Jeep Wrangler tyres
Few cars polarise opinion as much as the Wrangler does. Its fans will tell you of its amazing off-road capability and that it has huge amounts of torque to get you anywhere. Its critics will tell you that this all comes at a cost; that the car’s on-road performance and comfort levels are agricultural to say the least. What it all boils down to is that the Wrangler is tough but basic, a robust vehicle designed to be hosed down rather than for luxury. It isn’t an SUV: rather, it’s a specialist off-roader with a remarkable heritage. It’s built for the A-Team and B A Baracus, not the A303 and the B510. In layman’s terms, it is what it is!
In terms of looks, you can easily see the connection between the Wrangler and the original World War II Jeep. The model was only launched in 1986, though, and the current version (2007 onwards) is its third incarnation. It is now available in a longer-wheelbase 4-door version, as well as the traditional 2-door, and comes will full-time 4-wheel-drive. Not before time, this thirsty vehicle is now supplied with a diesel engine. Interestingly, residual values are as solid as rock in America, where the Wrangler has always been popular, yet drop like a stone in Britain, where it’s a very rare sight.
In terms of tyres, it’s easy to pigeon-hole the Wrangler: a specialist off-roader will require specialist off-road tyres. That said, there are some of them being driven on a day-to-day basis. The first thing to consider when replacing tyres is exactly how much off-road driving you expect from your Jeep. Different tyres are available from the likes of B F Goodrich and the General Tire Co to cater for different proportions of on-road and off-road driving. If your Wrangler is mainly used for on-road driving, then a 4×4-specific tyre like the Continental CrossContact will fit the bill.
Tyre labelling shows each product’s wet grip and economy properties and allows you to compare different options easily. The Wrangler is thirsty and ultimately there’s little that can be done to change that. It isn’t as if an eco-friendly tyre for maximum economy is available for this vehicle. However, the wet grip level of different tyres will be important. The Wrangler is a big and heavy beast, and thus a tyre with maximum wet grip capabilities will support a Wrangler that does spend most of its time on the highway.