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Hi Folks,
I have narrowed down to two tire choices for my JGC EcoDiesel Overland w 20" wheels. I know many of you have good experience with other tires, but for several reasons I'm down to only these two...

I would like to hear your experience if you've used either of these two tires on your JGC WK2. I would like to hear your opinions on noise, treadwear and how they handle inclement weather and off-road.

A bit about my driving...I average 4000 miles/month, so treadwear is very important. I got the JGC EcoD because I also need a bit of off-road and towing capability while getting good MPG. (My JGC ROCKS so far!!). Vast majority are highway miles so noise and comfort are important too.

The Bridgestone Dueler Alenza PLUS gets really great reviews on tirerack. I've read some reviews on here about the older-style Alenza which was not nearly as good. 80K miles warranty is very attractive.

The Michelin is, well, a Michelin...which usually means pretty damn good. It also gets great reviews.

I'm not really able to deal with two sets of wheels/tires so I need a tire that can do it all.

Any advice and/or experience would be appreciated...
 

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I have the Bridgestone Dueler Alenza plus in the 265/50-20 they are probably the best set of tires I've ever had. They are great in rain, snow and ice. They wear really well I have about 16K on them and they look like new. They wear very evenly on my 2014 Ecodiesel and they balance out well with very little wheel weights on each wheel. Don't get me wrong I'm a Michelin guy I really like Michelins. When I bought these tires the Michelin Defender wasn't out nor was the Michelin Premier LTX. I bought these because they have the 800 tread wear and they are Traction A and Temperature A. I have them on the Overland wheels which I will keep and run on my 2017 when I get it in. I can tell the difference because I rotate these between the stock Michelins and there are times when I was running the Michelins and I wish I had the Bridgestone's on and never the other way around. They are much better than the stock Michelin latitudes on wet roads, snow covered roads and ice. I would definitely buy these tires again. The only thing I can't speak to is off road use other than gravel roads which I have had no issues. Overall a great tire. Keep them rotated, balanced and keep your front end aligned and you will get all of 80K out of them and then some :thumbsup:
 

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This is exactly the kind of feedback I was hoping for...thanks! I am leaning toward the Bridgestones due to the mileage warranty and the $140 rebate being offered.
 

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I have the Bridgestone Dueler Alenza plus in the 265/50-20 they are probably the best set of tires I've ever had. They are great in rain, snow and ice. They wear really well I have about 16K on them and they look like new. They wear very evenly on my 2014 Ecodiesel and they balance out well with very little wheel weights on each wheel. Don't get me wrong I'm a Michelin guy I really like Michelins. When I bought these tires the Michelin Defender wasn't out nor was the Michelin Premier LTX. I bought these because they have the 800 tread wear and they are Traction A and Temperature A. I have them on the Overland wheels which I will keep and run on my 2017 when I get it in. I can tell the difference because I rotate these between the stock Michelins and there are times when I was running the Michelins and I wish I had the Bridgestone's on and never the other way around. They are much better than the stock Michelin latitudes on wet roads, snow covered roads and ice. I would definitely buy these tires again. The only thing I can't speak to is off road use other than gravel roads which I have had no issues. Overall a great tire. Keep them rotated, balanced and keep your front end aligned and you will get all of 80K out of them and then some :thumbsup:
By the way...did you notice any effect on MPG? I see these tires are about 9 pounds heavier that the OEM goodyear Fortera's.
 

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I agree with WI2Overland, I have a set of Dueler Alenzas that perform great. I had them put on with new rims when it was brand new with about 50 miles on them, and I just turned over 60k miles on the Jeep. Now, I don't use them in the dead of winter, where I swap them out for Blizzaks, but in very light snow they have seen, heavy rain, dry weather, exit ramps etc, for the last (about) 50 k miles these have been on there, I love them. I may have another year or two worth of life on them. I'll definitely be buying them again.


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I just bought a set for my 2011 Laredo X Hemi. I bought these to replace the original Michelin Latitudes that were on the vehicle when I bought it used with 52K last year. So in reality I am comparing the new Bridgestones to a 5.5 year old tire and for more perspective my previous vehicle was an 05 WK2 Limited Hemi with Quadradrive and I'm very picky with snow and wet weather performance.
The Latitudes had about 5/32 of tread left when I bought the Jeep and performed a lot better than I ever expected. They were a good tire with a quiet ride and secure on corners and wet roads. It was a mild winter last year so I only had a chance to drive them on snow once and they performed fine for the area that I live in west of Boston and they were a 2nd choice for replacement next to the Michelin MS/2 which by all accounts is an excellent tire.
After shopping around I didn't feel that the 1000-1200 price range for either the Latitudes or The MS/2 was worth it so I opted for the Alenza's. There wasn't a lot out there for WK2 reviews but after reading positive reviews for Durango and ML350 owners I opted for them. I purchased them at Firestone Complete Auto Care for about $625.00 out the door and with a 80K warranty they were a no brainer. They are quiet on the highway, in rain, cornering, in cold weather and recently on snow, ice and slush covered roads. I'm very pleased so far.
 

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I'm a huge fan of the Defender LTX. Probably the best 'all around' tire for any SUV or truck. Smooth, quiet, long even wear, outstanding in the snow, pretty good off road. There's really nothing bad about them at all. They also have a very long history with the same basic design, because it works so well.

I just checked the specs...the LTX is 6 lbs lighter than the Dueler.
 

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Defender LTX from my point of view. Best tire I've experienced yet. My spouse's Outback Limited has the Duelers on it and they are visibly wearing much faster than I would prefer.

If you're a Costco member, January is a Michelin rebate month. (December was a Bridgestone rebate month...they alternate) The $70 plus the low installation charge that includes road hazard, lifetime balancing/rotation, etc., can be a very competitive deal, even when a rebate may be higher elsewhere.
 

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Went with the Michelins due to slightly better ratings, wear reviews, and general reviews. Picked them up for only $80 more for the set.

Both are awesome tires from ratings to reviews. Also, was a little skeptical the Duelers would knock mileage down more due to the added weight, not sure whey these are so much heavier than the stock Pirelli's or Michelins.
 

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M I C H E L I N without any question.....i use them in Laredo 4.0 and also in the WJ 4.7 and they never let me down (Town-Highway & mountain use)
Soft and sticky :) and with a good suspension you just enjoy the ride !!!
 

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That's good to know about January and the rebates at Costco.
Yea, since they only carry Michelin and Bridgestone, they seem to alternate months for the $70 rebate for four, although in November there were two shorter time periods for each as part of the pre-holiday shopping incentives.
 

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Went with the Michelins due to slightly better ratings, wear reviews, and general reviews. Picked them up for only $80 more for the set.

Both are awesome tires from ratings to reviews. Also, was a little skeptical the Duelers would knock mileage down more due to the added weight, not sure whey these are so much heavier than the stock Pirelli's or Michelins.
I think my mileage went up maybe .5-1 MPG with the new tires. It doesn't take much to blow the gas mileage with the Hemi so I gave up trying to keep track. I'm in easy traffic most of the time but not on the highway often so on the next highway trip I take with the Jeep I am going to see what I can get for mileage.
 

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I will put in my $.02 for the Cooper Discoverer SRX. Excellent all-season tire.
 

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So after three years and 35000 miles I’ve been happy with most aspects of these tires. They are very quiet on the highway, handle well and are good in the snow and heavy rain.

however, I am notvery pleased with the tread wear as these tires are down to about 4.5mm after 35k miles. Yes there is an 80k pro rated treadwear warranty but you can’t call that in until the tires reach 2mm which I am probably not willing to do as we approach winter.

The tires are rotated every 5k,maintained around 33psi per factory and the Jeep lives a pretty easy life with little stop and non aggressive driving but even with the tread depth below 5mm they still are quiet and perform very well. I just can’t figure out why they wore faster than I expected.

With that said I will probably get another set but not without twisting some titties at Firestone to get some good extra incentives.
 

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“Which” tires, PatHep?
 

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So after three years and 35000 miles I’ve been happy with most aspects of these tires. They are very quiet on the highway, handle well and are good in the snow and heavy rain.

however, I am notvery pleased with the tread wear as these tires are down to about 4.5mm after 35k miles. Yes there is an 80k pro rated treadwear warranty but you can’t call that in until the tires reach 2mm which I am probably not willing to do as we approach winter.

The tires are rotated every 5k,maintained around 33psi per factory and the Jeep lives a pretty easy life with little stop and non aggressive driving but even with the tread depth below 5mm they still are quiet and perform very well. I just can’t figure out why they wore faster than I expected.

With that said I will probably get another set but not without twisting some titties at Firestone to get some good extra incentives.
 

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It’s the Alenzas.
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This is what they look like with 36k on them. I still really like them but disappointed with the treadwear so I’m figuring 50k is tops on a V8 WK2. Maybe longer on the CRD or V6
 
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