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Old 07-09-2011, 11:44 AM
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Question Inherited Jeep from deceased son

We decided to keep the jeep because of sentimental value and will try to maintain it in good condition. This is our first Jeep. I noticed it is going to need new tires soon.

Any ideas on good choices for tires? The Jeep has 68k miles and the existing tires are Goodyear Wrangler SR.A M+S P245/75R16 109S

I think that means they are all terrain, mud and snow ready, upgrades from the stock 225s?

I kind of like the way the look but because the tread is worn they squeal at low speed when turning in the driveway or driving on the concrete of a parking garage, etc., which is annoying. They don't seem to ride true but maybe that is just a Jeep thing?

Anyway, when I went to the tire store the first thing the sales person said was that I don't want Goodyear Wranglers then she gave me three choices (presumably of tires they wanted to move) Pirelli Scorpion ATR, BFGoodrich Commercial T/A All-Season, and Cooper Discoverer LSX - all P245/75R16. Does anyone know anything about these?

I asked why not to get the GoodYear Wranglers and she said she once had them on hers and hated them because she said hers wore uneven and rode rough. Is that true across the board or maybe just for her? Who knows.

Anyway, the Jeep is awesome and we want to be smart about buying tires. We pretty much won't drive it much - around town in the summer, maybe on some light jeep trails up in the hills rarely, and for a week or two at the beach on the outer banks where you can drive on the sand. Also, we get decent snow in the winter from time to time and might use it in bad weather to make a grocery store run or whatever.

Any thoughts?

Randy & Patricia

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Old 07-09-2011, 11:58 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. There is lots of info on here. Try the search button first, plenty to read. I am sure you will find your answers. C ya around!

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Old 07-09-2011, 11:58 AM   #3
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I have Wrangler Duratracs and love them, as does everyone else who I've spoken with (face-to-face or online). Another very popular Wrangler tire is the MT/R with Kevlar. It gets rave reviews as well.

Welcome to the forum, and sorry for the loss of your son.
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Old 07-09-2011, 12:02 PM   #4

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Sorry for your loss.

Goodyear Duratracs and BFG All Terrains seem to be pretty popular. I think you can still get a discount on GY from Treadlightly, too. I upgrades to 31" BFG's and can't complain.

I'm sure you make many new memories in the Jeep, don't forget to wave...
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Old 07-09-2011, 12:28 PM   #5
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Welcome from Texas!! Agree w/previous posts. Keep the memory alive & go make some new ones.
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Old 07-09-2011, 12:31 PM   #6
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My condolences for your loss. I am certain your son would be happy to know that you are holding on to his jeep. Welcome to the forum. You should find the answers you need here. It just takes a little searching.
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:31 AM
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Thumbs up Thanks everyone!

Thanks for the kind words and the suggestions. Looks like we're going to go with the Wrangler Duratracs. Next step is to learn about the Load Rating and tire pressures for LT tires since the standard recommendation (from the door panel) is to use P tires. Once we figure that out we'll shop for the best deal and get the tires.

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Old 07-10-2011, 10:43 AM   #9

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BFGoodrich Commercial T/A All-Season? why would the tire shop want to put a commercial tire on a jeep? if they are like that i would drive right buy there shop and forget about doing business with them.
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:32 PM   #10
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It is real hard to go wrong with the BFG AT, they do great on the road, fair off road, but i would not go with a commercial tire on some thing as light as a jeep, i have run the BFG KM 2 on the wifes jeep they do real well off road and seem to be fairly quiet on the road, and handle well, and as for tire pressure they seem to be happy around 22 psi on road and about 12 off road.
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Old 07-10-2011, 03:56 PM   #11
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Welcome to the Forum

I'm sorry for your loss. This must be very hard for you. I think that keeping the Jeep is an excellent decision.

The Goodyear Duratrac is a great choice. I've had mine for several years and love them as much today as the day I purchased them.
As for PSI, never go by the door frame or sidewall. These numbers are based on a fully loaded vehicle (max weight). I would start at around 28 and then adjust to your riding comfort.
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Old 07-10-2011, 04:11 PM   #12

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Duratracs are a great tire im so glad I got mine and now I probably wont ever switch to anything else. I ride at 30 seems to be comfort level but i never air up to what the sidewall says.

Sorry for your loss, I send my condolences to you and your family in this hard time.
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Old 07-10-2011, 04:28 PM   #13
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I am sorry for your loss, I too have inherited my sisters jeep after she was taken too soon and keep it for sentimental reasons. I upgraded to 31X10.50 duratracs and absolutely love them!! I have approx 5-10,000 miles on them and have yet to notice any wear. They are good off road, great in the snow, and ride smooth on road. There is a very slight hum, but I like it, almost not noticeable.
Enjoy riding in the jeep and thinking about your loved one. I know it helps me feel closer to her when I'm in it.
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:27 AM   #14
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They try to sell what they get "comps" for. $$$$. My Bro-inlaw has a Tire Shop. All the aforementioned tires were OK 'cept the Comm T/A's.
BFG KO's yes
Duratracs yes
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Haven't heard any one mention Kankook RF10's. So there. I will.

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