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Old 09-09-2010, 05:19 PM   #1
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Cooper or Goodyear, and which one

I'm getting ready for a Jeep Jamboree (Pine Barrens) and will be getting new tires. My 11 year old TJ has a stock suspension, I will be going from 30x9.5R15 to 31x10.5R15. I have 6 tires in mind. I have always replaced the OEM Goodyear Wrangler tires with Cooper Discoverer tires when the time came - right now my TJ has a set of Discoverer HTs - a road tire. I am looking for a more agressive tire for the jamboree, but keep in mind that 90% of the time my Wrangler will be used on pavement (DD), and I am looking for something that does not totally stink for winter handling. For offroad, I am more interested in mud than rocks. I am comparing two sets of tires.

All-terrains - Cooper Discoverer S/T or Goodyear Duratrac.

Off-roads - Cooper Discoverer S/T-C, Cooper Discoverer STT, Goodyear Wrangler MT/R, Goodyear Wrangler MT/R w/kevlar.

I am definitely leaning towards the all-terrains, for their better road handling. Based on what I have found on the web sites, Duratrac should be almost as good off-road as MT/R, while S/T looks to be significantly less of an offroad tire compared to S/T-C or STT (but much better than the H/Ts I current have). By the way, both Cooper and Goodyear are currently running rebates on a set of 4 tires. Cooper's is $50, and Goodyear is $20 up to $160 (MT/R w/kevlar using the goodyear credit car) (I believe rebates from both companies are on select tires).

I am looking for input from anyone who has used any of these tires, or especially more than one of the six I have listed.

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My wife's tj has Cooper Discoverer S/T in 30x9.5x15. Good all around tire, but some guys have said they are not good in snow. Now, my wife's tj is a 4 cyl. auto...not alot of wheel spin. Guys I know complained about alot of wheel spin in 6 cyl. in the snow...poor traction. Neither my wife or I can complain about this tire, we did the Pennswoods Jamboree. It cleans out fairly nice in the mud, which is a plus. Works good on the road in my opinion, not that loud and has been wearing well...got about 12,000 on them and on the 3rd rotation, and have been wearing evenly.

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Personally I like the goodyear duratrac and wrangler MT/R with/without kevlar, and the Discoverer STT. But I'm on a budget and am going to get the Goodyear Authority AT's from walmart. There 138 a piece for 31/10.50/15r. They have awesome reviews for light trucks and suvs but the guys with full ton or 3/4 ton trucks dont like them. So it seems like theyll hold up just fine for a wrangler. The reviews say theyre awesome on the road in the mud ok on the rocks and awesome in the snow. Go on walmarts website and check em out. Just dont let walmart mount and balance them buy them there and have a good shop mount and balance them.
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I've had the Duratrac for about a year now and no complaints at all. Great street tires, quiet and smooth. Perform beautifully in heavy rains and I have even had a chance to try them out in snow (rare here). They shed mud so cleaning is easy. I don't crawl (yet), but great offroad as well. The aggressive appearance is what attracted me to them as they were new on the market and reviews were scarce when I bought them.

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Even though people will hate me for walmart brand but the Goodyear Wrangler Authority AT's are pretty much MT's they wear light and have great off road traction and look really tough..

I'm running them right now.
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I just picked up a set of Goodyear Wranglers Silent Armor in 30/9.5/15 for $150.00 a piece. Pretty decent all a round tire.(They love the beach.)
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Even though people will hate me for walmart brand but the Goodyear Wrangler Authority AT's are pretty much MT's they wear light and have great off road traction and look really tough..

I'm running them right now.

Actually I love those tires and cant wait to get them. Hows the road noise?
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Got my Cooper STT's last month for $890 mounted and balanced and siped. Great price for the 265/75/16's
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Actually I love those tires and cant wait to get them. Hows the road noise?
I love em! They are fairly quiet on city roads and highway. But around 45-50 mph is the sweet spot and thats where they are loudest, running about 35psi in the tires they have a nice hum especially with the doors and top off. But everything is loud then.
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I love em! They are fairly quiet on city roads and highway. But around 45-50 mph is the sweet spot and thats where they are loudest, running about 35psi in the tires they have a nice hum especially with the doors and top off. But everything is loud then.
Theyre good in the mud too?
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I'm runnung Goodyear MT/R's with kevlar and found them to be a night and day difference compared to the Mickey MTZ's I had... such a better ride and alot less road noise..
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Great in the mud and good for self cleaning they just throw it all out of the tread!

The MT/R's are the sex! Mickey Thompsons have always have a good rep for doing what they are designed for, but they always wear out quicker than most even in the drap radials they make.
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I'm pretty sure I'll be going with either the Cooper S/T or the Goodyear Duratrac. I checked prices at a local place I use to buy tires. Duratrac $181; S/T $194; STT $$203. These are for mounted and balanced. In also found out that the Cooper rebate is only for two car tire lines. I may get the duratracs based on price and the fact they have a rebate (would be about $90 cheaper than the S/T for 5 tires). My only concern with the duratracs is tread wear. The OEM Goodyear Wrangler GS-A tires ran out of tread after 25k miles, pretty much the same on my previous jeeps. So I don't have great expectations from Goodyear products.
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:38 PM   #16
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Duratracs are awesome! And Treadlightly has a $100 rebate I think still on them you can get the factory rebate too.... Love my Duratracs!
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With a year and about 15,000 miles, the tread wear on my duratracs is minimal.
After having the stock goodyears, I was skeptical as well, but the Duratracs are holding up incredibly. I'm running 28psi for the road and around 17 offroad.
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Old 10-09-2010, 09:07 AM   #18
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Thanks for all the input. I went with the Duratracs in 31x105R15. Cost was $926 for 5 tires, mounted and balanced (including the MD state tire disposal tax for the old ones). I was talking to the service rep at the place I bought these tires (they sell a LOT of tires, especially Coopers), and mentioned my driving habits and that was also looking at Cooper ST and STT. He told me I made the right choice, especiall for street wear vs the STT. Look GREAT. Black side out. BWT, the service rep cut me a $10/tire discount since I bought 5 tires instead of 4. Will be doing a 5 tire rotation on these. I did some tight circles in the parking lot to check for rub - both sides rub at full lock, looks like I will be buying some washers. Or just live with it, since I rarely go that tight on my turns.
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Old 10-15-2010, 12:36 PM   #19
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I got the Goodyear (Walmart) Authority's. For the price, I couldnt imagine how good these tires are in the mud and rain...plus the hang on great on the highway!

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