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Old 01-08-2013, 11:24 AM   #1
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Firestone Destination AT or Goodyear Silent Armor for 2013 Sahara?

Finally placed an order for a 2013 Sahara on New Years Day. Commando Green, 3.73 rear axle, limited slip differential, automatic. Will be used as a daily driver in Northern Virginia traffic and occasional off roading, but probably little if any rock climbing. I plan on keeping the stock rims for the moment, but want to change out the stock tires upon delivery. The choices for on/off-road tires for stock Sahara rims look pretty limited, with Destination AT and Silent Armor looking like the best of the few options available.

If you have any experience with either of these tires, I'd like to know which you think is the better choice.

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Looking at customer ratings in tirerack.com, the Firestones appear to be ranked a little bit higher (#1, 8.6 would by again) than the Goodyears (#4, 7.6 would buy again). I have personal experience with the Firestone Destination A/T and they are very good tires for highway and occasional off-roading - very quite, pleasant ride, decent handling. They are also significantly cheaper than the Goodyears.

That said, why do you want to throw away a set of new tires that come with your Jeep. The Bridgestone Duelers are pretty good tires, I don't think that moving to the Firestones or Goodyears would be a significant upgrade. Maybe marginally better, but nothing really significant.

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Old 01-08-2013, 01:30 PM   #4
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I went with GY Silent Armor right after buying my 2013 Sahara. I think they are much better than the stock Duelers. I sold the 5 stock tires for $450, got a $100 rebate on the new tires from Tread Lightly plus an $80 rebate from the local tire shop ...$630 back really helped offset the cost of the change.
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I put Firestone Destination A/T's on my Nissan Frontier and they worked very well. I didn't do much off-roading but in snow gravel boat launches and the like they were a whole lot better than the Continental Contitracs I had on before.

If I wanted to buy a tire for moderate off-road use I'd buy them again.

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When the Silent Armours wear out on my 2012 I am getting the exact same ones again!

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Old 01-08-2013, 03:38 PM   #7
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Like has already been said, why do you want to ditch the Bridgestones? They are pretty darn good tires. There is no reason the GYs should be a better tire, and the Firestones are made by the same company that made the ones you have.

If you insist on changing them, you have tons of options for that 18" wheel. Personally, I'd bump up to a 265/70-18 size. Try tirerack.com or tires-easy.com or discounttiredirect.com and you'll find a whole bunch of choices.

I have run the Firestone AT before in P285/70-17 and they were excellent tires. However, at 25,000 miles they were already down to almost 5/32nds.
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I added the 285/70R17 Firestone Destination A/T last week. Slightly larger than the stock and they fit with no lift. They ride pretty smooth too compared to the stock M/T. Here is a pic of them installed.
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Like has already been said, why do you want to ditch the Bridgestones? They are pretty darn good tires. There is no reason the GYs should be a better tire, and the Firestones are made by the same company that made the ones you have.

If you insist on changing them, you have tons of options for that 18" wheel. Personally, I'd bump up to a 265/70-18 size. Try tirerack.com or tires-easy.com or discounttiredirect.com and you'll find a whole bunch of choices.

I have run the Firestone AT before in P285/70-17 and they were excellent tires. However, at 25,000 miles they were already down to almost 5/32nds.
I could be wrong, but I thought I had read that not too many people were enthusiastic about the way the original equipment tires handled. I also looked over the Tire Rack reviews. The Bridgestones seemed OK, but not great. People seemed happier (on Tire Rack) with the handling of Destination AT and Silent Armors. So I thought I'd see what you guys thought of them on this forum.
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Like has already been said, why do you want to ditch the Bridgestones? They are pretty darn good tires. There is no reason the GYs should be a better tire, and the Firestones are made by the same company that made the ones you have.

If you insist on changing them, you have tons of options for that 18" wheel. Personally, I'd bump up to a 265/70-18 size. Try tirerack.com or tires-easy.com or discounttiredirect.com and you'll find a whole bunch of choices.

I have run the Firestone AT before in P285/70-17 and they were excellent tires. However, at 25,000 miles they were already down to almost 5/32nds.
265/70-18? I didn't realize that you could safely run anything other than original equipment size 255/70-18 tires on the stock rims. Guess I have a bit more studying to do.
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Yes, the stock rims will accomodate a range of sizes. Anything from 225s to 265s have been put on these wheels at the factory so you'd have no trouble with 265/70-18 and it would give you a slight bump in width and height without going overboard.

It's surprising because the 18" wheels have more options than any other size...yet people most commonly try to get rid of their 18s.
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I added the 285/70R17 Firestone Destination A/T last week. Slightly larger than the stock and they fit with no lift. They ride pretty smooth too compared to the stock M/T. Here is a pic of them installed.
Did you use the stock rims with the 285's?
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I had all three tires on various vehicles and prefer the bridgestone dueler at
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I put on Goodyear SA on my 2013 JKUR and it rides much better with these tires. Bought them for snow tires and will be putting stock tires back on for summer off roading and beach fun. DiscountTiredirect.com has the best price on the Goodyear SA. They did have a $80 rebate untill 12/31/12.. Paid $1075 for 5 Goodyear Silent Armor 255/75R17 with a $80 rebate Visa coming soon.
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I put Silent Armors on my kids '08 JKU for the winter, she drives on Bridgestones in the summer. My other wranglers all got Duratracs for the winter. SA is a great tire for snow/wet/wintry conditions. It's also quiet and smooth - rides great.
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I've got the Destination ATs the week I bought my 08 JKU and have really enjoyed them. Of course, I have a buddy who is a tire manager at Firestone and he got me a great deal on 5 of these mounted and balanced.

They are quiet and great for the rain. I've had no slipping with them, aside from running through huge puddles and I imagine that's to be expected with any tire. They don't look very aggressive. So next time around, I'll go with something else. My only wish was that I had gone one size bigger on the tires.

However, it seems you run your rig about the same as me, mostly pavement and very little/light off-roading. My off-roading is hunting trails, so dirt and light mud duty. I can't comment on the GY-SAs, but the Destination ATs have been great for my purposes.
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I have the Destination ATs and I won't be purchasing them again. I have them on my ranger 4x4. They are pretty good when new, but now I have over 25k on them, and they aren't that great right now. Even with a over 200 pounds of sand in the bed they spin at will in the snow. Kind of cool when your screwwing around, but not so when your not.
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When the Silent Armours wear out on my 2012 I am getting the exact same ones again!

I love these wheels. If wheels could add horsepower I'm sure these would be a supercharger!
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Did you use the stock rims with the 285's?
Yes, on the stock rims.
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Silent armor versus stock tires on 2011 wrangler

I know for a fact that while the stock tires on my 2011 wrangler run really great and smooth on asphalt they do not impress me when faced with water hazards with questionable bottom consistency. The tread pattern is set up for road use 90% and offroad 10% and mud 0% in my opinion. My wife has Toyo aggressive pattern tires on her 2010 wrangler unlimited and they are a bit to aggressive for highway driving on a regular basis.

The look and set of the Silent Armor seem to be a good compromise between the factory set and the Toyo set.

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I wasnt going to post here since the thread is 6mo old, but since you dug it up... I love the wheels on TomThumbs Jeep, they look like the Mag wheels off an old Hot Rod.
More on topic, my stock bridgestones are great for daily driving and some light off road use but I think I'll be going with the Goodyears when it comes time for new shoes.
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I've been super happy with my stock Bridgestone's, and when they do wear out, I will most likely try to find some new take-offs from someone who is swapping tires and/wheels on their Sahara. But if I where to change tires, it seems like both the Firestones and GY's have good reviews.
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neither are in my sell category for the type of use youre describing (salesman at discount tire) id personally go with a BFG all terrain or a nitto terra grappler.

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