Well, just did a 200 mile round trip to have Tire Rack install these...what a cool experience. If you ever have the chance to visit the South Bend location, be sure and take anyone interested in motorsports along for the trip. Great people, cool facility, and always excellent service! Kind of like going to a really "high tech" speed shop!
I haven't purchased any new Goodyear rubber since the mid-80's. I have had Goodyear's come OEM on many new vehicles over the years however. I have never been impressed with their tread-life. Like the RS-A, GS-A, etc. turn to junk after 10,000 miles even though they "look" like they have another 30K plus left on them…they simply lose their "grip"…and they're "noisy"!
After much tedious research this time around for my vintage '99 Wrangler (still had the original GSA's on it), the Silent Armor proved the perfect choice for my needs. Mostly highway…so I wanted quiet but I hunt, fish, play in the snow and occasionally do a little aggressive off-roading. Looks like this was the tire to get. I considered the BFG TA KO, General Grabber, the Michelin LTX and the Silent Armor as my top 4 OEM replacement choices.
Leaving, I pulled out of the Tire Rack at the beginning of a decent LES today and jumped on the Toll Road. 70-90MPH was quiet, impeccably smooth and confidence inspiring…guess I won't need that new stereo after all. Also, by the time I was home, we had 3 wet inches of new snow and some icing. I never put it in 4 wheel and the Jeep held superbly through torrential rain as well (even when testing the traction via cruise control). Also stopping distance was much better than expected.
Quick verdict...I own Michelin LTX's and BFG AT-KO's on many heavier vehicles, but if you have a stock Jeep Wrangler that you want to take pretty much everywhere and that can do most everything…BUY THESE! As a bonus, they're really