Well, with 15,300 miles on the Jeep I still had plenty of tread left on my stock RSAs......but I was getting unhappy with the traction.
I started to easily spin and have the rear slide out/drift on turns when it was wet out under light throttle and hydroplaned a few times within the last two weeks during heavy rainfalls. Also, they started to slide a little bit easier under very aggressive cornering when dry.
Of course there was the whole run-flat vs. non run-flat tire decision that I had to make and started to do some research. Based on everything I read and heard and how I drive my Jeep I decided that the Vredestein Ultrac SUV Sessanta
tires were best for my application. I plan on picking up a plug/compressor kit and also a spare tire setup.
I ordered the tires on Monday at my local tire store and they came in on Tuesday. I've been busy with work so I finally had some time to leave my Jeep there earlier today. Even with my painted wheels, not a single scratch on them during the tire change
Limited miles on them since I picked it up but you can definitely notice the better ride quality and on the few corners I took at a higher than "normal" (whatever that is) rate of speed they grip very nicely. Should be easier on the suspension, ball joints, etc.. as there is actually some give to the tire right now. Right now I'm at 42-43psi cold front and 39-40psi cold rear, I'll evaluate it over the next couple of weeks and adjust if needed.
Now, these are a summer ultra high performance tire so if I were to use my Jeep as a daily driver here in the winter I would definitely get a winter tire setup. But, since I have a 4x4 Tacoma and a couple of 4x4 F-350s I don't really need to drive my Jeep in the snow. If that changes I will pick up a set of winter tires. Ironically, I've heard that the Vredestein winter tires are also very good so I would probably go with that.
Enough typing.....here's a few pics.
Fronts are 275/40ZR20
Rears are 315/35ZR20: