I recently purchased my first jeep, 2000 Jeep TJ. They have great tires in the snow but really horrible tires for the ice. What would you guys recommend?
01-10-2013 12:24 PM
Studded tires are going to be the best bet for ice, but that also means you need to have two sets of tires for the Jeep. I have heard that duratracs work well in snow and ice, but have never run them. Welcome to the forum.
01-10-2013 12:38 PM
Tires that have the "Mountain Snowflake" on them are going to be your best bet (other than studs and chains).
siping mud tires helps for snow, rain and ice. but studs or chains are the way to go.
01-10-2013 12:56 PM
i got a 1000 foot driveway that was covered with a foot of snow, left unplowed, and now is a mess of packed snow and ice (from snow melt then re-freeze), very slippery....I have Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armors and my TJ gets up and down the driveway just fine (in 4-HI of course).
01-10-2013 01:07 PM
For snow and ice covered paved roads, go with a tall skinny "pizza cutter" tire that is well siped. The more sipes, which are cuts made in the tread surface, the better traction you will have on ice.
There is also something called a "kerf" which is not a cut but is a molded slot in the tread... which is not as good at ice traction as a true sipe is which is actually a small skinny cut in the tread... which does not damage the tread at all. In fact, siping can help tires last longer because siped tires run a tad cooler.
If you've ever noticed the bottom of a Sperry Topsider boating deck shoe, you'll notice it is covered in hundreds of sipes that are cut into its surface which improves traction on wet boat decks. Siping was actually invented by a London butcher named John Sipe who discovered cuts in his boot soles improved traction on his slick butcher shop floors.