Currently have michellin latitude tours , 70k, never bought snows and do some driving northern Ontario,,am looking to repalce this set in the fall, any recommendatiosn? was thinking more on off road michellins however am concerned of highway ride
No such thing as a 2011 XJ. XJs only existed from 1984-2001. Do you have a '11 GRAND Cherokee (WK2) or a '11 Liberty (KK--known as "Cherokee" overseas)? Whichever you have, there are specific forums for those models.
Here's just about everything I have to say to you about tires. It may read a little disjointed; that's because those are actually multiple quotes of mine mashed together. Feel free to ask me any questions.
Originally Posted by mschi772
Regarding AT tires
BFG Rugged Terrain (mild)
Bridgestone Dueler AT REVO 2
Cooper Discoverer AT3
Cooper ST Maxx (aggressive)
Firestone Destination AT
General Grabber AT2 ("classic"/aggressive)
Goodyear Duratrac (aggressive)
Goodyear Silent Armor
Hankook Dynapro ATM
Kumho RoadVenture AT KL78
Kumho RoadVenture SAT KL61 (mild)
That's my short list of all-terrain tires in alphabetical order.
As someone who uses his Jeep as a daily driver but goes off road occasionally, I chose a milder AT tire (some consider it a highway/AT hybrid)--Kumho RV SAT. BFG Rugged Terrain is similar. If I went off road any less than I do now, I'd roll with a highway tire like Firestone Destination LE2.
If you never go offroad, get a P-size highway tire. Don't let Jeeper peer pressure force you to buy a tire that your type of driving doesn't need. Lots of people buy inappropriate tires just because of how they look or because of peer pressure from their chosen automotive niche. My tires aren't "cool" by Jeeper standards, but my XJ is functionally far better off (for my lifestyle and type of driving) than a cookie-cutter Jeep with BFG ATs, Duratracs, or KM2s.
Regarding highway tires
Firestone Destination LE2 would be my recommendation--it's a fantastic, if not the best, highway tire you can get, and the price is very affordable (rebate at Tirerack right now, too).
BFG Rugged Terrain TA is classified as a highway tire but manages a more aggressive look and is also a super great tire. Similarly, I'm using Kumho RoadVenture SATs right now (classified as an AT I believe, but like the BFG Rug Ter, they really flirt with the line tween highway and AT), and I love them. Both the BFGs and the Kumhos might be more aggressive than necessary if you NEVER EVER go offroad I do go offroad as a means to an end on occasion (usually relating to camping or mountain biking), so that's why I chose to give the Kumhos a try. Even for what I do, a highway tire would still be just fine, but I wanted to try a tire I had no experience with.
Michelins are highly rated, but they're severely overpriced--you can get equally good if not better tires for less.
JeepForum is populated by a lot of offroaders. Many who aren't offroaders still want to LOOK the part and think everyone else does too. No doubt someone will recommend an AT tire, and I have no doubt someone will tell you that BFG AT is the greatest tire and is perfect for you. It's neither the greatest nor perfect for you. You don't go offroad regularly if ever--you simply don't need an AT tire.
There are a lot of rebates around right now, and DiscountTireDirect.com and TireRack.com are both fantastic places to shop. Their prices are almost never beaten, and they'll ship directly to an installer for you at which point you'd just set an installation appointment with said installer.
Firestone Destination LE2
BFG Rugged Terrain T/A OR Kumho RoadVenture SAT KL61
Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051 OR General Grabber HTS
I honestly struggled to pick a 4th/5th tire. To me, the first three are THE choices. There are many equally decent runners-up, but I chose the Yokos based on favorable reviews and having driven on them in a Subaru without disappointment; I chose the Generals because of favorable reviews and an overall trust that company has earned from me.
Despite rarely, if ever, going offroad, if you really want an AT tire for the look, BFG Rugged Terrain TA or Kumho RoadVenture SAT are my picks for you. If looks matter to you so much that either of those isn't enough, then nothing I recommend will really matter because you'll probably just be choosing a tire based on its looks alone.
You might get better responses in the tire general tech section too.
I really like my Firestone Destination A/Ts on my pickup and I'm pretty picky about tires. They're quiet, they ride well, and they grip well on wet roads. Only thing I can't say for them is how they handle in snow as my pickup is 2wd and light on top of that, plus it doesn't snow here much.
Geolanders are great too, but they're expensive as hell. I've always had a lot of success with Khumos too.