Hey I have a '98 Rodeo 4WD with Sport package.. 65K on the original
Goodyear Wrangler AP tires (245/70R16 I think), and it is time to
replace them. I have been pretty happy with the all-around handling of
the original tires but I am wondering if anyone has suggestions as to
other tires which may be better, and why they are better. The Wrangler
AP's seem to sell for $105-$130 each and I don't want to spend much more
than that. My usage is mostly regular road driving but I do
occasionally take it on snow, in heavy rain and also off road in sand,
gravel and thick grass and I don't want to get stuck. So that aspect of
the handling definitely matters.
I have to disagree with the Michelin recommendations. The Goodyear MTRs are
the way to go. They'll outlast the Michelins, plain and simple. I have run
everything from Pirellis to Kellys to Dunlop on 4x4 and performance
vehicles, and find the Goodyears have about 30+% more miles in them or more.
My 98 Rodeo has 65K right now and I'm not even close to needing tires. The
Michelins are probably quieter, though. One other option that has worked
out very, very well for me is to go to Pep Boys and buy their Futura brand
tires. Their light truck and on-offroad truck tires are a steal at the
price and have a great mileage warranty. I even went to these on my Mustang
Cobra, backing off from the Z-rated Michelins because I wasn't getting more
than 15k out of them and they were about $240 each. Pirellis are even
softer and barely go 12K. That's hard driving, though, and my Chevelle and
Cobra both left a lot of rubber on the road. Check the Futuras. Good tread
patterns, good prices (under 100 bucks/tire) and very good warranty. Just
don't get sold on the new valve stems, alignment, etc. etc. etc. scam
they'll try to put on you to bump up the price by close to another 50
dollars a tire sometimes. Goodyears are nice, too,and America's/Discount
Tire always has them and gives a great price. Keep in mind that Sears will
price match, too, even if you got the price over the phone. Last tip--the
more "square" to the road the outside edge of the tire is, the louder they
will end up being going down the road. Learned this the hard way. Rounded
edges, same brand, tire and size, gives a quieter ride. Sometimes you can
get two tires side by side, one the all-purpose with rounded edges and the
other the more aggressive mud and snow or on/off-road tire. Same rubber,
same brand, same apparent tread patterm, but the harder edged tire is lots
louder. Just my very long two cents. I'm cheap and want the most tire for
I've never owned MTR's but have had Goodyear RT's and RS's. Both are
horrible tires. Way to soft of sidewalls and thus handle poorly. The
Michelin LTX's were available in load D and E ranges. I've always
gotten 75K or more on a pair but I change tires before they're bald.
The other problem I had with the Goodyears was flat tires when driving
on dirt roads. They didn't handle the sharp rocks very well.
I do not know if the MTR's are a better tire than what I used but with
bad experiences with other Goodyears I've never wanted to try.
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