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Old 11-14-2010, 08:12 AM   #1
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Question I Need New Tires! Opinions...

Ok, so it's that time of year again up here in New England. Snow is on it's way and I need new tires!

I'm looking for your opinions on new mud tires that also perform well in the snow/ice. Knowing that most companies say there's are good in the snow because they are marked "M+S" doesn't always make it so. Another factor that plays an important role is quite road noise, since this is my daily driver.

I've been looking at the BFG's new Mud-Terrain KM2's but they don't seem to have any siping groves.
Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 | BFGoodrich Tires

So now I've been looking into Interco's TrXus MT's but I have zero experience with this company but they can seriously talk the talk about their tires!
TrXus MT | Interco Tire

Opinions/Input needed and very welcome! Though this may limit people to colder and snowy climate areas...

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Old 11-14-2010, 08:13 AM   #2
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Sorry guys, in case anyone want's to know I own a 2005 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon with no lift as of now, but was considering installing one when I get new tires.

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I had the Mud terrain KM2's & found them to be not so good in snow or ice but excellent on rocks or in mud/sand
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If your looking for a tire to work well on snow and ice as well as sand, mud, rocks....have you considered an all-terrain tire.
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Old 11-14-2010, 11:48 AM   #5
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I know it has been said many times- dura tracs. I love the look and handling. I have had zero issue so far.
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Old 11-14-2010, 12:10 PM   #6
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A bit pricey, but worth it, look at the Toyo Open Country MT. Nice off road tread, siping for better wet/winter conditions and extremely quiet for an aggressive tread.
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Lots of aggressive offroad tires are lacking in the ability to handle snow and ice on roads. Whatever tire you go with, make sure it has as many sipes in it as possible... sipes = good ice/snow/wet-road traction. No or few sipes means lots of sliding/slipping in such conditions.

The good news if you find a set of tires you like that have few or no sipes, many tire stores have tire siping machines that can cut the sipes into the tires for $10-15 per tire.
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Old 11-14-2010, 02:46 PM   #8
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Here's another vote for the Goodyear Duratrac's. They have a nice aggressive A/T look, and are snow rated.
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Here's another vote for the Goodyear Duratrac's. They have a nice aggressive A/T look, and are snow rated.
My MT/Rs are snow rated too but I will be the first to admit they would suck on roads that are slick from ice or snow. Being snow rated doesn't mean they are good on icy or snow-covered roads.
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:10 PM   #10
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Toyo Tires

Ok, so I'm thinking of going with the Toyo Open Country M/T's, does anyone have any input as to how these tires perform in the snow and ice?
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I am not sure about their performance in snow and ice but I have read a lot of people don't like them on Jeeps because they are so much heavier than most of the other tires. You see them all the time on trucks because Les Schwab pushes them like crazy. I went with the KM2's this summer and really like them. I have yet to see how they do on the snow and ice here in Idaho. But lets be honest, Jeep (short wheel base) & Mud tire is an awful combination for snow and ice any ways, but we deal with it and just slow down on bad roads.
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My MT/Rs are snow rated too but I will be the first to admit they would suck on roads that are slick from ice or snow. Being snow rated doesn't mean they are good on icy or snow-covered roads.
I looked at the MT/R's, and I couldn't find anywhere stating that they came with the mountain/snowflake symbol showing they meet severe snow service standards. The Duratrac's however do have this symbol. They have more siping, traction between the tread blocks, and are studdable.
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Cooper STT, have them on my beater truck and didn't even have to find 4x4 last winter...they just chewed through it like nothing
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Don't even look at the BFG Krawlers. Fantastic on the rocks and a joke on anything wet. I almost mangled a Yaris the first time I drove them on wet pavement.

EDIT: I would recommend the Interco Truxus though. I ran a set through a Colorado winter and they do very well.
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I looked at the MT/R's, and I couldn't find anywhere stating that they came with the mountain/snowflake symbol showing they meet severe snow service standards.
I'm on my third set of MT/Rs, two pre-kevlar and my present kevlar MT/Rs and all are M+S (Mud + Snow) rated. I don't think anyone said they were "severe snow" rated with the snowflake symbol.
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I'm on my third set of MT/Rs, two pre-kevlar and my present kevlar MT/Rs and all are M+S (Mud + Snow) rated. I don't think anyone said they were "severe snow" rated with the snowflake symbol.
Just a simple miscommunication. I usually don't pay too much attention to how the manufacturers rate their tires in snow. As you've stated sometimes they don't live up to their exptectations. Personally I won't run tires in the winter unless they have the mountain/snowflake symbol, to me that's a true snow rating.
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Cooper STT, have them on my beater truck and didn't even have to find 4x4 last winter...they just chewed through it like nothing
Got the Cooper STT's this year. Had them center syped and they are great. Driving in 2 feet of snow this weekend and they plowed right through it
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I had the Toyo Open Country A/T's on my jeep, a little dry rotted and about half tread when I got them, but I had no problems in the snow / ice winter with them, unless I was trying to be stupid.
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Thank you everyone, you've given me a lot to think about now! Who ever thought picking out new tires could be so stressful? I just want to be sure I make an informed decision because in my area, I see all kinds of weather :o)

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