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Unread 10-29-2008, 10:40 PM   #1
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All-Terrain vs Snow Tires

Okay, so I'm pretty new to Jeeps. I picked up a '93 ZJ last December primarily as a winter vehicle and general hauler. The ZJ came with Definity AT's. I've been contemplating replacing them with either something like Goodyear Wranglers w/ 'silentarmour' or keeping these for summer use and picking up winter tires for...well...the winter. I seemed to have gotten much better traction with snow tires on a RWD coupe over the past several years than I did with the Jeep on the Definity's last winter.

Does anyone have any experience with AT vs snow tires on their Jeep during snowy conditions (both light and heavy snows)? Just looking for opinions here 'cause I'm a newb.

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Unread 10-30-2008, 04:46 AM   #2
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If you're going to have a set of dedicated winter tires that you won't be wheeling, I'd say get a set of Blizzaks or Green Diamonds. That being said, my Jeep is my DD and I run the same tires year round for both on and off street use. I like my Cooper STT for that.

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Unread 10-30-2008, 05:06 AM   #3
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I've got Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo's on my Wrangler, and they perform quite well in all weather. They aren't really the best for heavy wheeling, but they are good for some light wheeling. They get better dry weather traction than any other vehicle with a high center of gravity like this I've ever had. They handle great, and they will get you through just about anything, but at a sacrifice of tread wear. Bridgestone issued a 50,000 mile warranty on them new, but I've yet to see a set that made it to that 50k mark without being completely bald, like to the belts bald. lol They are generally only good for 38k-42k, so maybe consider some BFG A/T's, I've heard great things about them.
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Unread 10-31-2008, 01:01 PM   #4
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Your Jeep will be like any other car. Snow tires will greatly improve your traction on snow and ice. With any all terrain or all season tire there will be compromises made to make it perform reasonably well in all climates. If you have a strict snow tire or a strict mud tire, it will perform best in those areas but suffer more in others. It really depends on how much winter traction you need and what sacrifices you are willing to make.
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Unread 10-31-2008, 03:12 PM   #5
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If you really only want one set of tires then look for a tire that is "severe weather rated"; it will have a picture of a mountain peak with a big cnowflake molded into the sidewall. Those count as "snow tires" in most states that require snow tires on snow emergency routes. BFG ATs and Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armors are rated for sure; there are probably others as well. They are not quite as good as a full on snow tire but better than typical ATs or MTs on snowy roads.

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