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post #1 of 36 Old 12-09-2009, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Wrangler Performs Poorly In Snow?

I'm not sure what's causing this but my 2006 Wrangler TJ Can't handle the snow. BMW's zoom past me while I'm trying to keep from sliding all over the road. I usually drive in 4H if the roads are bad. I've never had a Wrangler before so I'm wondering if this is normal? My old Cherokee was a champion in the snow. I have 31" BF Goodrich AT's (Baja Champions) are these bad snow tires? Any thoughts/Suggestions?
I was looking forward to winter.

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post #2 of 36 Old 12-09-2009, 11:07 PM
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I see the tires come in "traditional" and "different" tread pattern. Are these the one's you mean?

BFGoodrich Tires | Baja T/AŽ | Tire Overview#

Maybe some other jeepers had theirs' "sipped" and will tell you how great they are now.

Do you have limited slip differentials?

Are real winter tires for an option for you?
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NO they look different than the ones pictured. Theres a lot more pattern in the tread. I might go get them sipped and see what that does. I had it done on my old saturn and it seemed to help.
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post #4 of 36 Old 12-09-2009, 11:20 PM
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Thats fugged up, it shouldn't be that bad.
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post #5 of 36 Old 12-09-2009, 11:30 PM
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IMO, it's harder to get a feel for when you are going to slip on snow and ice in an auto. Just my experience.

Are you plowing straight in corners? Is the back end sliding around everywhere? A good amount of siping makes a HUGE difference. My old TSLs SUCKED A HAIRY BEAST in the snow, ice, and rain on pavement.

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post #6 of 36 Old 12-09-2009, 11:33 PM
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I love the way my Wrangler handles on snow. Never would've made it to the store last winter without the Jeep!!
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post #7 of 36 Old 12-10-2009, 12:58 AM
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I have a similar problem, but mostly when it comes to stopping distance, but I have my almost-bald Wrangler RT/S's to blame for that! OP, do you ever have problems when waiting at a red light w/ your foot on the brake? I remember a few times last winter it was slippery out, and I literally had to put the Jeep in neutral to keep the tires from rotating and causing me to move forward at a red light, even though the brake was pressed in all the way. That was the weirdest thing that's ever happened to me during winter driving, and I sure as heck hope its my bad tires and nothing else.
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post #8 of 36 Old 12-10-2009, 01:04 AM
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Those bfgs have made my jeep unstopable in snow until they get down to about 50% tread and then they may as well be drag slicks. How much tread do you have left? a new one is 17/32 I believe
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post #9 of 36 Old 12-19-2009, 08:46 PM
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what are the best tires for the snow? now that we have had our first snowfall of the season i'm remembering why i don't like driving the thing in these conditions, i have 29" BFG KO's
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I love the way it handles in the snow. BMWs have trouble keeping up with me. Stop bein so heavy on the pedal man, just because it's 4x4 doesn't mean you can go fast.

Jeeps are very light therefore they slide easier...that and they are SWB trucks. You gotta get used to it. BFG KOs pack easily in the snow and have a stupid hard compound which also contributes to the sliding (have experience with this). I recommend goodyear duratracs for a sick all around (specially in winter) tire. I just had these in 1.5+ feet of snow today and i couldn't get stuck if i tried.
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what are the best tires for the snow? now that we have had our first snowfall of the season i'm remembering why i don't like driving the thing in these conditions, i have 29" BFG KO's
Those bfgs are the best thing short of full on snow tires ive found, Im suprised you're having trouble with them. How much tread is left on them ?
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post #13 of 36 Old 12-19-2009, 11:03 PM
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i dont think any wrangler can handle really icy snow. had mine in 4WD high and just couldnt keep it together when turning on ice

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post #14 of 36 Old 12-20-2009, 12:11 AM
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I had my first experience in snow earlier tonight with our JK. I thought it handled everything pretty well. It has the rubicon BFG M/Ts on it...

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TJs are a light vehicle compared to the Cherokee & this makes them a little less stable on slippery condition & the short wheel base doesn't help. take your time & it will get you any where. The bottom line, in winter driving, is your vehicle is only as good as your tires. In 6" plus of snow on the streets my MTZs are awesome BUT on light dustings on the street or ice they are far inferior to my BFG ATs. Nothing beats a Top Quality snow tire, but I can easily make due with my BFG ATs.

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