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Old 02-06-2012, 10:59 AM
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Of course it depends on your driving style to a major degree. But I have noticed one thing having owned 4WD and now AWD (WK2 and Volvo XC-70) vehicles since 1971. AWD tends to eat tires faster than 4WD. On 4WD you can lock out the front axle making front wheels "free wheeling".
I agree. Also, with 4wd models, your fuel mileage is a little better. Less tires squeaks on tight turns.

I miss the whole manual engagement of 4wd also. I remember the threat of snow, I would just lock my hubs and if I need to go into 4wd, I would just shift the transfer case. Now with all these electrical parts and vaccum powered hubs on trucks...blah.

Call me old school, but I think sometimes simpler is better.
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Yeh. Once the hubs were locked in you could feel the decrease in acceleration power and imagine the heavy front axle and front driveshaft turning.
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Reason for Question: I have owned several GC's since new over the years. The original tires on by 93' went 70K before the fronts wore out and at that point the rears were still good for another 10K miles. Similar experience with my 99' and 04' but original front tires were good for about 50K. I never rotated the tires ever on the 93', 99' or 04'. My 011' only has about 9K on it. Tires visually look fine but a friend has an 011" Overland with about 20K and he says one of his is down to the wear bars. I did an on line search before the post and did not find anyone commenting on bad tire life and the responses so far would suggest people are getting at least 30K on their tires with the prospect of 50K. Still would be interesting to hear from any high mileage owners experiences.

Vehicles I have seen with the air ride appear to wear the front tires much faster as there seems to be some compromise with alignment settings. As per dealer...Alignment is done in "sportmode" which has suspension lowered to aerodynamic height for highway, however, under normal driving under 100KM (60MPG) vehicle stays at normal height and mine gets very noticeable feathering on fronts. Dealer has checked alignment as this was pissing me off and said it is within specs as per Jeep has instructed in sport mode but does change noticeably when at normal drive height. Have to rotate tires more often than I ever have before to try and minimize the wear. Also I am manually setting to sport mode every time (when I remember) I drive it which is a pain!!! AND shouldn't have to (disables trac control also!!) . Dealer suppose to be finding out if setting can be varied some to accommodate driving mostly at normal height.
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