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Old 09-27-2013, 05:31 AM   #1
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Winter Tires what to do!

Well with winter coming fast... I would like to dump my stock SRA's for something better.. ive been looking at hercules trail diggers but it scares me for the ice/packed snow in wisconsin... Wondeding if I should just get dedicated snow tires and get ny mt at/wheel combo... after winter

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Old 09-27-2013, 08:11 AM   #2
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Myself I went for dedicated winter tires (Blizzak DM-V1), but also per law, we need winter tires here.
Over the long term, using winter tires is a just a little bit more expensive. Instead of having a set of AT or MT tires that last you three years (it varies, of course, depending on how you drive and how much you drive), you would have two sets of tires that are only used for half the year. The combo could last six years with proper maintenance. Much of the extra cost comes from having to switch the tires twice a year. Also, instead of flipping the tires on the same set of wheels, you can choose to buy low-cost steel wheels on which to mount the snow tires permanently and you switched them yourselves, so the extra cost is just for the set of cheap steel rims.

The increased safety of having the proper tires for the winter far outweighs the extra costs. If you've never driven with snow tires, I can assure you that with snow tires you could drive circles around most cars with all-season tires in icy conditions, and that extra performance from your tires could save your life.

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Old 09-27-2013, 12:47 PM   #3
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Goodyear Duratracs and Toyo Open Country AT's are both rated as winter snow tires, so you might look there.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:30 PM   #4
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I'd go with a dedicated set of winter snow tires. Bridgestone, Cooper, and Firestone all make good snow tires. I prefer Nokian Hakkapellitta studded snow tires. I consider them the absolute best in the world. They're made in Finland and I think those people up there "know snow". They don't cost any more than any other tire (except the extra for having them studded), and they grip on the snow and ice like a cat that won't let go. You can get black steel wheels at Tire Rack online.....they're quite a bit less money than the Mopar steel wheels.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:26 AM   #5
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Well with winter coming fast... I would like to dump my stock SRA's for something better.. ive been looking at hercules trail diggers but it scares me for the ice/packed snow in wisconsin... Wondeding if I should just get dedicated snow tires and get ny mt at/wheel combo... after winter
I have 4 almost new SRA's..never driven in the snow yet..Are they that bad..I have a stock Wrangler Sport
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:06 PM   #6
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Not saying there that bad. But i want to be agressive Tires. And new wheels but didnt want the new wheels in the salt. So i was going to dump the SRA's for Winter tires than come spring buy wheels/tires AT/MT
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Get Designated snow tires!!! There is NO comparison to a snow tire and one just rated for snow...NONE, zero!

There are two characteristics that give snow tires the edge over EVERY AT or MT or so called All-Season tire in winter: COMPOUND and TREAD. A winter tires compound is softer when temperature gets down below 45° the softer tire grips better. Take a touring tire for example They have relatively hard compound to last a long time on the road but when it gets cold out its hard compound doesn't grip.
The Tread on designated snow tires has more "sipes" small cuts in the tread block giving it more edges to "hook up" on especially on ice and packed snow. If you add studs (if legal by you) they'll hook up even on black ice and you literally can go almost anywhere!!!
I've run snow tires on every vehicle I've owned since college. I recently bought my girlfriend snow tires for her car this winter. They make THAT much of a Difference! I've even "aired down" my snow tires in a bad ice storm- unstoppable!

Regarding the looks of the tire and wanting an aggressive one...especially in winter driving conditions. In summer I run Mickey Thompson MTZ on Trail-Ready Beadlocks. But in winter when it comes to my vehicle and my family I'll take sissy looking tire that performs like a warrior over a tire that just "looks" tuff ESPECIALLY in snow and black ice!

Hankook I-pike is a very good reasonably priced "designated" snow tire.
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:23 PM   #8
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I think i came off wrong... My Winter tires idc about agressiveness lol... I meant my AT/MT choice i want to look good. The winter tires will go on my Stock wheels.

Btw im a hunter will snow tires survive a cornfield? puncture wise? and grip wise? I work night shift and alot of the time i have to drive through some unplowed roads how do they do in the deeper snow?
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I think i came off wrong... My Winter tires idc about agressiveness lol... I meant my AT/MT choice i want to look good. The winter tires will go on my Stock wheels. Btw im a hunter will snow tires survive a cornfield? puncture wise? and grip wise? I work night shift and alot of the time i have to drive through some unplowed roads how do they do in the deeper snow?
Absolutely! I ran the Hankooks on my pathfinder, a lot heavier vehicle. They are essentially a light truck tire. They held up in the cornfields of WI and all the granite here in CO. Never an issue! Every tire is designed with different tread patterns. I chose the Hankooks because of their price and they are designed with deep voids for snow and a lot if siping for ice, etc Once you see some different designs you'll understand better what I'm talking about... I got 4-5 season out of them running Nov 1 to basically May 1 depending on the year. And almost 80K out of my AT's at the time because they got rotated so often. A win win IMHO...

Seriously look into the MT MTZ's for your seasonal tire! They hook up in everything, flex GREAT and the sidewall is BOMBPROOF! And they look great! hope this helps.
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I have this dilemma also. I'd love to be able to run Duratracs all year round but I don't think they will be good enough in the winter for where I live in Ontario. I can't get studded tires either because they are illegal here.

I'm planning to go with Nokian Hakkapelitta LT2 (unstudded) 245/75R17.
I'm putting them on my stock Rubicon wheels, getting new wheels for my KM's in the spring.
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I received my snow tires on Friday, and found new wheels for my MT summer tires.

May be not the best looking wheels, but at 80$ each, no taxe, brand new, hub centric, I couldn't pass. So I have made the swap, MT mounted on new wheel, and I mounted the new snow tires on the stock wheels. As soon as they forecast snow or that it gets cold enough, I will change for the other set.

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You will do well with Nokian tires.

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