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Unread 07-18-2009, 10:17 AM   #1
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Tire dilemma

Need new tires so I went out to the different dealerships, which really didn't help. About 80% of my driving is on roads, only about 10% of that in snow; the remaining 20% is on backroads (which aren't always paved).

Found some nice Cooper tires.

Some fair (but nicely priced) Kelly Tires.

And two sets of Goodyear - Wranglers and Ultra Grips.

Any thoughts/experience from anyone here?

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Unread 07-18-2009, 11:08 AM   #2
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I can give some insight here! I sell tires for a living!

Most of what you've chosen are more-or-less street/all season tires. Some are listed as 'all-terrian' but in reality aren't quite close. These aren't bad tires, but better suited for the wifes' Hyundai or the Rav4. The wrangler ultra grip is a winter specific tire- steer clear of that one (unless thats what you want ??).

Goodyear builds 20+ different wrangler models, not all in the same size, not all for the same purpose. Other tires you should consider-
Look at the wrangler Silent Armor and the new wrangler Duratrac.
BF Goodrich all-terrain KO.
Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo.
Cooper Discoverer S/T.
Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ.
General Grabber AT2.
Firestone Destination A/T.

This is only a few of whats avaialble in the tire industry- and more focused on better on-and-off road performance. Granted, when dealing with the industy's best products, a price tag comes attached to it. But you do get what you pay for. There are hundreds of other brand/models available in both brand name and private label offerings. Go out and hit the local tire stores- see what they have to offer.

Good luck!
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Unread 07-19-2009, 07:03 PM   #3
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I've looked at most of the tires you suggested, some aren't available in my area. I have a question on the Cooper ST, is that the Weather-Master S/T? If so, they advertise that as a studable snow tire, not a 4-season. Is that what you meant, or is there a different Cooper?
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Unread 07-19-2009, 07:34 PM   #4
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Also, have you checked out Tirerack.com? Even if you don't buy from them (you should, their prices are excellent), they have an excellent selection and a huge amount of user reviews for every tire.

Personally, my driving is about the same as yours. I've been looking at the Kumho Road Venture AT. Great reviews and a good price. The only thing really stopping me at this point is that I'd really prefer to buy tires made in the US.
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Unread 07-19-2009, 07:44 PM   #5
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I got the Goodyear silent armor wranglers. Love them so far, quiet on the road and definitely good enough for the light offroading I do.
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Unread 07-20-2009, 12:57 AM   #6
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I'll give a x2 on the Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor's and the BFG All Terrain KO's - Only ones I've had experience with. Very good road manners, and are good enough for most mild off-road situations. If you're really looking to do some rock crawling or mud, you'll want to look at something more aggressive.
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