Originally Posted by braineater
Also, after trips to several tire places, these are the models that have been suggested to me, my tire size is 235/65R17/XL:
Nokian Entyre 2.0
Nolian Rotiva AT
Goodyear Assurance Fuelmax
Goodyear Triple Tread
Goodyear Viva 3
As a young woman, I really dont want to be taken advantage of, and really wanna know what Im talking about when I go in there, please help. ????
Okay, -rubs hands together- this is going to be interesting.
It's been several years since I've bought new tires, so instead of giving you suggestions off the top of my head, based purely on memory and hearsay, I thought I'd do a little research.
First, I don't know why you're running that tire size. It seems considerably small for a Jeep. I thought the WK came stock with larger tires. Give me a moment ... it appears that your options are limited if you stick with the 235/65R17 or 245/65R17, both of which were sizes that came factory with the Jeep. I should have checked into this before I went and did all my research. Oh how retrospect is fun!
To outline your options in order of performance/reviews;
- Okay, I'm going to order this differently than planned. Due to your tire size, and considering the V6 is not the peppiest of engines, let's try to stick with stock diameter. Thus, the best option I can find for you is the Hankook DynaPro ATM RF10
The good news is I ran these tires on my Jeep and loved them. They're the unsung hero, almost secret of the off-road community. They come with a great warranty and work very well for the price. The snow and ice performance is on-par if not slightly better than many all-terrain tires, and every day road performance is fantastic. I loved how well they cornered. They did much better on the highway and going around corners than my previous Michelins did. They're also quite a bit cheaper than many options out there. The sidewalls are a point of contention with some community members, however, it's common for the cheaper, non-hardcore AT tires to have 2-ply sidewalls. The block protection helps, and I don't see you taking on any really rocky trails to test this out.
I will mention the other options I'd come up for you prior to realizing the tire sizes you are limited to.
1. BFG All-Terrain T/A KO2 (The best All-Terrain out there right now, but depending on tire size the price can reflect this)
2. Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs (Excellent snow/ice performance for an AT tire, severe snow rated, can come with holes for installing spikes for winter driving, but sidewalls are 2-ply and a complaint of hardcore off-roaders)
3. Hankook DynaPro ATM RF10 (You won't get a better bang for your buck, but the 2-ply complaint is the same for these as with the Duratracs. They are also not severe snow rated, however, they are still very good on snow and ice. Note that no AT is going to be as good as a dedicated winter tire, but not everyone can afford multiple sets of tires for the seasons. It's really up to you what you can afford and want to do.)
I only rated the Hankooks as my third choice because the Goodyear Duratracs have more community members running them - from everything I've seen in browsing various forums. Also, they have some extra siping (a term meaning special grooves/cuts/indentations) and appear to perform slightly better in the snow/winter conditions overall. I will say that I lack personal experience with them, but you can view a comparison chart at TireRack.com
or at DiscountTire.com
and read reviews at both places. I purchase from Discount Tire or Big-O Tire, whichever is located nearest me at the time. This is because they often provide warranty/service above what the tire manufacturers will - often for free. Both will do free balance/rotations for the life of the tire. That'll save you a lot of money over time. You especially want to ensure good tire wear on a Jeep like yours with the Full-time 4wd transfer case. If the tires wear unevenly, this will put more strain on your transfer case. So balancing and rotations are key.
I suppose it's all a moot point unless you opt for a tire size that would barely squeeze into your wheel wells, could possibly rub, and would reduce your power/gas mileage. You could try checking out different wheels that would allow for other tire options, but this is getting beyond my knowledge. Perhaps some other more experienced Jeepers, at least when it comes to the WK, will chime in here.
I hope I didn't overwhelm you with information. I was trying to be thorough. Have a nice day!