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Old 08-07-2012, 06:57 PM   #1
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Hello. New to the site and the proud owner of a 2012 sport unlimited. I'm obsessed with what I will eventually want to do to it as far as modifications. But first things first I need tires. I currently have the stock wrangler sra which I have heard mixed reviews on. I would mostly be at the beach with the occasional trip to Ocala for trails. But I was wondering what the best A/T tire would be. I want something that will last and not kill me on gas mileage since I drive about 80 miles a day. But I want a tire that would get the job done when I get crazy. Any advice? I want to go about 1-2 sizes bigger and 1-2 sizes wider as well with no lift.

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Old 08-07-2012, 06:58 PM   #2
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Also something that won't kill my bank account. It almost seems like I'm asking a lot.

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Old 08-08-2012, 01:08 PM   #3
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You are asking a lot. LOL.

What you'll find is that a tire that looks good in the parking lot probably isn't the tire you want for a daily 80 mile commute.

The sport's SR-A is smooth and returns very good fuel economy. It'll also work on the sand. The Sahara's bridgestone is decent on the freeway, the Rubicon's KM's look good and are fine on rock and mud but are noisy and will cost you in the MPG department. (I have the above 3 tires on my 3 JKU's). Goodyear wrangler Silent Armors are good all around (use those in the winter which you don't have)


IMO, you should look for a set of Rubi TakeOffs (stock rubicon KM's) and try them out. Keep your SR-A's to either go back to, or just ride on the KM's when you are going off roading or not a lot of vacation. That will give you an idea of how the mre aggressive tread handles - looks, noise, handling, mpg, etc. Nice thing about them, you can pay $800-$900 for a set, try them out, and sell them if you don't like them.

Disclaimer, I have 2 sets of KM takeoffs in the garage, a set of 34" KM2's and a set of 32" Silent Armor's. They get rotated on or depending on season or upcoming offroading trip. The SR-A is actually a decent tire, albeit boring.
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:27 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Alf4550
Hello. New to the site and the proud owner of a 2012 sport unlimited. I'm obsessed with what I will eventually want to do to it as far as modifications. But first things first I need tires. I currently have the stock wrangler sra which I have heard mixed reviews on. I would mostly be at the beach with the occasional trip to Ocala for trails. But I was wondering what the best A/T tire would be. I want something that will last and not kill me on gas mileage since I drive about 80 miles a day. But I want a tire that would get the job done when I get crazy. Any advice? I want to go about 1-2 sizes bigger and 1-2 sizes wider as well with no lift.
I'm in your camp after a month of Jeep ownership. I initially wanted to ditch my SRAs but after several trips to Ocala, I'm starting to reconsider. I've had the, in the soft sand, hard pack, and put about 4000 hwy miles on as well. In all of these situations they have performed well. Where they don't perform well is the mud and wet roads at hwy speeds (hydroplaning).

My research and many recommendations here has me looking at "the combo" or possibly silent armor rubber as already mentioned. That said, I will likely wait until I need new tires before swapping out as I'm pretty happy with the OEM gear.

Also, let me know of you'd like to meet in Ocala some time. I'm about an hour and change away.
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