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Re: Best Tire for the Asphalt Loving Jeep

Installation is set for Monday. Here is a list of things I am going to ask them to do. Any input or additional requests are appreciated.

1) road force balance All tires, not just front
2) make sure road force numbers are 12 or below
3) check allignment
4) check to make sure it's not a suspension issue causing the rough ride (doubt it)

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Old 03-04-2016, 02:25 PM
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Re: Best Tire for the Asphalt Loving Jeep

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Installation is set for Monday. Here is a list of things I am going to ask them to do. Any input or additional requests are appreciated.

1) road force balance All tires, not just front
2) make sure road force numbers are 12 or below
3) check allignment
4) check to make sure it's not a suspension issue causing the rough ride (doubt it)
It occurred to me that my dealership has a portable Hunter alignment checker in the reception bay. They put the same markers on the wheels as the shop rack machine. Gotta wonder if it is as accurate though???
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Installation is set for Monday. Here is a list of things I am going to ask them to do. Any input or additional requests are appreciated.

1) road force balance All tires, not just front
2) make sure road force numbers are 12 or below
3) check allignment
4) check to make sure it's not a suspension issue causing the rough ride (doubt it)
Id also make sure to tell them to force match the tires, you should not have to tell them that as its part of doing a proper road force balance job. But a lazy or in compatant tech may skip that part. It involves spining them once and then if the machine tells them to, deflate them and breaking the bead and roating the tire to a different position on the rim. No tires or rims are perfect they all have some level of heavy spots here and there, forcematching moves the heavy spots on the tire to the ideal position relative to the rim. It provides a little more percision on the balance job. If they dont know what that is thats one more reason to go somewhere else.
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Re: Best Tire for the Asphalt Loving Jeep

I was going to wait to update this post until the tires were on and I got a chance to drive the vehicle. But you all have been with me from the beginning so I figured Ill share the updates as they come in.

The tire were delivered last Thursday (Michellin Premier LTX 265/50/20), 4/3/16, to the dealership. I received a text that they were in. I told them I could be there on monday for the installation. They responded by saying that they can only hold the tires for me for 24hours. My tires. The ones Michellin specifically ordered to replace my current Defenders. That clearly was not going to fly with me since it is my 5th dealer visit in less than a month for tires.

So I Scheduled for all 4 tires to be installed, road force balanced, force matched, allignement checked, and suspension checked for today (4/7/16). Dropped the car off at 8:15 am and spoke with the service advisor. She agreed that everything I asked for will be completed and that I should expect the vehicle to be completed by 12 - 12:30pm.

Just received a text from the Service Advisor at 10:30am (2 hours after initial drop off), "So only two tires were ordered. So we ordered the other set of 2 and they will be here at 5pm. Did you need transportation?"

Needless to say I am absolutely pissed off. I dont even know what to do at this point. Theyll possibly give me a loaner vehicle but all my work equipment is in the back of the Jeep. This 4 hour installation on my 5th visit now is turning into a 2 day event.
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Re: Best Tire for the Asphalt Loving Jeep

^ouch, hang in there!
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Re: Best Tire for the Asphalt Loving Jeep

RESOLUTION:

I finally picked up my jeep at 11:45am on 3/8/16 (remember, it was dropped off 3/7/16 at 8:15am).

The Premier LTX 265/50/20 have been successfully installed at 0 cost to me. The tires have been road force balanced, checked, force balanced, etc. These are the road force results - http://imgur.com/a/STgG5

It is a very heavy rainfall day here in Dallas so I wasnt able to get her up to true highway speeds. But at low level speeds it feels a whole lot smoother and it handles the rain like a champ. I hit a deep water pocket collecting on the side of the road and it felt completely gripped on the road.

Ill be sure to update this once I get a chance to truly test them out. Hopefully all is resolved and I can move on with my life. Im sure the jeep service department is going to miss me.
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Re: Best Tire for the Asphalt Loving Jeep

I'm sure you're going to be ok now. They're good tires, you've had them installed 27 times, you haven't killed anybody, and you have a nicer car than most. As soon as the rain lets up, you have to let us all know how it is at highway speeds.
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Re: Best Tire for the Asphalt Loving Jeep

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RESOLUTION:

I finally picked up my jeep at 11:45am on 3/8/16 (remember, it was dropped off 3/7/16 at 8:15am).

The Premier LTX 265/50/20 have been successfully installed at 0 cost to me. The tires have been road force balanced, checked, force balanced, etc. These are the road force results - Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

It is a very heavy rainfall day here in Dallas so I wasnt able to get her up to true highway speeds. But at low level speeds it feels a whole lot smoother and it handles the rain like a champ. I hit a deep water pocket collecting on the side of the road and it felt completely gripped on the road.

Ill be sure to update this once I get a chance to truly test them out. Hopefully all is resolved and I can move on with my life. Im sure the jeep service department is going to miss me.

Best of luck to you & keep us posted!
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Glad it worked out for you and no more shaking. Other than no shaking do you think the premiers feel generally softer than the defenders?
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Re: Best Tire for the Asphalt Loving Jeep

Definitely softer. I felt the difference almost immediately. It is especially more noticeable at lower speeds. I have an hour drive coming up today so should be able to get it up to speed. Its still rainy here so will play it by ear but hope to comment on highway driving by this evening.
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Re: Best Tire for the Asphalt Loving Jeep

Finally took her on the highway and tested out the tires at speed. Much much softer than the Defenders.

Im still noticing some feedback in the wheel but im almost positive that me being hyper-aware of the situation and looking for it. The roads in Texas arent the smoothest and you get that feedback in the wheel.

Other than that, the tires are performing well. I would recommend them over the Defenders in terms of comfort. The defenders might last longer but IMO youll pay for it with the ride stiffness
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Re: Best Tire for the Asphalt Loving Jeep

Phew!! It's about da-n time. I'm glad you are happy with the new shoes. Now, what's next for that smooth running GC?
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