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Old 10-28-2010, 05:28 PM   #1
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i went to my tire man and talked about the best tire for my jeep. when all was said and done he told me that i needed a winter set and a summer set. mud tires for the summer and a/t for the winter.

he said when you add in ice in the winter it shots the heck out of the market for a jeep.

summers in the woods and mud dirt and grass roads. winters maine, new hampsher ( on lake Winnipesaukee), vermont, connecticut, and ri

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Old 10-28-2010, 05:31 PM   #2
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I run a/ts year round, matter of fact i went mudding today and my nittos were cleaning better than both of my buddies tjs with mts.

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Old 10-28-2010, 05:32 PM   #3
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you gotta think, this guy wants to sell tires so of course he's going to tell you to buy 10 tires from him.

It depends on what you do with your jeep. I see no problem with running A/T's all the time if all your going to do is light trails during the summer.
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Old 10-28-2010, 05:33 PM   #4
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Duratracs....... mud, rain, snow, ice, pavement... .. they are great!

x2 on the tire guy selling as many tires as he can.....
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Old 10-28-2010, 05:36 PM   #5
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I'm running my 33in mud terrains during the winter. I don't think these are that aggressive that a little airing down can't fix in deep snow.

Plus if you really spring for 2 sets then I would definitely purchase a winter tire setup. That dude is a typical salesman. If I'm not being too nosey, how much were the tires that he was telling you to buy?
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Old 10-28-2010, 05:41 PM   #6
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You never have to have two sets of tires. But it's a nice treat if you can afford it.
Some Swampers for summer and Duratracs for winter.

But, then again, you have to have the conditions to warrant it. If you don't have nasty clingy clay-based mud, then you often don't even need mud tires in the first place.

Put the two extremes next to each other and pick the situation that is more likely to kill or strand you. In your neck of the woods (I used to live up in CT so I understand), I'd pick the Duratracs if I had to have just one.
You're much more likely to have an ice storm and slide off the road than get hopelessly stuck in mud. Besides, mud without mud tires gives you an excuse to have a winch.
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Old 10-28-2010, 05:46 PM   #7
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^ Good advice above, BUT...

As someone who lives up in the frozen north, and understands REAL winter- run true winter tires for winter, and M/T's the rest of the time. Cheapest route, as A/T's WILL cost more than winter tires, and you want M/T's for summer mud If it's mostly on-road, Firestone Destination's are still the ONLY A/T I'd EVER run in winter conditions- it's what the wifey's on (until I get her a life insurance policy )- Mark W.
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If it's mostly on-road, Firestone Destination's .
I gotta admit, I think those are about the only tire I've never seen in action. Probably just a think about regional popularity or something.

The best dedicated snows that I've ever had were Michelins though. I use the car version for my MINI in winter; and I absolutely believe in two sets of tires/wheels for sports cars....
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:24 PM   #9
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Duratracs

I ran stock tires for almost a year, through last winter and they were nice, on dry pavement. They actually did better than I thought on the muddy mountain trails of Maine, and last winter was pretty mild so that wasn't a problem either.

After looking around for a good all around tire I settled on Duratracs and so far they have been really good on and off road. I can not tell you what they are going to be like in the snow but my guess is pretty good.

The answer is what do you really need. Do you really need dedicated mud tires, if not you should know they really suck on the road on a daily bases. Are the treads on the dedicated snow tire that much better than say a Duratrac to warrant swapping them out every six months, not to mention the added cost. I use snows on my truck that I plow with and pull people out of ditches all day long in big storms. I change them in the spring because ATs ride better, better in rain, safer. Yes, I need both so it's worth it.

Figure out what you need, probably going to be different than what tire guy thinks you need.
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The Firestone Destination A/T is pretty hugely popular up here, especially on Toyotas, for some reason. Never had a stuck, even with the wifey driving (which, she'll beat me and deny me sex for a minute or two for saying, is saying something )- Mark W.
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I run dick cepek crushers, summer,rain,snow,ice and I have no problem controlling my jeep. As that is said I also learned to drive a mustang in the snow for 2 years also.
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^ Just 'cause you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD!

That said, the wife and I both work at horse farms. We don't have the option of a "snow day." The horses need to be fed and cared for regardless of what Mother Nature throws at us. The Firestones never once let us down. They're also pretty inexpensive, drive nicely on-road and off, balance like passenger car tires (no more than 1.5 oz. per tire, under 1 oz. on 3/5), and are nice and quiet. We're also getting killer fuel economy out of them, which is nice, and certainly can't be said of the Crushers Mark W.
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IF you understand what your driving and what your driving in. I could take a motorcycle out in a foot of snow too. You just have to know your surroundings.
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IF you understand what your driving and what your driving in. I could take a motorcycle out in a foot of snow too. You just have to know your surroundings.
Glad I have a Jeep, whenever I take my motorcycle out in a foot of snow it goes really slow and just wants to lay down. Maybe I'll try chains.

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