Tire Trials: What to Look For in Your New Jeep Tires
The average Jeep owner keeps their vehicle an average of 7.8 years. They will go through their fair share of tires in that amount of time. But what are the best Jeep tires to get? Everyone loves the bold and aggressive look of big tires, but they aren’t the best choice for all driving styles. Use this guide, so you don’t waste the money on the wrong tires and end up disappointed.
What’s Your Purpose?
How do you drive your Jeep? This will be a big factor in what tires you buy.
Consider this, off-roading tires have that big aggressive look but are not going to give you the performance and gas mileage you want commuting to work every day. But if you try to take your daily commuter with all-terrain tires mudding or off-roading, you’ll find yourself struggling. When choosing your tires think about what you want in terms of quality of drive and vehicle behavior.
All Terrain Tires
For traction and performance on all road conditions, you need a set of all-terrain tires. They have a long life span and are affordable in comparison to the other tire types. For most people, these are going to be the smartest choice. They have an open tread pattern that works well to maintain traction on wet and snowy roads.
Use these on the road, and you better prepare for some serious road noise. The reason for this is the wide tread and wheelbase. But all of that wideness makes them a must for traversing the muddy backwoods.
You will also notice that these tires have deep trad voids. This is to help clear the gravel and mud as the tire spins. This clears up the tire to be clear to grab traction when it comes back around. Finally, the sidewall of mud tires is nice and soft. This is great for the mud but causes your Jeep tires to flex when you accelerate on the roadway. You’ll notice a bogged down feeling when trying to increase speed.
When the winter weather hits here in Wisconsin, you need tires that are going to keep you safe on the snowy roads. This is where tires designed for the snow come in. First, they are made of a different kind of rubber, so they remain flexible and pliable the temperatures drop. They also have a different type of tread pattern to channel ice and snow better.
What’s Your Budget?
There is no getting around that the tires you choose to buy will be influenced by your budget. Keep in mind that the bigger you go, the more the price escalates.
When you look at cost, factor in more than just the base cost of the tire, you need to include taxes, disposal fees, balancing and mounting, and the transfer of your TPM sensor.
If you are on a budget, look for a sale or special that can help trim the cost of your new tires. Often you can get a better price when you have the tires mounted and aligned from the dealer you purchase the tires from.
Skip the Used Tires
While it may be tempting to buy used tires, this is not a smart idea. They may cost less in the short term, but they won’t last as long as new tires and ultimately will cost you more.
Plus buying used tires is like buying already worn in shoes. They have uneven wear from the previous owner’s use. This is going to cause them to give you an uneven ride and reduced performance and road traction.
Additional Costs When You Increase Tire Size
If you decide that you want to change the look of your Jeep with bigger tires, keep in mind that you will have the cost of adjusting other vehicle components.
The steering, drive shaft, muffler, bumpers, and gearing will all need adjusting. You will also need new rims to hold these bigger tires.
What’s Your Tire Size?
If you want that bigger tire stance on your Jeep, you are safe going up to 33-inch tires before you have to start making other adjustments on the vehicle.
Once you hit 35-inch tires, you will need to look at a lift kit or a leveling kit. You will also need to remove the fenders to prevent rubbing.
Your Current Size
Whether you want to go bigger or stick with what you’ve got, you need to know your current tire size. Look on your tires for an alphanumeric code. It should look like this: 255 75 R 17.
What the code tells you is that your tire is 255mm wide. The ratio of height to width is 75%. The bigger the aspect ratio of the tire, the bigger the tire’s sidewall will be.
The R means it is a Radial tire. This refers to the layers in the tire running radially across the tire.
The 17 means the tire fits a 17-inch rim. Wheels are measured across the face from one end to the other, or the diameter.
Let’s Buy Some Jeep Tires
So what kind of Jeep tires do you want for your Jeep? Are you an off-road junky or is prowling the pavement more your style?
Once you know what kind of driving you do and the size you need, you can start looking for tires. Take your time and compare brands.
Tire manufacturers adjust their production from year to year so one brand might be more expensive but well worth the extra investment. While the next year the lower cost tire is the better investment.
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