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Stevm65 06-14-2013 01:55 PM

WK2 Possible Tire Choices
I'd like to get some opinions on tires from all my friends out there. My 2014 Grand Cherokee Limited drives like a dream and I'm very happy with it. It came with 265/60/18 Michelin Lattitudes. They are really great highway tires and are the best in three seasons. I had them on another 4X4, however, and found them to be terrible in the deep snow in the N.E. area where I live. I ended up keeping a set of snows on spare rims and switching them out twice a year. I don't want to do that anymore, so come fall I'm in the market for a compromise that I can run year round.Please don't think that I'm crazy(like my wife does). I think that I can sell the Lattitudes for a good price and mostly pay for the new ones. I'm looking at Firestone Destination AT, Cooper Discoverer AT3, and the Cooper HT Plus for starters. I like the GC as more of a luxury vehicle and I don't want to put on tires that look out of place or spoil the quiet ride, but I live in a hilly area and I have various jobs that require me to get out regardless of the weather. It looks like the new small Cherokee Trailhawk uses the Firestones, so maybe Jeep knows what they're doing there, and that they are a good choice. The Cooper HT- Plus seems to be a little more aggressive that the average HT tire. It has a nice block tread that I've found effective in snow on other tires. The Cooper AT-3 looks good too, but may be overkill.Anyway, let me know what you think. I get good ideas all the time from this forum

Stevm65 06-16-2013 07:42 AM

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I was surprised to see no replies here. There isn't usually a shortage of opinions on tire choices. Maybe I should've made the tread title a little more eye catching . How do you edit that? Anyway a couple of new candidates are the Bridgestone revo 2 and the Michelin LTX AT or M/S. responses are appreciated

Willx 06-16-2013 08:12 AM

You posted mid afternoon on a Saturday, I didn't see it like many others likely because it was just a funny time.

2 questions, did your old truck have Michelin Latitude or Latitude HP... There is a big difference. The latitude on that truck would have excellent snow performance (I had an Envoy Denali I ran them on so I speak from experience). The HP on the other hand is more a highway tire. Other question is was your old 4x4 the monster weight of the GC?

You may want to see how they do in the snow before you change but check out they have some decent side by sides but like I said as long as your new tie is not the HP it will be darn good in the snow.

If you still wanted to switch the LTX M/S 2 is awesome tire too. Never been disappointed with a Michelin

Stevm65 06-16-2013 08:31 AM

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I forget which type the old truck had. It was an old style Kia Sorento, body on frame, RWD with low range. It was pretty heavy and putting the snows on made a dramatic difference.
The new ones on the GC say Lattitude Tour and the pattern looks identical to my old ones. You may be right, though, and I'm comparing apples to oranges. I also may be looking for an excuse to put something a with a little more attitude on there. :D

Willx 06-16-2013 08:48 AM

Well you can do that too. I run Snows on the wife's equinox and it also has Latitude Tours but it is useless in the winter without snows. Every vehicle is a little different but you will NEVER get snow tire traction in snow from an all season. Totally different compounds, so the snows stay softer in the winter. Now the M/S 2 may get a little closer to snow traction than anything else all season and it is a more aggressive tire but still keeps the hwy noise down. If you just want a little beefier, I would consider those. My biggest thing with Michelin's is that they always outperformed the numbers. Sure they were a few bucks more but you might get another year or two out of them compared to a similar tread life tire. That and they always seemed to stay softer longer.... Found the bridgestones started out nice but when they got older they were harder than a hockey puck :lol:

2014BilletGC 06-16-2013 09:48 AM

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

I have the second set on my '99 GC and have a new set waiting to install on a 2014 GC that I will be picking up in the next week or so.

Check the reviews at tire rack.

AAAA 06-16-2013 09:49 AM

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Do a search. There is much discussion here about alternatives to the Latitudes.

Stevm65 06-16-2013 04:00 PM

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I stopped by pep boys today to have a look at the Cooper Discoverer HT plus.
Cooper Discoverer H/T Plus Tire Review & Rating

Cooper Discoverer H/T Plus - YouTube

It looked real nice in person and seemed to be the compromise and look that I'm after. If the hype is close to correct it might be a winner. Anybody try these? About $169 per, buy 3 get one free. Not bad, I would still try to negotiate installation and all the made up extra charges.

Stevm65 06-18-2013 11:46 AM

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I pulled the trigger on the Coopers this morning. No noticeable difference in ride and noise coming home. I got the look and the bite that I was going for, now we'll see how they wear. I am always somewhat doubtful concerning reviews. They're so subjective and often contrary, but so far the good ones have been accurate. I just put the Lattitudes on CL. Between them and my Kia wheels and snows I should come out pretty even. Thanks for all the comments and help

kkreit01 06-18-2013 11:58 AM

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Good choice -- although I would have picked the other 2 (ATs). I hate the Latitudes, and can't wait until they wear out.

Stevm65 06-18-2013 12:23 PM

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I went back and forth for a while. If I did more off road that would've been my choice too,but I'm mostly on the highway and up close the AT's looked a little too much for my use. I just need something when I have to go out once in a while before the plows hit the hill I live on. I also play drums and I've had the experience of getting to a gig and having it snow for 4 hours while I'm working. It's then 2 AM and I want to get home!!

Stevm65 06-20-2013 04:26 PM

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A little update. Very pleased withe the Coopers after some miles. more solid feel, no noise.

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