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post #1 of 34 Old 08-16-2017, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Best Tires To Prevent Hydroplaning 1999 Wrangler Sport

I have a 1999 Wrangler Sport and I need advice on the best tires to purchase to reduce hydroplaning. I've wrecked it twice and both accidents were due to hydroplaning. For years I've used it as a 2nd car but now it's my main source of transportation. I moved to New Orleans, LA a year ago and it rains a lot here. HELP!!!!!

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post #2 of 34 Old 08-16-2017, 08:49 AM
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The best defense against hydroplaning is to slow down. I don't know you or your driving habits, but if they follow what a large percentage of modern drivers do, you're nowhere near the speed limit....

I've found Goodyear Duratracs to give me the best compromise between on-road grip and off-road abilities, for my style of driving. They are not overly aggressive lug-wise, and are siped, the siping being an important aspect of wet road grip.
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I have a 1999 Wrangler Sport and I need advice on the best tires to purchase to reduce hydroplaning. I've wrecked it twice and both accidents were due to hydroplaning. For years I've used it as a 2nd car but now it's my main source of transportation. I moved to New Orleans, LA a year ago and it rains a lot here. HELP!!!!!


p.s. 17 Jeeps and I've never hydroplaned on any tires except bald ones.
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BFG all terrains have always been good for me. Sounds like you need to slow down if it's happened twice that caused wrecks.
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Ha! Those enormous flat surfaces would hydroplane all over the place in a southern US down-pour.

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p.s. 17 Jeeps and I've never hydroplaned on any tires except bald ones.
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Think narrow snow skis vs. wide water skis.... which gets up on top of the water more easily? The wider the tire, the more easily it will hydroplane. Tall skinny pizza-cutter tires will not hydroplane nearly as easily as a wide all-terrain tire will.

Air pressure also has a significant effect on how easily tires hydroplane. The lower the air pressure, the wider the tire's footprint and the more easily it hydroplanes. Air your tires up in wet weather to reduce their footprint to make it harder for them to hydroplane.

And slow down. The faster you drive, the sooner a tire will hydroplane.

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Just look for a narrower tire with some siping. You can always sipe tires yourself.

I love the TSL Radials BUT I always custom Groove them myself, new. I find it is a huge help for driving in the rain (we get a lot her in Vancouver) and snow. The flat lugs are garbage with any slick surfaces. The grooves also help with more biting edges for rock crawling. I cut every second outer lug and ALL middle lugs...just don't groove to outer edges otherwise the lugs will rip/tear/crumble.

You could even add some sipes to help...Most AT tires have decent siping for wet conditions, avoid a MT tire if you want better wet handling IMO.
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Think narrow snow skis vs. wide water skis....
Jerry, you obviously are not a snow skier. My snow skis are as wide as my water skis...just so you know. Narrow snow skis are old school.
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I'd say if you want to reduce the risk of hydroplaning don't get mud terrains and stick with street tires...Its hard to say just to slow down because not long ago it was lightly raining and I took an off ramp to go to downtown and I was going ~20mph and my rear end kicked completely out to the side and took me off the side almost side swiping a car in the lane next to me and almost taking down a fence and a sign...So yes drive slower than normal when its raining and just be careful **** happens...(who wants to see the video of me spinning out i have dash cam footage )
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Jerry, you obviously are not a snow skier.
You assumed wrong. I was an active and pretty darned good snow skier and hit most of the resorts in three western states (CA UT NM) US for nearly 30 years.

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I'd say if you want to reduce the risk of hydroplaning don't get mud terrains and stick with street tires.



My MT's have never hydroplaned and I drive fast.
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I've got Toyo open country A/Ts and they seem to be holding the road pretty good this year with all the rain we've had in my parts.👍

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Just get one of these for the rainy weather. Then when you hit the water, the fun begins!

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My MT's have never hydroplaned and I drive fast.
I've never had an issue with my MTRs either. I've been in downpours, too. Of course, I've never hydroplaned a vehicle period.


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