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Old 08-26-2013, 09:36 AM   #1
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Rubicon 2013/14 Wheels and tires

Can anyone give a description of how the stock Rubicon tires handle in snow and rain?

I am considering a used 2013 Rubicon and have heard mixed reviews on the stock tires handling in anything other than good conditions.

Please chime in if you have any experience with the stock Rubi tires in rain or snow, and even on dry road surfaces.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:44 AM   #2
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You're going to get alot of opinions on this, mostly negative, but I'll give you a positive one. I've been on the stock tires and wheels on my 10 Rubicon 2dr for over 3 1/2 years with no issues in any weather conditions. I keep the tires at 37 and never had a problem. I drive it like a JK and don't try to make a Corvette out of it. Drive it on the stock set up for awhile and see if it's a problem for "you".

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Old 08-26-2013, 10:14 AM   #3
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I wondered the same thing. I have BFG MudTerrain tires on my '11 Tundra, but the tread pattern on those is different from the ones on my '13JKUR. I live in a climate with fairly cold, icy, snowy winters, so am hoping for the best. The tires on the Tundra are pretty good in snow, but a little iffy on ice or hardpack.
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Only time we've ever had an issue was in rain. For the most part they're ok but a panic stop or quick steering adjustment will have them slide easier that the SR-A (to be expected). Our plan is to get them siped.
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My buddy who has had a couple of Rubicons including a new 2013 Rubicon said they a terrible on ice but he sipped them and said it helps. He runs 35's in the summer and puts the stock sipped ones back on in winter.
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Can anyone give a description of how the stock Rubicon tires handle in snow and rain?

I am considering a used 2013 Rubicon and have heard mixed reviews on the stock tires handling in anything other than good conditions.

Please chime in if you have any experience with the stock Rubi tires in rain or snow, and even on dry road surfaces.
I have a 2013 Rubicon Unlimited with the stock tires. I have not had any problems with mine in the rain but I can't speak for snow. I will say that sometimes they tend to not want to stop if you need to in a hurry.
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:21 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies. Stupid question here, What is having your tires "Siped"?
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:25 PM   #8
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I was pleased with how well they do in the snow. However, since we have a lot of snow, and drive in snow and ice up the canyons to ski, i had the tires siped right away. (siping = cutting slits in the tire for increased traction in snow)
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Thanks for the replies. Stupid question here, What is having your tires "Siped"?
Most Discount Tires will do this for $40/4 tires. Their webpage has a pictorial description but the above post is the simple description. I had the tires on my old '10 Ram QC Hemi 2wd done and it made a huge difference in rain and snow.
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Since Discount Tire is not this far east, does anyone know of somewhere in NH this can be done and done right?
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Since Discount Tire is not this far east, does anyone know of somewhere in NH this can be done and done right?
most quality tire shops have tire sipping machine. Just call around.
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Town Fair Tires is in NH

They are a bigger regional player and form what I have heard they are pretty reputable, although every one may be different.

Thanks, now I know what Siping your tires means.
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I've had my Rubicon since May and have had no problems in the rain at all. On a couple of occasions I've purposely made her lose the azz end and she handled very predictably. Can't talk to snow or ice yet, I hope this winter though.....
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I have had my 13 Rubi since December and driven through a lot of snow. The deeper the snow the better. The jeep does fine. As long as you know you are in snow and take your time the tires do great. High speeds on snow start getting a little lose, I tried it to compare with my wife's highlander and the highlander did better but just at high speeds.

The tires do fine, you will be fine as long as you drive like you are driving in snow.

They do fine in rain too. No issues.

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