Great Thread Hombres. Keep it up.
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I have very limited experience with AT tires. I've logged copious city miles of astro/safari-van flower delivery style tires under my belt. I'd compare all of those tires to the 28" Wrangler GS/A's that came stock on my rig. Junk if anything other than the road happens! Yet some how I went through two more sets of GY Wranglers with my jeep.
MTRs and the Silent Armors w/Kevlar.
Loved the MTRs, however at 32x11.50 were way to much for the manual 3.07 geared WranglerX even in the flat mid-west. They only lasted 2 winters of driving 360 salt encrusted hwy miles round trip to snowboard. When younger I'd swear that those tires helped my pull ladies. Not an AT I know but thought I'd share. I recall them being good in snow, mud and sand. Poorer in wet conditions and had a hum I now miss on the hwy. I sold the MTRs when I took a job in Oregon as I knew the 32s would not clear the great divide. Back on went the 28"s.
Silent Armors went on in 2007, 30x9.5s, thinking they will help fill the wheel wells left vacant by the 2-3" of shocks and BB/BL installed for the 32s, yet give me my "power" back. They also seemed all the rage in 07. They look OK?, check the profile pic, but not so much on the power back side of things, still labors with 3.07s here in the CO mtns. They now have +40K on them and have served me well. As the name says, silent on the road, even with doors off at hwy speeds. I run doors off from May-Oct. Good in rocks, I trust the sidewalls, is it the kevlar? Solid in snow. Not much to say for the mud as most of their lives have been in CO, don't run across it a lot. They recently did well in an inclined suction cupped lose yer shoe style +4" at elk camp and at closer to bald, it was in 4L. Haven't really seen any sand. The sidewalls of the tire have been peeling off in past few years, see profile pic. The tire is old in years and has lived in city and disregards curbs routinely. Just wanted to note it.
The Silent Armor was a really good tire, but I prob wont buy them again. Mostly because I think a lighter(and possibly smaller) tire will suit me well. I drive a lot of hwy miles to finish off-road style to snowboard/fly fish/elk hunt/jeep camp or just trail run for the day. Plus why not try something new?
I'm looking at the Cooper AT/3 as it's 29.3" size and low weight will help my power cause. The Duratrac 28.9" size and even lower weight will help my power cause even more. Both seem to get great mud/snow/wet ratings and I like that a lot. I don't care so much about road ride as I'm fairly certain both will be better than or equal to the silent armor. The Toyo Open Country A/T II has my interest. It has the least tread depth of the three, but I do like it's 29.5" size to weight (37lbs) ratio in the 30x9.5.
I'll be watching this thread in the immediate future as a wade through this decision.
For the 1st time with my jeep I'm thinking I should keep the lift, mostly cause 2/3 of the bolts that hold it on will snap if attempted to be removed, scrap the re-gear, but more importantly purchase the tire that suits me and my 3.07 jeeps needs. Slightly smaller and lighter than the 29.5" silent armor, capable on road, but good in snow/mud and rocks is where I'm headed.