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Unread 02-14-2013, 08:16 AM   #1
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Approaching 35k miles, will be needing new tires shortly, what should I get?

Approaching 35k miles, will be needing new tires shortly, what should I get?

I have been using the stock road tires that came on the Jeep when I got it new, I would like tires that are perhaps slightly better for off roading yet at the end of the day I do use my Jeep on pavement 95% of the time and do not want to destroy my gas mileage.

Any middle of the line suggestions?

Is it best to go through Costco for their prices and tire guarantee?

I get ~20mpg right now.

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Unread 02-14-2013, 10:11 AM   #2
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I've gotten tires from costco,sams,walmart,discount tire direct,tirerack,farm&fleet,and others that I've forgotten.
My most recent purchase was from tirecrawler.com. They had the best price on the tires I wanted with free shipping. Sounded too good to be true, but I got a matched set of 4 in two days that were only two months from date of manufacture.

I dont subscribe to the BS of bigger, wider tires are better. I went with 215/85-16 size. (A common OEM duelly pickup size)They give a fantastic ride and are great offroad despite what all the webwheelers claim. They also gave a slight boost in my MPG.(15.22 to 15.63 avg.)(19.25 to 19.64 hwy)

http://tirecrawler.com/shop/result_tire.php?page=1

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Unread 02-15-2013, 06:00 AM   #3
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I would replace them with the same cheap original equipment tires that came on the KK, after 35,000 miles of driving on them noting else will ever feel the same....LOL. Just kiddin, I went with Hankook Pro and am more than pleased. I went a little larger 235 and haven't noticed any loss in MPG, but the ride, handling and performance would be worth it even if I had. Sometimes a little wider footprint on the road is a good thing as is a stiffer sidewall.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 01:21 PM   #4
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I went with Michelin LTX M/S. Same size as original. A lot better ride and good in rain.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 07:46 PM   #5
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Approaching 35k miles, will be needing new tires shortly, what should I get?

I have been using the stock road tires that came on the Jeep when I got it new, I would like tires that are perhaps slightly better for off roading yet at the end of the day I do use my Jeep on pavement 95% of the time and do not want to destroy my gas mileage.

Any middle of the line suggestions?

Is it best to go through Costco for their prices and tire guarantee?

I get ~20mpg right now.


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Unread 02-15-2013, 07:49 PM   #6
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Same as original size. And great price.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 10:54 PM   #7
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Wow, surprised you need new tires already. I know the Good Year SRAs are rubbish, but I just hit 40k on mine and still plenty of tread. Michelin, Hankook, General - all heard and know for a fact Michelin and Bridgestone ride great. If we were talking about cars I would include Pirelli and Yokohamas had some good experience with them. What size tire are you running right now? The tireracks has some really good information on tires as well as tire care guide. I plan on going forma 235/70R16 to 245/70R16.

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Unread 02-16-2013, 07:04 PM   #8
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Sometimes a little wider footprint on the road is a good thing ....
Why is that,exactly?
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Unread 02-17-2013, 12:53 AM   #9
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More grip which leads to increased handling. Would you see this in person? I doubt it unless you go offroad because lets face it, on the road you should never be maxing out the grip of your tires, especially the fronts.

Not gonna lie, I would never go skinnier even for mpg. There's a few streets around by me(mostly by the schools) that are almost as slick as ice when wet. It has to do with the road surface and all the school buses running it so it's pretty oily. If you have even the slightest lead foot or are in the wrong spot on the road the rear tires will spin.

Anyways OP, I know when I get my lift I'm going to run Duratracs. They seem to be 1 of the most aggressive AT tires available, and are highly recommended by most of LOST and some users here. Idk how much they would kill mileage though.
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Unread 02-17-2013, 05:32 PM   #10
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Iv been very pleased with hankook dynapro ATM LT 12000 miles no sign of ware been on more gravel then paved
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Unread 02-18-2013, 02:04 AM   #11
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More grip which leads to increased handling.
Not true, actually.
A larger "footprint" spreads your vehicles weight over more surface area. This actually decreases tractive effort. I know this is contrary to "Conventional Wisdom" but wider is only better at the very edges of performance, as in race cars.

Unless by "increased handling" you mean more of a handful to drive.
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Unread 02-18-2013, 04:16 AM   #12
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Not true, actually.
A larger "footprint" spreads your vehicles weight over more surface area. This actually decreases tractive effort. I know this is contrary to "Conventional Wisdom" but wider is only better at the very edges of performance, as in race cars.

Unless by "increased handling" you mean more of a handful to drive.
That's why I said in normal everyday driving you would never see the benefits. If you were running around a track then yes, but a Jeep should never be on a race track lol
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Unread 02-18-2013, 05:31 PM   #13
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Wider is better in soft sand too. 99% of my "wheel'n" is at the beach. I'll likely replace the stock 235/70/16s with 255 or 265 70/16 for more surface area and hoping not to have to air down before hitting the beach.
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Unread 02-19-2013, 06:40 AM   #14
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Wider is better in soft sand too.
You're absolutely correct on the soft sand
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