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View Poll Results: What Tires Should I get? (WK2 18" 4x4 Diesel ORAII)
Michelin LTX Defender M/S 11 36.67%
Michelin Premier LTX 1 3.33%
BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 8 26.67%
Michelin LTX M/S2 (if I can still find them) 3 10.00%
Something else? Suggest in thread. 7 23.33%
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Hi - '14 WK2 Overland Diesel 4x4 ORAII w/18" owner here. Great rig.

So after surviving winter weekend trips to Tahoe, it's obvious OEM Latitudes can't keep up with the rest of my Jeep. We all knew that.

Researching what replacement tires would suit me all year long has been overwhelming.

My use of my JC, although typical for the SF bay area, doesn't make choosing a tire easy. 80% of the time driving on the highway or rough streets in SF, the rest of the time in the rain, or snow driving to Tahoe and back (of various depth), and occasional off-road driving.

I've been diligently reading this forum hoping 'the' tire to get and the more I research the harder it is to make a decision.

The big problem is the lack of data, and lots of antidotal feedback and consumer reviews that's hard to compare against.

Here's what I'm considering:
  • Michelin LTX M/S2 Great reviews all-around by consumer reports, but effectively discontinued, and appears to be replaced by the LTX Defender M/S.
  • Michelin LTX Defender M/S Great lineage, but no objective reviews to be certain.
  • Michelin Premier LTX Although it's never expressly said, and again no objective reviews yet on this new tire, I'm assuming it has less off-road and snow traction than the Defender.
  • BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 Sounds like an amazing tire but since I'm on-road 80% of the time can I justify? Wish I had data on stopping distance, etc on and off road.

Put that all together, I guess I should be getting the LTX Defender M/S but, no offence, it's basically the all-season tire someone would put on their Honda Pilot. Somehow I feel like I should be getting the KO2 or something in-between.

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Re: Tire shopping - overwhelmed ('14 WK2 Diesel 4x4 ORAII w/18")

Go KO2 and never look back! You'll love them!
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Re: Tire shopping - overwhelmed ('14 WK2 Diesel 4x4 ORAII w/18")

I have had Nitto Terra Grapplers on mine for 2 years now and I do 99% street. We do have winter with snow, but it's not too bad, and we have a lot of rain.

For my needs, they fit the bill and are excellent; they are pretty quiet on the highway (slight hum), but offer better off-road performance than the stock tires. I've only had the chance to take it off-road once so far on trails and it did excellent.

I would argue it's probably one of the best "on-road 90% of the time" AT tire.
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I have the Defenders and love them. Based on my research, they are close enough to the last 2 versions of the LTX, that all the positive reviews of those would apply to the new Defender. Based on your needs, I can't think of a more perfect tire.
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Re: Tire shopping - overwhelmed ('14 WK2 Diesel 4x4 ORAII w/18")

I'd also take a look at Coopers. I had the AT3's on my old GC and loved them. Plus, they're an American tire company and their prices are decent.

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Re: Tire shopping - overwhelmed ('14 WK2 Diesel 4x4 ORAII w/18")

I think the Michelin LTX Defender M/S is a good choice its an all-season tire that is probably one of the most slanted to off road of the all season tires. If you think you still want more than go with some type of all terrain tire but your on road use will suffer some. Premier is good also but it is slanted a little more to on road.
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Re: Tire shopping - overwhelmed ('14 WK2 Diesel 4x4 ORAII w/18")

Nokian Rotiiva in the OEM stock size.
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Re: Tire shopping - overwhelmed ('14 WK2 Diesel 4x4 ORAII w/18")

I prefer the Goodyear AT Adventures. Replaced the stock Latitudes with them on my '14, great tire. Quiet on road, great in the snow and muck. Glad the OR packages on the 2016s come with these now by default, meant I didn't have to sh*tcan 4 new tires when I picked up my '16 haha.
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Re: Tire shopping - overwhelmed ('14 WK2 Diesel 4x4 ORAII w/18")

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I'd also take a look at Coopers. I had the AT3's on my old GC and loved them. Plus, they're an American tire company and their prices are decent.

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Thanks MDBones! Any objective data or reviews I can use to justify the Coopers? Also how did you choose the AT3's over the other Cooper models?
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Re: Tire shopping - overwhelmed ('14 WK2 Diesel 4x4 ORAII w/18")

Very happy with my Defenders. I ran them through 37" of powdery snow in January, so you'd have the snow covered. Marked improvement overall. they have literally transformed my Overland.I keep mentioning it in every tire post... It seems many new vehicles are not aligned at the factory and if the dealership finds them close to spec they don't tweak them. TWEAK them! And if you have QL make sure it is in Alignment Mode (through UConnect) and they align to air suspension specs. HUGE difference in driving and mpg. Good luck!
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Tire shopping - overwhelmed ('14 WK2 Diesel 4x4 ORAII w/18")

I would think that any of your options would work out, and I also hear great things about the Copper at3's. Personally I have the BFG KO2's and think they are fantastic- size 265/65r18 since that was the biggest I could go and still fit a fifth one in the spare well under the deck.

I think it depends on what kind of off roading you plan on and how far from help you might be. Personally, I wouldn't venture onto anything other than maintained dirt fire roads without an LT rated tire which meant my top two choices were the coopers or the bfg's. I went BFG and they rock (fuel economy took a small hit but that was expected). Also, snowflake rated which may possibly save you some chain ups...
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Re: Tire shopping - overwhelmed ('14 WK2 Diesel 4x4 ORAII w/18")

Do you really need an A/T tire? If not, consider an All-Weather such as below.
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