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I'm really having a tough time choosing a new tire for the Overland. Right now it has some awful Michelin Lattitute Tour tires that have worthless wet traction, and with the winter coming, I would like to get into the snow and not be stuck without a paddle.

Severe snow rated would be ideal so I can get through the moutain passes legally, but not totally necessary. Otherwise I have two highly competing priorities.

I want, in equal parts: The quietest tire possible, and the most aggressive tire possible. Finding that balance has been the issue.

I'm going to be getting them in 245/75/17 with white letters to stick on my stock height commander, that will get a 2" boost within a few months. Driving is 98% on road, with maybe 45% highway (hence the noise priority).

Top contenders are:

Goodyear Duratrac
BFG All Terrain KO
Firestone Destination A/T
Hankook Dynapro ATM

I probably like the look of the KOs better than anything, but have heard some mixed reviews on them. And the Destinations have wonderful reviews and are crazy cheap, but aren't all that aggressive or snow rated.

Anybody have any of these tires?

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Thanks for the reply, Matt. You're who I needed to hear from. What didn't you like about the KOs?

Compared to the dynapros, how much louder would you say the other tires were? Quite a bit? Obviously of my options, the first two lean toward visual and the second two toward road manners.

EDIT: Also, did you notice a difference in apparent power and/or mileage? The Destinations (I'm assuming the Dynopros likewise) are a whopping 14 lbs per tire lighter than the KOs of the same size. Another 60lbs of rotating mass would, I'm assuming show a marked difference.

EDIT 2: Looks like the dynapros are only available with white letters in the LT designation, which adds 13lbs, making them just about the same as the others. So I guess the Destinations are the only lighter tire.
 

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Schlotzky I had the Destination AT on my jeep and they lasted a good wile I changed them out at 40k miles not because they were worn just because I wanted a more aggressive looking tire so I got the Thunderer MT and they look nice but are really loud. I have not used the Duratracs but I have read some reviews in some tire stores online and some people complain that they wear out prety quick not sure on this maybe Matt can testify to this.
 

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None of the tires were "loud", just worth noticing that the Hankooks gave the quietest/smoothest ride out of the bunch while still giving great winter traction and look pretty good (in the LT sizes they actually look pretty aggressive).

The Duratracs aren't as loud as MT's, but you can hear them if you have the radio off. They'd be my top choice out of your list.

Another tire that i've run two sets of and love is the General Grabber AT2.. they're snow rated, look great, and offroad traction is awesome.

With the overland you have the 5.7L Hemi.... you're not going to notice 14lb difference in tire weight.
 

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Thanks for the input! I'll look into the Dynapros a bit more, but I was really hoping to get a US-made tire.

I had the Grabbers on the radar, but dismissed them because the tirerack surveys put them at louder than the KOs and even the Duratracs. Would you agree with that assessment?
 

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They do have a slight hum but are definitely quieter than the Duratracs
I started reading up on reviews and pictures of the Grabbers and started to get pretty convinced on them, until I looked up the available sizes. They are only available in a 245/75/17 as an LT tire, which drops the 60,000 mile warranty, adds about 8 lbs, ditches the severe snow rating, and adds cost.

The next closest size doesn't come with white letters, which leaves me either a 245/70/17 or a 235/80/17. Disappointing!
 

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I LOVE my KO's!

I'm in Colorado and they are AWESOME in the snow and my treadwear has been excellent. From snow/ice to rock trails they have never let me down. but its all personal preference though.
 

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245/70/17s with a 2 inch lift
...PICTURES...

That looks a lot better than I was expecting, though I'm sure the reduced backspace on the wheels helps the look. I'll keep that on the table for sure. Should help reduce the impact on fuel mileage, too. Thanks for the pictures!

I'm in Colorado and they are AWESOME in the snow and my treadwear has been excellent. From snow/ice to rock trails they have never let me down. but its all personal preference though.
How is the highway noise? Those are still my favorite looking tires, but I don't want to deal with a lot of road noise.
 

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I've done a little research and read some reviews and the duratracs seem to treat most people fairly well, with good durability and fairly quiet. As for mud and snow performance I have read that they do a good job overall.
 

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I've had te Hankooks for two winters now and I can't recommend then highly enough. Awesome snow, mud and road traction and very quiet, too.
 

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Just to add my 2 cents.... i'm planning on getting the Nitto ExoGrappler --- they are snow rated and AT tires. I'll let you know how they work out... plus they look aggressive.
 

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Cooper Discoverer A/T3

The Summer 2014 issue of "Overland Journal" compared 7 leading all terrain tires with the Cooper Discoverer A/T3 coming out on top. Their methodology aligned with mine comparing; deformation, keying, wet corning, highway test adhesion and even a skidpad test. All conducted in controlled condition at the Yavapai County Fairgrounds, AZ on two identical Jeep Jks.

Full disclosure, I was going to purchase the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KOs on habit and reputation alone before reading this article. And rereading, and rereading and reading it again. I really, really, really wanted to buy the BFGs and then the Falken Wild Peak A/T in that order. Cooper was no where in my scan before this article dropped. I have used and relied upon the BFGs for decades and tens of thousands of miles. But as the author writes, "...technology has advanced well beyond it's current design. As a result, these classic standbys are fading into the past". Amongst it's crimes; poor adhesion, poor wet traction, excessive lug chipping and tearing, and inability to complete the rock climb.

The Discoverers performed highly in all categories which I found important for the roads and unpaved adventures. Check out the article if you can find a copy. These are going to be my next tires shortly, but I have to refinish the OEM 17" wheels I got of DJ1970 five years ago because they don't come in 245/60R18 to fit the 18" chrome clad casino wheels on my Overland.
 
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