So I have a new update for everyone. I finally bit the bullet and put new tires on my Jeep, I actually got them put on yesterday but… I typed everything up on the forum, went to start adding my pictures to the post and my computer acted up and I lost everything! GRRRR!!! So this time I am putting it on Microsoft word and then transferring it to Jeepgarage just in case. Alright back to the subject.
If anyone read my other post about 275/55R/20 Still Confused, they would have seen that I was looking at a few different tires. Well I ended up going with the Cooper Zeon LTZ. Why, well they get really good reviews online which was a plus and also a friend that I was talking to recommended them to me. Looking online and seeing them in person, they look like the Nitto Terra Grapplers, but have a different name of course and get better tread life (hopefully) Nothing against the Nitto Terra Grapplers, but I have heard that they tread life isn’t that good on them. A few of the other tires that I was looking at were the Hankook ATM RF10’s those really caught my eye, and if it hadn’t been for a last minute ok lets go for the Coopers, I would have purchased the Hankooks! The Nokian Vativa’s, the one’s that are pictured in my last post were ok, but Johnson’s Tire Shop was the only shop that carried those tires here, and I didn’t really want to be a guinea pig with my Jeep running those tires that aren’t real well known. They may be a good tire, but I’m not going to be the one to find out. I do have to say that the Coopers are the widest tire that you are going to get on a Jeep with Quadralift and 20” wheels, unless you get a spacer. The room between the stud/bolt on the A arm and the tire is TIGHT! So tight that I almost didn’t purchase these tires! Now before I payed the dealership the money, we went on a test drive with these tires and made sure they didn’t rub that stud/bolt. I ran the Jeep over a bumpy area on a side road including going over railroad tracks along with running up on the curb by the dealership with a friend of mine looking at the tire and A arm making sure that it didn’t touch, which it didn’t. I will be keeping an eye on the room between the tire and the A arm only because it is still bothering me. L
Other than that, nothing else rubs or even touches! Turning hard right or hard left it doesn’t matter. Now as far as noise or ride comfort goes these tires are pretty good. They do have a more aggressive tread over the stock tires, so of course they are going to be noisier, but you don’t hear it that much. You could say it sounds like a humming noise from these tires running on the road. I haven’t run on the highway yet so I couldn’t tell you how they do or feel. (I need to though!) :P One of the biggest things I noticed was how these tires made the Jeep feel heavier, if that makes since. Not a bad heavy, but you know that the tires are on there. Also braking, I would say that it takes more for the Jeep to stop with these tires on there. The dealership really did a good job! Yes I did go through the dealership, crazy? Not at all! They actually price matched these tires for me with a price from a different shop that was the cheapest I found in town! The service guy I dealt with also told me that they will warranty any work on the Jeep even with these tires on and I am also getting the Tire Protection Plan. I do have to give the dealership kudos for this one!
Hopefully this will help someone else out that is debating on whether or not to get bigger tires. I have only had these on since Friday, so I couldn’t tell you how they do in the snow or rain. But… we are going to be getting snow soon up here in Alaska, so when we do I will let you know how good they handle! Ok, ok, ok I am sure some of you are chomping at the bit to see the pictures so here you go:
First picture is with the Jeep all the way down at park height, no rub!
Still sitting at park height just a closer picture of the tire:
Here she is sitting at normal ride height (where I drive the Jeep 99% of the time):
Again another pic at normal ride height, just a closer pic of the tire and the space there is between the wheel well and the tire:
Now this is what scares me, how close that bolt/stud is to the tire :O But it doesn't rub (I just wanted to show you how close it really is):
Here is the drivers side tire turned hard right, it may look like the tire touches, but it doesn't! There is lots of room in there (bad picture sorry)
Different view looking up at the A arm:
This pic is with the Jeep at ride height level 2 (the middle ride height)
And then the Jeep at ride height level 3 (aka the highest it can go)
Here is a butt picture
And a front end picture. The tires may look like they stick out of the wheel well, but they don't, that much if any at all. This is just a bad view/pic.
And last pic, just thought I'd show off my Jeep to the mini school buses parked near my apartment
And its a good view of the tires.
Eventually I will try and get better pictures when the sun decides to come out! And when I clean up the Jeep and the new tires. I am still feeling out these tires, but so far so good! I can say that I like them so far!