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Old 11-07-2017, 10:00 AM
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Factory Mud Terrain Replacement Options (Rubicon)

I'm awaiting my first Michigan winter with my first Jeep Unlimited -- It's a '15 Rubicon Hard Rock, and the stock mud terrain's are due for replacement in a few months. I've heard the MT are bad in the snow (my biggest concern), they're are pretty noisy on the road (not a big deal to me), I really don't use the Jeep for off road, but I love the looks. Any suggestions/opinions on the best alternatives to give an aggressive look like the mud terrains but are great on the snow and possibly a lot better on the road? I've seen Goodyear Duratrac's and Nitto Terra Grapplers mentioned, but would love to hear some opinions.

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I'm awaiting my first Michigan winter with my first Jeep Unlimited -- It's a '15 Rubicon Hard Rock, and the stock mud terrain's are due for replacement in a few months. I've heard the MT are bad in the snow (my biggest concern), they're are pretty noisy on the road (not a big deal to me), I really don't use the Jeep for off road, but I love the looks. Any suggestions/opinions on the best alternatives to give an aggressive look like the mud terrains but are great on the snow and possibly a lot better on the road? I've seen Goodyear Duratrac's and Nitto Terra Grapplers mentioned, but would love to hear some opinions.
I have been obsessing for about 3 months the same question.

I think I have settled on 255/80/17 Cooper Discover S/T Maxx.

Also looked at the falken wildpeak AT3

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Old 11-07-2017, 12:53 PM   #3
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I chose Goodyear Duratracs for my 15 WW and have been thrilled with them.
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Old 11-07-2017, 02:23 PM   #4
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I chose Goodyear Duratracs for my 15 WW and have been thrilled with them.


What size did you go with. I was looking to go a little bigger but maybe I will stay 255/75/17 as they are cheaper than the st maxx 255/80/17


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Old 11-07-2017, 05:11 PM   #5
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Falken Wild peak at3w
Nitto exo Grappler
Bfg KO2

Those three tires have the severe weather symbol, all rated for snow/severe winter weather

There are a few other tires if you are willing to give up some snow performance. Nitto ridge grappler is at the top of my list, canít decided that or the KO2

Yes the oem Rubicon tires are bad in the snow and as you know they get noisy. I am at 39k miles on my oem Tires and yes, total junk but look good. Really sad but I am leaning towards the ridge grappler over the KO2 partially due to looks.
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Good to hear a couple more options. Any reason the DuraTracs aren't on your list?

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Falken Wild peak at3w
Nitto exo Grappler
Bfg KO2

Those three tires have the severe weather symbol, all rated for snow/severe winter weather

There are a few other tires if you are willing to give up some snow performance. Nitto ridge grappler is at the top of my list, canít decided that or the KO2

Yes the oem Rubicon tires are bad in the snow and as you know they get noisy. I am at 39k miles on my oem Tires and yes, total junk but look good. Really sad but I am leaning towards the ridge grappler over the KO2 partially due to looks.
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I never had problems with my mud terrains in the snow. When they got due for replacing I went with Yokohama Geolandars G015. They have the mountain snowflake logo and have been great in ALL sorts of weather and light off-roading.


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Good to hear a couple more options. Any reason the DuraTracs aren't on your list?
itís a tire I havenít looked into and didnít realize it had the snow rating
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I did not like my Cooper AT3's on my 09 JK Rubicon in the snow and was running a set of winterforce snow tires the first winter. Then we got her a 15 JKUR that had a set of almost new KO2's. I got her a set of Nokian snow tires and took the KO2's and out them on mine and IMO they were almost as good at the Nokians and better than the Firestones.
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OP I am in the same dilemma. Have 2017 Hard Rock I purchased used with the stock BFG M/T and I despise them. I am trying to determine the right size. I can vouch for the BFG-AT-KO2 as I have had them on numerous 4x4 trucks both diesel and gas and they are awesome. Just need to pick a size. Thinking 275/70/17 for the stock rims and no lift or spacers. Good Luck
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Just an update -- I did end up going with the BF Goodrich All Terrain K02, as it was 1 of the options my Jeep dealer had on promo (buy 3 get 1 free) this month. Wow, couldn't be happier. Doesn't feel like I'm driving over gravel when I'm at slow speeds, and the hum is gone. I somewhat expected this improvement, but was surprised how "cool" they looked. They are just as aggressive looking, maybe even more (from the side) as the Mud Terrain.
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Not a bad choice, what size did you end up going with and do they look bigger or smaller than the stock MTs?
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I went with the stock size (255/75 17). The Jeep looks higher to me. I have no rhyme or reason for this thought, I haven't measured the tires to know for sure how/if it is different, but the tires look more aggressive and the Jeep looks a little higher to me.
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I ran my MTs up and down the road to the resort I ski patrol at for 3 winters - you just have to remember they are MTs and drive accordingly - never got stuck or out of control.

This year I finally got some Duratracs for the winter. Haven't run them on snow yet but heard so many good things about them and lots of the Colorado Jeeps at a recent event had them on.

Will switch back to the MTs for summer.
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I ran my MTs up and down the road to the resort I ski patrol at for 3 winters - you just have to remember they are MTs and drive accordingly - never got stuck or out of control.



This year I finally got some Duratracs for the winter. Haven't run them on snow yet but heard so many good things about them and lots of the Colorado Jeeps at a recent event had them on.



Will switch back to the MTs for summer.


I just removed my km from my Recon.
Put a set of studded, duratracs for winter duty. Huge, huge improvement.


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