Jeep tyres

Submitted: Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 11:57
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My Grand daughter has a late model jeep with all the bells and whistles and it is shod with 265/50R20 tyres. It has done just over 30000klms. and was in for service yesterday and she was told that the tyres are nearing the end of their life. The car has hardly been on anything other that bitumen, not used off road at all, is this unusual wear normal, sorry do not have the brand at hand but they are the original fitting.
Jeep owners, what are your thoughts and what should she replace them with?.
Thanks in advance, Bundy

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Reply By: scruffy - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 12:18

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 12:18
Hi Bundy. they are probably only highway tread and this mileage is all you can expect from OE fitment, I would replace them with an allterrain tyre. Bob
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Reply By: 671 - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 12:43

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 12:43
Bundy

It is hard to say whether it is normal or not without looking at the tyres. Enter the words " tyre wear patterns" into Google and have a look at some of the sites that come up. You may find your tyres are showing signs of wear caused by over or under inflation or a number of other things. If you can't see anything unusual on the tyre tread then it may well be normal for that type of tyre.
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Reply By: new boy - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 15:46

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 15:46
My missus new car did the same burnt out tyres after what I thought was pretty low ks.I was told by the local tyre power, that the car manufactors screw the tyre companies so hard on price that the tyre mobs just wind down the rubber content for the car companies and these are what end up on the new cars. I guess with 2 or 3 million tyres in one order sounds reasonable
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 16:15

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 16:15
265/50R20 ??? has me thinking that after market wheels and tires have been fitted ?? 265 = width , 50 = profile depth and 20 =wheel diameter …… there is no way that you'l get anything but a highway profile tire ,, what model Jeep is it ???
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Follow Up By: Bludge - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 16:53

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 16:53
Alloy,

Love or hate them but Cooper Tyre have AT3, ST Maxx and STT in that size.

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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 17:58

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 17:58
I would have thought the 50 represented the depth of the tyre as a percentage of the width i.e. 50% of 265 = 132.5 ?
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 22:11

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 22:11
Low profile tyres are good for bitumen but for not so good for 4WD offroad and particularly not for driving in the sand because they don’t have the volume to bag out for a big foot print.
Yep you can buy Coopers in passenger or light truck construction - it’s a matter of choice, depending on where you are going to use it.
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Follow Up By: Bludge - Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 08:00

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 08:00
Dennis, You are correct, big wheels and low profile tyres are the curse of traction control, requiring bigger brakes to do the job of limited wheel travel and diff locks. The exception seems to be Landrover D3 and D4, they don't do a bad job with limited wheel choice meaning they have no choice but to run low profile tyres offroad.
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Reply By: Member - Michael P (QLD) - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 16:29

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 16:29
Bundy hi,
I am guessing Your Grand daughter is 20ish, maybe You could have a bit of a look at driving habits. That being said 30,0000 from original tyres on a large vehicle is probably close to the mark.

Mike.
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Reply By: eric t - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 19:17

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 19:17
36000 klm is all we got out of our grand cherokee tyres they were khumos .we are fairly steady drivers with about 10 klms of that towing I'm the same wasn't real impressed so gone to a
Different brand nitto terra grappler to see how they go cheers
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Reply By: Member - neville G (QLD) - Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 07:02

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 07:02
Thanks for all the feedback, looks like normal wear, result of soft compound and shallow tread pattern. Grandaughter is not an aggressive driver unlike my wife so I have ruled that out. Does anyone have a suggestion for a replacement tyre that will not drain her baNk account too much?. I believe Coopers to be good tyres but I think an overkill for the job in hand, any other suggestions ?..
Cheers and thanks Neville G.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 08:16

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 08:16
Maybe ask on ausjeepoffroad.com in the Grand Cherokee section. They are a good bunch with a wealth of knowledge in that area including the best value tyres. I'm assuming it's a WK2 Grand? Unfortunately 20" tyres can cost a bomb so getting an indication on how many kms you might get out of different brands helps to get you the best bang for buck. Good luck.
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Reply By: Elvin D1 - Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 10:07

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 10:07
Dennis

My advice is scan Ebay until you can pick up a set of Laredo rims which are 18''.

You should by past experiences pick up late model rims very cheap and cheap enough to offset the cost of buying the 20'' tyres.

A lot of people (my neighbour for example) will order the LTD model with the 265/60/18 tyres at no extra cost and have the same rolling diameter as the 20'' and are superior offroad due to the higher profile.

The standard 18'' Michelins on my car are very quiet but the rubber depth is very shallow when new.Probably half of a offroad tyre.

I think i will be lucky to get 50k's out of them.

The other advantage of the 265/60/18 tyres is that they are the same as Pajero and Prados so are common.

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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 21:57

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 21:57
Hi Elvin –maybe you are addressing neville G
I don’t have a problem – I use 16 inch rims and high profile tyres.
Thanks for the thought.
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Reply By: gbc - Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 12:33

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 12:33
Federal couragia su is what I got for the wife's SUV. No way I'd put at's on a car that doesn't go offroad anyway. 30 Kms is average to good for oe tyres in that size.
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