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Unread 10-08-2013, 06:48 AM   #1
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DuraTracs in the Snow

So I have a bit of a quandary on my hands. I'm thinking of throwing on a set of dedicated Cooper snow tires on my KK next month before the snow starts to fly. And my intent was to swap tires each season and run two sets of tire for a couple years. But the DuraTracs have recently caught my eye and I'm thinking of throwing a set on to run year-round.

To those who have them, have you run them in the snow? I'm specifically curious about New England winters given the weather we can see in these parts. How did they perform? Are they comparable to a tire like the Cooper Discoverer M+S?

I want to make sure I'm not spending the money just to shoot myself in the foot and have poor traction all winter.

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Unread 10-08-2013, 06:53 AM   #2
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Killer winter traction and they do pretty well in light offroad situations too. They don't ice up and clean out packed snow well.

I ran a set on the Jeep last winter and the truck is getting a set this winter as well.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 07:02 AM   #3
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That's a good sign if you're wanting to put them on another vehicle. Where do you live?

Also, my Jeep currently has 235/70/16s but I'd be getting 225/75/16s. I can't imagine I'd have any issues with ESP or anything since the 225s are also a factory size. I understand there's a slight difference in height, width, etc.
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Can't help you on the ESP question unfortunately. I live in Alberta Canada, we have snow and ice from about November 1 to the middle of April.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 07:18 AM   #5
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Ok, you got me beat since I live in Vermont!
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Esp should be fine. I didn't have problems going from 225/75-16 to 245/75-16. Both sizes you mention are factory sizes, the 225s will be slightly skinnier, but both about the same height. The 225s will actually be taller than the 235s
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I've had a set on my XJ since April, so no snow yet. But my cousin ran them on his Tahoe and swears they are the best tire in the snow he's ever ran. That's in Northern Utah where we have, as the license plates say, the "best snow on earth."
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Unread 10-08-2013, 10:44 AM   #8
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Great. Thanks guys. I placed the order and they should be here soon. Is there that much more of a harsh ride with the LT tires?
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I don't notice any difference. I think the stock tires are LT. The only thing I notice about the duratracs over stock is a slight vibration from the aggressive tread(and part due to not being able to align my front end properly, I have slight positive camber).

I also have load range C. No real need for the Es unless you have considerably more weight added.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 12:37 PM   #10
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Excellent. This thing tosses me around enough as it is.
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Duratracs are real good in the snow. I went places in two wheel drive that I had to use 4 wheel drive with BFGs. I have over 62,000 on mine so far as well. Just keep them rotated on a regular basis.
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Glad to hear. Tire Rack said they'll be here tomorrow but we'll see what happens. I'd like to get them mounted ASAP.
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Here's some vids to educate yourself on some of the things to look for in good snow tires, regardless of brand.


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