Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT All Terrain Tire Initial Thoughts! New Tires For Our 1977 Jeep CJ5
September 16, 2020
We replaced the eleven-year-old tires that came with Sasquatch, our 1977 Jeep CJ5. Let’s take a look at the Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT’s! We recently bought a 1977 Jeep CJ5, and to be honest we should not have driven it home. This four-digit number here tells us that the tires were made in March of 2009, which makes these tires more than eleven years old. Manufacturers recommend replacing tires after six years, and tire shops will not touch tires over ten years old. That’s right, the tire shop wouldn’t even put one of these back onto a spare rim, I know because I tried!
They don’t look terrible from a distance, and the sidewalls don’t have any of the cracking that you will typically see in worn out tires. However, if you look in between the treads there is some pretty bad cracking all around the tire. This isn’t safe, and we knew we needed to replace them sooner rather than later.
After doing way, way too much research, I settled on the Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT all-terrain tire. They come in 33×12.5×15, have amazing reviews and most importantly they have a massive sixty-thousand-mile warranty. I am not sure how they can offer that kind of warranty on an all-terrain tire with this much tread, but they do, and we went ahead with the order.
We have driven them about 500 miles now, and I wanted to go ahead and do an initial impressions video and then give updates every ten thousand miles or so just to keep track of it for ourselves, and to let other folks that are interested in them how well they work.
So far, they are amazing. Even on this lifted Jeep the ride is amazing, they grip well and best of all they do not scream at you as you go down the road. Our exhaust is louder than the tires are, and as such I have not even heard them. I have seen other reviews mention that they take about 1000 miles to fully break in, but so far, they have been great and were worth every penny. Let’s see if I still feel the same way ten thousand miles from now!