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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-20-2010, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Time for new tires and need some help/advice

Time to get rid of the Fortera HL. Hated them from the start and now with almost 50k, they need to be replaced before winter.

Live in Michigan.
Drive 20-25k a year. A majority Oct - Mar.
Take them hunting about a dozen times a year.
No trailering.
Want a good tire that will handle the winter snow in Michigan.
Would prefer not to hurt the mpg much.
Looking for under $800 out the door.

My preferred tire is the Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armour but the price is above what I can afford.

Right now, I am thinking of getting the Hankook ATM RF10. The price is right. The tread might be just a little too aggressive for what I want. Afraid that it might bring down the mpg too much.

I think that I might want something between the fortera and the Wrangler as far as tread design.

I you need any more information, let me know.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
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I probably have similar driving situation as you ... Michigan winters, go up to the cabin in the winter several times...drive about 25k a year.

I have GY Silent Armours and find them to be great for my needs.

I had Coopers Discoverers HT on a Jeep Grand Cherokee in the past and they were great for highway and road....not an agressive tread. But the Coopers Discoverer's M +S or ATR's might be a good choice. I think they cost less than the Silent Armors.
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Wrangler silent armours are running over $900. That is the only reason I am not getting them.
The Hankook would cost $650.

Did you lose any MPG with the Wranglers?

Also forgot to mention that I need stock tire size. 245-65-17.

No mods or lifts added.
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I can't really tell about the mpg's because I got a 2 inch lift, added Spydertrax wheel spacers and got 32" tires (255/75/17's) all at the same time. I did take a hit in mpg's but that is probably a combination of the heavier rolling weight of both spacers and heavier tire and the tire design itself.

I think it would probably be hard to beat the Fortera's for mpg.

I've heard a few people getting the Hankooks and like them. No experience with them myself.

Also, you could get a slightly taller tire even while running stock everything else. You might try for 245/70/17's. They would be 1 inch taller diameter.
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FWIW - I have the BFG TA/KO's for about 15k miles now. Driven from TX to MI twice, once in the winter. Could not get them to slip no matter how much I tried in the MI snow (ok, maybe a little @ 3/4 throttle). So far, good wear, low noise (except on grooved pavement, but then what isn't loud!). I check pressure regularly and rotate as close to every 5 k as possible. I averaged 17.8 mpg during the winter trip, there and back.

I have spoken to a few that run Hankooks and they seem to like them. I don't have same info as above on em tho.

Hope this helps.

PS - I am with GPintheMitten on a slightly larger tire...
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Would I have any problem with the tires rubbing if I went with the 70 instead of the 65?
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I think it depends on how aggresive the tread is. Any good tire place will mount a tire on your rim and check it before they sell it to you. Depends how much time you want to invest at the place.
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I went with the Wrangler Silent Armour, 1 size bigger: P255/65R17. I got Goodyear to prorate my Forteras. Forteras are a 60,000 mile tire, but at 30,000 miles, I had less than 1/4 tread left. I paid about $700.00. They have a much more agressive tread, so are a little noisier, but they have not affected the milage. I have no rub issues with these tires at all.
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