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Old 04-10-2005, 07:02 PM   #1
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I have towed 3 wranglers over the last 8 years all with goodyear GSA tires. In all cases I have experienced abnormally fast tire wear such as cupping and out of roundl; I have dutifully rotated these tires each 5000 miles but all have been cupped so badly by 8-9000 miles that when moved to rears create lots of noise. I use a blue ox ranger finder tow bar that is level with the hitches. tire dealer says that the jeep bounces and skips along hence the cupping. I find that hard to believe. some say the goodyear wrangler GSA are the culprit and are prone to early cupping etc. anyone else with similiar experience or better yet a solution. I am ready to try a set of michelins but hate to spend the 650 only to have them cup as well thanks tom
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I have towed 3 wranglers over the last 8 years all with goodyear GSA tires. In all cases I have experienced abnormally fast tire wear such as cupping and out of roundl; I have dutifully rotated these tires each 5000 miles but all have been cupped so badly by 8-9000 miles that when moved to rears create lots of noise. I use a blue ox ranger finder tow bar that is level with the hitches. tire dealer says that the jeep bounces and skips along hence the cupping. I find that hard to believe. some say the goodyear wrangler GSA are the culprit and are prone to early cupping etc. anyone else with similiar experience or better yet a solution. I am ready to try a set of michelins but hate to spend the 650 only to have them cup as well thanks tom
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Old 04-10-2005, 08:24 PM   #3
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I've got non-Goodyears on mine, and the fronts have worn/cupped some. But, one of the responders to a previous post like this said that the tires need to be properly inflated (32-35psi) to avoid it. Don't know if that's true, but I was running mine at around 30. Think I'll see how 33psi does for a while.
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Old 04-11-2005, 03:50 AM   #4
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I had the Goodyears on my '02 Wrangler. They cupped pretty bad. The Goodyear dealer said that I should have rotated my tires every 2500 miles!

Solved the problem by getting BF Goodrich All-Terain T/A's. I'm very pleased with their performance. They are also a true 3 ply sidewall tire, which can be important if you go off road. Size 31x10.5x15 will fit on stock '98 and newer Wranglers. You can see the tires here.

They ride better, and wear has been even across the tire, with no evidence of cupping. I've towed the Jeep about 6,000 miles so far with the T/A's. I run 30 psi in the tires.
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We are having similar problems with our Jeep Liberty. The Jeep dealer gave us a second set of tires with the same result and are not able to make a recommendation besides saying they feel the problem is the result of towing the Jeep. We have Goodyear Wranglers on it right now.

Additional suggestions welcome...
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Old 04-20-2005, 06:26 PM   #6
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hello I am going to try a set of Michelin LTX M/S 30x9.5x15. My dealer says they are the most forgiving tire as far as cupping etc. since we do very little off road usage I think these will help, I have had 3 jeep wranglers with goodyear wrangler GSA and all have done the same. I will let you know how the michelins work out tom
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