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New tires for softer ride?

Just curious if anyone knew of replacement tires that fit the OEM 20" rim on a JGC Overland. I love the way the rims look and I dont do anything off road, so Im looking to see if there are options that will smooth the ride out a little bit.

Im finding the stock tire/rim set up to ride a little more rough than anticipated. Any tires that fit the stock rim that might soften the ride a bit?

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Old 08-16-2015, 06:29 PM
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Re: New tires for softer ride?

From what I found, its the nature of the beast...18" rims give you more rubber= softer ride.
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Re: New tires for softer ride?

Almost every tire feels a little different. The Nitto tires I have on now feel very different from the OEM Forteras. The former were "softer" on bumps, but the latter handles more smoothly on the hightway. The sidewall designs are different in that respect. There are bunches of threads hear about various different tire options.

It's true that running 18" wheels with a higher sidewall "may" provide a softer ride, but the actual tire characteristics are going to play into that.
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New tires for softer ride?

I feel the same way. These 20's really make you notice every little dip or crack in the road. My previous Jeep had 17" rims with 265/70/17's and i felt like i was driving on a cloud compared to these 20's lol




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Re: New tires for softer ride?

What's your air pressure? I got tired of my dealer filling them to 40lbs cold at oil changes, so now I tell them not to touch the tires.
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Re: New tires for softer ride?

I felt the same with regard to the 20's & the Fortera's. When I bought my '14 Limited, it came with the optional 20's...I hated the ride, and also was never able to get the Fortera's balanced properly. After a month, I bought a set of OEM 18's with OEM Michelin Lattitudes. (takeoffs on Ebay) Put the 20's in storage.

The ride quality of the 18's was far superior to the 20's, so I just kept them on.

A few weeks ago, I traded the '14 for a '15 Overland. I was going to swap out the 20's for the 18's again, but it seemed to me that the Overland's air suspension made the 20's more bearable, so I ordered a set of 18" Blizzaks for the OEM 18" wheels, and figure I'll run the 20's in summer, and the 18's in winter.

So far the Fortera's and the 20" are good, not great, so time will tell...
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They are changing tires for 2016 GCs finally putting a little more quality tire on with option choices also. Something they should havd done long ago.
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Re: New tires for softer ride?

Greetings,

Keep in mind, since you are in much warmer climate, a tire that has soft tire compound might not be the right direction for you in terms of tread wear. As a fellow member pointed out here, JIM_IN_PA, each tire has their own character. If you are looking to change tires, then base your decisions on either a highway based tire or local city driving.


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Re: New tires for softer ride?

I've always noticed Michelin's ride really well over the years when compared to Continental's, Pirellis. The Limited EcoDiesel came with 18" Michelin's.
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Re: New tires for softer ride?

"Which" Michelin you are running makes a huge difference...some ride well and some, well...don't.
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