Hello folks! 99 XJ 4.0 AW4 NP242 stock susp.
My wife and I both work in healthcare and are expected to go to work when perhaps most others would not. We got an XJ a few months back to use for snow, among other things. We live in eastern PA and a bit out in the sticks so we have to drive some fairly hilly country roads to get anywhere.
I took it out for a spin during our first storm - about 2-3 inches of fresh, wet snow. No trouble getting moving, but it did seem a bit eager to get sideways or fall off the road on off-camber turns. I'm sure a large part of this was due to lousy tires - all season and about 6/32 I'd guess.
Anyway, I'm looking for tips for a good snow setup. I'd heard the 242 with full-time was better for snow so I got that...right choice?
Tires - I'm planning to get snow tires - any recommendations?
Chains - They're allowed where I live and required on certain roads sometimes. The manual says only use on rear and not at all on 225/75 or larger. Also says "S" rated only. Is this correct or are they being overly cautious?
For down the road...lift and/or larger tires - helpful or not? I am guessing for the road probably not necessary...but if they don't hurt I wouldn't mind them either