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12-06-2011 09:53 AM
wigman Although we are having a warmer than average winter in the mountains of maine, I have driven my lifted JKU rubi with 285 75 17 in the snow a few times. In deep snow and slush it performed like a champ. I was cruising around my property in 10 inches of snow like it was nothing. Most SUVs could not do that. With an inch or less of packed snow on the road, it liked to slide. The electronic skid contol came in handy.

If I can swing it, I will be getting studded narrower snow tires on my stock rims. Snow tires work better in snow, mud tires dont do well on ice and hardpack. In maine, I'll be driving on ice all winter. The wind blows the snow off the snowbanks, the sun melts the snow on the pavement, by 3 pm it freezes again and the roads are slick.
12-05-2011 07:06 PM
wigman
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Originally Posted by the-pred View Post
Do u consider 245 thin
its all relative, smaller than my 285s
12-04-2011 10:38 PM
KSCRUDE I have tried running seasonal tires over the years and it is a waste of time and money. I have about 14 4x4 vehicles running now and we run nothing but goodyear tires year around and we don't change for seasons. We just run Goodyear silent armor tires on most and duratras on some of the others and we never have a problem. And on all the semis and trailers we run nothing but goodyears on everything and never have any problems in all kinds of weather. Probably about 35 vehicles over all and they all run on goodyears. We run in extreme off road conditions with the semis, so bad that I trade off not only tires but wheels every year. Again nothing but Goodyear tires and alcoa wheels, all from the local Goodyear dealer. Kansas has the largest temp swings of any state in the nation. We get almost as hot as the hottest and almost as cold as the coldest. The silent armor tire is about the best all around tire that Goodyear makes, and it has the same snow and ice rating which is a 10, the best as the duratrac, just not as good off road as the duratrac in mud. Both are great winter tires so no need to swap as it is a pain in the A on a lot of vehicles. Run um down and switch um out. Goodyears rock and other tires rot. No there is a lot of good year round tires out there. Just find one that works for you and run it. No need to change for WINTER, as it's not really that big of a deal. Slap on some duratracs and rock Em. Year round, it's all you need.
12-04-2011 09:32 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by jsmith2038
I just setup my 2012 with a set of these Continental Extreme Winter 235/85/r16. Got a set of factory steel JK wheels of craigs list cheap. Tall and thin, they seem to ride great so far. My research said that 15 were a bad idea and to go with 16, because of brake clearance
Some 15's wont work. There are some that do.
12-04-2011 09:27 PM
jsmith2038 I just setup my 2012 with a set of these Continental Extreme Winter 235/85/r16. Got a set of factory steel JK wheels of craigs list cheap. Tall and thin, they seem to ride great so far. My research said that 15 were a bad idea and to go with 16, because of brake clearance
12-03-2011 05:47 PM
Tactical Joke If you want 33's or 35's for snow and ice, check out the Yokohama Geolandar I-T G072.

While you have to go with a 16" rim vs a 15", you can get the LT315/75R16 if you want 35's, or the LT285/75R16 if you prefer 33's.

The reviews on 1010 Tire's seem decent enough. Discount Tire can order that size for you.
11-28-2011 06:29 AM
SylvanSahara if the style matters to you at all you can usaully pick up a set of stock wheels for $300-400
11-27-2011 09:35 PM
jkjeeper06
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Originally Posted by SylvanSahara
you could also probably find a set of take-offs(maybe even a full set of 5) on this site or craigslist for cheap to put those snows on, they will pay for themselves in like three yrs(of on/off twice a year)
X2. I saw a set of steelies today on cl. 5 rims $50
11-27-2011 08:53 PM
SylvanSahara you could also probably find a set of take-offs(maybe even a full set of 5) on this site or craigslist for cheap to put those snows on, they will pay for themselves in like three yrs(of on/off twice a year)
11-27-2011 07:04 PM
jkjeeper06
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Originally Posted by the-pred
Do u consider 245 thin
Not really. I'm running 245's as my standard tire right now. I like them
11-27-2011 06:53 PM
the-pred Do u consider 245 thin
11-27-2011 06:48 PM
wigman Narrower tires are better in the snow. I spent too much on mods this year to get snows. Next year I'm putting snows on my stock wheels. I found a 245 80 R 17 out there somewhere the last time I looked.
11-27-2011 06:02 PM
the-pred Ya but I like the look of a taller tire. Thats why I was looking for the tire sizes for 15" and 16"
11-27-2011 05:52 PM
KSCRUDE
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Originally Posted by the-pred View Post
You running 15"?
No the 255-70-18 that you mention in post #1 with the bridgestone duelers on the sahara wheels that you probably have.
11-27-2011 05:31 PM
the-pred You running 15"?
11-27-2011 05:19 PM
KSCRUDE I am running the same tire and wheel on my 11 sahara and they did great last winter in the snow and ice. I will run them again this winter with 13K on them. Have you tried them out yet. Save your money or thow on some duratracs or silent armor goodyears, both excellent winter tires!
11-27-2011 05:06 PM
the-pred So everyone has convinced me that I should go with a thinner tire for winter. I would like my tire size if I wanted to go with a thin 15 inch tire. Also what am I asking for when I ask for a steel wheel. What is the bolt pattern and all the other specs I need. Thanks for the help.
11-27-2011 09:59 AM
SylvanSahara you can climb a snow or ice covered tree w/ these

Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT

not sure what the sizes available are or if i put the right model but far and away snows i have ever owned
11-27-2011 09:19 AM
KarlG
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
Yep.

Duras have sipes also.
That's what I will be running this winter because I had a set, and they did well enough on a WK last winter. They also don't have to be changed out. They are not quite as good as Blizzaks, on ice, in winter, but totally acceptable.
11-26-2011 10:27 PM
SylvanSahara ditto on the more narrow tire being better for grip in the ice and snow. If you can get a Nokian Hakkapeliitta best snow tires money can buy...and price that way, but if you are good about putting them on/off at proper temps they will easily last 5-6 yrs
11-26-2011 08:23 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by KarlG

Exactly what Carlyn said. If you are looking for a winter tire you want to go to a size smaller and with good siping and rubber formulated to be sticky at lower temps. The new stud less ice and snow (like the Blizzaks) are one example.
Yep.

Duras have sipes also.
11-26-2011 07:57 PM
KarlG
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Originally Posted by CG3 View Post
You say winter tires. And you say you want wider. Are you in snow? Lots of it? Narrower tires work better in snow...
Exactly what Carlyn said. If you are looking for a winter tire you want to go to a size smaller and with good siping and rubber formulated to be sticky at lower temps. The new stud less ice and snow (like the Blizzaks) are one example.
11-26-2011 02:46 PM
Omar Brannstrom Hi

285/80R15 is about the same size as 285/75/16

You can play with different sizes here

Tire Size Calculator - tire & wheel plus sizing it can also show scaled tire images (look to the right.

and here

Car / SUV / Van / Light Truck Tire Calculations
11-26-2011 01:30 PM
jkjeeper06
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Originally Posted by the-pred
285/75/16. Winder what size it would be in 15"?
That is either a 33x11.5x15 or 285/80or85/15. I say 80 or 85 just because I am unsure of exactly which one it is
11-26-2011 12:48 PM
the-pred 285/75/16. Winder what size it would be in 15"?
11-26-2011 12:16 PM
Omar Brannstrom Hi

I have ordered a 2012 wrangler and here in Europe we have bigger brake calliper so the smallast rim size is 17"

I wanted a aggresive pathern that was approved as a Wintertire in sweden, and I found the Cooper Max S/T and I went with studs

CooperTiresConsumer - Discoverer S/T MAXX

They come in 33.1" LT285/75R16
11-26-2011 10:37 AM
the-pred Anyone have a picture of a taller thin tire on a 15" black rim?
11-26-2011 10:29 AM
jkjeeper06 I'm trying to find a bigger than stock winter tire for you and they are hard to come by. The Firestone winter force comes in a 285/75/r16 but that is one of the biggest snow tires I've found
11-26-2011 10:25 AM
jkjeeper06
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Originally Posted by the-pred
Also would liek to have some tire options. 285/85/15 don't seem to ahve many options.
Yeah, usually snow tires don't come in huge sizes. You would have more luck with a 265/80or85/r15 or even a 245/80or85/r15. On paved roads skinnier tires are better because they can dig down to the pavement. For off road in the snow, there is no base like pavement so fat tires will help you stay on top. Needless to say I'd go skinnier and be safer on road and need to be more careful off road. With the 15" rims tho be careful. Not all of them fit on the JK. We know the mb72 and mb chaos 5 fit alright but of you PM discount tire direct here, they can tell you
11-26-2011 10:23 AM
the-pred Looking to be a little wider but allot taller
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