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Old 10-01-2014, 12:05 PM
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Observation on Goodyear Fortera HL

My '12 WK2 came with Goodyear Fortera HLs and seemed ok until about 1/2 worn (6/32) at 19K miles. We are now in the monsoon season and I have started seeing the TC light come on and felt a bit of slip in a frog strangler (might mention that I tend to be a gentle driver particularly when towing but Florida shell roads have exceptional grip and tend to wear tires).

I have been told that some tires are better than others at retaining wet traction when half worn and since I tow a 3500 lb travel trailer fairly often decided to replace the Forteras with Michelin LT2s.

Over the years I have had a lot of Michelins (starting with XASs for racing) and have always found them to be very good in the wet and that is important to me.

Has anyone else noticed a loss in wet traction with the Goodyears when about half worn ?

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Old 10-01-2014, 01:55 PM
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Re: Observation on Goodyear Fortera HL

While I didn't actually experience any traction, I did make the decision to move to new tires at not quite 40K miles instead of waiting until late fall because of hydroplaning concerns during a planned 3000 mile vacation in August. I was at 6/32" and wanted to insure that I had a good grip with 1000 lbs of people and luggage in the JGC over all those miles. I had heard that wet traction might degrade quickly at that point so spent the money early. Outside of that, I really don't have anything bad to say about the Forteras...they performed well for me over the many, many highway miles they racked up in the last two years.
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Re: Observation on Goodyear Fortera HL

I am at 52,600 miles and have 6/32" on the front and 7/32" on the rear - they are 20" tires. When I originally bought the Jeep, I was very skeptical of the Goodyears, but may replace with the same next spring or summer. Expecting 2" of rain tomorrow so will get a chance for a good test at their current wear level. Not really worried about the winter since the 4wd seems dialed in pretty perfect.
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Re: Observation on Goodyear Fortera HL

That's what I guessed would happen. I don't think they are horrible -- as mine are still brand new on my Durango. However, I also didn't think the Latitudes were initially horrible on my '11 WK2. After about 1 yr, and 12k miles, they became horrible. I've had the Forteras for about 20K on a 2wd truck, and they did OK, but seemed to start wearing fast after the first 16-18K. I still prefer the Forteras over the Latitudes. At least the Forteras look half-way decent. CR recently rated the Latitudes very high. I don't know what they are smokin' over there?!
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Re: Observation on Goodyear Fortera HL

I'm at 36k miles on mine and they are bad. I need to replace in the next 30 days before snow comes. With all the tire threads on here, picking a tire out is probably the worst experience for me so far...
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Re: Observation on Goodyear Fortera HL

5 minutes ago I just pulled the trigger on Continental Crosscontact LX20's in 275/55/20

I want a little wider and taller tire. The stock size looks so small with the huge wheel gap on regular ride height.
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Re: Observation on Goodyear Fortera HL

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... With all the tire threads on here, picking a tire out is probably the worst experience for me so far...
I agree. Have I just been lucky with the particular set of Goodyears on my GC?

On my Mercedes C300, I replaced the OEM Michelins (after 30K miles) with Continental ExtremeContacts and was delighted for the first 20K miles. After that they became so noisy I went back to the OEMs - what an expense!

I dread making the decision for the GC. I have been driving since the 60's and have never had as many problems with tires as now (and the last 5 years).
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Re: Observation on Goodyear Fortera HL

Three months in and the Michelin LT2s have no issue with traction though feel just a touch "squirmy". Not enough to be bothersome, more a vauge impression that the tread is moving.

What kind of wear you get depends a lot on driving habits and the road surface. As mentioned Florida shell roads have very high traction (never hear tires squeal much until I lived in Texas) but also tend to wear quickly (mid-20ks are about the most for an OEM tire on a wide diversity of cars).

Michelins do better (have had to replace some when got old rather than worn, after about 5 years I watch the sidewalls carefully even on garage queens).
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