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High Altitude Tire/Wheel Choices

Hi to all,
After enjoying my 2014 Limited for a few years, I'm looking at 2016 High Altitudes. I like the change back to the detent type shifter, as well as the air ride, and eco button default being set to "off" on start up. I'm not thrilled with the wheel and tire set up,though. The tires are Bridgestone Ecopia 422,which I'm sure is a great riding, highway tire, but not adequate for the type of winter driving that I have to do. I've got some Firestone Destination AT's on my Limited now that have a great balance of performance,looks, and comfort.
In addition,the black 5 spoke 20" rims are the design that was previously used on 2013 Altitudes and overlands with the sculpted spokes. I much prefer the 2014-15 Altitude rims with he wider flat spokes.
What has been the experience of having the dealers work with you to get the wheel and tire set up that you need/want? I've had responses from maybe, to no way from dealers when I asked about swapping somehow. I don't want to buy the vehicle and then have to buy and sell wheels and tires on my own to get it the way that I want. Any tips, strategies, experience appreciated.
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Re: High Altitude Tire Choices

Some dealers will happily switch out tires for you at delivery time. Others will balk. For the wheels, it may be less likely, but you can only ask.
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Re: High Altitude Tire Choices

Why does it matter that it's a High Altitude?
Isn't the tire choice in 20" the same throughout the lineup minus the SRT?

We have the Ecopia's on our Q5 and they're a great tire but we have dedicated winters so I can speak for snow/ice capabilities.
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Re: High Altitude Tire Choices

It's a year thing mostly. I don't have pictures but the earlier Altitude (2012-2013) ones are a hollander #9107 while the 14-15's are #9137 both in black of course. The 2016 regular overlands have the #9137 in Aluminum color
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Find '11 12 13 Jeep Grand Cherokee 20X8 5 Spoke Hollander # 9107 Alloy Rim Wheel USED motorcycle in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, US, for US $119.99
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Why does it matter that it's a High Altitude?
Isn't the tire choice in 20" the same throughout the lineup minus the SRT?
Not for MY16. Forteras are gone and there are several different tires provided, depending on trim level and options. ORA-II gets "real" AT tires, for example. Summit has a "standard" tire and an "optional" tire. Etc.

If the Ecopia tires provided with the HA are not the OP's cup of tea, there's no harm in exploring other options!
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Not for MY16. Forteras are gone and there are several different tires provided, depending on trim level and options. ORA-II gets "real" AT tires, for example. Summit has a "standard" tire and an "optional" tire. Etc.

If the Ecopia tires provided with the HA are not the OP's cup of tea, there's no harm in exploring other options!
I never stated there was harm. My question was why the thread title was specific to High Altitude? All 20" non-SRT owners should be able to chime in with recommendations. In fact there are many threads already discussing the options.

This was before I saw his desire to swap wheels which isn't mentioned in the title.
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Re: High Altitude Tire Choices

You're right. It was specific to HA because of the wheels. I should have edited the title. Couldn't figure out how to do that.
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You're right. It was specific to HA because of the wheels. I should have edited the title. Couldn't figure out how to do that.
I fixed it for you.

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