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Old 06-08-2015, 07:41 PM
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I recently purchased a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland with the stock Latitude tires and noticed severe tramlining driving on a stretch of I-96 near East Lansing Michigan where the road is grooved. Didn't even know about the term tramlining until I researched why was having problem controlling the vehicle. Lowering the tire pressure and still experienced the problem. While waiting for an appointment with my dealer to check alignment I persuaded my local mechanic to install a set of Cooper SRX tires. Drove that same stretch of highway with some improvement. I'm surprised that I don't see more posting about this problem. Perhaps it is me not accustomed to the Jeep suspension? Appreciate hearing other thoughts about this matter and suggestions. I've read posing on other forums suggesting a change in alignment with a bit of "toe in".

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Re: Stock 18" Tires and Tramlining on Grooved Highways

I hate to say it, the better your tire grips the road along with contact patch size will make this worse. You actually will want harder tires with less grip so to speak.
If you drive a high performance vehicle with good tires the problem is worse than a garbage Prius with hard super high mileage rubber. The better the grip the more that the road will try to pull you around.

Luckily there aren't many roads like that around here because it would be maddening.

I would go talk to a reputable tire shop in your area, you aren't the only driver on the road experiencing it, and hopefully they will have some options for you. The downside is a tire that reduces that tendency may very well be horrid on ice or in colder weather.
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