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Old 11-10-2015, 11:48 AM
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Best Dedicated Winter Tire for 2008 Wrangler?

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I'm new to the group, so please excuse any newbie errors here.

I've got a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara (two-door, automatic). I live in Northwest Colorado, where we can run the gamut of winter weather (snow drifts, packed snow, ice, sleet, etc.).

I've spent some time looking through the archives, and it seems the favorites for dedicated winter tires are the Blizzaks DM-V1 and the Duratracs (despite there being some disagreement about whether Duratracs are actually "winter" tires).

Do studded tires make any difference (e.g., the Nokian H's with studs).

Many thanks in advance!

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North Idaho here.
I won't run a non studded tire in the winter (work truck usually, jeep stays in garage as I don't have studded tires for it yet).

Slush, snow etc, sure, great rubber compounds and siping helps a ton, but pure ice? Studs for sure if they are allowed.

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Studs make a difference when the temperature is around freezing point when the ice is smooth, they can provide up to 25% more effective traction of what a good studdless tire can provide.

But they lose proportionately more of their tractive ability at lower temperatures than do studless tires on ice. In snow, dry wet they don't make any improvement.

So consider in which conditions you will drive the most, this should guide you.

Myself I'm using Blizzaks DM-V1, this was the choice I made for the conditions and temperatures I see here, it may not be the same for you.
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Look into Firestone Winterforce. I put a set on my work pickup last winter. In the range of $550.00 installed. Before new tires, I live on a hill and when I turn into my neighborhood I would put it in four wheel drive just to get home. After new Winterforce tires, I only used four wheel drive a few times.
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Had a set of Winterforce tires from the Suburban when we got rid of it and I put them on a set of GC wheels. Haven't had any snow to run through yet (high was 55 here in WNY on Thanksgiving) but I thought they worked well on the Suburban. Running DM-V1's on the wife's Traverse and like them a lot. Probably go with them when the Firestones are used up.

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