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Unread 02-02-2015, 09:58 AM   #1
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Will Replacing Front MT Tires Reduce Noise?

I have a WK with Nitto Trail Grapplers on it that have worn unevenly and are getting quite loud. Additionally one of the tires has been cut somehow and has a very slow leak. So I'm wondering... If I buy 2 new tires for the front and leave two of the existing tires in the back, will that make a big difference in the noise level? Or would I need to buy 4 new less aggressive AT tires?

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Unread 02-02-2015, 01:10 PM   #2
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Tire noise level is in the ears of the listener. If they are worn unevenly, tires will usually be louder than new or evenly worn tires. Some tires will get louder with wear even if they are wearing evenly.


Less aggressive AT tires? That's a decision only you can make. They will be quieter than what you have now.
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Unread 02-02-2015, 04:33 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response. I guess what I'm wondering is does the majority of the noise heard in the car come from the front tires when driving at a higher speed? And, has anyone just replaced the fronts with new tires and experienced a dramatic decrease in the noise level?
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Unread 02-03-2015, 10:19 PM   #4
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Thanks for the response. I guess what I'm wondering is does the majority of the noise heard in the car come from the front tires when driving at a higher speed? And, has anyone just replaced the fronts with new tires and experienced a dramatic decrease in the noise level?
On my 04 WJ, I recently rotated uneven wearing front tires to the rear and got not only dramatically - reduced nouse, but also much less vibration.
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Unread 02-04-2015, 07:32 AM   #5
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In my experience the uneven wear often caused by the front adds a lot of extra noise to an aggressive tire. I try to rotate them as often as possible to prevent as much unevenness as possible.
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Unread 02-10-2015, 09:00 PM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback everyone, and particularly Redbob. Just got around to responding. This is exactly what I was looking for. I suspected that replacing the fronts would dramatically decrease the noise, but wanted some confirmation before proceeding. Otherwise I was going to replace all four tires with much less aggressive ATs. Anyhow, I replaced the fronts this morning and the result was... "not only dramatically - reduced nouse, but also much less vibration". It did make a huge difference in the noise and vibration. All of my tires had worn very unevenly (lift maybe?) even though I tried to rotate them regularly. I don't know why they were worn so bad (unevenly), but I was getting a lot of vibration and noise, and now it's much better. Thanks again!
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Unread 02-16-2015, 06:43 AM   #7
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Had the Trail Grapplers and they're relatively smooth and quiet on the highway. If you want less aggressive, Terra grappler's are a good option.
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