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Best type of tire?

I'm a new owner, and new to this forum, of a 2004 Limited 4 x 2 and am wondering what type of tire might be considered to be the most commonly purchased for city and highway use. We don't do any off roading but would like a good tire for all around dry and snow. Need to do something fast as my wife has been sliding around on the snow. I have put 2 seventy pound bags of sand in the back to see if that helps. Not Much. Would appreciate any input from the forum. Thanks
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:36 PM
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Re: Best type of tire?

I just got a set of Toyo Open Country A/T tires and I am most impressed with it in the snow and highway.

I drive 65 highway miles a day just to get to work and back. So I wanted a tire with higher mileage that would be good in the snow (and occasional off-roading). These are suppose to last 50k miles (I've only had them for about 500 miles) and have been FANTASTIC in the 3-6" of snow we have. My wife had trouble getting her Cavalier up our driveway but I didn't have an issue w/ these tires and my Jeep in 2wd.

Unless these tires end up wearing out real quick, I would definitely recommend them and buy again.
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Re: Best type of tire?

I'm also a new Grand Cherokee Limited owner, as well as a new member here (Hi everyone!). I've been researching tires for the past 2 weeks, as the Toyo's on my 4x4 Limited are just about gone. You mentioned that you don't want to do any off roading (probably a good idea with 4x2). The highest rated tire that I have found researching for general use seems to be the General Grabber HTS. Even Consumer Reports picked it #1 for general use. TireRack picked it #8 in their top 23 tires for SUV vehicles. It seems to give good balanced traction in most situations, it gives a quiet comfortable ride, and has a 6 year 45K mile warranty on them. You're going to pay more money for all-season highway style tires, yet typically won't get much more life out of them over an all terrain style tire. An all terrain tire will give your Cherokee a more agressive look than a all-season highway tire, and will out perform most all season tires in snow and ice.

Now understand, this is only from the research I've done, I have no personal experience with that tire. I'm only offering my 2 cents worth. I'm sure others will give their personal opinions, and they will have much more experience than I do. It really depends on what you personally want to get from the tire. I'm personally leaning toward the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S, as it is more geared toward all terrain style driving, has an agressive look and feel, and it's fairly low in pricing.

Hope this helps a little.

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Re: Best type of tire?

Thanks for your replies. I will do a bit of research into your responses.
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Re: Best type of tire?

Im also a recent WJ owner and purchased some tires about a month ago. I wanted a tire that was good on the hwy and gave me some light duty off road confidence as well good handling and safety characteristics in the snow.

I looked at allot of tires, I mean allot of tires. I ended up with the Falken Wild Peak A/T. Not a snow tire but an M+S rated A/T tire that so far I am very happy with. Good in light and deep snow, great in the dry and wet.

On my list was the Hankook Dynapro ATM and it was actually my first choice based on tons of independent reviews by people who actually use them in real life. They were also recommended to me by the guys at discounttiredirect.com

Only reason I ended up with the Falkens was cause they were second on my list and the Hankooks were out of stock. Both had 50,000 mile ratings. I could of went with something like a Toyo AT or even Kelly makes a pretty neat A/T tire that will work good in all conditions but I decided to go out on a limb and try a brand new tire that just came out by a company whom I've used in the past and had some success with their high performance car tires.

Research is key. Tire rack has testing and ratings on most tires they sell, they used controlled conditions and eliminate variables to provide real world accurate data. I would definitely have a look at those results and use them as serious consideration in order to help you decide. Many people will tell you their tires are great but those same people may not have ever tried a competitive brand in the same situations. Tire Rack helps you eliminate that potentially biased opinion of someone running a particular tire.

i.e. Many people love their BFG's and Goodyears. They are the BEST tire for all of their needs in their experience. True, it could be great, but there could be better. Tire rack will show someones "the best ever tire" ranked 10 of their comparison. IMO, unless that some person has used the #1-9 and can say TR is full of it, I would tend to gravitate toward a higher ranking tire since new stuff gets released all the time and the tests are controlled.

Good luck!
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i.e. Many people love their BFG's and Goodyears. They are the BEST tire for all of their needs in their experience. True, it could be great, but there could be better. Tire rack will show someones "the best ever tire" ranked 10 of their comparison. IMO, unless that some person has used the #1-9 and can say TR is full of it, I would tend to gravitate toward a higher ranking tire since new stuff gets released all the time and the tests are controlled.

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My only minor issue with tire rack is that they don't have all the brands. Toyo is a pretty major tire/rubber company and tirerack doesn't carry them (they also don't carry Nitto tires which are pretty good). They will recommend equal alternatives, but don't provide reviews on those tires.
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Re: Best type of tire?

JeepMe is right, never rely on just one source for reviews. You wouldn't believe how many of them are based on kickbacks and hand outs.
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My only minor issue with tire rack is that they don't have all the brands. Toyo is a pretty major tire/rubber company and tirerack doesn't carry them (they also don't carry Nitto tires which are pretty good). They will recommend equal alternatives, but don't provide reviews on those tires.
true, which is why I say research is key. They didnt test any of the tires I was considering BUT i was able to use their data for their top 3 in my category and shop that around to others who sell/use/used those tires and compare that to the TR data plus the data I collected for other tires. I actually used probably close 8 or 9 different resources before narrowing it down to my top two and going from there.
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Re: Best type of tire?

I recently started this same sort of thread and I ended up buying the General Grabber hts.About 1k on them and no complaints.
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Re: Best type of tire?

General Grabber AT2 is the way to go. Really quiet for an all terrain tire and I just put them through their first real snow test this past week. I was the only person in the fast lane on the highway. lol Amazing tire, good warranty, and not that expensive either.
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