The problem with mud terrain tires is most have zero siping which makes them terrible on ice and packed snow. I had the BFG mud terrains and that's exactly how they were, great in deep snow and terrible on every other type of frozen surface. I run General Grabber at2's now which are a severe winter rated tire (tons of siping and studable) and are excellent on every type of frozen surface.
Depends on your winters and the depth of your pocket book.
My blizzaks are awesome on winter roads.
Do you run the blizzaks in winter only? I didn't even think they made them for a JKU size? I'll have to look into that, I have run a snow tire for years on cars and they are the best but you almost need a dedicated set of rims to go with the winter tires for ease of swapping.
I was thinking of swapping out the BFG for the Duratraks but maybe a winter tire and rim is the way to go in my State MN lots of cold and icy roads. Thoughts?
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I'm getting new tires this week or next, and I've pretty much decided on the Grabbers myself. I wish I'd got them earlier because this winter has been horrible with all the ice on the roads. (Minnesota bans studded tires).
I'd run dedicated snow tires on certain vehicles - I had them on my Honda Fit which was awful in the snow, but I don't know that they're necessary on the Jeep. Even with the horrible, worn out stock tires (16's on steel rims) I could just shift into 4wd if I was on an icy hill intersection or something and never really slipped much.
I've run the following tires on my jeeps in the Alaska winter.
Stock Goodyear RSA did ok,not great.
Added studs and they did pretty well.
Stock Sahara Bridgestone Duelers also did ok, seemed to be a decent all season tire. Didn't run them for long as hi had these...-->
BF Goodrich k0 AT, ok in snow, horrible on ice, seems to be a very hard compound.
Added studs and they did ok. Performance seemed to taper off quickly as the tire wore. I sold them with half the tread remaining.
Cooper ST Maxx, passable, but I only ran them for a month. These are my summer tires.
Blizzaks in a 265/70r18 are a whole different class of winter tire. Much better than even the studded tires I tried.
And yes, I have dedicated rims for both. Used stock Sahara rims are pretty affordable. I currently have 6 of the old style Sahara rims, although I'm currently only using 5. I spend half the year on winter tires, so my spare matches.
I also have tire chains for when it gets really bad. I've had to use them on occasion to get out of my driveway to the main roads as I live on the side of a mountain.
2013 JKU Sahara, Commando Green - 2.5" Franken Lift - Rancho 9000xl shocks - 275/70r18 Cooper ST Maxx in summer - 265/70r18 Bizzaks in winter
Compared to good ATs, the KM2s are terrible. What makes them great offroad, also makes them weak on packed snow...and terrible braking. Go with DuraTracs or dedicated snow tires. Check Goodyear, Bridgestone, and General's snow tires.
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LOD front bumper, AEV rear bumper, TeraFlex tire carrier, Shrockworks sliders, Method Standard wheels, 35" MTR Kevlars, Englewood driveshafts, Synergy 3" Lift, Artec truss, Teraflex C-gussets, Grabars, HotHead Liners, MORE dead pedal, Uniden 520 XL, 10lb CO2 tank...