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great feedback - thanks keep it coming

open to other suggestions in a 285 70 17 but am trying to keep the budget reasonable.

also while we do use the jku for touring and as part of this towing the camper trailer, we do not do the deep mud/rutts etc. so i like the comments re: a 50/50
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great feedback - thanks keep it coming

open to other suggestions in a 285 70 17 but am trying to keep the budget reasonable.

also while we do use the jku for touring and as part of this towing the camper trailer, we do not do the deep mud/rutts etc. so i like the comments re: a 50/50
In that case i would get all terrains, definitely. Big knobbly tyres on long drives on tarmac will give you a chronic headache and poor grip and handling, especially in the wet. An all terrain in any mainstream brand will be good. I choose comfort and quietness over mileage because I reckon old tyres get hard and brittle and lose their grip, even if they do look like they still have heaps of tread. Duratracs are highly regarded but they seem closer to a muddy than an a/t. My personal opinion is that very knobbly tyres are dangerous for consistent road use. They look mint but could put you in a dangerous situation on a wet road at speed.
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So the new tires are on. Settled on the Kelly Safari TSR mainly due to price ($1800 inc fitting, balancing & wheel alignment).

Would have taken SeaComms advice re the duratracs, but when i was ready to pull the pin they hand jumped upto $450 each ($2250 for 5)

If they were the same price, would have been a flip of the coin

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So the new tires are on. Settled on the Kelly Safari TSR mainly due to price ($1800 inc fitting, balancing & wheel alignment).

Would have taken SeaComms advice re the duratracs, but when i was ready to pull the pin they hand jumped upto $450 each ($2250 for 5)

If they were the same price, would have been a flip of the coin

Anyway a few before and after photos & measurements comparison

Ps i also have a aev 2.5 lift


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Good choice mate!

I would have highly recommended the Wrangler Duratracs too given my experience with them on my WJ, but what you will actually find is that the Kelly TSR's are essentially the same tyre with a different tread and side lug pattern. They are made in the same factory as the Duratracs and apparently run the same compound, so there would be bugger all difference.

If they are even anything close to the Duratrac in quality then you will be happy! I sold my WJ after putting close to 50,000km on them and they were still at 10-11mm of tread depth and stuck like shit to a blanket...
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In that case i would get all terrains, definitely. Big knobbly tyres on long drives on tarmac will give you a chronic headache and poor grip and handling, especially in the wet. An all terrain in any mainstream brand will be good. I choose comfort and quietness over mileage because I reckon old tyres get hard and brittle and lose their grip, even if they do look like they still have heaps of tread. Duratracs are highly regarded but they seem closer to a muddy than an a/t. My personal opinion is that very knobbly tyres are dangerous for consistent road use. They look mint but could put you in a dangerous situation on a wet road at speed.
Sorry Anthony, but I have to debunk a few of your theories on the Duratracs here....

Firstly, they are considered an all-terrain tyre and are not a muddy. Whilst what you said may be correct for true mud tyres, the opposite is the case for the Duratrac. The ones I had on my WJ were quieter, had way more grip in the wet and dry and rode much nicer at road pressures (40PSI) than the previous BFG A/T KO's that they replaced, whether that was general driving around unloaded or touring whilst towing my 1.5T camper trailer. They are just an exceptional all-round tyre that I find would be very hard to beat.

Whilst I mostly agree with your comment regarding the mileage vs age and hardness of the tyre compound, my Duratracs were still very soft and grippy in the wet (tarmac driving) after over 3 years and almost 50,000km. And the beauty of slow-wearing tyres is that you get to maintain a decent tread depth up until the point that you replace them, rather than trying to squeeze another couple of 4WD trips out of a set of baldies and getting stuck.

If you ever get a chance, try a set out. I think you would be pleasantly surprised. I plan to put some on my Commander when my GY Wrangler Silent Armors wear out.
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Fair enough, Hanna. By the sounds of it you work the tyres a little harder than the average punter given the towing weight you have. Good to hear that this is a case where you do actually get what you pay for.
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I have seen the duratracs in the mines for years now and there probably isn't a tougher place to drive them day in day out.

They are a very good tyre and even with mine use I've seen them outlast a lot of the other brands out there.

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