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Unread 05-04-2007, 08:49 PM   #1
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goodyear silentarmors A+

installed new sneakers on the Unlimited, goodyear silentarmors, already have about 1000 miles on them, love these tires, quiet, like superglue on wet and dry roads, better milege than my old mt's about 2mpg good off road haven't abused them but on gravel,rock and mild mud excellent so far, bottom line no complaints yet,,,,,,BFG a/t and Revo's, watch out new kid on the block, IMHO so far!

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Unread 05-05-2007, 09:22 PM   #2
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Nice tires

What size did you go with? Ron

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installed new sneakers on the Unlimited, goodyear silentarmors, already have about 1000 miles on them, love these tires, quiet, like superglue on wet and dry roads, better milege than my old mt's about 2mpg good off road haven't abused them but on gravel,rock and mild mud excellent so far, bottom line no complaints yet,,,,,,BFG a/t and Revo's, watch out new kid on the block, IMHO so far!
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Unread 05-05-2007, 10:49 PM   #3
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I got the 33x 12.5x 15, I had a hard time deciding what tires to go with, looked at bfg's, cepek fcII, got a good price $150 mounted and balanced, again so far happy with choice.
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Unread 05-06-2007, 08:49 PM   #4
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I just got mine mounted up too. Same size. 600 mile highway trip and they are awesome!
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Unread 05-06-2007, 10:02 PM   #5
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I just got mine mounted up too. Same size. 600 mile highway trip and they are awesome!
Did you notice a change in gas milage? some say it gets worse, but mine went up by 2mpg, but I had MT on before. I hope to really test them off road this week or next weekend.
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Unread 05-07-2007, 09:38 PM   #6
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Did you notice a change in gas milage? some say it gets worse, but mine went up by 2mpg, but I had MT on before. I hope to really test them off road this week or next weekend.
I think the mileage was about the same. The wife and I did all the math with the tire size difference and odometer compensation, and we were getting 18 on the highway through PA mountains. (4.0 and 3.73) It was a trade off with OD on and off. No passing power in the high gear, but floor it, wait for the downshift and stay on the gas in the next lower gear and I was just fine.

Here is my ......ride.

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Unread 05-13-2007, 06:20 PM   #7
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Did you notice a change in gas milage? some say it gets worse, but mine went up by 2mpg, but I had MT on before. I hope to really test them off road this week or next weekend.
Tested them on the trail and in mud today, had no problem on any trail today, water up to the hubs, up to floors for a short distance, no problems,,,,, sand went well,,,,, suprised in the mud, this was good ole New England swamp mud. Again pulled through better than expected, not as good as the MT's, cloged up but with high rpm's self cleaned well,,did spin but continued to bite, mud was about 1" below hubs, on the NH granite, tires stuck well pulled me over a couple of slight ledges. We did two differnt trails and each time no complaints.

So, IMHO these tires continue to do well for an A/T
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Unread 05-13-2007, 07:57 PM   #8
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That is very interesting. The tread looks rather like a Goodyear tire I once had on my Cherokee. The Silent Armor should be excellent on road and ice with that tread and all those sipes. It should also be good on many off-road surfaces (aside from mud).

It's tread looks to me like it will clog very easy in sticky mud-clay. I think the BFG AT would be better in mud than the Silent Armor cause the BFG AT tread looks more open, espeically on the outer edges of outer lugs.

However, I haven't ever tried a Silent Armor. Please let me know how they do in sticky mud-clay. I wouldn't compare their mud performance to an MT, but I'd be curious to know how they compare to an AT like the BFG AT.

I'm looking forward to hearing more after you've tried them in mud some more, especially sticky clay type mud, if you have that. I read where you said you spun them clean. At what speed? I've spun non aggressive tires (Cooper AT) in clay cleanish before, but I had to spin 'em up to 20 mph to do it, which is NOT ideal. My BFG ATs would spin clean at about 10 mph. My Cooper ST self clean with no spin needed, but of course their street and mpg aren't quite as good as the BFG AT or the Silent Armor, though my ST are better onroad than MTs.

I can easily see that a Silent Armor should be excellent on-road. Probably even better than a BFG AT, which is pretty darn good on-road. But I can help thinking a BFG AT would be a little better in mud due to more open tread, especially outer lugs on outer edges. Same with Cepek FC-2.

Which MT did you have before?

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Unread 05-13-2007, 10:59 PM   #9
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I had the Dunlop radial MT, I like them alot and drove them cross country from NH to So Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, including Moab, we Four wheeled every where we went and the MT's performed well, Then they got choppy and I couldn't balance them. The Jeep is my wife's daily drive, so we decided to get an A/T tire, I did so much research and talking to people I had it down to the BFG, Cepek, and the silent armor. Well the GY dealer made me a great deal although I was leaning toward the Cepek's, but went with the GY. I keep an open mind and if these tires don't perform well I'll scream and yell and bad mouth them, but right now they are doing great. We are planning another Xcountry trip, this time Nev/Ariz, Utah New Mex,Etc. I have to clarify what I ment about them cleaning in the mud, was when they spun they threw the mud out, not ground speed. It seem as if the two open spaces right and left of middle helps them clean, where the BFG's are lug to lug. Next week I'm going out with someone that has BFG A/T's so it will be interesting to see difference. I'll keep you informed. I would like to see how they are in a place we went to in the Bryce Canyon area in Utah,,,, that was the stickyest muck I've ever see, I had to use a jack hammer to pry the dried muck out of the MT's and underbody
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Unread 06-26-2007, 10:43 AM   #10
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Well, here is my review...

I was running 33 x 12.5 x 15 Silent Armors on 10" wide wheel. Aired down to 15 lbs.

I was the only person in a group of 13 with AT's. Everybody else was running a MT tire. Most people also were locked front/rear or both. I am running open front and the stock limited slip rear. EVERYBODY was expecting me to get stuck in the mud on a large uphill climb where others had to be pulled out. I went right though it with no problems. In the rocks, the tires really bit right into them. I was beating the sidewalls pretty bad and don't have any damage at all. Again, on a large rock climb, my rig went right up flawlessly. Lastly, a small climb with a double bump up, lots of MT tire rigs were digging and sliding on the rocks. The silent Armors really gripped right into the loose dug up dirt and gripped very well on the rocks with nearly no tire slipping. Every single person in the group was awestruck of how well the tires did. They clean themselves very well in the mud, and had tons of grip on rocks.

On street, they might as well be standard equipment on a Cadillac. Super quiet, and smooth. I feel they are just about as good in the rain as on dry pavement.

Overall, I would say, they are not a mud bogging tire, and not a rock climbing tire. They fit in very well in both, and if you do most of your driving on the street, they will be a dream. All the haters who were laughing at my tires and doubting, have completely changed their minds, and raised their eyebrows in surprise of how well the tires did.

Of course this is becasue I am just an awesome driver.
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Unread 06-26-2007, 03:11 PM   #11
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Good to hear these tires are doing well as I just ordered a set for my wife's WJ. 225/75R16s to replace BFG ATs. Loved the BFGs but figured I would try something new. Got 52k out of the BFGs and still have enough tread for maybe another 5k but she was in an accident Sat and one of the tires was shredded so had to replace all of them. If the Goodyears are at least as good as the BFGs were I will be very pleased.
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Unread 06-27-2007, 11:38 AM   #12
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I put these on the wife's 2000 yota about a year ago, excellent all around tire,wear good.
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Unread 06-27-2007, 07:26 PM   #13
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I have driven about 1200 miles on a new set of GY SA's and really like them. As far as an All Terrain, I believe they could be the best all around tire available. The more I drive'em the more I like'em (a mark of a good tire).
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Unread 06-27-2007, 08:24 PM   #14
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Well, here is my review...

I was running 33 x 12.5 x 15 Silent Armors on 10" wide wheel. Aired down to 15 lbs.

I was the only person in a group of 13 with AT's. Everybody else was running a MT tire. Most people also were locked front/rear or both. I am running open front and the stock limited slip rear. EVERYBODY was expecting me to get stuck in the mud on a large uphill climb where others had to be pulled out. I went right though it with no problems. In the rocks, the tires really bit right into them. I was beating the sidewalls pretty bad and don't have any damage at all. Again, on a large rock climb, my rig went right up flawlessly. Lastly, a small climb with a double bump up, lots of MT tire rigs were digging and sliding on the rocks. The silent Armors really gripped right into the loose dug up dirt and gripped very well on the rocks with nearly no tire slipping. Every single person in the group was awestruck of how well the tires did. They clean themselves very well in the mud, and had tons of grip on rocks.

On street, they might as well be standard equipment on a Cadillac. Super quiet, and smooth. I feel they are just about as good in the rain as on dry pavement.

Overall, I would say, they are not a mud bogging tire, and not a rock climbing tire. They fit in very well in both, and if you do most of your driving on the street, they will be a dream. All the haters who were laughing at my tires and doubting, have completely changed their minds, and raised their eyebrows in surprise of how well the tires did.

Of course this is becasue I am just an awesome driver.
this could have been an update of my trip last weekend, the key was how amazed everyone was, that I was with, they were all saying "but they don't look aggresive" my reply was I don't care if they are pink with blue dots,,,, they jaut work!!
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Unread 01-23-2008, 12:28 PM   #15
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I know I'm digging up an old thread here, but just had to say great reviews guys. Thanks for sharing those. I was leaning to the 31x10.5 Silent Armors and now I've definitely made my mind up. Was expecting to hear good on-road reviews but the off-road performance was a nice surprise. Can't wait to get these on in the spring!

And goldrush, that's exactly what I was thinking too. They might not look the coolest or have the most aggressive tread, but how they work is the main thing.
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