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Old 05-16-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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Newbie question about winter driving

How are the stock wheels and tires in the snow? I know the winter is over, but I want to get an idea of how the wrangler handles in the snow?

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Old 05-16-2011, 09:00 PM   #2
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idk about the jk but the tj, 4wd works great but always keep in mind. it might drive better than a car in the snow, but it stops just the same. so dont drive too fast for you to slow down. You get good traction and all that, but i dont really know what stock tires come on a jk, give some info or look them up online for a review? the tj I know likes to slide the back end out like some RWDs do when not in 4wd. just dont give it too much gas.

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Old 05-16-2011, 09:12 PM   #3
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I think all the stock tires will handle the snow just fine, even in 2WD. It'll depend a lot on how familiar you are with driving in the snow.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:16 PM   #4
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There are several different stock tires. Mine were the Goodyear sra's. They were much better in the able than I expected. Have since switched to the "stock" bfg km's. Unfortunately we didn't get much snow this past winter so I can't compare them.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:17 PM   #5
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I guess it depends on which stock tires you have. I think there are 4 different tires on a stock Jeep depending on what model you own. The Goodyear SRA's that I had originally did pretty good in the snow.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:42 PM   #6
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My Rubicon came with stock mud terrain tires. They performed fine for two winters. During the second summer towards the end of summer I started to notice the rear end slipping around corners on wet pavement when I was a little heavy on the accelerator. It got me to thinking that the tread was hardening up a bit so I was losing traction. So I got a set of 16" steel pull off wheels and put studded snows on them. They really performed well over a not so easy New England winter. Very happy with them.
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I've got 31k on my JKU (stock) tires and have been thru 3 winters with them and they're not ready to be replaced and they handled well in the snow so far as long as I'm not in a big hurry. They get a lot of abuse in the summer time also.
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I've got a rubicon unlimited with the km1's. Wasn't as bad as I feared it would be, little dicey on packed snow, but nothing crazy. We drove over a couple of our colorado mountain passes and never felt out of control.
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All the stock tires will do great in the snow, however, it boils down to how you drive. Find an empty parking lot next winter and mess around a bit till you get the hang of what your jeep can do. Always remember though, 4wd slides just as easy as 2wd on ice!! I lived in Anchorage, AK for 4 years.
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Don`t forget about the computer. ESC and TCS are a big help on slick roads. BIG HELP.
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:59 PM   #11
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I have the bridgestone duelers 255/70R18's. A lot of people say these tires stink in the snow! I really don't want to have to get a second set of winter wheels and tires! Anyone have any thoughts on these tires?
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The Bridgestones worked great for me last winter. I have a 2010 Sahara and we had a brutal winter in RI with a few storms dropping over a foot of snow. I had no problems at all. I'm an old man of 47 and have a few years of winter driving experience under my belt though, so maybe the person who said the tires were no good wasn't an experienced driver. I don't know. Just use common sense and drive carefully and you'll have no problem.
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I have the bridgestone duelers 255/70R18's. A lot of people say these tires stink in the snow! I really don't want to have to get a second set of winter wheels and tires! Anyone have any thoughts on these tires?
Any tire with good tread will probably handle well on a 4wd in the snow. AT preferred over MT type tires for traction in snow. With my first jeep with AT tires, I think they preformed better than the MTs on my Rubicon. Ice is a whole different matter. I don't care if you have 6 wheel drive, driving is dangerous on ice. That is specifically why I got the studded winter tires. They make a huge difference. The next step above studs is chains. Chains are not recommended in the owners manual with the stock tires on the Sahara or Rubicon. Not enough clearance evidently.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:08 PM   #14
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Where I live only girls roll without proper snow tires.j/k but seriously, if it is below zero and even a light snowfall happening, you have less time than you think to react. Look at the tread on a snow tire compared to an all season and you will see what I mean. If it is snowy and cold for more than three months a year snow tires are a solid investment.

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