Just as the subject says.
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!