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Old 11-25-2012, 08:35 AM   #1
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Snow tire for a stock rubicon recommendation

currently have the stock tires on
255/75/17
but need something with better traction for for cold, wet, slippery NE roads

Blizzak DM-V1 or Duratracs?

Best size?

anyone have experience with both?

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Old 11-25-2012, 06:50 PM   #2
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I have used several sets of Blizzaks and have always like them. They will destroy the DTs on the ice. Snow traction I think will only be slightly better.

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Old 11-29-2012, 08:10 PM   #3
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General Arctic Altimax. Very good snow tires, and long lasting.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:36 PM   #4
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Always amazed how many people buy snow tires for jeeps...been driving jeeps for years and never once thought i needed to outfit my jeep with snow tires like i would a fwd sedan...

In my opinion, unless your tires are bald, just stick with what you've got, throw it in 4wd, drive slow, and keep your distance.

There are very few winter situations out there that your jeep equiped with bfg mt's and 4wd cant handle, trust me, ive got a rubi with bfg mt's and i live in NH

Then again this is just my humble opinion and if you've got the extra $ go for it...to each their own, just thought id throw in my 2 cents.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:55 PM   #5
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Always amazed how many people buy snow tires for jeeps...been driving jeeps for years and never once thought i needed to outfit my jeep with snow tires like i would a fwd sedan...

In my opinion, unless your tires are bald, just stick with what you've got, throw it in 4wd, drive slow, and keep your distance.

There are very few winter situations out there that your jeep equiped with bfg mt's and 4wd cant handle, trust me, ive got a rubi with bfg mt's and i live in NH

Then again this is just my humble opinion and if you've got the extra $ go for it...to each their own, just thought id throw in my 2 cents.
Exactly.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:17 AM   #6
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tnx Jonny and others. I am really impressed with the stock bfgs on dry roads. and in the dirt too. It's just those big lugs make me a little concerned. With all the stuff I read about hydroplaning (there is a formula somewhere , maybe 9 times the square root of the wheel size?) I can see the New England ice slush sending me for a spin. Used to drive a ridgeline on Michelin LTX tires-that was a champ and those tires were great in snow, rain and dirt. These BFGs though have no siping and I havent been in any heavy rains yet to test them out. And when I read about the 'higher frequency' that 4x4 are seen stranded by the roadside in storms because the driver had a 'false sense of confidence', I wonder if I am one of those. I am really more concerned about losing traction around a curve in treacherous weather. I can deal with snow no problem-you can SEE when it's snowing. But when there is a crappy road condition but the sky is dark and gray and visibility is not great, it's easy to find yourself 'slip slidin away'. Being from New England, I am sure you know what I mean. But it's good to hear that the BFGs serve well. I wonder how the rubber is at 0 degrees?
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:26 AM   #7
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I have been driving for 40 years in Montana (all kinds of snowy icy conditions) and never really thought I need a dedicated winter tire until a few years ago I actually got some dedicated winter tires and I will never drive another winter without them. You still have to worry about other drivers sliding into you but at least you don't have to worry about sliding into them or sliding off the road. I snow shoe and X-Country ski all winter and never have to worry about hoping the snow plow/sander has been on the passes when I out skiing at night or early morning.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:07 PM   #8
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A month ago I bought a set of Duratracs for my 2010 JKU and put them on a set of factory alloys(265/70/17). Very impressed, I bought two more sets 265/75/16 (all C rated) for my 2012 and 2013. Definitely better cornering and wet traction than the KM, longer life than a Blizzak. Whatever you buy, find a set of factory wheels of CL (about $150) so you're not remounting tires every season change. The 16" size is about $25/cheaper per tire than the 17".
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:09 PM   #9
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I ordered new tires for mine yesterday, Goodyear Silent Amours after hitting a patch of ice on a country road. Almost had a head on collision and ended up in the ditch on a steep hill feeling like the Jeep was about to rollover any second. Can't wait till Wednesday for the new tires to be put on.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:42 PM   #10
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I've been eyeing my stock tires the last couple months wondering how they'd hold up in snow. I am going to give it a go, but I DID get a nice set of chains, just in case. Hoping chains + 4WD + that hill descent button will get me off my hill safely come snow fall. Glad to hear a couple other people have had good experiences with the stocks. If not, good to have the reccos too - snow tires are just SO expensive!
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I've been eyeing my stock tires the last couple months wondering how they'd hold up in snow. I am going to give it a go, but I DID get a nice set of chains, just in case. Hoping chains + 4WD + that hill descent button will get me off my hill safely come snow fall. Glad to hear a couple other people have had good experiences with the stocks. If not, good to have the reccos too - snow tires are just SO expensive!
kind of like insurance expensive but nice when you need it. Problem with chains is you are limited to about a snails pace and if you don't install them correctly they will beat your vehicle to death. They however do give ultimate traction. We used to chain up when we were breaking trail in deep snow but speeds are slow doing that.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:18 AM   #12
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Always amazed how many people buy snow tires for jeeps...been driving jeeps for years and never once thought i needed to outfit my jeep with snow tires like i would a fwd sedan...

In my opinion, unless your tires are bald, just stick with what you've got, throw it in 4wd, drive slow, and keep your distance.

There are very few winter situations out there that your jeep equiped with bfg mt's and 4wd cant handle, trust me, ive got a rubi with bfg mt's and i live in NH

Then again this is just my humble opinion and if you've got the extra $ go for it...to each their own, just thought id throw in my 2 cents.
Have you ever driven a car with true snow/ice tires? I'm not referring to mud/snow or all seasons, but true snow/ice tires. The difference is amazing.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:43 PM   #13
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I swear these wild country XtX sports stick to glare ice like studs, stopping starting and turning. Have not driven in real deep snow yet but they go thru a foot of snow like it was not even there.
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:22 PM   #14
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Just got my jeep and I went looking for Blizzak DM-V1 in the OEM size (255/75R17) and apparently they are sold out across North America. So unless you can find a dealer with inventory, they are off the list for this year.

Bummer.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:03 PM   #15
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I just bought another set of Duratracs today. 265/70/17, so it'll be real close to the factory 255/75/17 so I won't need yet another Procal. Put them on a set of stock spare 2013 alloys. These tires have terriffic traction and will come off in March or April. The 265/75/16 is about $40/cheaper, I have those on another JKU. You will not be disappointed with these tires.

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