what makes sense.

Thanks for all the input, guys!
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Unread 04-13-2008, 04:26 PM   #7
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I've got the Uniroyal Liberator AT's, theyre great..I've had them for about 4 months now and they were great all winter in the snow and theyre great in the rain..seem to be wearing well too, havent really worn down at all. One did suck up a sharp rock though..good thing it was in the shoulder. You wont regret buying them..I got them for ~78 apiece
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I like my BFGs, Ive had no problems in rain or the slight snow we had, around 2-3 inches. Now mud is another story... not so great.
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Unread 04-13-2008, 09:36 PM   #9
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I will throw in a good word for the Wrangler Silent Armor. I enjoyed them for the short while I had them (sold my Jeep, traded it for a new car for the gas savings)
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Unread 04-14-2008, 03:11 AM   #10
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The one thing I have heard about the Goodyear Silent Armours is that because of the design of the tire they cut down on gas mileage quite a bit. Has anyone else experienced this? I don't want anything to shoot me in the foot too much on my commute. I'm already going to go into a bit of shock compared to my Vdub.
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Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revos. A little pricey, but well worth the $$ in my opinion. Great in snow and rain and mild offroading. Excellent hydroplane resistance also.
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