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For those who might be looking for a stock size replacement for your factory tires, check out the Kenda KR29. It's got good voids between the tread blocks and a nice sidewall. The LT255/75-17 runs just a little bigger than the stock BFG KM at 31.25" tall mounted on the vehicle with 8.25" of tread width and a weight of 51 lbs. per tire. So they look awesome on the stock 7.5" wheel. They are very beefy for a "C" rated tire and usually you can get these delivered to your house for $520 per set of 4. My experience is that they are noisy above 45 but NOT as noisy as a KM2 or Treadwright Guard Dog tire. They roll pretty smooth on the interstate, and they have stone ejectors between the outer lugs and a small amount of siping for rain and snow. For the price, you can't beat them.

Unfortunately, other than the stock JK size the only bigger option is a 285 I believe.
 

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I don't know why you would think they are loud. I've ran them for 15K miles now and they are the quietest M/T I have ever ran. I even can compare them to the quietness of an SR-A stock tire. No vibrations or balancing issues thus far, and have been very good in mud and off-road. I was skeptical at first for such a low price but now I am very satisfied, and will buy more. The rep said bigger sizes are in the works so hopefully by the time I need a new set, 33's will be available.


 

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Kenda? Man,all sorts of tires Ive never heard of are popping up
 

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I don't know why you would think they are loud. I've ran them for 15K miles now and they are the quietest M/T I have ever ran. I even can compare them to the quietness of an SR-A stock tire.
Really? I'm at 31 PSI and mine are loud as hell. They roll smooth...even at 70 but quiet they definitely are not.

I hope to get a good 40,000 miles out of them. If I do, I'll be a very happy customer and may buy them again.
 

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Looks like I might have one that's out of round. It's odd because they roll smooth on the interstate but at slow speeds there is a wobble in the driver's rear corner. I don't think that's a balancing issue. Might have one that's out of round. Going to get it checked out.
 

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Looks like I might have one that's out of round. It's odd because they roll smooth on the interstate but at slow speeds there is a wobble in the driver's rear corner. I don't think that's a balancing issue. Might have one that's out of round. Going to get it checked out.
I saw a thread on another forum where someone couldent get there Kenda Klever balanced so they dismounted it and found it was coming apart & seperating.Id have them dismount it to inspect it to be safe.
 

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I saw a thread on another forum where someone couldent get there Kenda Klever balanced so they dismounted it and found it was coming apart & seperating.Id have them dismount it to inspect it to be safe.
Yeah I saw that thread too. But I visually inspected all these myself before they mounted them up and these were all perfect inside and out. One took only 3.5 ounces to balance and I think two took closer to 5 ounces but there was one tire that was 7 ounces and I think it's the culprit. They roll pretty smooth most of the time but I can tell there's some wobble there and I am banking on that one tire.

I'm going to have it checked out this afternoon. These seem to be wearing well so far and they pull hard in the mud and trail networks around here. They look pretty awesome too.
 

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Well, all 4 of my tires were out about .25 to .5 on the spin balance machine. The tech who originally balanced them was in a hurry (the store was jammed with customers that day) and he just got me in and out fast. So now all 4 tires spin balance OK.

They also checked road force numbers. One was 19 which is really good. Two were in the 20s which isn't horrible for mud tires. The 4th was a 39 which is getting bad. If that tire gives me problems in the future, they'll try spinning it on the wheel and rebalancing to get the road force number down.

But for the most part, she rolls smooth 0-70 MPH and for the money I'm very happy. A Goodyear tire is going to be harder to balance and will cost twice as much. So I'm happy.

Bring on the snow and mud of winter.
 

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Went back today and that one tire is apparently bad. Can't get the road force below 30 no matter what they do. Tried spinning the tire in different orientations around the wheel, no dice. So they are going to replace that tire.

After this the set should be in great shape and roll smooth. They initially seem to be wearing well but time will tell. They work great in the mud. I'm curious to see how they are going to do this winter with the deep sipes they've got. Will they still be slippery in winter weather? That's what's going to be interesing. All in all, I still think that for the money you can't find a better MT tire right now.
 

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Just an update: They replaced the bad tire today. The new one came up with a .14" runout on the road force balance! That's so good that it rivals a lot of premium AT tires. Seems to be rolling a little better at all speeds now.

I put about 1,500 miles per month on these so I'll update when I get some good wear on them.

BlackOps...can you post a close up pic of your tread? Would like to see them now that they've got some good mileage on them.
 

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Just picked up a set of M/T's a month ago. They ride nice. Louder than a AT, but not horrible. Radio will cover the noise. They are beasts in the mud. So far so good. $600 for 4 tires installed.
 

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My buddy has a set of the Kenda M/T on his Cherokee (yes I know its not a JK but the tires are the topic). They are 31x10.50x15 and are pretty phenomenal off road....on road is a different story. His Jeep sounds like a low flying B-52 Bomber. The tires did balance well and ride smooth...they are just incredibly loud. In my opinion they are good tires for the money buy I would not put them on a daily driver.

His is the white one in the photo.
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I am probably going to buy take off 17" wheels and remount my SRAs. Thus, I will have an off road and on road tire. I have a very large garage so storage is not an issue. By using both sets, old age will get them before tread wear.
 

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Kenda tires sure don't get much love here on the forum. At 1/2 the price of a Toyo it is something to consider when there is very little negative that I've found. One taco forum had a bad review but consensus was driver error on the trails.
 

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My kendas are rolling good. Not loud as soon say but I am slightly hard of hearing according to the wife... If I get 30k I will be happy!
 
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