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Old 04-28-2016, 09:04 AM
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Best 285/70/17 MT?

Well I've been going back and forth and back and forth and back and forth and back and forth.. you get the idea.. for tires to put on my JKUR with TF 1.5 Leveling Kit.

Finally decided on 285/70/17....

Now it seems rather hard to find a C load tire in this size... and to be honest the only one that really seems legit to me is the Nitto Trail Grappler.

Most others in this size I see are either D or E load range and no way am I touching E loads.

Any other options? Thoughts?

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Old 04-28-2016, 12:55 PM   #2
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I just went with the Falken Wild Peak AT3. They are quiet on the road. I haven't had them off road yet but the tread looks aggressive enough for anything I will tackle. I had the older model Wild Peak and got a 60,000 miles out them.

With this set up you will also need wheel spacers. I have the same size tire with the TF kit and 1.5 inch spacers. Without the spacers you will rub

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I have the Nitto Trail Grapplers and they have been great tires. I now have 63,000 miles on them and they are worn out. They were not too loud on the highway and the traction off road is great. About the only negative I could find with them is that they are very heavy.

Check out the Mastercraft Courser MXT tires. I saw a Jeep with these tires in a parking lot recently and they were very nice looking tires.
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I'd say the Kelly Safari TSR which is an A/T-M/T hybrid for better road manners or the BFG KM2 for a true M/T. Both are D's and the Kelly's are known to have a softer ride...
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I have the Nitto Trail Grapplers and they have been great tires. I now have 63,000 miles on them and they are worn out. They were not too loud on the highway and the traction off road is great. About the only negative I could find with them is that they are very heavy.

Check out the Mastercraft Courser MXT tires. I saw a Jeep with these tires in a parking lot recently and they were very nice looking tires.
I have spent a lot of time on the specs of the Duratrac vs. KO2 vs. Toyo OC RT but I can't find any weight listed for the Nitto Trail Grappler. Anyone know what it is in roughly a 33x12 size?

All the others in that size range seem right about 52lbs except the Toyos which are heavier at like 75lbs! Why are these tires so heavy? Is it they are using inferior materials or just have more reinforcements for offroading / puncture resistance, high speed cornering stability, etc.? If the latter that is cool with me I guess but I don't know the answer.
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All these people posting E rated tires... do you think you are driving an F250? These Jeeps are in no way "E" type vehicles. The load rating is WAY too hight for our JK's and even JKU's. C or D only!
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I have spent a lot of time on the specs of the Duratrac vs. KO2 vs. Toyo OC RT but I can't find any weight listed for the Nitto Trail Grappler. Anyone know what it is in roughly a 33x12 size?

All the others in that size range seem right about 52lbs except the Toyos which are heavier at like 75lbs! Why are these tires so heavy? Is it they are using inferior materials or just have more reinforcements for offroading / puncture resistance, high speed cornering stability, etc.? If the latter that is cool with me I guess but I don't know the answer.
From what I have found, the 285/70/17 are 67 lbs each.

Check out this chart that I found in another Jeep forum.
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I don't understand the E rating vitriol...
I've run E rated tires with no complaints for years.

I'll cast my ballot for the Cooper Discoverer STT-Pro
https://www.treaddepot.com/#!product...nt/90000023652
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I don't know about "the best" but a really good bang for the buck are these:
https://www.treaddepot.com/#!product...nt/90000020128

(Mastercraft owns Cooper)

Work great, look great and considerably less money than Toyo, Goodyear, Cooper etc.
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Check out the Mastercraft Courser MXT tires. I saw a Jeep with these tires in a parking lot recently and they were very nice looking tires.
Yep!
I actually had a guy walking around my Jeep the other day when I came out of the store - he was checking out my tires :-)
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Mastercrafts are fine tires --- it's just their old rubber compound though. Not as good on rocks, snow, or street.
If price is the issue, go Mastercraft. If you want the best though, the STT-Pro is hard to beat.

I ran the ST-Maxx, the original STT, and have the S/T on right now. The Maxx, with the new rubber, is the hands-down winner.
The Pro is a more aggressive version of the Maxx
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If it matters to anyone....... FYI-

"There are only two major American-owned tire manufacturers: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Each of them has multiple manufacturing plants in the U.S.

So any tire with the name Goodyear or Cooper on it can be sold as American-made. What if the tire comes from a plant in China? I find it hard to believe where the tire is manufactured is ever mentioned by the person selling tires produced by Goodyear or Cooper, and that includes the Dunlop, Kelly and Mastercraft associate brands.

The tire may not always literally be born in the U.S.A., but because a domestic manufacturer controls all production, it’s still an American tire. That’s close enough.

It is no wonder many Cooper dealers were upset when Apollo Tyres Ltd., an Indian company, made Cooper shareholders a deal they couldn’t refuse last year. They were about to lose what they believed was a 100% American company, giving them less leverage behind the counter.

Cooper shareholders may have been upset when the deal fell through, but I’ll bet many dealers were not".
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All these people posting E rated tires... do you think you are driving an F250? These Jeeps are in no way "E" type vehicles. The load rating is WAY too hight for our JK's and even JKU's. C or D only!
That's interesting considering the JKUR 10A comes stock from the factory with E rated KM2s
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All these people posting E rated tires... do you think you are driving an F250? These Jeeps are in no way "E" type vehicles. The load rating is WAY too hight for our JK's and even JKU's. C or D only!
I'm running E rated KO2s in a 285/70/17 on my Jeep right now with RK 1.5" lift springs, very similiar to what you mentioned wanting to do. I'm running 32 psi and they ride great, weight pre tire is similar to all other tires in that size regardless of weight rating.

The way I see it, I'm running a tire rated to carry a 3/4 truck and whatever it's capable of towing on a Jeep that weighs substantially less and my ride is still great. What do I stand to lose? I should get way more miles out of that tire than one that is weight rated for my vehicle, and my tires are tough as nails.

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