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Old 08-24-2009, 09:24 AM   #1
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Snow Tires & Rims Recommendations

Hey Guys,
Running a 93' totally stock YJ (no lift, etc).

I drove it up from Florida to Michigan this year...when getting ready for the trip I really needed new tires, but they didn't have any snow tires available so I ended up with Destination LEs for the trip back.

Now I'm in Michigan preparing for the coming winter and am thinking about getting some big chunky snow tires with new rims (the other rims are original so it's about time I think). My plan was to get a second full set of rims and tires that I could use for snow and offroad, keeping the Destination tires for on-road summer use (since I already spent the money).

I don't know a whole lot about my options so I'm looking for some guidence on the following questions:

1. Looks like 31" is max size for stock on this vehicle, right?

2. Can you recommend a tire that would be pure snow/off road use? This will be probably 95% onroad snow use since I don't trust the YJ to hold together offroad yet.

3. How about rims. What size and/or brands should I look at? Got any suggestions/links?

4. Do you think this second full set is a good approach at this stage? Then when I'm ready I can just toss the old rims?

5. How about a place to buy both of these? Should I get rims online and tires at a local shop?

6. Finally, what's a good ballpark budget number for this project? I'm not sure how much I can allocate yet but a general number would be awesome to have in mind.

Any help is greatly appreciated...learning this stuff as I go....

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Old 08-24-2009, 07:36 PM   #2
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There are lots of ways to go
for me I would do 30s or 235s
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how deep in the snow are you? i've never seen anyone that needed snow tires for a wrangler unless it was crazy blizzard in the ozarks or something. then you might as well just have chains i guess. anywho, snow tires are not gonna be off road tires. also, a small snow tire is better, i'd do a 235/75r15 on a steel wheel, but the tires you have now should be fine in the snow. mud tires and all terrain tires are not great in snow.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:04 PM   #4
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ya man bigger is not better for snow even deep snow
can you tell I what some goodyears HA

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Old 08-24-2009, 08:27 PM   #5
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well ive lived in mi all my life lower and upper mi and a good all terrain tire is all you need a mud tire sucks snow packs in the tread i allways liked kelly safari msr at's but thats just me
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:28 PM   #6
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where at in mi are you im trying to get a drummond island run going for this fall early winter
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dont get me started on mud tires in the snow i had 33 goodyears on a k5 and the minivan made it through before i did but when moneys tight u do what u have to but yeah if u have 235's on u should be just fine until the snow comes over the hood
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Awesome Info!

Thanks a ton everyone, this is awesome info. It's great to know that snow tires and offroaders aren't going to be the same. I always assumed they would.

For reference, here's the tire I have on now. I'm pretty sure it's gonna suck in the snow since the description doesn't even mention all weather (and the guy who sold it to me at Firestone told me I'd probably want a set of snow tires, which is why I started thinking about all this). Do you guys agree that these won't be great in the snow? Or, do you think it'll be fine?

We do get a few feet of snow at a time here in MI and we live off a side road that doesn't get plowed hardly ever (not to mention my gravel drive that almost never gets it), so I want something that'll bust thru a couple feet of snow without issue. Also, the roads here are usually pretty icy, but I'm not sure any tire will help that.

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Actually bfg all terrains are not that bad in the snow. Probably not as good as a "snow tire" like coopers or Dean wildcats. But decent.
I live in Northern vermont,we get snowstorms upwords of 30" at one time. I have ran BFG AT'S during the winter months and have gotten' around fine. Mud,and clay is a different story.
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really mine did ok in mud although i went over most of it but still not bad
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i was having this discussion on a maine forum this week. and you defintely want a more narrow tire for the winter if you'll be traveling through snow. like goin off road, sometimes the more narrow tire is better depending on terrain. but the narrow tire in the snow, with a solid psi, puts more pressure on the asphalt = better molecular bonding with the road = better traction. i run studded 235s on steelies up here in ME. kinda sucks though, i would love to get 33's next summer with some more lift, but when winter comes again man would my jeep look goofy!

here check this out it will definitely help anyone out with tire selection! i'd add it to your favorites!

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dont let it fool u i always got were i needed to go with 33's on i just got stuck a little more then i liked when i would plow.
but with the plow up never got stuck and i drove through a foot of snow one morning wasn't a fast trip but i got their.
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thanks for all the input everyone!
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Just a note, snow tires suck in deep snow. They do very well on maintained roads and ice. Its hard to find a tire that is really good at both.
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yeah just use ur head and be nice to the skinny pedal and u should be fine
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Snow tires for sure.

I live in Northern Minnesota in a log cabin in the woods off of a grave road, which is often not plowed. I have found that snow tires will fill with snow and lose their grip; when you get to the main roads that are ice covered they are not fun. Snow tires throw the snow out of the tread, gripping in the snow and better on ice but still it's ice.

I have often had to drive my wife out to work because her Rave 4 cannot get over the ridge of snow left by the snow plow at the main road. Some times this ridge is two feet or more of crust. My wife calls these Wrangler days.

On my 94 YJ I have snow tires mounted on steel Craiger rims that I got for like 46 bucks. The cost of not changing tires off your rims from your summer tires will soon pay for the new rims. I do not use the snow tires in the summer because they are bias ply and could not take the summer heat.ATV tires for summer fun on and off road.

We have had low temp in the 40 and 50 below with day time highs of 20 below; not wind chill temps. Every year we have folks who go off the road and freeze to death. Winter up here is great fun but you got to be able to get out after you get in deep, which is why I drive a Jeep.

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oops!

I ment to say ATV tire treads fill with snow. Guess I just not that shap in the AM.
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I'll tell you what, I also live in Northern vermont and it SNOWS here ALOT. I have 30x9.5 cooper discover S/T on mine and not only do they rock in the snow they do great in the mud as well. There an aggressive tread. I'll be upgrading soon to bigger tires but I wouldn't hesitate to put them on again. I have left them on all seasons.
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I have these tires on my 93 YJ, they are called "Wild country radial xtx 31".
They work excellent in the snow. I can't believe how good they grab in the snow. They have a lot of tread on them to. I live in Michigan so we get pretty crappy weather here. Try them out you might be impressed.
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