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Old 01-11-2014, 04:01 AM   #1
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Tire Suggestions/Winter

I am new to Jeeps and 4 wheel drive vehicles. I am hoping to get some advice on tires for my jeep in cold weather environment with ice and snow. I recently purchased a 97 Jeep Wrangler SE 4 cyl. 5 speed manual.

Where I live they do not salt the roads, the roads do not get scraped down to the pavement either. This permits a hard pack of snow over the roads that eventually turns to ice until it snows again. When it snows again the cycle repeats. We have 6-7 months of this. The Jeep that I have has 31X10.5 A/T tires that are close to the end of there useful lives. Are A/T tires good on hard pack snow and ice?

I am toying around with buying a set of 15X7 rims to mount snow tires on for the 6-7 months of winter and buying a set of 31X10.5 A/T tires for the summer months. Any thoughts or advice from any other Jeep owners that are accustom to the snow and ice?

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Old 01-11-2014, 04:37 AM   #2
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well we get a good amount of snow in the winter and i run stock size Hankook A/T. I can honestly say that i have never gotten in trouble because of snow on a paved road even in a 3' blizzard (i do snow removal and have to drive to the job sites). trails are a different story and I would not recommend offroading in the snow on A/T tires.

If you have the money to keep around 2 sets of wheels with one for snow tires than that is probably the best option.

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Old 01-11-2014, 05:19 AM   #3
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I have a set of Firestone winter force tires on my commuter car. The snow and ice traction offered by these tires is amazing. When it snows my TJ on 35s is unable to traverse my drive way in 2wd without getting stuck. My Camry with the winter tires has no problem.
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:41 AM   #5
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We got about 6" of fresh snow last night, the A/T's work great in snow. The snow pack and ice.......not so much. Thanks for the suggestions, I am going to get another set of rims and snow tires to get me through winter. I moved up to this area last year and our winters are quite different. Road maintenance is non existent. Thanks again!
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:45 AM   #6
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My duratracs have been great with the snow ive gotten so far. I hardly ever have to use 4 wheel drive. My tore soze is also the same as yours
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:54 AM   #7
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For driving on the snow and ice here in pa. And the trails I run, I love my duratracs I run 32s
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Old 01-12-2014, 11:07 AM   #9
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We got about 6" of fresh snow last night, the A/T's work great in snow. The snow pack and ice.......not so much. Thanks for the suggestions, I am going to get another set of rims and snow tires to get me through winter. I moved up to this area last year and our winters are quite different. Road maintenance is non existent. Thanks again!
If that's the case I would look into getting a dedicated snow or winter tire, and not an AT. I know Blizzaks are supposed to be awesome in the slick stuff.
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:05 PM   #10
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I have Duratracs on my TJ and they stick to snow and ice like glue.
I have BFG AT T/As on my pickup and have barely avoided several crashes sliding all over in the snow, especially on the packed stuff.
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:40 PM   #11
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If you are not going offroad where there are sharp rocks and stuff, get some Duratracs. They even have holes for studs that you can run too if you want really good traction on ice.
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I am on my second winter with the Duratracs and am totally pleased with them. They are worth the price for winter safety and have proved a good all around all-terrain tire. There is a good reason they are highly recommended by Jeep drivers.
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Very happy with my Duratracs, I just wish that Goodyear sold them in a 33x10.5x15.
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very happy with my duratracs, i just wish that goodyear sold them in a 33x10.5x15.
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Anyone want this Duratrac?

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Very happy with my Duratracs, I just wish that Goodyear sold them in a 33x10.5x15.
x3. I'll probably buy another set when my current set wears out.

also, FWIW, people complain about the sidewall strength on the Duratracs, but I've not had any issues...and most of the sidewall lettering is rubbed off from use. Seems like people might be using them as a hardcore rock crawling tire...but they are not a rock crawling tire...they're an hybrid mud/all-terrain tire. I heard they were designed/intended for forest service trucks...
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:30 PM   #17
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Just ordered a set of duratracks. Should get them in a week or so. Thanks!
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If the roads are as poorly maintained as you stated in your initial post, and ice/icy is common, then I'd stud the tires, too. And drive VERY conservatively!
Good luck.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:13 PM   #19
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Chains and studs are not legal here. You get use to driving in this stuff after a while. I am hoping for something to grip better than the a/t's that I currently have.

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