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Highway All Season vs. All-Terrain Tire

Going to need new tires soon; have never really had to shop for tires before. I've been reading the threads here and looking on Tire Rack. My ride is stock and stock height; plan on keeping it that way. Live in Baltimore and don't really do any off-roading. Some winters we get 3+ feet of snow, some <1 foot. Driving is about 70 CTY/30 HWY.

Just wandering what the practical differences are between the tires types and which would be more ideal for me.

I like the aggressive look of some of the ATs. Other preferences for me are quietness, durability (especially having to deal with terrible Bmore roads) and an overall good feel. I'm willing to spend some cash, but don't really care that much about my tires to spend top dollar. So, a brand like Michelin is probably out for me.

Been looking at Firestone Dest A/T and LE2, BFG Rugged Terrains, and Cooper AT3s. Any others I should be checking out?

Appreciate your input.
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Re: Highway All Season vs. All-Terrain Tire

ive been looking at the rugged terrains as well. i went from an AT (silent armor) to a set of dueler h/ts on sahara jk rims and i love them. theyre so much quieter, they perform just as well in rain as my silent armors. no hydroplaning or anything. i know what you mean about baltimore roads too.. but the highway AT is the way to go
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Re: Highway All Season vs. All-Terrain Tire

After the OEM GY wore out, I put on GY Fortera Tripletreads, which Tire rack rates as #1 . They were quiet, but were a terrible match for the Jeep suspension, very poor in snow, and rode very rough. Sold them after 8k and put on Dest. AT's for 40k, and now have the Cooper AT3's. The Dest. AT's rode smoother than the Tripletreads, plus corner and steered much better. They also corner and steer better than the Coopers, but are a lot rougher riding on poor roads than AT3's. Both are a bit noisy compared to an All Season tire, but not bad at all. For smooth roads, the Dest. AT's are more responsive. For crappy roads and off road, I like the AT3's a lot more than the Dest. AT's.
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Re: Highway All Season vs. All-Terrain Tire

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Going to need new tires soon; have never really had to shop for tires before. I've been reading the threads here and looking on Tire Rack. My ride is stock and stock height; plan on keeping it that way. Live in Baltimore and don't really do any off-roading. Some winters we get 3+ feet of snow, some <1 foot. Driving is about 70 CTY/30 HWY.

Just wandering what the practical differences are between the tires types and which would be more ideal for me.

I like the aggressive look of some of the ATs. Other preferences for me are quietness, durability (especially having to deal with terrible Bmore roads) and an overall good feel. I'm willing to spend some cash, but don't really care that much about my tires to spend top dollar. So, a brand like Michelin is probably out for me.

Been looking at Firestone Dest A/T and LE2, BFG Rugged Terrains, and Cooper AT3s. Any others I should be checking out?

Appreciate your input.
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After the OEM GY wore out, I put on GY Fortera Tripletreads, which Tire rack rates as #1 . They were quiet, but were a terrible match for the Jeep suspension, very poor in snow, and rode very rough. Sold them after 8k and put on Dest. AT's for 40k, and now have the Cooper AT3's. The Dest. AT's rode smoother than the Tripletreads, plus corner and steered much better. They also corner and steer better than the Coopers, but are a lot rougher riding on poor roads than AT3's. Both are a bit noisy compared to an All Season tire, but not bad at all. For smooth roads, the Dest. AT's are more responsive. For crappy roads and off road, I like the AT3's a lot more than the Dest. AT's.
swing4terps,

I also paid the high price for Goodyear Fortera TripleTreds. Lasted only 40K miles, were noisy, and had mediocre traction in snow. In other words, nothing that they were advertised to do for a v-e-r-y high price. [No offroad use, rotated every 5-10K miles, and pressures checked weekly.] These are not a tire to consider. Several tire retailers told me that they have had many complaints on them, same as mine above. Confirms my experience.

Installed the Michelins (see sig below) and have been very happy with mpg's, quiet & smooth ride, and wet traction. Have about 10K miles so far on the Michelins. (Stock size = 245/65R-17) No snow here yet, but they are listed to have 15% "better" snow traction, whatever that means. I've never had a bad Michelin tire.....makes me wonder why (besides sale price) I even tried Goodyear.

Goodyear Customer Service call yield same satisfactory results as the tires did on the car.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it....
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Re: Highway All Season vs. All-Terrain Tire

all season tires are perfect for you. you dont need all terrain if you stay on road.
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I had the toyo open country a/t's on my stock setup and they worked beautifully in the snow and rain. There was no mileage or noticeable noise difference. I would get them again for a stock setup. Plus they look the part of a jeep!


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Re: Highway All Season vs. All-Terrain Tire

even the highway all-seasons will be decent offroad. by offroad i mean a fire road or a muddy back road. this past weekend i actually had to take a utility road to electric tower for work- the damn thing was blocked by a dump. so it was a huge hill covered in soft mud and stone. going down was a breeze, it took me a few times to get up the hill on the way out. but not aired down and with enough wheel speed the dueler hts on my sahara 18s got me out of there. was surprised.

but ive been looking at the bfg rugged terrains, the hankook dynapro and the falken ziex. they are light weight and have a pretty aggressive design.
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Had dest at's on my 99 4.7 They are a awesome tire in all conditions but wore to fast IMO. Put General grabber at2 255/65/17 on my 09 4.7 went with them because they were cheaper, treadwear life is longer and i think they will be better in the snow and ice. Had them for about 1K awesome tire so far. Alot better than the stock gy fortera's. Will report back when the snow starts
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Re: Highway All Season vs. All-Terrain Tire

Looking to make a move in the next couple days. BFG All-Terrains, Firestone LE2, or A/T?

Pretty much know what I'd be getting with the A/T based on reviews and testimonies here. I like the agressive look, but have no real need for them based on my driving.

Anybody have any experience with the BFGs or LE2s they can offer? Like the look of the BFGs but I've read some comments claiming they aren't as good in wet conditions with no siping.

Firestone has a $50 rebate that ends on Friday, so I'd like to take advantage of that if I go that route.
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I personally will be upgrading to the Goodyear Silent armor. I just bought a set on my old Jeep a few weeks ago and did a 4000 mile road trip through crazy ass weather and they were better then any all seasons for sure.

So those get my vote.
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I had firestone a/t on my wk prior to my srt wheels. they are a great tire and excellent in bad weather and handle like regular all season tires on the highway
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Re: Highway All Season vs. All-Terrain Tire

bfgs arent that great- had them on my CTD and they kind of sucked in the rain, never felt safe in the rain with them. ended up swapping them for 35" procomp xats and selling them within two weeks of buying them.

id go firestone out of your two choices.
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