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Old 11-16-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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Cheap Tires?

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Having a Jeep Wrangler for over 20 years, I'm of the opinion that these vehicles are just harder on tires than an ordinary car. No great revelation.

Anyway, I'm a 62 year old driver and I have absolutely NO modifications, (never did). I believe in a Stock Jeep.

I never buy hard use tires just normal design tires...

Since I can only get about 2 1/2 years out of Goodyear Wrangler Tires, does anyone have an opinion about Cooper Tires? They're sold by Pep Boys and Strauss stores.

I know they're cheap - but I don't do ANY off road driving, just highway and City Driving.

BF Goodrich and Kelly are all about the same price as Goodyear, (more than the Cooper Tires).

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Old 11-16-2010, 01:15 PM   #2
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I had the cooper S/T tire and I can say it is an awesome all terrain tire. They last forever. I ran a set on my xj for probably 70k miles before I replaced them. I like cooper tires always have.

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I have an off brand that is manufactured by Cooper tire on my F-250. They see alot of highway and back country county gravel roads. They are lasting much longer than the BFGs that had to be replaced.
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Old 11-16-2010, 01:45 PM   #5
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Thanx guys for the reply

How bout the STARFIRE SF340 made by Cooper?

http://www.straussauto.com/downloads...10-31-10PA.pdf
(They're on sale for $68 each - P235/75SR15)

As long as they won't explode I'd like to save some money and get my usual 2 years out of them - that's all I ever get anyway no matter what.

Thank you for your ideas
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I am running dayton timberline at's on the YJ. Ride nice do great in rain so far. Snow was also not an issue last winter. I think they are 40k rated so not sure if that's enough for ya.
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Thanx for your replies; 'dayton timberline at's' are expensive tires.
(can only get 2 years out of any tire on my Jeep - please read above)


How bout the STARFIRE SF340 made by Cooper?

http://www.straussauto.com/downloads...10-31-10PA.pdf
(They're on sale for $68 each - P235/75SR15)

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Thanx for your replies; 'dayton timberline at's' are expensive tires.
(can only get 2 years out of any tire on my Jeep - please read above)


How bout the STARFIRE SF340 made by Cooper?

http://www.straussauto.com/downloads...10-31-10PA.pdf
(They're on sale for $68 each - P235/75SR15)

Thank you
78.99 from tires plus.. I would not call that expensive...
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:05 PM   #9
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I called Tires Plus here in Philly and they are more expensive;
The 225 AT's are $122 and the 225 HT's are $115

*None of the stores have them in stock anyway ...

How bout the STARFIRE SF340 made by Cooper?

http://www.straussauto.com/downloads...10-31-10PA.pdf
(They're on sale for $68 each - P235/75SR15)

As long as they won't explode I'd like to save some money and get my usual 2 years out of them - that's all I ever get anyway no matter what.

Thanx
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:28 PM   #10
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Never heard of them but for that price I say go for it..
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:17 PM   #11
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treadwright.com..... I was pretty satisfied with them, even if they are retreads
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:12 PM   #12
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Look at Futura tires at PepBoys if you want cheap and long wearing. Not sure what they have in the lines of truck tires anymore, but their tires are made by Cooper or Firestone or someone, and all the drag strip folks love them cause they last forever at the strip and don't cost much. We had several sets of them, when we were driving on road or on track, and they were great. I had a set on my Tahoe, but that was several years ago.....
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:17 PM   #13
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I have the Cooper ST's also. Had'em a year now...show no wear. ride great, good in rain and snow, or freeway.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:45 PM   #14
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My Dad sold me on Cooper tires long ago.Cheap prices for excellent tires.I have a set on my lowrider that are 5 years old,and still look brand new.Granted,I don't drive it daily,but still great wear and longevity.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:23 PM   #15
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Michelin LTXs. They're the last tires you'll ever need on your Jeep, and you can't beat the ride.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:28 AM   #16
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Thanx for your replies guys.

But as I mentioned I'm NOT an 'off roader' - I'm 62 and enjoy the Jeep as STOCK/NO modifiications. I always use Highway Tread tires for a smoother ride. Those Cooper ST's are rugged tires/more expensive.

The tires I'm looking at are either Cooper Starfire SF340 Highway Tread from Strauss @ $68 ea., or recently looking at the Cooper Trendsetter 50k @ $73 each. Installation at Pep Boys is $509.37 for EVERYTHING - with Road Hazzard Warranty & Wheel Alignment & incl. tax. I just had the wheels aligned 3 weeks ago, and so they'll take $74 off the price. I realize these tires are not best quality, but I can only get 2 years from any pair of tires on my Jeep anyway.

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Upon further investigation I found out that the Pep Boys 'Trendsetter' series, (although very inexpensive), are not really intended for Jeeps or SUV's. I'd say the same is probably true for the Cooper 'STARFIRE' series.

After many phone calls, I've decided on the 'Kelly Safari Trex', They're made for Jeep use and SUV's and I can get them at a place called 'Mr.Tire' here in Pa., (all 4 tires taxes and everything $487). 235/75SR15

I'm hoping after a NEW track arm & a NEW steering stabilizer, the NEW tires will also help alleviate my DW.

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Old 11-18-2010, 06:28 AM   #18
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Why is it that you only get 2 years from a set of tires...How many miles are we talking, what kind of roads are you on for the better part of the tire life. And what is your "Used up factor"....low tread remaining, sidewall cracks or tread depth cracks? Are they wearing even or uneven?
OH, I see by your last post your Jeep suffers from DW, I would bet that then in lies the problem depending on how bad the DW is on your Jeep.
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:29 PM   #19
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Cooper and Dayton tires are great road tires. Made by the same outfit... I ran Daytons on my Frontier its entire life,same ones my wife ran on her Mustang. We got great miles out of them and they had great traction for a non"performance''tire. Tires-Plus is where we always got ours... Good luck. You really need to get off-road more.Lol
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i know this is a jeep forum but i had a set of cooper cobras on my 99 sonoma lowered, and i loved them. i think its one of the best tires i have used.
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Old 11-18-2010, 04:51 PM   #21
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Hi Guys

When I mentioned only 'two years', that was a 'generality'. Perhaps 2-3 years but NEVER any more. My driving habits? As I mentioned, City and Highway that's it. How many miles? I'd say on average, after about 30-35K, it's time for FRESH TREAD. Wranglers are notorious for 'skidding', not braking properly in the rain when you start losing tread.

My DW? It only cropped up a few months ago. I installed a new Moog Track Arm, and Steering Stabilizer, and alignment. Still hasn't solved it.

It's time for NEW tires anyway.

After many phone calls, I settled on 'Kelly Safari Trex', They're made for Jeep use and SUV's and I can get them at a place called 'Mr.Tire' here in Pa., (all 4 tires taxes and everything $487). 235/75SR15
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Old 11-18-2010, 04:55 PM   #22
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I've used Cooper tires on my old Cherokee and my current wrangler. Discoverer H/T on my wrangler lasted 5years but I only put about 8k miles each year. Would have been good for another year or two but I wanted a more agressive tire for offroad. H/t is really a road tire but not a performance tire like you would put On a car.
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Old 11-19-2010, 06:41 AM   #23
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Glad you found you a good deal on your tires! Never heard a bad thing about Kelly's. Happy Jeep'n!!!

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