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Old 10-06-2010, 09:44 AM
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It may be less forgiving on crappy roads.....but decent rodes its like night and day. I ask you to drive a wk/wk2 with the 17's or 18's and then drive the same vehicle with decent 20's and youl see what I mean. I'm going from experience....

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Old 10-06-2010, 10:27 AM
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Re: Question re choosing tires (Overland)

If it helps, here are the tirerack ratings for the tires that come with the 18s and the 20s.

18s come with Michelin Latitude Tour


20s come with the Goodyear Fortera HL


My Overland came with the 18s because I got the off-road II package and I can't be happier with these tires. Albeit, it hasn't snowed yet, but it has performed well in dirt, rocks, and mud while providing a very quiet ride. I came from a sedan with 19" wheels and low profile summer tires so this is a bit different, but not in a negative way.
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Re: Question re choosing tires (Overland)

Yes, that Goodyear is a very underwhelming choice, and wonder why the Michelin isn't speced for both sizes. Of course, a highway tread with the Off-road package doesn't make sense either!
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Re: Question re choosing tires (Overland)

IMHO , Michelin is much better than Goodyear, quiet ride and reliable.
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Re: Question re choosing tires (Overland)

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I'll purchase a set of 18" black steel wheels as well as a set of snow tires for winter. It's the only way to stay sure footed in the rural roads.
How much was the steel wheels that you picked up?
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IMHO , Michelin is much better than Goodyear, quiet ride and reliable.
That comment really depends on the type of tire Michelin has.....
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Re: Question re choosing tires (Overland)

Haven't purchased them yet as the dealership parts manager hasn't called me with the prices. Sounds like I won't need them until January-February anyway.
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Re: Question re choosing tires (Overland)

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I'll purchase a set of 18" black steel wheels as well as a set of snow tires for winter. It's the only way to stay sure footed in the rural roads.
I would stay away from steel wheels IMHO just because they dent too easy would purchase a good set of old WK wheels and rock those in the winter since the bolts seem to fit

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In my family, we all have a second set of wheels with Blizzaks for all our vehicles here in Utah, that we use November-April. The difference in snow on a steep hill is night and day. Worth the peace of mind knowing that you will be able to stop much better when you need to with the Studless snow tires on. It is not just a matter of tread pattern, its the rubber compound.... Much cheaper with 17 or 18 inch wheels.
X2 I used to use Blizzaks on my Jetta VR6 in the cold winters of eastern WA and it was just amazing !!!

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Haven't purchased them yet as the dealership parts manager hasn't called me with the prices. Sounds like I won't need them until January-February anyway.
I would check ebay or car-part.com for a set of cheap WK wheels or even on here I sold my old Chrome clad 17"s for $300 so you can find a deal
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Re: Question re choosing tires (Overland)

Thanks, but I'll stick with steel wheels. They're going to get winter sandblasted and worse.
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Re: Question re choosing tires (Overland)

RE: 2nd set of wheels - keep in mind, the WK2 has a tire pressure monitoring system that requires a sensor to be installed in the tire and wheel assembly for proper operation. Apparently, if you dont have those installed: the TPMS warning lights will stay permanently illuminated. An audible chime may also be heard at start-up. I see those for $176 as set at tiretack.com.

I too had great experience with Blizzaks. I'm getting and 2011 Overland with off-road pkg 18" wheel, so I was considering a second set for winter.

Where do you find 18" rims for 2011 WK2? I mostly only see 20"s. Have the specs change from 2010 (i.e. can I shop on-line by entering 2010)?
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Re: Question re choosing tires (Overland)

Check out the Jeep Accessories catalog for regular black steel wheels. Fine enough for winter use.
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Re: Question re choosing tires (Overland)

I am not a big fan of Consumer Reports, but they are doing an SUV tire review in 2011 (http://blogs.consumerreports.org/car...uck-tires.html). I want to buy a good set of LT-rated "all terrain" tires to replace the "all season" Michelin tires that came with my off-road package, and this will be a good data point.

I have had Goodyear Wrangler AT/S on my other Jeeps and really liked them, but they are no longer manufactured.
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