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#172 of 226 Re: death wobble [jim225]
May 05, 2009 (5:53 pm)
Hey Jim .... thanks for your post. I am the original owner of a 2003 Jeep Wrangler X. At 65K miles the death wobble started on me. I have taken the Jeep to 3 different Jeep dealers and the tires have been balanced multiple times (road forced and spin balanced). The Wrangler GSA's were new at 60K miles. There is not lift kit on my Jeep and I have only been off road twice in 6 years. MY POINT: Thank you for your post. At 94K miles, I had the track bar replaced, new Wrangler Silent Armours, and new Monroe Sensatrac shocks added all the way around. FINALLY the death wobble is gone from my Jeep. I took your post and several others into the mechanic as "reference" material and he agreed after some test driving and pulling on the slightly worn track bar bushings. Thanks again ... Ron
May 14, 2009 (10:16 pm)
I am trying to "pimp" out my 95 Wrangler for my son. I am a single mom so bear with me here...LOL
I am wondering what size wheels and tires will give him that rugged look without sacrificing safety. He will only be driving around town...maybe 4wheeling once in a while. The jeep is currently stock; exactly what it came with. He is also wanting to do a 4" lift kit? I have been told that a 2" kit would be much better. Any thoughts?
#174 of 226 Re: 95 Wrangler [busababe07]
May 15, 2009 (7:06 am)
I have a 2003 X model and I put Goodyear Wrangler 30" x 9.5 x 15 Silent Armour tires on mine (cost about $125.00 each) . These tires will fit the stock rims he has (as long as they are 15" in size).
I don't have a lift kit and rarely go off road (except for the beach sometimes) but the tires look really rugged and drive very securely on the road. If you have lift kit installed for him, I would recommend the 2" lift and not the 4" lift. The higher the lift, the more $$ you'll spend on other parts as the Jeep wears.
#175 of 226 Tire Rotation with BFG AT/TA
May 16, 2009 (3:12 am)
Dumb question after the fact (30,000 + miles), but how often would be a good idea to rotate front to back / back to front with these tires. '03 Sahara A/T.
#176 of 226 Re: Tire Rotation with BFG AT/TA [ocean_shipper]
May 16, 2009 (4:58 am)
Every three thousand miles (do it when you change your oil), although I think six thousand is the official recommendation.
In practice you can't do it too often, only too infrequently, though for even wear it's important to stick to the same figure.
I'm coming up to sixty thousand miles on my BFG AT KOs with very even wear and they're looking good for at least another ten thousand.
The preferred rotation is rears straight to the front, fronts to the opposite position on the rear, i.e. r/r and l/r to r/f and l/f, l/f to r/r and r/f to l/r.
If you include the spare then choose a position and switch it for that each time.
Of course, that's all too late for you.............
#177 of 226 Re: Tire Rotation with BFG AT/TA [mac24]
May 16, 2009 (2:14 pm)
Yea... unfortunately, I went to the Goodyear store where I get most of the light work done and they pointed out that one of my tires has a 'hump' in it and is probably what is causing, or at least contributing to, my 55-58 mph death wobble.
No mods... stock everything else... So here is the question, Mac, or anyone else... anyone have any experience with the new Wrangler Silent Armor AT tires? I was thinking about getting back into the BFG's. They did point out some of the good stuff on the SA's. Also, they said that this tire also add's about 1/2 inch to the height versus the BFG AT K/O's... Not important, but interesting anyway.
In either case, rotation is will be the order of the day every oil change!.. After checking, I actually got 40,000 miles on them, but seeing your post Mac, I should have gotten 50,000+ miles...!
#178 of 226 Re: Tire Rotation with BFG AT/TA [ocean_shipper]
May 17, 2009 (4:50 am)
Yea... unfortunately, I went to the Goodyear store where I get most of the light work done and they pointed out that one of my tires has a 'hump' in it and is probably what is causing, or at least contributing to, my 55-58 mph death wobble
If you have a warranty on the tires it should be covered, at least on a pro-rated basis.
Can't comment on the Wrangler Silent Armor AT tires I'm afraid.
However, I'm still impressed with the BFGs so I'll probably replace them with a second set when the time comes.
#179 of 226 Re: Tire Rotation with BFG AT/TA [ocean_shipper]
May 17, 2009 (10:37 am)
I have the BFG A/T KO's on my '00 TJ. The BFG's are a good tire, however there are others on the market that may equal or exceed their performance at a lower cost. I personally don't care for Goodyear products because of problems with several of their products including the Wrangler GSA, Eagle RSA, and Eagle GA. It appears that most flotation size tires( 30x9.5-15, 31x10.5-15, etc.) are now made in load range C,which due to their stiffer construction for increased load capacity, will make a Jeep ride worse than normal. The stock 30x9.5-15 GY Wrangler GSA's that came on my TJ were load range B. When I upgraded to 31x10.5-15 BFG A/T KO's they were offered only in load range C. There are some all terrain tires in P-metric sizes that are comparable to 30x9.5-15 or 31x10.5-15 in size, yet are SL (standard load) rated, so that your ride and handling won't be as compromised. Some examples are: 30x9.5-15,Cooper Discoverer ATR P265/75-15, General Grabber AT2 P265/70-15, Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S P265/70-15; 31x10.5-15, Toyo Open Country A/T P265/75-15. Although the metric sizes are the same or close, if you go to the various tire manufacturer's websites, you will find that the actual height, width, and RPM measurements give a more accurate representation of their size. The General Grabber AT2 and the BFG A/T KO are both severe snow condition rated by the Rubber Manufacturer's Assoc. Tires that that meet this snow traction criteria have a mountain/snowflake symbol on the tire sidewall. As for the tire rotation, doing it at 3K miles with oil change is a good practice. Tires with more aggressive tread pattern seem to need more frequent rotations in order to wear evenly. I hope this helps. Matt.
May 17, 2009 (8:38 pm)
Hey guys i just put some 33x12.50x15 goodyear duratrac's on my '05 X. When i first put my new rims on last summer i bought some cheap sport kings tires on it... i only put 5k miles on them and they were wearing very unevenly. I only have 500 miles on my new goodyears but when it's time should i rotate them the way this guy suggested?
"The preferred rotation is rears straight to the front, fronts to the opposite position on the rear, i.e. r/r and l/r to r/f and l/f, l/f to r/r and r/f to l/r.
If you include the spare then choose a position and switch it for that each time."
And i bought the full size spare tires... should i throw it into the rotation or not
#181 of 226 Re: 95 Wrangler [busababe07]
May 18, 2009 (6:08 am)
31x10.5's should fit stock. A 2.5" lift with a body lift will give a nice look and you can go up to 32 or 33" tires with a slight lift. 30's or 31's will look too small on a lifted Jeep. Ask me how I know.
If your son is a new driver, a higher COG vehicle may NOT be your best choice...