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Old 03-28-2012, 12:06 AM   #1
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tires for daily driver

Hello neighbor,

I'm a newbie jeep owner looking for some tire advice.
I have a 2010 Islander 4dr with the stock LT255/75R17

BF Goodrich® Mud-Terrain T/A® KM-DT tires.

The most off road this Jeep will see will be some Forest service roads. 99% of the time its going to be the daily driver.I could be wrong but the existing tires look to be a bit aggressive for my needs. Can you guys suggest maybe a good AT tire.
I live in Vancouver BC,so we get a lot of rain and snow is common in the winter months.


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Old 03-28-2012, 01:11 AM   #2
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I live in Seattle, I run the same tires as you and mine ('12 Arctic) is a DD also. No issues so far in the rain, am yet to try it on snow. The tires look aggressive but surprisingly they are pretty quite. I am happy with them 2500 miles so far.

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I run BFG AT's and really like them. They wear like steel and have incredible traction both on and off road.

Very quiet and good manners.

I also really like the Goodyear Silent Armors a lot for the same reasons.

Both give good performance for the off roading we do, not heavy mud but good in all other areas.
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I have BFG MT's on my new Jeep and BFG AT's on my FJ Cruiser. I like both of them equally (I think I'll always buy BFG from now on), but I think the AT's are a better "everyday" tire.
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:08 AM   #5
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I have the BF KM2's and I love them besides the fact that they are horrible in snow and ice.
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:24 AM   #6
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For your needs, you could definitely benefit from switching to an all terrain tire. Goodyear Duratrac is a very aggressive looking AT but performs great in all conditions. BFG AT is a nice tire, though I personally despise its looks. Falken Wild Peak or Rocky Mountain ATS is another good option.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:04 AM   #7
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I just had duratracs installed last week, love'em so far
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:10 AM   #8
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I have those same tires on my Rubi and I'm actually surprised how quiet they are, my Subaru probably had more road noise than the Jeep with those tires.

It seems like snow is pretty much done for the season, but if it turns out they are just terrible in the snow they will have to go. I can't imagine they are any worse than a normal passenger car with all season tires?
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:19 AM   #9
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For your needs, you could definitely benefit from switching to an all terrain tire. Goodyear Duratrac is a very aggressive looking AT but performs great in all conditions. BFG AT is a nice tire, though I personally despise its looks. Falken Wild Peak or Rocky Mountain ATS is another good option.
For something quieter than the DTs or BFG KOs, try the Firestone Destination AT. I had a set on my prior pickup and they were pretty good on the road and in the snow too. Got pretty good mileage out of them too. Put a good 25k on them before I traded it in and they easily had another 10k left om them, if not more. Think TireRack had them rated #1 or #2 on their review chart for ATs
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Some of your decisions will be based on whether or not you wish to change your wheels.

The stock 255/75-17 size limits your options to a handful of tires, which does not include the Goodyear Duratrac or BFG A/T. If you want to run a different size tire on your stock wheels, you'll need spacers or lift or both, depending on what you want to do.

Changing your wheels, however, widens your options considerably.

I'm in a similar situation as you, except I have the Goodyear SR-A tires, which are not great for me. I also want an all-terrain tire for a daily driver, and am struggling with what route to go.
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Some of your decisions will be based on whether or not you wish to change your wheels.

The stock 255/75-17 size limits your options to a handful of tires, which does not include the Goodyear Duratrac or BFG A/T. If you want to run a different size tire on your stock wheels, you'll need spacers or lift or both, depending on what you want to do.

Changing your wheels, however, widens your options considerably.

I'm in a similar situation as you, except I have the Goodyear SR-A tires, which are not great for me. I also want an all-terrain tire for a daily driver, and am struggling with what route to go.
The Destinations I had may work on the stock wheels. Im pretty sure the size I had were a 32 on a 17" rim.

edit: 265/70/17 which is a 32 (31.7)
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:34 AM   #12
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I am getting these put on my Jeep once I get it (It will be a DD, where a dirt road or dry yard / farmers feild will be the most off roadign it will do)

Assurance TripleTred All-Season | Goodyear Tires

I had them on my subaru the past 6 months, they were the best tires Ive ever had.
In the rain or doing through big puddles the only way you could tell you were going through water was hearing or seeing the splash.. no pulling if only 1 wheel was in it and I couldnt hydro-plan even when I tried!!
The very few days it actually snowed in Southern Ontario (normally we get lots of snow) when people were sliding and spinning out all around me I had no problem staying on the road and on course.
They had less road noise them my summer tires I had on before.
And I have also notice gass milage improvment.
I took my subaru winter camping with these on to get to the sight I had to drive through 2 farmers feilds with snow and by the end of the weekend it was rainy and thawing and turning to mud (I was following the farmer so I did have his permission to drive there) one of the other guys had a lifted truck with the biggest mudders i have seen and he was getting stuck and sliding in the mud but I stayed true.

I cant say enough good things about these tires.
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I have 3 JK's with Goodyear Silent Armor's on one of them, Good all around tire, good in winter conditions. Quiet, better mileage than a noisier aggressive tread. IMHO, better than the SR-A's or KM or Bridgestone AT's for a year round daily driver. I rotate these on for the winter months, they get the bridgestone A/T's for the summer.

Since you live in a larger metropolitan area, check Craigslist for new takeoffs. People are always buying new Jeeps and putting new wheels and tires on them so mounted and balanced sets with 500 miles can be had for $400-$600 (for 5). The TPMS sensors should be the same for a 2010 - 2012 vehicle, so if they didn't pull them, you can put them right on.

I bought 2 sets of KM's, a set of Silent Armours, and a Bridgestone A/T set off new or less < 100 miles and 3 soft tops all off CL.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:53 AM   #14
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How are the stock BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM tires on snowy roads? Good, acceptable, terrible?
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I thought the stock wheels were 17x7.5?

Just requested a build sheet and this is what it says --

TT7S LT255/75R17 BSW Off Road Tires
TZGP BF Goodrich Brand Tires
WFHS 17X7.0 Aluminum Chrome Wheels
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Man am I confused as ever now... I looking to upgrade to 33's probably the 33x12.5x15 DuraTrac. From the reviews and endorsements from everyone they seem to be a fine tire. My questions (which i'm nt sure is appropriate for this thread) is which Wheel I should get. I was looking at the MB 72's but when I go to Discount Tire Direct they have various option for the bolt pattern and width. Which one do I choose so they fit the DuraTrac i'm thinking of getting.....

or, what are some of the setups you guys are using for 33 DuraTrac

Sorry if this is hijacking the thread, there are jsut too many tire threads and i'm not sure which is the best one to post this question.

Thanks for helping a Newbie out!
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Man am I confused as ever now... I looking to upgrade to 33's probably the 33x12.5x15 DuraTrac. From the reviews and endorsements from everyone they seem to be a fine tire. My questions (which i'm nt sure is appropriate for this thread) is which Wheel I should get. I was looking at the MB 72's but when I go to Discount Tire Direct they have various option for the bolt pattern and width. Which one do I choose so they fit the DuraTrac i'm thinking of getting.....

or, what are some of the setups you guys are using for 33 DuraTrac

Sorry if this is hijacking the thread, there are jsut too many tire threads and i'm not sure which is the best one to post this question.

Thanks for helping a Newbie out!
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:42 PM   #18
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How are the stock BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM tires on snowy roads? Good, acceptable, terrible?
I live in NW PA and we get quite a lot of "weather", including snow, ice and sometimes monsoons..lol
I've got 66k on my BFG KM's doing a 5 tire rotation every 5k, and drop the pressure to 30psi(or less) in the winter....I've run on snow and ice like this



And have had no real issues, but I drive in these conditions regularly, so it's no big deal, and I really like the KM's.....
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I have heard good things about the BFG ATs as a DD and off-road combo.
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If the OP is looking to stay with the same size tires, I would recommend going with the GY Silent Armor. They have excellent snow and rain ratings.

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