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WK2 Overland- What tires should I buy

I have the original Goodyear Fortera 265/50-20 with 50K miles and am shopping for new tires. I don't like the original tires and am looking for advice and experience from folks who bought tires for this Jeep. I know that tires can be a personal preference but I would like to hear opinions and ideas. I don't do any serious off road, but would like a tire that can still handle some snow and very mild trails. Tires for the 20" rims seem kind of limited and more expensive. I would rather have 18 inch rims and a little more sidewall on the tires, but I don't think I can afford rims and tires right now.

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And I have read good and bad reviews of all of them, In the end I'm gonna buy what has the biggest rebate card and change them at 30 K and start all over again.
Mileage claims are over rated, Some rubber is too soft... Some is too hard... LT/ Passenger....Sipes.. No sipes, Slippery in snow.. loud on the highway? Nothing is perfect. Read enough reviews to Barf....
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Re: WK2 Overland- What tires should I buy

sail902, I was not happy with the OEM Fortera tires & replaced them with the Nitto Terra Grappler G2. These have been excellent tires in the rain, mud, snow & ice! I believe the Nokian is a better snow & ice tire, but for off road & mud, not so much! I would highly recommend the Nitto!
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Re: WK2 Overland- What tires should I buy

I agree with Hemi2, that the Forteras weren't exactly an ideal tire. Sure they're probably fine for fair weather states, and someone who will never leave the pavement. I certainly don't do any heavy off-roading, but I still want some grip when I'm going back to a trail, hunting, etc. Another biggie that you mentioned was snow/ice. We get A LOT of that up here near the lake.
The two I would currently recommend are the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac, and BFG T/A KO2. I had the Duratrac on my Ram and loved them. Very well mannered on the road, and handled snow, ice and dirt like a champ. The KO2's that I currently have on my Jeep are also well mannered on the road and handle light trail use well. No experience with snow/ice with them yet, but I'm optimistic based on how they handle water, and soft terrain. Only time will tell I guess.
I can't speak to the Nitto, since I have no experience with them, but they seem to get pretty good reviews.
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Re: WK2 Overland- What tires should I buy

Based on your parameters, I would highly recommend the tires I have on mine...Michelin Defender LTX. Smooth, quiet, mild off-road capability, long wearing, great in rain, and almost snow-tire-like in the snow. Some form of the LTX as been around for more than 20 years, and is well proven. It really is the perfect all-around SUV/truck tire for those that don't need a true All-Terrain tire.
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Re: WK2 Overland- What tires should I buy

Thanks for the replies- keep them coming! I really appreciate hearing experiences of others with what they bought. It takes me in a totally different direction than what I was thinking and confirms to me that I'm not the only one that's not happy with the Goodyear Fortera's- but since I got this Jeep with 50K miles I couldn't know how they were when new.
I know that this topic has probably been beaten to death and folks are probably sick of it, but tires are constantly changing and so are opinions as time moves on. It helps me a lot and I'm sure it helps others too since there are so many choices out there and tires are an expensive decision to have to make. There is nothing like tapping into experiences that others have already had and that's what this forum is all about- helping fellow Jeepsters. Thanks again to all for helping out with my new/used Jeep. Jeff
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Re: WK2 Overland- What tires should I buy

I went with the Bridgestone Dueler Alenza Plus, 800 Tread wear, Temperature A, Traction A ( I have them in 265/50-20 on factory Overland wheels). It ranked 4th in its category and I do believe that you will get all of the 80K out of them as long as you keep them rotated, balanced and you keep your vehicle aligned. When I purchased mine the Michelin LTX Premier wasn't out or I may have went with them. I know Cadillac puts Bridgestone's on the Escalade. They are a good tire and they balance very well, wear very well and fair well on the Tire rack scale. I have around 17k on them and they look like new.



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Re: WK2 Overland- What tires should I buy

Michelin premier LTX
Went on a couple fire trails and enjoy these tires so far. Only time and wear will tell

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Re: WK2 Overland- What tires should I buy

Good research will bring you to the Michelin LTX. Have used eight or ten sets over the years on vans, trucks, suv's (yes, Jeeps). None better if the tread fits your use, or maybe even if it doesn't. Many cross-continent miles, towing, crappy weather, all seasons, all temps, good and bad roads, hard and soft. Not mud, not all terrain, but good for all else. Just put another set on my 2014 Summit after finally justifying dumping the Goodyears. They're really good in the OEM 20 inch size. Go for it.
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Weeeeellll, we're just gonna glaze over that, to keep the thread from getting way off topic.

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..... I got this Jeep with 50K miles I couldn't know how they were when new.
I know that this topic has probably been beaten to death ..... ...... and tires are an expensive decision to have to make...
You can generally assume the tires used on production vehicles aren't going to be ideal for any one specific location/condition. Most cars/trucks are expected to be sold all over the country (or even world), so they use tires that can handle the rain in Seattle, snow in Buffalo, hills in West Virginia, the sun scorched surface of Nevada, and every state in between each with their unique climate. One tire that can do "okay" on a given vehicle in that broad of a market isn't going to be great in any one category. So you end up with people in each area looking for different things, which is why you get so many opinions on forums. It's a good way to find what will fit YOUR specific preferences/needs.
As for the topic being beaten to death. Meh, sure it's been discussed. Go to any automotive enthusiast forum, and tires will likely be one of the most discussed topics. Lets face it, you can only do so much to make a noticeable change to the handling/performance of your vehicle without breaking the bank, or getting into serious modifications that many people don't want to delve into. Tires are one thing you can change with no special skill or tools, and no lasting effect on the vehicle if you don't like the choice. It makes sense that they're talked about a lot.
Also as you noted, they are expensive so you want to make the right choice the first time. Most people won't spend hundreds (or over a thousand) dollars on modifying their car/truck. However, we're all forced to replace tires at some point if we keep it long enough. Nobody wants to drop a grand on tires, only to learn they dislike them. You either face dropping more money to replace perfectly good tires, or dealing with the poor choice for a few years (possibly ruining the driving experience) until they wear out. Neither of those are appealing options, so people like to talk about their options before they pull the trigger.

Anyway, long story short. Keep looking, and keep reading. You'll find the tires that are right for you.
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And I have read good and bad reviews of all of them, In the end I'm gonna buy what has the biggest rebate card and change them at 30 K and start all over again.
Mileage claims are over rated, Some rubber is too soft... Some is too hard... LT/ Passenger....Sipes.. No sipes, Slippery in snow.. loud on the highway? Nothing is perfect. Read enough reviews to Barf....

So you say you are "tired" of the subject?
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Re: WK2 Overland- What tires should I buy

On the other forum they move your post right to the tire and wheel section as soon as you post to limit the discussion and cluter in the general discussion section. There is so much discussion about tires and in my opinion a lot of tire discussion is subjective. One person may like the ride of a particular brand one may not, one may say they handle good in rain and one may not ect.ect.ect. There is so much different terrain across the United States and varies from state to state and county to county. A lot of owners are brand loyal and would not use another brand if there life depends on it. I relate which tires are best to which oil is best and the discussion is endless. You could try tireracks web site and select your vehicle and it will pull up all tires for your vehicle and reviews but I warn you it will be overwhelming. Once again some like tireracks reviews and some don't. Good luck with your decision.
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