I bought new tires for my 2006 Commander Limited last week, and wanted to share my initial impressions after about 200 miles.
I bought these tires for several reasons, after researching on the Forum, as well as reading the Consumer Reports ratings, looking at on-line reviews, comparing specs from the manufacturer sites, etc. I also compared tire weight and rolling resistance in my research.
I zeroíd in on a few different Michelinís, both their A/T and the less aggressive M/S versions, and the Dynaproís in addition to the Cooperís. What finally swung the Coopers was a combination of being less expensive & a more aggressive tread compared to the Michelinís, and being a US-made tire versus the Dynaproís. I was also surprised to see quite a few unhappy Michelin A/T & M/S owners out there, which I did not expect.
Iíve only driven them on dry & wet pavement, but am very happy so far! The vibration I had with the old tires (on when I bought the Jeep a month ago) around 70-75 is gone entirely. I did pick a shop that did Road Force Balancing just to be on the safe side. The Cooperís are practically silent at highway speed Ė my wife compared it to just regular car tires, which I thought was a pretty good endorsement.
Iím also happy with the looks of the added tire size by going with the 70 series sidewalls. The 65ís looked small on the Commander I thought. These look much better. Hopefully next weekend Iíll get the new Bilsteinís (thanks Kolak) and front leveling spacer (Thanks Rustyís) installed (assuming they both arrive this week) and the drooping-front look should be gone as well.
For those with SuperChipís tuners (Thanks again Kolak!), Iíve been playing with the tire size setting, and right now am at 29.25, which is about a Ĺ MPH high on speedometer vs. my GPS at 70. I may try 29 still, but Iím pretty close.
Oh, no impact so far to MPG, either, which I was a bit concerned about. Iíll have to keep an eye on that longer-term to know for sure.
I'll post some pics when I get them pulled off my phone.
Overall, very happy so far with the purchase and wanted to share with others Ė Thanks!
I have the same tires. I purchased line back in February. So far I am very pleased with them. I had them in a little bit of snow and they worked well. They are very quiet and are very responsive. I bought them for the price and the reviews as well. I would recommend these to anyone who is looking for a good all purpose tire.
5000 Mile Update on Cooper Discoverer A/T3 245/70R17 Review
Now that I've had the tires for over 5K miles (closer to 7K) and in all kinds of weather, I can update that I've been very happy with them in all sorts of weather - snow, rain, wind, dry, highway use, light off-road, etc. I've rotated them once (after 5K) and have not had any changes in road noise.
The only area they don't shine is on solid sheets of ice, but I think that is more a factor of the Jeep not being a heavy vehicle. (My wife's Tahoe does better on solid ice roads but I think it is due to the extra 1000+ lbs of weight of the Tahoe vs. Commander)
A few pics of the tires now, along with the recently installed leveling spacers from Rusty's and new shocks from Kolak... They spacers make the jeep look much more balanced out, and the shocks have made a HUGE seat-of-pants difference in handling.
Awesome! I see those at3's all over town now so they must be pretty popular. I considered those for my wife's new hemi durango as winters but got the cooper weathermaster wsc winter tires instead. I might get the at3's for summer instead of putting the crappy michelins back on.
Perfect timing as my tyres are shot and these were one of the options I was considering. There's no review like someone with the same vehicle I' may even go up to the 70 profile as well, as that does look better and hey if it saves some revs at motorway speed then all the better. Thanks for the info, especially the pics.
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I have the same tires. I really like them so far. I've had them for about 10 months now. I've had them in a little bit of mud, gravel, dry pavement, and snow. They really perform well in the snow.
In the last few months here in Pennsylvania, we've had our fair share of snow and cold temperatures. Let me tell you, this tires have not failed one bit. They've done an awesome job for me, and for other people who have them on their vehicles. I swear by these tires, and would tell anyone else who is going to purchase them that they will like them just as much as I do.
I've had mine for 2 years now, and they are great all around, and off road, and much smoother than the top rated Firestone Destination AT's, which I had previously. The Dest. AT's did handle and steer better, but not worth the tradeoff of poorer ride quality, i.e., rougher on bumps and bouncier They do make humming noise, as it is an AT tire, but it is not bad. These are a great tire for the price, much cheaper than Michelin.
2006 Overland QDII 5.7 BT catch can, Diablosport Intune, CMR tune by Hemifever tuning, Modern Muscle ported 85mm TB, Apexi super voltage regulator, SRT8 front and rear sway bars, Koni FSD shocks/struts, Cooper discoverer AT3's, Amsoil fluids.
I am running the AT/3 on my ford F350 1 ton pickup. I plow snow with it and tow a 14k fifth wheel during the warmer months. My Coopers are going on 3 seasons old and 15k miles and are wearing like iron and ride smooth as silk. I love these tires especially compared to the crappy Continentals I replaced. Great tire and best of all...MADE IN THE USA.