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Old 06-03-2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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Just how bad are the stock Goodyear Wrangler SR-A OEM tires?

I plan to order a Wrangler Sport S and am curious if the stock SR-A tires are decent for winter driving. (rain, ice, snow). I'm not too concerned about their off road capability.

The Tire Rack reviews aren't that inspiring.

I love the Bridgestone Dueller AT Revo II's on my truck. Do they perform well on a Wranglers?

Any recommendations on the best non dedicated winter tires using the stock 17" wheels?

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Old 06-03-2012, 03:11 PM   #2
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Stock Jeep tires are fine. If they weren't, they wouldn't have them on. We wheel with a friend who does just fine on them. Can you get better? Always. Best bet is to get the rig, wheel it how ever you intend to, then make the decision.

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Old 06-03-2012, 03:18 PM   #3
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SRA's, on the road, they ain't bad. In the mud, they ain't good, ok in loose sand and dirt.
Couldn't wait to get rid of mine and get something larger, wider and more aggressive. Running 285/70/17 Nitto's now, but they're getting to the end of their useful life span. Switching over to Duratracs a very good all around aggressive A/T.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:15 PM   #4
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Had the SR-A's for less than 500 miles, then got rid of them on Craigslist. light mud= no good, winter= still not good (tread pattern allows for alot of sliding, tread is geared more for rain driving)
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:19 PM   #5
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SRAs suck suck suck in the snow. The only thing they have going for them is they are quieter and get a bit better MPGees than good tires.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:44 PM   #6
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My Wrangler SRA's are coming off tomorrow and on goes the Wrangler Territories (very similar to the Duratracs and are made exclusively for Canadian Tire)

I had the Territories on my Cherokee and loved them. They are a little loud but nothing like having piece of mind when you go off road a distance. I had two flats in one day with P rated tires and to top it all off, I had my son (6 at the time) with me in the middle of nowhere!
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:46 PM   #7
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The SRA's are great for town driving and groceries but my girl is taken off the pavement and to ensure safety, decent footware is needed for her.
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:32 AM   #8
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The Goodyear Wrangler SRA tires are not great in Canada. They also have soft side walls that crack in no time which can lead to blowouts. I purchased four Lt245/70R17 which had to be condemned with less than 30,000km.
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:24 AM   #9
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If you're looking at a Ordering a Sport S, why not get a Willys edition that will come with KM2s?
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If you're looking at a Ordering a Sport S, why not get a Willys edition that will come with KM2s?
KM, not KM2. It would be more cost effective to buy a set of takeoffs and sell the SRA' s.
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:45 PM   #11
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How bad are the SR-As? I went up a snowy hill easily, with them that a friend with 37" GY MTRs had to take several runs at. It all depends on what you consider good.

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Here's a vid another friend took of that trip. The hill starts at 8:00, it's a lot steeper than it looks.
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:39 PM   #12
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The only thing wrong with SR-A's is that they designed for the road and many Jeeps go off road.

If you want to run Bridgestones or any other LT tire you will be fine.
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I initiated mine the other day in some SoFlo sand ruts without airing down, the SRAs were not very grabby.

If I keep this rubber will I have issues airing these down with the sidewalls being what they are? I can't see 2/3 air-down with these, maybe 20 lbs.

These were stock on my wife's '07 Patriot 215/65/17s and they weren't bad in the wet, but were too skinny to float, had to go up two sizes and live with the rub.
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I usually go down to 25 lbs of air, I do alright, but I haven't been in sand yet. If you rub just get some 1.5" spacers. I did, it looks so much better, even with street shoes.
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The SRAs are gone and maybe even sold to a bud for his Explorer.

Nitto Terra Grapplers in a 265/70/17, so I lose a bit of diameter but gain some width to the edge of the flares.
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I have a 2013 Sport S, and I ran the stock SRA's for about 3800 miles....then I switched to Duratracs in the stock size (255/75/17). So far, I am very pleased with them.

Now I get to try and sell 5 stock SRA's
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Honestly when I was invited to hit a trail yesterday, I was worried. Naturally. these tires are pretty low tier. But let me tell you, NEVER did it get stuck yesterday or really even worry about my performance after I went thru some crap. I will attach the photo album below. These tires gripped all the mud, rocks, ruts and loose ground all day yesterday and never felt it slip too bad. Some side to side slip but nothing un-controlable. Now I'm not saying they are just as good as KM2 or any MT tire, but for a stock AT tire, I was floored... just my 0.02˘


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Old 11-18-2014, 07:20 PM   #18
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The only thing wrong with SR-A's is that they designed for the road and many Jeeps go off road.

If you want to run Bridgestones or any other LT tire you will be fine.
No, the only thing wrong with them is that they are dangerous in the rain. I've driven RWD and 4WD vehicles all my life. I've NEVER had a tire slip and spin as badly as these tires on wet roads. I'm downright scared of them, and they are fairly new too (bought my Jeep used). They are coming off before the winter even really starts, I am not running these in the snow, no way.

PS. Don't believe me, look at the ratings online. I'm far from the only one with this opinion.
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Old 11-18-2014, 07:34 PM   #19
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I love the Bridgestone Dueller AT Revo II's on my truck. Do they perform well on a Wranglers?

Any recommendations on the best non dedicated winter tires using the stock 17" wheels?

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Wrangler SR-As = something rubber to put around the wheels.

ST/Maxx, Duratrac seem to be the best options. The AT Revo IIs provided good traction on a 2006 Liberty I had, but seemed to wear out very quick (20,000-25,000 mi.). The ST/Maxx's from Cooper have impressed me.
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Took em on a fairly intense trail system here in NC. Was impressed. Lowered them to 10psi and was on my way. But they are absolute dog sh** in rain.
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Stock Jeep tires are fine. If they weren't, they wouldn't have them on. We wheel with a friend who does just fine on them. Can you get better? Always. Best bet is to get the rig, wheel it how ever you intend to, then make the decision.

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Old 11-25-2014, 07:46 PM   #22
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The Wrangler S has a 32" BFG tire option. A bit more aggressive.
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The Wrangler S has a 32" BFG tire option. A bit more aggressive.
I have a 2014 Wrangler "S" came with sra. I know there is somether package attached to the "s" that includes those. Good tires tho.
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Woo hoo, got my Nitto Terra Grappler and ATX wheels from Brown Santa today, can't wait to get them put on and to put those SRA's in storage.
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The stock tires on a JKU are one of the reasons people bash JKUs. Jeep puts on the tires most JKU buyers want and those are smooth riding, high miler P Series tires with Road Hazard and Mileage Warranties. The demographic driving Wrangler sales is no longer the off road Jeep fanatic. It is soccer Moms & Dads looking for a cool car to drive everyday.
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The stock tires on a JKU are one of the reasons people bash JKUs. Jeep puts on the tires most JKU buyers want and those are smooth riding, high miler P Series tires with Road Hazard and Mileage Warranties. The demographic driving Wrangler sales is no longer the off road Jeep fanatic. It is soccer Moms & Dads looking for a cool car to drive everyday.
There is also an equally important issue of CAFE ratings which just as important.
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Just got the Nitto's installed, and wow what a difference in the rain. Raining today and at an uphill stop sign where the SRA's always spun, no spin from the Nitto's. Awesome.

The real problem with the SRA's is in the wet. Brutal.
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I've got no complaints with my SRAs and have 21K on them. Did fine in snow and rain. I drive to the road conditions so I'm not trying to go 70mph in now or rain. Went off road once with them and they did ok. That being said, I did a 2.5" lift and am saving up for 33" Cooper Discoverer ST Maxx for my stock rims so I can feel a tad more comfortable off road.
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I've got no complaints with my SRAs and have 21K on them. Did fine in snow and rain. I drive to the road conditions so I'm not trying to go 70mph in snow or rain.Went off road once with them and they did ok. That being said, I did a 2.5" lift and am saving up for 33" Cooper Discoverer ST Maxx for my stock rims so I can feel a tad more comfortable off road.
Me either, but I expect for my rear end to not kick out when making a slow sweeping turn in second gear while applying moderate throttle with wet roads. I had that happen at least 3 times over the 2 months I had the SRA's. No heavy throttle, no doing 70mph in the rain, no crazy driving. In fact it happened turning into my Home Depot parking lot. It was then I knew they had to come off.

Obviously we have different opinions of them and that's cool, however there are tons of reviews on The Tire Rack that share the same opinion as me. I'm glad you are ok with them, that's great for you.

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