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Old 02-21-2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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problems in the snow

Hi i'm a new wrangler owner and had a terrible time today driving in the snow. my jeep has a lift and bigger than normal tires. any suggestions on making this better. help!

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Old 02-21-2013, 09:17 PM   #2
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:24 PM   #3
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Tires may be part of the problem, too. Some off-road tires are notoriously bad in the snow, lugs don't clear well, etc.

What tire are you running?
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:32 PM   #4
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my tires are All terrain Nitto Terra grappler m/s
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Drive slower, more deliberately. What do ya mean handles terribly?
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Drive slower, more deliberately. What do ya mean handles terribly?
it is hard to hold on the road. i know the big tires play a part in it but it was slipping all over the place and hard a hard time making it up a hill. i saw other jeeps out in this mess and none of them seemed to have trouble. do you think i have the wrong tires on it?
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it is hard to hold on the road. i know the big tires play a part in it but it was slipping all over the place and hard a hard time making it up a hill. i saw other jeeps out in this mess and none of them seemed to have trouble. do you think i have the wrong tires on it?
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i have to show you all a pic of it. the guy that had it before had it all blinged out with all the aftermarket he could get. that doesnt make it a good car to drive though.
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Sometimes wider tires make it worse to cut down to get enough grip. Winter grip tires would make things much easier to get around obviously. However, those A/T tires should be decent in the snow. How bad is the tread on those tires?
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i have to show you all a pic of it. the guy that had it before had it all blinged out with all the aftermarket he could get. that doesnt make it a good car to drive though.
Pics would be great. Get some off the front/rear diff if you can. If he decked it out as much as ya make it sound there's a chance he put in lockers which could definitely throw ya off.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:05 AM   #10
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I have brand new BFG KOs. These are not my first set of KOs, I swear by these in the snow.

During a recent storm the snow fell so fast the road salt couldn't handle it, it created a thick layer of dense slush that I had trouble moving in. Thought my 4WD wasn't engaging, so when I went back to 2WD in an attempt to re-engage I realized 4WD had been working. Road conditions were just that sh**ty.

Maybe your case too?
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let some air out of your tires and slow down. Everytime I see the roads get bad out here (and I am a sales rep and drive all over the state) the ones that lose it are the 4 wheel drive guys (jeeps, pickups, you name it) that think just because they have four wheel drive, they are good to go in slick conditions. Well guess what? you can't stop any better than anybody else. Slow down and get there, that's why you are out there anyway isn't it?
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Sometimes wider tires make it worse to cut down to get enough grip. Winter grip tires would make things much easier to get around obviously. However, those A/T tires should be decent in the snow. How bad is the tread on those tires?
think of it as having snow shoes on your jeep

the wider the tire the more snow ya pack under the tire [great for mudding]

bad for snow,the rubber is not reaching terra ferma and hence the slippage

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bigred2, what air pressure are you running in your tires?
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let some air out of your tires and slow down. Everytime I see the roads get bad out here (and I am a sales rep and drive all over the state) the ones that lose it are the 4 wheel drive guys (jeeps, pickups, you name it) that think just because they have four wheel drive, they are good to go in slick conditions. Well guess what? you can't stop any better than anybody else. Slow down and get there, that's why you are out there anyway isn't it?
When driving on Ice and hardpack its actually better to have a smaller contact patch not larger. With the smaller contact patch the tire tends to "bite" more in the hardpack giving you a little more control. If you are going through deep snow it would be better to air down but not necessarily in hard pack.

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