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Re: Best Tire for the Asphalt Loving Jeep

I wouldnt agree with that. I didnt buy my tires from tire rack, I went to the Jeep Dealership and they picked them up from a local supplier.

From everything ive read about tirerack, its pretty legit. The only problem is shipping. Each tire costs about $30 to ship so add on another $120 roughly to your total bill (tires, mounting, balancing, etc).

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Old 02-27-2016, 10:31 AM
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Re: Best Tire for the Asphalt Loving Jeep

Tire Rack starts to make sense when you're getting a full wheel/tire package. Mount & roadforce balance are free and there's no tax. So, even with the high shipping cost, it can still be cheaper than buying local. If you're just getting tires, the shipping can be more than the tax at your local shop, so that's when it's better to avoid Tire Rack.
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Re: Best Tire for the Asphalt Loving Jeep

UPDATE:
I am at the jeep dealership now. The tech rode with me and confirmed that the tires are riding incredibly stiff and there's a wobble in the wheel. He related the ride as "a wooden wagon"

The dealership is stating that they think it might just be a bad batch of tire. They want to warranty them out and then put on new michellins defender LTX M/s. I am currently waiting to see if it gets approved by michellin in which case they would be installed tomorrow morning.

I'm hoping this solves the problem. If not then I am going to lose my mind
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That's good to hear. I would bet good money that a new set, properly balanced by a competent tech, will be trouble free and fix all your issues.
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We are all cheering for you. I, for one, am sick and tired of what they're doing to you. Remember..,, "JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE PARANOID DOESN'T MEAN THEY'RE NOT OUT TO GET YOU!"
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If they don't help, I just went from 20's to 18" rims. 2 more inches of rubber on the ground is night and day difference for smoother ride. Takes bumps better as well . Only thing, although not horrible is the 20s handle a bit better
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If they don't help, I just went from 20's to 18" rims. 2 more inches of rubber on the ground is night and day difference for smoother ride. Takes bumps better as well . Only thing, although not horrible is the 20s handle a bit better
It's ridiculous to toss your 20s and replace with 18s. 20" wheels and tires are just fine on the GC unless ther is a bad tire or wheel or installation.
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It's ridiculous to toss your 20s and replace with 18s. 20" wheels and tires are just fine on the GC unless ther is a bad tire or wheel or installation.

Whatever floats your boat bud. 18" rides tons better, don't feel every little crack in the road. Personally I think more rubber makes it looks more aggressive. It is a jeep after all
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So thanks everyone in this thread. I ended up going for the Pirelli Scorpion Verde Pluses. Walmart had them for $186 for a day (now back up to $200), so I went for it. Considering install is $12/tire and includes lifetime rotations, I figured why not?

I drive my car like someone that probably should have gone for the SRT, so the V speed rating is pretty attractive. Plus, the awesome reviews don't hurt. I just hope I won't regret not picking a more aggressive tire when the heavy snow hits or if I'm taking off the paved road.
By the way, got them last Friday and absolutely love them. They use a softer, grippier rubber - but because it is a V rated tire with a higher load rating the sides are stiffer. Handling is great but the softer rubber seems reasonably forgiving over bumps. I'm actually quite surprised by how much of a difference it made.

My only concern is that I have a feeling that the 60k expected life is not really going to happen.
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It's ridiculous to toss your 20s and replace with 18s. 20" wheels and tires are just fine on the GC unless ther is a bad tire or wheel or installation.
Yeah, doesn't make much sense to me to dump the 20s. They look and perform great, even during light offroading. Obviously, if you're planning on tackling the Rubicon going with 18" tires would be a better plan.
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3 1/2 hours later and I am finally leaving the dealership.

I'm glad I stayed because they offered to "take care of it" in case I wanted to leave after I first arrived. I literally had to stand next to the service manager and my service advisor to make sure they were working on my vehicle.

My tires are covered under Michellins 30 day love it guarantee. So they will be replacing all 4 with brand new Michellin defender LTX M/S. The install will be tomorrow morning. The tech showed me the road force numbers on the front two wheels, both were between 5-8. I truly believe these tires are just a bad batch. Or i am forcing myself to believe that so I didn't just ruin my car by replacing stock tires.

We will know a whole lot more tomorrow. After the install I have a 3 hour drive. Plenty of time to get a feel for the new tires and see how they hold up.
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My only concern is that I have a feeling that the 60k expected life is not really going to happen.
They have a treadwear rating of 800, which is quite high. Also, I have a coworker with the previous version LTX (same 800 rating) on a Ford Explorer SportTrac. He has about 35k miles on his, and they still look like they have much more than 1/2 tread left.
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