A tire for 90% of the time - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 10-20-2013, 05:29 PM   #1
Newb
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 3
Question A tire for 90% of the time

My Unlimited Rubicon came with BFG Mud-Terrain tires. The MTs are fine for serious off-road, but that’s only 10% of my driving. Mostly it lives in the SF Bay Area; commuting, running easy trails, pulling trailers and frequent ski trips into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The problem is that the MT is not a very good tire for most of these activities. I need a primary tire to address most of my needs; the MTs can hang out in the garage until needed. Anyone have experience with Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor?

Rockon is offline   Quote
Old 10-20-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
WarEagle_JK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Lexington
Posts: 188
No experience with the Goodyear but if BFG All Terrain T/A KO is available in your size they are a good all around tire, good in snow. They are not good in mud but thats why they make the Mud Terrain.

WarEagle_JK is offline   Quote
Old 10-20-2013, 07:51 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 472
GY duratrac. Great in the snow and good for most everything. The only real downside for the total package is the sidewalls are a little light so for a lot of rock crawling they are not the best.
The BFG's mentioned above the AT's are great also but I think for snow the GY's are a little better.
peanut09 is offline   Quote
Old 10-20-2013, 07:58 PM   #4
Newb
 
chriscordobes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 10
I have goodyear SR-A tires and those are good. The reviews on the Silent Armor are good too. Thinking about getting those
chriscordobes is offline   Quote
Old 10-20-2013, 08:04 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 413
I have a set of Silent Armors on my 08 JKU. It's a great tire all around tire, does well in wet and slippery conditions.

It is the only tire I don't change out for winter months. Good choice for a DD.
__________________
'14 Anvil JKUR (sold the '12JKUR with 52K miles)
'13 JKU Sport (blue one)
'13 JKU stripped (red one)
'10 JKU Sport (other red one)
'08 JKU (green one)
5JKs is offline   Quote
Old 10-20-2013, 08:26 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
JTPhoto JK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Thunder Bay ON Canada
Posts: 1,412
Images: 3
Depends on how much snow you may encounter.. The GY Duratracs are winter rated yet can still be driven year round.
__________________
Jeff _(OIIIO)_

08 Black and Khaki JK Sahara Unlimited, Dual Tops, MyGig, Tow pkg, Trax-Lok Rear Diff,
Mods -- 3.5" Rock Krawler front springs, 2.5 TerraFlex BB, PitBull Rockers 37x12.50x17 on ProComp 7069 alloys, AEV Premium Bumper,
JTPhoto JK is online now   Quote
Old 10-20-2013, 08:26 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
spinlock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: 37.9° N, 121.7° W
Posts: 5,260
Some good choices are listed above. If you want great road performance and very good traction on trails the KOs last forever. The Duratracs are also great but equivalent to your MTs

Silent Armors get very good road reviews but may be marginal on trails.
spinlock is offline   Quote
Old 10-20-2013, 09:14 PM   #8
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 196
Firestone Destination AT are excellent on highway, silent, comfortable, durable, good rain and light snow traction, and rugged enough for occasional off-road use. Check them on tirerack.com. They are among top rated on-road/off-road tires. And they won't break your bank like many other premium brands.
jannikt is offline   Quote
Old 10-20-2013, 10:09 PM   #9
Jeeper
 
paleh0rse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 2,119
Quote:
Originally Posted by spinlock View Post
The Duratracs are also great but equivalent to your MTs
What do you mean by "equivalent"?

Duratracs are nothing like MTs...
paleh0rse is offline   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 12:03 AM   #10
Jeeper
 
MANGOJK15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Ahwatukee
Posts: 539
IMHO, the Goodyear Duratrac and Toyo Open Country AT II are both excellent tires that work well for a daily driver, but you can also take them out and play weekend warrior. I currently have the Duratracs and they are nothing like the BFG KMs. The BFG KMs do not perform well in rain or on icy roads and quite frankly they are not a comfortable ride and the tread life leaves something to be desired. My overall performance improved considerably when I went to the Duratracs. My weekend buddy rolls with the Toyos and loves them and they are more reasonably priced than the Duratracs. They also come with a 50k to 60k warranty depending on the size you select.
MANGOJK15 is offline   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 12:13 AM   #11
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Newark DE
Posts: 1,259
I got the ATII's based on reviews, price, and 50K warranty. I do less then 10K a year and I'm perfectly happy spending 1200 bucks for 5 years of tire use. So far no off road on the ATII's so that will have to wait until I make it to Rausch Creek sometime soon but so far on road they are quieter and more comfortable. No rain or snow experience in the ATII's yet but as soon as it rains I can't wait to see if there is a significant difference compared to my Jeeps stock KM2's which required some very careful throttle manipulation.
Doctorsti is offline   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 12:26 AM   #12
Jeeper
 
dawhitesJKU's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: SoCal 714/562
Posts: 4,140
Send a message via Yahoo to dawhitesJKU
-great customer service (gave me 50%off since i didn't purchase road side hazard warranty)
-LIGHTEST in the 285/50/17 category (pmetric) @48lbs among many reputable brands.
-50k/65k warranty
-THE QUIETEST TIRE (i had my sidewall punctured and the tire barely held air...jeep steered to the right on freeway and when i got home, i didn't know my tire was flat <10psi. drove home from the trail, went to work the next am, went back home then thats when i noticed the flat. It does a great job even though it was punctured...roughly 100 miles.
-great reviews in ALL forums
-BRAND NEW to the market (came out late 2012)

Toyo AT2 Thread
__________________
Eat, Sleep, Jeep

2012 JKU Flame Red - Gone
2014 Cherokee Trailhawk - Gone
2014 JKU Billet Willys - Active
dawhitesJKU is online now   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 02:47 AM   #13
Jeeper
 
doufus1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Kalgoorlie
Posts: 254
Mickey Thompson Baja. Costly but a great all round tire.
__________________
It's not a car. It's a Jeep
doufus1 is offline   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 03:21 AM   #14
Jeeper
 
spinlock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: 37.9° N, 121.7° W
Posts: 5,260
Quote:
Originally Posted by paleh0rse View Post
What do you mean by "equivalent"?

Duratracs are nothing like MTs...
You are right, I like the Duratrac's a lot but they do not provide the off road traction of the MTs .

They wear well but the noise/traction ratio is relatively high. I personally like their road feel.
spinlock is offline   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 04:46 AM   #15
Jeeper
 
MrSig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Davie, Fl
Posts: 21,146
Go look at TreadWrights.
https://www.treadwright.com/
__________________
07 JKU to see my mods or Jeep in action go to http://www.aaof.us/jeep.htm
CEO of Black Sheep 4x4s org,
Member of CCJ, White Jeep Club Member #137.
MrSig is offline   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 08:51 AM   #16
Jeeper
 
paleh0rse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 2,119
I ran the 315 Duratracs for a year... awesome tire on and off road! Easily my favorite AT tire.

I'm now running BIG AT T/A KO's in 37", They have a slightly stiffer ride, but they are quiet and have fantastic traction for an AT on and off road, as well.

I've also heard great things about both the Falcon Wildpeaks and Toyos.
paleh0rse is offline   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 09:00 AM   #17
Jeeper
 
grizzstang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Calgary, Alberta Canada
Posts: 352
Quote:
Originally Posted by jannikt View Post
Firestone Destination AT are excellent on highway, silent, comfortable, durable, good rain and light snow traction, and rugged enough for occasional off-road use. Check them on tirerack.com. They are among top rated on-road/off-road tires. And they won't break your bank like many other premium brands.
These are great tires. I have them on our Blazer and they are very good in snow.
__________________
2013 Jeep Wrangler Sahara (White)
grizzstang is offline   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 09:01 AM   #18
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 398
Yokohama Geolander AT's. Great tire and quiet on paved roads.
Xena1 is offline   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 11:04 AM   #19
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Ontario, CDA
Posts: 18
I'm new to Wrangler...and looking to put a good all year round tire with more rubber on my existing 16" rims. I have the standard 225R75 16's. It seems like the most liked is the Duratracs and Toyo. Any comments on General or Coopers? Any suggestions?
KarneyB is offline   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 11:47 AM   #20
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 413
KarneyB,

Consider a set of takeoffs from another new wrangler. You can get a nice set (wheels and tires) for $400 - $500 and you'll have nicer allow wheels.

The TPMS frequency did change in 2013 so get the correct year.

You'll save a few hundred $$ and be happier with the look.
__________________
'14 Anvil JKUR (sold the '12JKUR with 52K miles)
'13 JKU Sport (blue one)
'13 JKU stripped (red one)
'10 JKU Sport (other red one)
'08 JKU (green one)
5JKs is offline   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 12:43 PM   #21
TOK
Jeeper
 
TOK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 1,259
I'm running the 315/17 Duratracs. I'm amazed that such an aggressive looking tire could be so quiet. I put Cooper Discover AT/3's on my Tacoma based on good reports. They are less aggressive looking than the Duratracs, but also less expensive. I've had them about a year and they're wearing well.
TOK is offline   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 02:35 PM   #22
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 3,016
AT KO!!!!! Long-lasting, great in the snow, puncture resistant for an AT.
__________________
<<----- BEST. STICKER. EVER. 2013 CG JKUR. Bought not built.
i82much is offline   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 02:47 PM   #23
Moderator

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
jkjeeper06's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 3,745
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xena1 View Post
Yokohama Geolander AT's. Great tire and quiet on paved roads.
X2.

I love mine. Not to mention they are fairly cheap too. I'm at 45k now and could easily ht 55-60k on them but with winter coming I have to replace them prematurely as I go out in every single blizzard and snow storm.

I'm between the yokos again or the bfg at ko for my next tire purchase. At 15k miles a year I wish I was 10% off road. Reality is I'm probably 2-3% off road which is still 300 or so jeep miles a year
jkjeeper06 is offline   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 03:11 PM   #24
Jeeper
 
paleh0rse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 2,119
Quote:
Originally Posted by 5JKs View Post
KarneyB,

Consider a set of takeoffs from another new wrangler. You can get a nice set (wheels and tires) for $400 - $500 and you'll have nicer allow wheels.

The TPMS frequency did change in 2013 so get the correct year.

You'll save a few hundred $$ and be happier with the look.
Do you happen to know if they changed the TPMS again in 2014? I have a set of 2013 sensors I'm trying to sell...
paleh0rse is offline   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 03:25 PM   #25
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 55
It seems Duratracs are the preferred Jeeper tire up North here - tried to get a set and the 30/31s are back ordered into December - what does that say?


Sent from AutoGuide.com App
__________________
2005 Jeep TJ SE 2.4 Liter 6 Speed @ 131K km
TJ-Tom is offline   Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 11:00 PM   #26
Newb
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 13
I've had Silent Armor's on my '06 Liberty CRD since not long after I bought it new. They have been really great. A nice all terrain middle road between the stock street tires and something like the Duratracs. Very quiet on the highway, really good grip in all conditions, they seemed to wear quite well and evenly. I don't wheel with the Liberty much at all, just real light and not very often. So the SA's are a very good fit for my uses.

I think a good indicator of whether something is a good quality product is if the people who have bought them previously and lived with them for a good long while, would purchase the same thing again when its time to replace them. Provided their needs and uses haven't changed over that time of course. I can say very confidently that I definitely would buy another set, and wouldn't have a minute's worth of regret over it.
denverjay is offline   Quote
Old 10-27-2013, 10:16 AM   #27
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Ontario, CDA
Posts: 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by TJ-Tom View Post
It seems Duratracs are the preferred Jeeper tire up North here - tried to get a set and the 30/31s are back ordered into December - what does that say?


Sent from AutoGuide.com App
That's what I see on most as well so that doesn't surprise me.
KarneyB is offline   Quote
Old 10-27-2013, 10:18 AM   #28
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Ontario, CDA
Posts: 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by paleh0rse View Post
Do you happen to know if they changed the TPMS again in 2014? I have a set of 2013 sensors I'm trying to sell...
Unfortunately I'm not sure.
KarneyB is offline   Quote
Old 11-19-2013, 11:00 AM   #29
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Ontario, CDA
Posts: 18
Question Duratracs

Okay I'm 80% sure that I'm going to put the Duratracs on, thanks to all of your input. Not having much luck finding any takeoffs at this point though. Based on warranty for a 2014 JK they (Chrysler) state one tire size either way which I interpreted as rim sizes (down to 15" or up to 17") vs just tire sizes, meaning, I can put 245/75's on my 16" stock wheels (225/75). Does anyone know how this will affect the handling, brakes, etc?, other than a bit lower revs which I understand from research.
KarneyB is offline   Quote
Old 11-19-2013, 11:16 AM   #30
Jeeper
 
paleh0rse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 2,119
Quote:
Originally Posted by KarneyB View Post
Okay I'm 80% sure that I'm going to put the Duratracs on, thanks to all of your input. Not having much luck finding any takeoffs at this point though. Based on warranty for a 2014 JK they (Chrysler) state one tire size either way which I interpreted as rim sizes (down to 15" or up to 17") vs just tire sizes, meaning, I can put 245/75's on my 16" stock wheels (225/75). Does anyone know how this will affect the handling, brakes, etc?, other than a bit lower revs which I understand from research.
What are you talking about with tire size vs warranty?

I have NEVER heard of a warranty claim being denied based on tire size, so I'm confused as to why you think you'd need to stay within some sort of range...?

paleh0rse is offline   Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Download our Mobile App

» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:55 AM.


User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC