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post #1 of 6 Old 05-03-2010, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Best tire for rain/snow, no off road?

I have Lemans Pathmaker AT / 30X9.50R15LT tires on my stock 2005 Unlimited. (How they came from the dealer) Just put a nail through the sidewall and now I'm forced to buy a replacement or swap out for all new tires.

I'm looking for the best rain/snow tires for my Jeep. I don't do off road. This is a daily driver in Chicago (snow in winter). Because of my job I do a lot of bad weather driving during spring/summer (rain) and then switch to snow in Winter.

I plan on putting in a 2" or 3" lift kit before too long so 32" and 33" tires are an option.


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post #2 of 6 Old 05-03-2010, 08:48 PM
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Open Qtec catalog. Look at tire ratings., All Terrain tires, look at ratings

Avoid all mud terrains, they suck on wet pavement. All terrains, NOT all seasons, NOT mud terrains.
Look for siping on tread.

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-03-2010, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Well yes. I've done the basic research. I'm not an idiot. I was looking for first hand experience.

I was looking at the Goodyear SilentArmor and Goodyear Duratrac in 31"

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well BFG does not make silent armor, or the duratrac, good year does. I would get the silent armors given what you are talking about needing them for, if you wanted to do some off roading it would be hands down the duratracs. But for your use the good year silent armor sound about right, they have nice channels for the water to leave the tread this is very important in the rain, and one of the reasons I can't recommend the BFG AT KO, for use in rain they lack good channels even though they do quite well in the snow, and they are hard so they last a long time. I would go with the silent armors, I don't think you can go wrong for your use. I have good year ATS which is what the silent armor replaced on my explorer and I could not be happier with the ATS for all on road, and even some off road conditions. My ATS work great in snow and rain, they do a ok in the mud, but the Duratracs are 10x better in the mud. The duratracs are a great tire too, just more than what you need and they have a slight hum going down the road, not like a MT, but more noise than an AT tire makes. ATs are usually pretty close to silent on the road.


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I really Like my Michelin LTX M/S's They are great on the highway and dry, I can't hydroplane in them for the life of me, and I've been doing very well in the Oswego winters (150"+ of white stuff)

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Duratracs are sick nasty in the snow... hands down best snow tire I've ever seen.
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