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Old 10-15-2010, 01:02 PM   #1
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Tire suggestions for Colorado?

Florida transplant moving to Denver in March. Any suggestions on good all around tires? Mostly normal driving, but want something safe for winter and some easy trails (at least to start with). Haven't done anything to my Jeep yet.. it is a 2003 Sahara manual 5 speed, 4.0L. Pretty sure I have 15" rims.. but will have to double check... mostly looking for tred type recomendations. Been in Florida for about 18 years.. haven't driven in snow in a very long time (and never on mountain roads)!!

Thanks for the help!

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Old 10-15-2010, 02:08 PM   #2
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I have a set of Big O A/T newer style that have done very well in everything Colorado has thrown at them. Good for off-road too. No complaints, good tread wear to boot. Mine are 31x10.5x15.


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Old 10-15-2010, 02:50 PM   #3
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Denver isn't bad in the winter... You would be just fine with some good at's. Not sure if you've done any research on winters here, but usually it snows, then melts within a couple of days. It doesn't stay on the ground for long, except in some cases, but usually the longest is about 2 weeks. Also the plows take care of most of snow on the streets. I was using a 2wd single cab pickup last winter and it sucked in the snow, BUT, I only had problems in my driveway (live in the middle of no where, where plows aren't in a hurry to get to, and my driveway was steep and long). So with a jeep with some at's you will be just fine. Also, the farmers almanac says this winter is going to be mild, so shouldn't be bad for your first year. Good luck!
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Old 10-15-2010, 07:04 PM   #4
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A good set of AT's will make a world of difference for you. I had a set of BFG AT's on my S-10 blazer during the blizzard of '97 and it got me to work at DIA without any problems. Big O AT's or XT's have treated me well, too. I do recommend that, once it does snow, take some time practicing driving in an empty parking lot. Practice losing a bit of control so you become familiar with the breaking point for your ride and tires. Then practice maintaining control. Hope that kelps you out and welcome to the area! (Just out of curiousity, what brings you to Denver?)
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:32 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info! It is almost depressing that the winters are "mild"! I am soooo sick of hot weather. I know, I know, a lot of people would kill for the chance to live in Florida. And that is what brings me to what is bringing me to Denver... to get away from hot weather 11 months a year.. and away from FlatLand (aka Florida or Indiana where I grew up). I needed something new, and the Rockies are calling me (the mountains, not the baseball team.. diehard Cubs fan here), but Denver in particular because I needed a target... my wife has some family there, and of course because of THE BRONCOS!! I put myself on the up-to-20 year waiting list for Broncos season tickets last year. I have high hopes!

Anyway.. thanks for the tire recomendations. I also want to get larger tires, but probably keep my 15" wheels. I have read about some larger tires scraping when turning too tight. Any recomendations on max tire size?

2003 Wrangler Sahara, 4.0L, 5 speed, green.
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:55 PM   #6
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I'm guessing without a lift 31 inch is the max tire size(may or may not rub). I have 31's with no problem. The real reason im chiming in is GO BRONCS!
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Old 10-16-2010, 01:44 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by krax1969 View Post
and of course because of THE BRONCOS!!
Glad to help you out... even if you're a Broncos fan. LOL

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