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20" Replacement Tires

Just wanted to throw my 2 cents in case it benefits anyone on the replacement of the 20" tire option and my thought on the pirelli and continental options.

I don't drive offroad at all, and I had a previous WK with the stock Fortera HLs and I absolutely did not like them at all. so I switched out tires at around 1k miles after taking delivery. Ride and noise rank highest on my priority list, as well as overall grip.

Initially installed the Continental CrossContact LX20, initial impressions were much improved right out the gate. They were dead silent and had a great cushy ride to them, much improved over the OEM. On the interstate, they didn't track all that well and I noticed it took more effort to keep the car straight, so staight line stability was worse than the OEM Fortera - the tires just wandered on the interstate. Now for the negatives, they WOULD NOT BALANCE, not after 2 road force balancing, even though the worst tire was only 13 pounds of FR. The tires also had some radial pull as determined after an alignment session at my dealer involving switching the tires. After about 3k miles of this I had enough. Luckily my tire dealer agreed to take them back since they would not balance and offered any other tire replacement if I paid the difference.

Decided to go with the Pirelli Scorpion Verde AS Plus this time around, since that was the contender the first time around as well. Immediately the radial pull and vibration issue were solved, and the tire tech said no tire required more than .5 oz. Its a hair louder than the LX20 and it rides with a bit more of a firm feel, but overall feels much more planted and secure, and tracks like on rails on the interstate. Much happier with this tire, it even looks a bit better than the LX20 and has an almost digital looking treat pattern.

So bottom line, the LX20 is a great riding tire with little to no noise, while the pirelli has a bit more of a sport firmness to it while still riding well. I should also note that in the 20" size the pirelli are XL tires while the LX20 are SL.

It looks like online reviews point to similar balance issues with the LX20, so hopefully they get their manufacturing issue corrected.

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