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Old 03-15-2014, 11:31 AM   #1
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2 sets of tires, or not?

Wondering what the trend is on having 2 sets of tires? One set for rugged fun and one for daily fun in summer.
I have LT315 70R17 ProComp Extreme MT tires. 50K mile warranty
They are awesome in snow and mud and pavement.
But am I wasting tread and wear driving them everyday, and giving up ride comfort? Would a set of all seasons be a major change in ride and justify the additional cost and loss in look? I plan to have off road fun 2-3 times per season, plus run the MT's all winter.

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Old 03-15-2014, 12:01 PM   #2
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It's easy to justify another set like you said, tire wear isn't preventable so you could buy 2 sets every 80k or 1 set every 40. It's the same money. If you get a set of light 33" highway tires you could save money on fuel and improve ride and save your off road tires. Make sure to get a good jack tho cuz you'll be jacking it up and swapping tires a lot. It may not be worth the trouble for you time wise

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Old 03-15-2014, 12:16 PM   #3
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IMO yes in theory...you will save fuel and get a better ride and MOST of the time not really need the more aggressive tires. I know some "people" that do this with their 22" rims and stock rims over the winter on some "suvs" but it is strictly looks for them.....I thought I would do this...but than when I stacked up 5 BFG's A/Ts in the garage I realized how much space I lost.....and also I could swap my self...but since I have "lifetime balance and rotation" I "COULD" have them do the swap....I finally decided it was to much of a PIA...but that is a combination of everything...no one portion made up my mind.

It might have been different if it was still "just me" and no other people/ family in my life.........
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I have often considered it... then I rotated my tires by myself a few times. I asked myself, how likely am I swap out rims/tires before and after a day of off-roading?

It's doable, but kind of a PITA.

If taking a longer weekend or week-long trip, I could see doing it, but as normal trip prep? I have a hard enough time finding time to steal away for a day of off-roading, much less spend an extra 30-45 mins swapping tires first and afterwards.

Perhaps better would be to have a Winter set of tires and a Summer set of tires. That way you are only swapping out twice per year. Your Winter set could be more on-road related (AT or even specific snow set) and the summers are more MT. I wheel more in summer anyway.
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Old 03-15-2014, 02:11 PM   #5
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I have often considered it... then I rotated my tires by myself a few times. I asked myself, how likely am I swap out rims/tires before and after a day of off-roading? It's doable, but kind of a PITA. If taking a longer weekend or week-long trip, I could see doing it, but as normal trip prep? I have a hard enough time finding time to steal away for a day of off-roading, much less spend an extra 30-45 mins swapping tires first and afterwards. Perhaps better would be to have a Winter set of tires and a Summer set of tires. That way you are only swapping out twice per year. Your Winter set could be more on-road related (AT or even specific snow set) and the summers are more MT. I wheel more in summer anyway.
Exactly what I've considered myself. Keep my BFG AT/KO's for winter duty and get a nice set of MT's for summer duty.
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I recently bought a NEW set of 5 18" take off's for $450.00..... I can't buy tires for that !
These are NEW dualers....So I plan to run these during the "dry" season, lot of my miles are Highway to far reaches of the State....
Why grind off good Traction "wet" season tires doing that ?
So now I have two sets of 5 ugly 18" wheels.....The plan is to buy ($$$$$$) a set of 5 traction tires and mount em up.
I have my own shop with Floor Jack and Air Wrench, so thats not a big deal....
Just depends on your style of driving....I don't do mud holes and I don't climb rock walls, but I do on occasion get into slimy mud and ditches, so I do need the Tires, especially during the fall and winter months.....Hunting/Fishing.....
The rest of the time I'm exploring for old Ghost Towns and Camps.... "BH"
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:38 PM   #7
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I used to commute 37 miles each way to work. I had a Tacoma at the time and ran two sets of tires. I bought them both at Pep Boys, the Dakota MTs and a set of all seasons I can't remember. I used to go to pep boys and they'd swap them out for me since I had the unlimited rotations.
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:44 PM   #8
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Man Ive got 3. Factory, my all terrain set, and my mud terrain set.. I never planned it that way it just happened.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:05 PM   #9
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I do two sets but not on Jeep, one set with Duratracs serves any weather fine.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:41 PM   #10
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I'm planning on running 37's on my Bead locks for the off toad rock crawling. And run a good AT 35 on basic steelies for DD. You can always find good used tires for a fraction of the cost of new. Floor Jack, impact wrench and 30 mins...
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:18 PM   #11
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IMO it depends on the amount and technical difficulty of your off road driving. If you have or will have 37"+ tires or vevery aggressive tread it makes sense to have a more mild tire for daily driving; quieter, longer lasting and better fuel economy.

If you off road adventures are seldom and mild then a tire like the Duratrac can be a good choice.

The dual tire strategy used to be winter vs summer.
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I'm now considering running two sets....since I just bought some rubi takeoffs for my '14 Sport. I bought Discount Tire's lifetime rotate & balance. Does anyone know what they charge to do a swap out? I can't imagine them doing it for free like an earlier poster said about Pep Boys.
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:58 AM   #13
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I'm now considering running two sets....since I just bought some rubi takeoffs for my '14 Sport. I bought Discount Tire's lifetime rotate & balance. Does anyone know what they charge to do a swap out? I can't imagine them doing it for free like an earlier poster said about Pep Boys.
IDK about where you are talking about but the "local" shop I use sells the "lifetime balance and rotation" and there is no "limit"...at least not that I have ran into.....mine get balanced and rotated every oil change....IDK that it would matter which set they are balancing, and reinstalling...but again it was the having to haul the tires there that was my Issue, and storing them as well..I did have them do it twice..and they didn't complain.....but it may depend on the relationship you have with the shop...ours is pretty good".
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I run two sets, but only swap them twice a year, spring and fall. Takes about 20 minutes with a floor jack and an 18volt impact gun. Rattle gun pulls the lugs off fast and snugs them up before I finish off with the torque wrench.

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Or you could go with my plan park it in the winter and only run the jeep off road and on the logging roads up here--thus one set of mud tires will do.
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Thanks for all the responses and perspectives. Storing is a minor barrier but a cost. I guess I need more clarity on how much ride and fuel might improve. Since the suspension is lifted and beefed up its very stiff already. No complaints, I enjoy the rigidity most of the time (unless I'm on a long stretch of destroyed concrete).
These tires are ~$200 each so if I have to buy new every 50k miles it will be every 4 years. And if my plans work out I can save the Jeep for fun only (5k per year)
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Yes, Storage can be a problem....These tires are HEAVY to be lifting very high.
My extra set now is rolled upright against a shop wall... I think I can improve on that.
"Chi-Com Freight" has Furniture dollies with swivel casters, these come in a couple sizes.
They are good for 1000Lbs... Thinking about stacking my extra set on one of these, if they get in the way in the shop, push em out of the way...As long as little kids don't climb on em !!
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