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I'm going to be picking up a new set of tires soon. My Uniroyal Laredo's are just plain boring despite being perfect performers on road where I do 95% of my driving as of now.

I've been going back and forth between the Terrain and Trail's. I like the tread look of the Trail's over the Terrain's, but the opposite is true regarding the look of the sidewalls. The Trail's also get somewhat worse reviews than the Terrain's (tread life most notably), but a lot of those reviews are from people who got slightly different versions of the tire due to it coming on their vehicle from the dealer.

The Terrain's seem to be all around great, but still, I like how the Trail's look because they mimic the KO's. One of my local shops has the Trail's in stock in the size I want (245/70), and I think the Terrain's they only have in a slightly smaller size (245/65).

If you were in my shoes, which tire and why? Also feel free to recommend an entirely different tire/brand, just stick to the same size so I don't have to do any mods to make them fit please :icon_wink:

Thanks!

Terrain's (also have 50k tread life warranty):
http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/findTireDetail.do?tc=MTARL5&c=3&rcz=45369&pc=38637&ar=70&rf=true&cf=false&rd=17&sw=false&rc=OHCINT&cs=245

Trail's:
http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/findTireDetail.do?tc=MTAVL1&c=1&rcz=45369&pc=38633&ar=70&rf=true&cf=false&rd=17&sw=false&rc=OHCINT&cs=245
 

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I live in 4wheel heaven, Well summers anyway. The rest is ice/snow. No tire is good on ice (non-studded) the other half of the time I am traveling across country with a trailer carrying a heavy balloon in tow. I was faced with hard decisions and trade offs. What I can add is that I really like the look of my Goodyear wranglers. Rugged look, good snow traction, and surprisingly quiet.
 

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Those look good, but a bit more expensive than what I was planning on spending! NTB quoted me at about $150 per tire plus $27 per tire install.
 

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Nightmare...

Since you asked for recommendations other than the BFG's you might try:

http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/findTireDetail.do?c=1&rcz=45369&ar=65&rf=true&rd=17&rc=OHCINT&cs=245&dVeh=dVeh&tc=FALRL1&yr=2008&pc=18273&cf=false&vid=012570&sw=false

The Rocky Mountian's from Falken look great on my xk. They're getting good reviews and at $143/tire are cheaper than the BFG's.

We haven't had a lot of snow this year but it's been pretty wet and muddy. The tires grip great. They're a bit noisy over the OEM G/Y Fortera's but it's not bad considering they're AT's as opposed to HL's.
 

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The Falken's do look pretty nice! I'll have to see if they carry those, but I don't think that they do.

Quoted today at about $777 for tires, install, and tax for the Rugged Terrain's which they actually have in 245/65 and 245/70.
 

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The Rugged Trails are out of the question now. They're being phased out by the Rugged Terrain, so I don't want to grab an EOL tire.

I've found some other tires at work that I can get a discount on, so I'm considering them as well. I've got it down to five including the Rugged Terrain's:

Firestone Destination (480 treadwear I believe)



--245/65R/17
$709
--245/70R/17
$658

Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor (520 treadwear, 50k warranty)



--245/65R/17 (13/32")
$694

BF Goodrich Rugged Terrain (480 treadwear, 50k, warranty)



--245/65R/17 (12.5/32")
-$655
--245/70R/17 (12.5/32")
-$608

Falken Wild Peak (500 treadwear)



--245/65R/17 (12/32")
$619
--245/70R/17 (16/32")
$687

General Tire Grabber (640 treadwear, 60k warranty)



--245/70R/17 (16/32")
$677


I really like the look of the General Tire Grabber's and the Falken Wild Peak's more than anything else. In fact, they both make the BFG's look a bit lame. The Firestone's I'm not too interested in, but are an option. Same goes with the Goodyear's.

I'd like some more advice on these tires. Which is better and why, or worse and why? Also, feel free to keep suggesting what you like. Maybe I could grab it at work for a discount too!

Thanks guys!
 

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Nightmare....

Was gonna respond to your PM, but couldn't figure out how to insert the pic you were looking for. I haven't had any rubbing issues at all, even when we take it semi-off roading (just playing in the mud). Check these pix.
 

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Awesome to hear! I'm going to go with 245/70, but I'm trying to get the Grabbers. If they're out of stock and I become impatient, the Falken WildPeaks (same tire as yours essentially) are my back-up!
 
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