I am currently riding 285/75/R17s. I have access to brand new stock wheels and tires for 400 total. It is worth it to bump down to save my larger tires for warmer season and rock the stocks during winter right ?
Absolutely, myself I never considered winter tires as a waste of money.
When you think about it, the steel rims don't cost much, then you pay for the initial mount. The cost of the winter tires I consider none, it is free, at least the way I see it.
If I plan to keep my JK for at least 4 years / 80k miles, and can do 40k miles with my MT, and 40K miles with my winter ones, then I will have spent less for the tires, winter ones being cheaper then the MT ones for the same 80k miles I would have kept my JK.
Since I plan to keep it at least 8 years / 160k miles, I estimate that I will have saved near 800$ worth of tires. I have paid 250$ for each big MT tires vs 150$ for each of the winter ones. I expect to pay more or less the same amount for the 2 next sets when these will be done.
2012 Wrangler JK Sport 2dr, man 6 spd, 3.73 diff
IMO I don't see how you can go wrong....part of the reason I haven't switched tires on the JK or JKU is the cost for new tires....I have the TJ for the more aggressive off road stuff...stock tires would be fine for me...and at less than $100 for a set of 5 that is a good deal...less than any other replacement tires/ wheel.
I bit the bullet for a set of winter tires w/wheels (DT/265/70/17), the aggressive MT's are sitting in the garage waiting for spring, they are not the best for ice at all on the climb to my house. I will not need new tires for probably 10 years or more and will always have good rubber on the road, season dependent.
If I lived in the flats...might not of spent the money. A cool looking Wrangler upside down with the wrong tires is not in my interest.
Alot of things can be considered weather to have a winter set. These days some places are making it law to run a true winter tire during the winter months, and a true winter tire is a night and day difference to a all season. Skinny is better in most conditions because wide will float.
Rims are a big thing to think about too, not in a safety point but in ruining a set of nice aftermarket. My F150 has a set of polished procomps and are totaled from the salt.
Im running my 35" Kumhos this winter and are proving not bad, but alot of it is coming from the traction control and stability control
2013 JKU- Rock Lobster-2.5 Rough Country lift, 17" Ultra's with 35" Kumho KL71
2006 F150 -3inch suspension, 3inch body on 18" procomp 7018 wrapped with Duratracs
2012 Honda CBR
When talking about winter tires there are sevreral things to consider - where you live, what you want to get out of them, etc. I live in MN and the most important thing to me is good ice traction, then snow. If you live in the snow belt you'll find true winter tires are much better than stock. Depending on what your summer tires are stock may or may not be better. I rely heavily on the Survey's on tirerack.com to com see peoples ratings.
I agree with the comments above that having a set of winter tires adds very little, if any, cost. I'd recommend you buy separate wheels which is probably the only additional cost. And what price is some extra safety worth?
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