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Unread 12-01-2013, 08:48 PM   #1
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I need some snow tires to climb the ski canyons this winter here in Utah. Any suggestions for my Rubicon. Attached is a pic and the data. I'm thinking smaller diameter and thinness if possible on theses 17" rims. Anyone else on here around heber, UT?

image-2087145716.jpg Driveline and Axles: • 4.0 liter inline 6 cylinder engine • 42RLE 4 speed Automatic transmission • NP241 transfer case with 4:1 crawl ratio • Front axle: Rubicon Dana 44 with factory pneumatic locker and factory 4.10 gear ratio • Rear axle: Rubicon Dana 44 with factory pneumatic locker factory 4.10 gear ratio • Custom built rear drive shaft with 1330 u-joints • SpeadoHealer electronic speedometer/odometer calibrator Suspension and Steering: • TeraFlex Enduro long arm suspension system with upper and lower adjustable control arms • 5.5 inch Clayton springs • 1 inch body lift • TeraFlex front adjustable track bar • TeraFlex rear adjustable track bar • TeraFlex front Dual Rate Sway Bar System • Bilstein 5100 Series shocks • TeraFlex rear shock relocation brackets • Currie Currectlync heavy duty steering system • Rancho RS5000 steering stabilizer Tires, Wheels and Brakes: • Five 17x8.5 inch American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Pintler wheels in argent • Five 35x12.5 inch Goodyear MTR tires with Kevlar • 1.25 inch wheel spacers • Front and rear disc brakes • Extended stainless steel braided brake lines Recovery and Air: • Warn M8000 winch • Daystar winch isolator block • Font and rear d-ring mounts and d-rings • Remounted OEM front bumper tow hooks • Custom onboard air system Body and Protection: • Front Smittybilt Rock Crawler bumper with d-ring mounts and d-rings. • Tomken winch mounting plate with brush guard • Rear Smittybilt Rock Crawler bumper with d-ring mounts, d-rings, two inch hitch receiver and heavy duty spare tire carrier • Steering box skid plate • Factory Rubicon rocker guards • Fabtech rear corner guards • Rugged Ridge Dana 44 differential skid plate (on front axle) • Xenon 4 inch flat fender flares with modified side marker light housing to accept stock side marker light o Uninstalled: Bushwacker 6 inch pocket-style fender flares • Rugged Ridge black headlight guards • Rugged ridge black headlight bezels • Removable Teraflex mud flaps • Hood lock • Black steel door entry guards • Dome light switch clips • TeraFlex CB antenna bracket • Barjan 3 foot CB antenna


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Unread 12-02-2013, 01:52 PM   #2
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I recommend that instead of putting that wall of text into your posts, you simply fill-out your profile. We do look at those here, and it's much easier to read.

On-topic, snow tires get discussed repeatedly every year around this time. Have you done a search? Very short response in case you're really not interested in searching for the info that's already out there: my personal preference has always been Nokian Hakkapeliitta, but lots of guys like/settle for Bridgestone Blizzaks. I also wouldn't really change the diameter if I didn't have to. Changing the diameter will just make your odometer inaccurate (assuming it's calibrated to your 35" tires now), and smaller diameter will probably just make you spin more often due to the increased tire-to-ground torque. Narrower is good, but you can only go so narrow on 8.5" wheels.
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Unread 12-02-2013, 09:03 PM   #3
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Yea that post sucked sorry bout that. The search did help. Now I'm really going to get it going and ask about the death wobble. No not really
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Unread 12-03-2013, 09:01 PM   #4
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I know I'm late to the punch here but you can't go wrong with goodyear duratracs. They last forever and are great in snow and on ice. Im from Alberta, Canada so I do see tons of snow here.
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Unread 12-04-2013, 11:00 AM   #5
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I know I'm late to the punch here but you can't go wrong with goodyear duratracs. They last forever and are great in snow and on ice. Im from Alberta, Canada so I do see tons of snow here.
That's what I'm getting. Buying tires sucks. If you don't have a friend in the business

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Unread 12-04-2013, 12:59 PM   #6
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I recommend that instead of putting that wall of text into your posts, you simply fill-out your profile. We do look at those here, and it's much easier to read.

On-topic, snow tires get discussed repeatedly every year around this time. Have you done a search? Very short response in case you're really not interested in searching for the info that's already out there: my personal preference has always been Nokian Hakkapeliitta, but lots of guys like/settle for Bridgestone Blizzaks. I also wouldn't really change the diameter if I didn't have to. Changing the diameter will just make your odometer inaccurate (assuming it's calibrated to your 35" tires now), and smaller diameter will probably just make you spin more often due to the increased tire-to-ground torque. Narrower is good, but you can only go so narrow on 8.5" wheels.
Agreed. Though sometimes a person has to go shorter to get narrower.
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Unread 12-04-2013, 01:03 PM   #7
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My jeep has one of those speedometer computer thingies that I can program to fix for smaller or larger tires. I just need to remember what it's called and read its manual. I'm going with the dura trax actually I'm here now waiting
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Unread 12-04-2013, 01:06 PM   #8
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10.5 (265) is narrow enough, but 9.25 (235) or 9.5 (245) is ideal, IMO.

I like Nokian (Finnish) and Hankook (Korean) snow tires when the desired size is available.

I also like Hercules Avalanche Xtreme LT and it offers more tall size choices, IMO. It's also a USA brand made in USA. This is the tire I'd get, if I wanted a dedicated snow tire.

That's ^ if you want a dedicated snow tire. All those are so good you don't need to add studs to them.

If you just want a year round use tire that's reasonably good on Winter roads, I suggest Duratrac (if a skinny enough size), or Hercules AT2, or Hankook ATM.
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