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Old 06-28-2010, 03:38 PM   #1
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Good tires for snow/ice?

Searched and didn't find much on this, so here goes:

I've owned my 2010 JK Sport for a month now, and I'm starting to develop the Jeep mindset: I'm getting tire envy

Anyone have any good recommendations for tires which are particularly good in snow and ice? One of the main reasons I bought my Wrangler is because I wanted something that can chew through 12 inches of snow and get me around in a blizzard

I currently have the stock Goodyear Wranglers, which I understand are pretty good tires, but they're a little weenie for my tastes. No plans for a lift at the moment - I'm paying enough on the Jeep as it is I'm probably not going to do studs/chains, but my mind may change (never used them before because they were illegal in MI where I'm from originally.)
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Old 06-28-2010, 03:48 PM   #2
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All-terrain tires are pretty good in the snow. As far as an AT tire goes I like the Duratracs the best. Pretty good tire in the rain and snow as long as it isn't super deep. Mud terrains aren't too bad either if you can find a brand that has them sipped.

As for ice, everything sucks. nothing is good.

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Old 06-30-2010, 10:41 AM   #3
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For what its worth,

From all the reviews I have seen, i think GoodYear Wrangler Duratracs would fit what you are looking for. Google them and read some reviews. I live in Maine and although winter isn't as intense here its still pretty bad at times. My duratracs should be showing up at the house today, in a nutshell the reviews all say its quite, very aggressive and has good reviews for snow etc.
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x3 on the Duratracs, we had snow a couple of times since I've had mine, and they performed very well. The siping helps alot with rain, some with ice. They are studdable too, if you need them, and they look fantastic. There's a $100 rebate on 4 thru Aug if you join treadlightly.org too!
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:01 AM   #5
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x3 on the Duratracs, we had snow a couple of times since I've had mine, and they performed very well. The siping helps alot with rain, some with ice. They are studdable too, if you need them, and they look fantastic. There's a $100 rebate on 4 thru Aug if you join treadlightly.org too!
I have BFG MT's on my new Rubicon. I bought it this June so no experience in Snow yet. Can't Wait!! These tires are pretty quiet - even on the expressway. I like the way they handle. They are 32", so they are not small. I have noticed that in light rain, I can not really use the 4W HI because the tires are getting enough traction so I do not need them. There were a lot of threads about how you should not use 4 WD Hi unless there is loads of snow or off road. In my other 4 jeeps, I always used 4WD HI in Rain. The Rubi does not seem to need it.

I have a question - what is siping?

Also how often do you rotate the tires, and does anyone do a "5-Tire Rotation"?
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:07 PM   #6
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I rotate my tire every other oil change or about 6000 miles. I do the 5 tire rotation to make my tire set last longer.
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^ What jtpolla pointed out. More sipes=more better.

However, OP you did post you want tires that can "chew through" deeper snow. That implies you might want tall and skinny, "pizza cutters". There is a reason you don't see boggers on plow trucks... ;-)

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^ What jtpolla pointed out. More sipes=more better.

However, OP you did post you want tires that can "chew through" deeper snow. That implies you might want tall and skinny, "pizza cutters". There is a reason you don't see boggers on plow trucks... ;-)

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Anyone have any good recommendations for tires which are particularly good in snow and ice? One of the main reasons I bought my Wrangler is because I wanted something that can chew through 12 inches of snow and get me around in a blizzard
This is a complicated question, because the characteristics of a tire which help it excel in deep snow are different than the characteristics of a tire that make it work well on ice (and hardpack snow). Deep and/or loose snow tends to prefer tires with a large void ratio, and this is why many people here will suggest A/T or even M/T designs. When it comes to icy surfaces, you'll need lots of well-engineered sipes and a rubber compound which can stay pliable at low temperatures.

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As for ice, everything sucks. nothing is good.
This is completely incorrect--some tires do surprisingly well on glare ice. In fact, modern tire engineering has produced some very impressive results.

One example: back in 2007, the Tire Rack tested three then-new studless ice tires (Bridgestone Blizzak WS-60, Dunlop Graspic DS-2, Michelin X-Ice) against a more-traditional studded winter tire (Firestone Winterforce). In both acceleration and cornering, the studded tire came in dead last. You read that right: all three studless tires provided better traction on solid ice than the studded Winterforce tires.

There are good tire choices out there for use in all conditions.
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I've run Cooper STT's (stock size) on my JK for 3 years up in Rapid City, SD. Lots of snow and ice. I got extra sipping done before I put the tires on. These tires are amazing. The sipping and soft tread combined with the traction control systems on the JK make you stick to an icy road like velcro, I was amazed.

the STT's do well in mud and chew threw snow like crazy, which sometimes leaves me high centered when trying to get through snow drifts to get out on the lake ice fishing.

I seem to be getting really good treadlife out of the STT's also. I've got something like 55k miles on these so far and aside from needing new sipping, I think I can get another year or 2 out of them.

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