|06-01-2012 09:19 AM|
|06-01-2012 09:00 AM|
Newb here, but i live where you *really* need winter tires (Montreal) on normal cars. The mud terrain tires that came with the rubi are technically legal for winter use until 2013, when "all-season" tires of any kind will be banned. Nonetheless, the previous owner had bought and used a set of winter tires and I'm glad he did.
What makes a winter tire is not so much the groove profile, but the rubber formulation. If a tire has the right hardness for summer temperatures, it will be too hard in cold temperatures. There's really no getting around that. If you live in the states somewhere where you never see -20celsius, you might be fine with soft mud type tires, but there's a reason they are being banned for winter use where the temperatures drop really low.
I say get winter tires and mud summer tires. In whatever order is easiest on the wallet. That will be safest and you'll save your mud tires (which being soft wear out fast) to make them last longer.
Have you thought of selling the tires you'll get with the jeep to recoup the cost of tires?
Last thing: my winter tires are road tires, not offroad tires. I didn't like that at first until i realised that i saved (yes saved... in winter) 3MPGs with them. If you don't plan on wheeling in the winter, consider that option.
|06-01-2012 08:34 AM|
Make sure you look at the costs though--it may be cheaper to buy 5 new 15" wheels, 5 tires for the 15" wheels, and then sell your old wheels/tires to recoup some costs than it would be to just buy 5 new tires for your current wheels.
|06-01-2012 08:04 AM|
|jppower||I take it those dura tracs won't fit on the stock wheels?|
|06-01-2012 05:52 AM|
You answered your own question.
Duratrac baby. One of the best-most popular-all season tire, on this forum
|06-01-2012 05:09 AM|
I've been assuming that when I buy my Jeep I will have a set of summer tires/wheels and a set of winter tires/wheels.
I need proper winter tires (with the mountain/snowflake logo) for the winter. In the world of cars, you generally don't use your winter tires in the summer.
I now see that I might be thinking about this all wrong. The DuraTrac tires (which seem to be popular among Jeep owners?) are severe snow rated.
Wrangler DuraTrac | Goodyear Tires
Is anyone here (in areas where winter tires are needed in the winter) using two different sets or do you just choose a good tire that is also snow rated and use it all year round?
Perhaps it would be more useful/economical to do this:
- Buy the Jeep with the cheapest wheel/tire option. That's the 16" steel rims with the Wrangler ST tires. I would throw these on for long highway road trips.
- Buy a second set (15" rims with 33" DuraTrac?) for offroad/local/winter use. Realistically these would sit on the car most of the time.