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Unread 08-04-2010, 10:42 PM   #1
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Winter tire size!!!

Hey i would like to kno what would be the best width of tire to run in the winter for deep snow? lol its a little early but already thinkin about huntin season i have 33x12.5 right now. id like to keep the 33'' on the height. and tire suggestions?

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You live in Montana it says, and living next to you here in ND we get alot of snow too. I just switched from my 33x12.5 MTZs...to BFG M/T 33x10.5s.

The MTZs were great tires but the skinnier tread works better in snow.
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If you want to sink through the snow (like if it is on a good road) then go skinny perhaps even down to the 9.5s but if you are offraoding and want to sink less stick to the 12.5s.
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Skinny is better for deep snow, afaik.
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If you want to sink through the snow (like if it is on a good road) then go skinny perhaps even down to the 9.5s but if you are offraoding and want to sink less stick to the 12.5s.
Get alot of snow in Texas?

Depends on the depth of snow. It's not so much the type of road beneath you but the depth of the snow.

Skinnys do better in snow...up to your front bumper level and to the point you begin to plow with your bumper. Up to that point you are digging and grabbing better traction with skinnys.

In deeper snow than your bumper it switches to the wider tires performing better due to floatation characteristics.

Here's some brain food explaining these concepts in detail.
Expeditions West: Tire Selection for Expedition Travel
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skinnier the better for sno and ice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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My Dura's are amazing in the snow.
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Unread 08-06-2010, 06:20 AM   #9
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Get alot of snow in Texas?

Depends on the depth of snow. It's not so much the type of road beneath you but the depth of the snow.

Skinnys do better in snow...up to your front bumper level and to the point you begin to plow with your bumper. Up to that point you are digging and grabbing better traction with skinnys.

In deeper snow than your bumper it switches to the wider tires performing better due to floatation characteristics.

Here's some brain food explaining these concepts in detail.
Expeditions West: Tire Selection for Expedition Travel

In TX no but yes when I lived in WA and drove Mt Hood alot; grew up in PA and lived in NY and Germany for awhile so I have experience with snow.
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Awesome! well ha i was gonna buy some 33/9.5/16 tomarrow but the guy just sold them to someone else for less money!! stupid but yea thats what im going to do for. Deep snow any good with these ones or not?
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In Wa. most of the rig's that run a decent amount of snow go for a wider tire with lost of sidewall so we can float on top. This is for trail running, not street use. Im thinking about looking for another set of tires just for the deep snow this year. Im thinking 37-38" in a minimum of 12.5 up to a max of 14.5 in a 15" rim but my 13.5" Iroks do pretty well right now. The rig's that run a skinny tire on the trails with us in the winter usually end up getting pulled out alot because they dig down way too far and start to plow.
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I went to this link, it is the first time I saw the correct information about tires. I have been trying to get this through the thick heads of some so called experts. It's good to see factual proof in print.
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There is such a thing as too skinny (and too wide)
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If your able to cut through the snow and get to the road underneath skinny is better but if you cant get to the bottom try to float with wider.

heres some winter wheeling links
Build Your 4x4 Truck for the Snow - 4Wheel & Off-Road Magazine

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p.s. If **** gets bad you cant beat chains
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