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Old 05-03-2016, 07:42 AM
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Tire advice for baby on the way

Just ordered the lift for our 2016 Sahara JKU, and need to order some rubber. We have a baby on the way, so I want the softest and quietest on-road performance possible while getting the look we want. I have a 2.5" teraflex coil lift and Rancho 9000xl shocks on the way. We want to run 35" tires, and we wanted to stay in the C-D load range, 17-18" wheels, and an aggressive look. To fit this, our options are very limited and all I found was a few 315/70R17 tires that had the look and D load rating.

Dick Cepek Fun Country or Extreme Country
Mickey Thompson Baha ATZ p3
Goodyear Duratrac or MT/R
Nitto Trail Grapplers

If I missed any, please let me know, but of these tires, which would give the quietest and most comfortable ride on-road. And if you are running any of these tires on a JKU and feel like sharing a pic, that would be great too.

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I'm running the Duratracs on mine (315/70/17) and its a pretty quiet and smooth ride. They will definitely be quieter and smoother than the Nitto Trail Grapplers but I cannot speak to the Baha ATs or the DC line because I have no experience there. All-Terrain's are going to give you a more smoother feel on-road than a more aggressive offroad tread. You will hear and feel less road hum, but it won't be car-like using an all weather tire - it will still generate some vibration and you will definitely be able to sense a difference from stock Dueler A/Ts - but in my case with the Duractracs - its pretty minimal.


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Stick with all terrains.

Load ranges differ but newer made tires have better tech than that of yesteryears. Very minimal difference in drivability.

Take the 285/70/17 P metric toyo at2, and the 285/70/17 E rated for example. I couldn't tell the difference driving my friends jeep who had the E rated version.

I currently run the 35x12.5/17 KO2's and although I prefer Toyo's, the KO2's are still streetable, dd friendly especially with my 1.5 year old.
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The Mickey Thompson ATZp3 is an outstanding tire!! Excellent traction, 3 ply sidewall and a good cross between a AT and a MT. I'm assuming this has to be your first kid? My kids have never said, "Dad the tires are too loud!" Even when they were infants they seemed to like the harmonic hum of the tires...because they well slept like babies. When you consider DVD players, smart phones etc in the car no kid is worried about tire noise. Also keep in mind that by the time you have 25k miles on them they'll be a toddler! Get a tire with good traction and durability and if your kid complains about the tire noise simply tell them you can't hear them the tires are too loud.
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Yes, our first kid, but it is more than just that. We wont be going out on trails, rock crawling with the Jeep. We both drive F350's, so this is our run-around, daily driver. Most we will do is take it on the beach in the summers, and drive in the snow in winters. So while we dig the look, the primary function is a conformable street machine, capable of off road.
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Yes, our first kid, but it is more than just that. We wont be going out on trails, rock crawling with the Jeep. We both drive F350's, so this is our run-around, daily driver. Most we will do is take it on the beach in the summers, and drive in the snow in winters. So while we dig the look, the primary function is a conformable street machine, capable of off road.
If you search WF there is a very good review of the ATZp3's. Congrats! Enjoy your peace and quiet now...lol
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Don't worry about quiet or bumpy with a newborn. They love that stuff.

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Don't worry about quiet or bumpy with a newborn. They love that stuff. Seriously.
X2. We learned this with our first. When she rode in our Jetta she would have trouble falling asleep and would fuss. In my Jeep she would fall asleep immediately, she loved the noisy bumpy ride. Our son was exactly the same. Think of the environment he/she has just spent the last nine months in, a noisy bouncy little room.
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I've been sticking with this size tire because I havnt wanted to run an E rated tire and stiffen the ride up too much. Reading the ATZ P3 review, I see the guy is running them significantly lower than the 50 psi they are rated for. I know you dont have to run at max, but I was always under the impression that running your pressures too low can damage the tires when driving at highway speeds. Am I putting too much emphasis on finding a D rated tire for lower tire pressures? Do the manufacturers publish minimum safe tire pressures? I have actually looked before, but have never found.
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I've been sticking with this size tire because I havnt wanted to run an E rated tire and stiffen the ride up too much. Reading the ATZ P3 review, I see the guy is running them significantly lower than the 50 psi they are rated for. I know you dont have to run at max, but I was always under the impression that running your pressures too low can damage the tires when driving at highway speeds. Am I putting too much emphasis on finding a D rated tire for lower tire pressures? Do the manufacturers publish minimum safe tire pressures? I have actually looked before, but have never found.
Regarding tire pressure you need to keep in mind a lot of the tires that we run on her jeeps are designed for full-size pickup trucks that weigh 2-3 times as much, that is where the tire pressure suggestions are coming from. Running a 35 or 37 inch tire on a 5000 pound jeep at 26 to 35 PSI is significantly different than running that same tire at that same pressure on your F350's! Personally I think you are putting too much emphasis on a D or an E rated tire. You can get D or E rated tire, and Adjust the tire pressure for a comfortable ride or better mileage on longer drives.
I run my Mickey Thompson MTZ's 35" between 26 and 40psi depending on whether I'm in town or we're driving out to the trail. Long-distance drives I would put more air (35-40psi) in the tires so the tire wears better but I do have a rougher ride as a consequence. However now I trailer my rig for long distance drives... Around town I'm between 26 and 30 psi on average.
Running 50 psi in any tire on our jeeps will pretty much shake your fillings out!

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