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Old 09-09-2009, 07:12 AM   #1
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Help/advice on tires

Hello all,
I am a new Jeep owner. I have a 09. I live in Vermont and need to get around in the snow, and more importantly up the mountain to board. My question is what size rim should I use? I am gonna buy some steel rims for the winter, so should I keep with the size of the stock rims? I am also gonna purchase some good winter tires. Any advice on what tire to buy? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks

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Welcome to the board!
First off, I have 2 '09's, so I can help.
Second off, you gave very little info, so it's gonna be tougher
Is it a Rubicon? X package with 17's? X package with 16's? Sahara?
From what I've seen, wheel size doesn't have as much of an effect on snow/ice traction as weight and tire width. A heavier wheel helps, by reducing the tendency (somewhat) to spin. This'll help you in not digging to China if you get stuck in the deep stuck.
Tire width is key. Go somewhat narrower to allow better "cut" through the snow.
As a side note, Tirerack right now has a closeout on Blizzak Z3's (winter tires)- $95 each for 245/75/17's, plus a $50 rebate. That's where my next paycheck is going Blizzak's have made a name for themselves as one sweet winter tire, and I agree. Hell, it's what I'm putting on my personal rig!
Sorry for the Tirerack plug, but that's a sweet deal! Mark W.

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Old 09-09-2009, 02:53 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=thaduke2003;438024]Welcome to the board!
First off, I have 2 '09's, so I can help.
Second off, you gave very little info, so it's gonna be tougher
Is it a Rubicon? X package with 17's? X package with 16's? Sahara?

Sorry about the oversight. It's an X with the 16's. Thanks Ill def check those tires out if I can find them here in Vermont. I was wondering if wide would be better but I can see how narrower tires would be better. Thanks for the help. I'm gonna start checking places right now cause that's an awesome price!
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Nah- www.tirerack. They'll have them to you in a day or 2 for ~$600 shipped. They're good folks. They're running a closeout sale on the Blizzaks- the guy I talked to over there said they're releasing a newer line, so they want the old ones out- nothing wrong with them, just not the latest and greatest. For that deal, if they get me through one winter (two would be even better ) and up to the slopes, I'll be happy

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Check it out- OEM size (225/75/16) is only $79 each, plus about $25 shipping each, depending on where it's going. So you could be about $500 for 5, shipped
Enjoy! Mark W.
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Hey,
I live in vermont too, My wife drives the 07' sahara. It is hard to beat Cooper winter tires or Dean winter cats. I do not Know where in VT you live but You should be able to pick up a set of for less than 600 bucks. Shop around some places have deals with free mounting and balancing for winter tires.
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Nah- www.tirerack. They'll have them to you in a day or 2 for ~$600 shipped. They're good folks. They're running a closeout sale on the Blizzaks- the guy I talked to over there said they're releasing a newer line, so they want the old ones out- nothing wrong with them, just not the latest and greatest. For that deal, if they get me through one winter (two would be even better ) and up to the slopes, I'll be happy

Currently Available Prices and Sizes

Check it out- OEM size (225/75/16) is only $79 each, plus about $25 shipping each, depending on where it's going. So you could be about $500 for 5, shipped
Enjoy! Mark W.
Thanks I will definately check those out! That seems like a reasonable price.
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Hey,
I live in vermont too, My wife drives the 07' sahara. It is hard to beat Cooper winter tires or Dean winter cats. I do not Know where in VT you live but You should be able to pick up a set of for less than 600 bucks. Shop around some places have deals with free mounting and balancing for winter tires.
I live in Burlington. I gotta make sure I can get around and up the slopes in some of those noreasters we get here Thanks I'll check those tires out!
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Where do you usually ride? I head up to VT some, if not as much as I'd like to More this winter, since the wifey and I now have the same day off (Monday). I'll also be going some during the weekends, so let me know- Mark W.
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Where do you usually ride? I head up to VT some, if not as much as I'd like to More this winter, since the wifey and I now have the same day off (Monday). I'll also be going some during the weekends, so let me know- Mark W.
I like to board at Smuggs. You? I will be usually riding on weekends unless we get a storm mid week and I can make it up to the mountain!

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