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Old 09-19-2010, 09:03 PM   #1
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Can an All Terrain be as quiet...

as the stock Sahara tires?

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If you get one with no knobbies... Quiet is overrated anyway, IMO.. My Duratracs are an AT and they aren't loud, you hear them with the top off at speed, but it's not annoying, just the sound of tires going down the road.... But then, it's bouncy and I like that better than hubby's JK too... so your mileage may vary...

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My BFG AT's on the TJ were quiet...no excessive noise at all.
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Heck I don't ever even notice my KM's.
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km's?
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as the stock Sahara tires?
Yes, when you are not moving.
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I have 325/65x18 BFG's, and the only noise I heard, was the money falling out of my pocket when I bought them:-)
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as the stock Sahara tires?
Timberline AT's do it. Great tire for a heavy vehicle, we will see on a jeep
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Yes, when you are not moving.
Pff. Yes A/Ts are very quiet tires. AT KOs are exceptional on and off road.
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Heck I don't ever even notice my KM's.
Yes and KMs are great too. More off road oriented too.
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They are the mud tires that are stock on a Rubicon. They make more noise than SRA's but not terribly more. The first time I drove with them, I had the top and doors off. As I was merging onto the highway, I slowed to wait for the car to pass that I could hear approaching. Nothing came by, I turned to look and see why the A-hole was passing me. There was no one there. I "heard" myself approaching!
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Yes, when you are not moving.
Ok- so that's true, but ignorant.

Anyway, the stock Sahara is a watered down A/T tire, essentially. Most all-terrains (except the more aggressive ones like Mickey Thompson, Nitto, etc.) will be damn-near silent on a Wrangler.

But, dang, you bought a Wrangler and you want a quiet ride? Something about that screams...

I'll still plug away for the Firestone Destination A/T's- quiet, great fuel economy, great wear (treadlife), and great grip on/off road. Gone almost everywhere my KM2's have, so far
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They are the mud tires that are stock on a Rubicon. They make more noise than SRA's but not terribly more. The first time I drove with them, I had the top and doors off. As I was merging onto the highway, I slowed to wait for the car to pass that I could hear approaching. Nothing came by, I turned to look and see why the A-hole was passing me. There was no one there. I "heard" myself approaching!
That story doesn't get old. I can visualize you cursing the idiot that was lingering back, so as not to let you merge...only to realize it was you!
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Honestly, I dont like the noise of the tires. I had an 86 Bronco with 35 inch MT Bajas and I would take the top off and i could not hear anything....conversation, radio etc. I really like hearing my sons saying how much fun they are having with the top down etc. I love hearing my music as clear as day with the top and doors off. I get annoyed when I hear the roof clips clanking occassionally from the wind when the top is down. The constant road tire noise would make me go postal. lol


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Ok- so that's true, but ignorant.

Anyway, the stock Sahara is a watered down A/T tire, essentially. Most all-terrains (except the more aggressive ones like Mickey Thompson, Nitto, etc.) will be damn-near silent on a Wrangler.

But, dang, you bought a Wrangler and you want a quiet ride? Something about that screams...

I'll still plug away for the Firestone Destination A/T's- quiet, great fuel economy, great wear (treadlife), and great grip on/off road. Gone almost everywhere my KM2's have, so far
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I absolutely love the "whir" of the big tires! Rawr!
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I would lose sleep to go out right now and buy a new set of tires to replace my MT/Rs if I had the coin to do so. They are so FREAKING LOUD!!! ARRRRGHHH. I just rotated them and now it's about twice as bad as it was before. They are great off road but they are so noisy. Maybe when I wear them out I'll buy a set of Duratracs. Linda, you think I could get you to take me down the road and back in your rig sometime so I can compare?
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Ageless, I am in the whole other end of the spectrum. Mine had 35s on it (Mickey Thompson M/T) when I went to get it, but I was to chicken and had them put 33" Wild Country A/T on it instead. Now I am beating myself up about it and wishing I had the funds to go back to the big boy tires.

They just scream Jeep to me.
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I am the same way. I am going to ride the crap out of these tires and decide when the day comes to replace them. I wish I could hear the tire sounds on YouTube, so I dont spend $8-900 on tires I can't stand! LOL!


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I would lose sleep to go out right now and buy a new set of tires to replace my MT/Rs if I had the coin to do so. They are so FREAKING LOUD!!! ARRRRGHHH. I just rotated them and now it's about twice as bad as it was before. They are great off road but they are so noisy. Maybe when I wear them out I'll buy a set of Duratracs. Linda, you think I could get you to take me down the road and back in your rig sometime so I can compare?
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I can certainly understand your position Shell. I have just come to appreciate quietness in the last few years. I don't even like the radio on when I'm driving. Drives H. crazy because she will turn it on and then try to talk to me and I'm not going to talk over it so I'll turn it off. Then she'll turn it back on and somewhere down the road I'll slow down and when I do I reach up and turn the volume down. I've grown intolerant of unnecessary noise I guess. (Except for top down/doors off wind noise. When I don't like that any more I guess I'll sell it and buy an electric car. ) I even started wearing ear plugs when I cut the grass last year.
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as the stock Sahara tires?
As was mentioned, those are ATs. Just really bad ones with soft/thin sidewalls and tread that's easy to clog with mud.
At least they provide poor wet-weather traction on the street....


In my experience, Duratracs, MTR/Kevlars, Cooper Discoverer STTs, Cooper Discoverer STCs, Dunlop Mud Rover Maxx Tractions, Fierce Attitudes, and a few Kellies are all pretty quiet.

How much mud are you likely to see? I usually base my tire choice off a compromise of where I'm most likely to crash or get stuck.
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I would lose sleep to go out right now and buy a new set of tires to replace my MT/Rs if I had the coin to do so. They are so FREAKING LOUD!!! ARRRRGHHH. I just rotated them and now it's about twice as bad as it was before. They are great off road but they are so noisy. Maybe when I wear them out I'll buy a set of Duratracs. Linda, you think I could get you to take me down the road and back in your rig sometime so I can compare?
Of course I will Josh, just hurry up and get up here before topless weather is gone, so you can hear them for real... And I'm with you on the noise thing... Trey and I always fight over the radio volume... I listen to the stereo when I'm alone, but if I have passengers, the volume drops so I can hear and understand them....
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Of course I will Josh, just hurry up and get up here before topless weather is gone, so you can hear them for real... And I'm with you on the noise thing... Trey and I always fight over the radio volume... I listen to the stereo when I'm alone, but if I have passengers, the volume drops so I can hear and understand them....
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Wont see much mud, this is my main transportation as the wife drives the Denali. I am really liking the Cooper STT's though.

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As was mentioned, those are ATs. Just really bad ones with soft/thin sidewalls and tread that's easy to clog with mud.
At least they provide poor wet-weather traction on the street....


In my experience, Duratracs, MTR/Kevlars, Cooper Discoverer STTs, Cooper Discoverer STCs, Dunlop Mud Rover Maxx Tractions, Fierce Attitudes, and a few Kellies are all pretty quiet.

How much mud are you likely to see? I usually base my tire choice off a compromise of where I'm most likely to crash or get stuck.
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my BFG AT TA KO's make less noise than the Goodyear Wranglers they replaced (granted those Goodyears were a cpl years old, they still had 40-50% tread left.)
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I can certainly understand your position Shell. I have just come to appreciate quietness in the last few years. I don't even like the radio on when I'm driving. Drives H. crazy because she will turn it on and then try to talk to me and I'm not going to talk over it so I'll turn it off. Then she'll turn it back on and somewhere down the road I'll slow down and when I do I reach up and turn the volume down. I've grown intolerant of unnecessary noise I guess. (Except for top down/doors off wind noise. When I don't like that any more I guess I'll sell it and buy an electric car. ) I even started wearing ear plugs when I cut the grass last year.
I can understand wanting the quiet, trust me. I have raised two boys. And sometimes I leave the stereo off and just enjoy the quiet, but not often.

I guess I got all that outta my system in between jeeps, when I had to drive the minivan. Now I just wanna hear the JEEP talk to me all the time!!!!!! No electric car for me...I am gonna drive my beast until I am too old to get up in it.

Darn, now I gotta have a fix. Going for a quick ride!
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Road noise is a result of the variations in surface contact.

ALL Terrains can be quiet (ish). cuz they have narrow "seeps" and wide "cleats". Think about walking on concrete in hiking boots....same effect.

MUD Terrains are less quiet cuz they have wider "seeps" (to shed the mud) and narrower "cleats" to be able to dig-in and or act like shovels. Think about walking on a concrete floor in athletic cleats...same effect.

Touring tires are the quietest cuz they have very narrow "seeps" and huge "cleats" (more rubber on the road). The "cleats" are so big...that they are often continuous....making nice...smooth...constant contact....making it look like they have no "cleats" at all. Think of this like walking on concrete in tennis-shoes. Perfect dry weather asphalt tractionion, but any water/mud/rock/small cute critter trapped in the treads has trouble getting out.

the various tread designs within the various traction types also contributes to or reduces road noise.

there are various websites that rate tires. Road noise is often a catagory of the rating. Some even get scientific enough to use sound meters to give you a db rating.

For the most part. figure out where and how you plan to do most of your jeeping and get the right tire for that use. If you do mostly asphalt driving but just want the look of mud terrains....rock-on. Just understand that highway-hum is part of that package (to varying degrees)

Thats what makes Jeeps so great. Its all about what YOU want to do.

Personally, I love my Sumitomo All Terrains. I think they are the perfect combination of smooth and quiet and traction. And they were comparitively cheap and come with an impressive maintenance discount program through NTB.

Works for me.
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I have the BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO's on my other truck and I don't hear them at all. The stock BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM's are on my Jeep and they hum just a little bit. When those wear out I'm planning on replacing them with some more aggressive and louder tires.
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I have the BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO's on my other truck and I don't hear them at all. The stock BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM's are on my Jeep and they hum just a little bit. When those wear out I'm planning on replacing them with some more aggressive and louder tires.
I hear ya! Well, I don't now, but I bet I will when you upgrade!!! LOL!! LOVE IT!
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I hear ya! Well, I don't now, but I bet I will when you upgrade!!! LOL!! LOVE IT!
LOL! Yah, my son's in favor of the louder tires too, but then he's a teenage boy. What do you expect?

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