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Unread 11-17-2012, 12:48 PM   #1
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Money I don't have to spend on making me jeep useable. (winter)

Hi guys. 2010, stock Jk. Currently have 255/75/r17 stock wrangler st/a ? Tires I believe... Anyways, this is my third winter with the jeep and I am totally disheartened with how badly it performs when there's just a bit of ice. Obviously it's the tires, but having little civics with winter tires moving better than my jeep ( when in 2 wheel drive ) Is weak sauce. I have particular problems when say the rear right tire is on ice, and the rear left one is on packed snow. Maybe I was use to my old Cherokee (xj) that was a beast in the snow with normal all seasons still. Anyways, you figure a good plan is to get some duratrac, load C ( from
What I've read it's better since smoother ride) and significantly cheaper. So duratrac has an affordable, 245/75/r16. I'll throw some studs in it and use it as my winter tire. Basically I'm looking for comment on tire size. Losing about 1.5 inches in overall diameter change. But the tread is so much thicker on the duratracs so maybe not that noticeable. Or spend an extra 120 bucks for only 0.5 inch of a change, with the 265/75/r16. Any and all comments are welcomed!
- I will be taking it out on the lakes for icefishing, reasonably deep snow, 1-2.5 feet.


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Unread 11-17-2012, 01:58 PM   #2
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Are you getting a new set of wheels too? You listed the new tire sizes in a 16in. rim size.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 02:04 PM   #3
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Go bigger if anything i have an 08 JK and it has 225/75/r16 and it looks so stupid cause the tires are so small
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Unread 11-17-2012, 02:10 PM   #4
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Yes. I Will be buying new rims.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 09:14 PM   #5
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I live in Alaska, where it is winter 6 months out of the year and the snow stays on the road from when it falls until when it melts (generally November through April). I satisfactorily run 33" BFG All Terrain tires, with no complaints. I don't bother putting studded tires on.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 09:30 PM   #6
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What makes DTs really great even on ice is the compound. They are much softer than BFG ATs which allows them to have better grip in colder temps. Not to mention you can stud them if you really have to. BFG TAs are 20+ year old technology. The DTs are superior in every aspect other than tire wear.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 11:02 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dongalonga
What makes DTs really great even on ice is the compound. They are much softer than BFG ATs which allows them to have better grip in colder temps. Not to mention you can stud them if you really have to. BFG TAs are 20+ year old technology. The DTs are superior in every aspect other than tire wear.
I bought 16" procomp alloy black wheels 4" bs.
315/75/r16 toyo open country m/t's they handle all weather. Because they are 16" and not larger the tires were much cheaper
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Unread 11-18-2012, 01:37 AM   #8
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The Toyo MTs are a nice tire but they are extremely heavy which will hurt braking distances especially in the bad weather. MTs really aren't optimal for snow/ice unless you get the siped. That is another reason the DTs are so good in slippery conditions they are siped like crazy!
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Unread 11-18-2012, 06:43 AM   #9
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I have an Unlimited which based on wheelbase is much better on snow. I just threw on a set of Hankook DynaPro ATM RF10, starting my review thread here... http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f15/j...5-r18-1438988/ So far really nice and I've heard snow will be great as well.

If price is part of the equation Treadwright has a new Sentinel tire similar to the Revo which are said to do well in snow... https://www.treadwright.com/p-58-265...b2b-a-t-d.aspx
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Unread 11-18-2012, 07:47 AM   #10
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Some Cragar Soft 8s in 16" with free shipping...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cragar-Wheel...item5aeb16aa72

Plus those Treadwrights... remember to get the winter "kedge" compound... not that I've had them but read good things and for $10 extra seems to make sense.

Probably as cheap as you get... steelies and retreads... rim + tire.
~$84 (free shipping) + $118 + ~$20 Treadwright shipping = $222 per wheel
+ mount and balance...

I almost did this but for me with kids, schedule craziness, lack of free garage space... it was better to just keep my stock Sahara wheels (18s) and stick with one set of tires.
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Unread 11-20-2012, 08:49 AM   #11
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I would spend the extra money and get 285's. You'll wish you went bigger if you don't.
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Unread 11-20-2012, 10:24 AM   #12
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The Toyo MTs are a nice tire but they are extremely heavy which will hurt braking distances especially in the bad weather. MTs really aren't optimal for snow/ice unless you get the siped. That is another reason the DTs are so good in slippery conditions they are siped like crazy!
This is true they are heavy. (10 ply) but they last forever, and I live in wet an snowy Oregon and they are pretty much the preferred tire by most people with a 4x4 up here. I swear by them
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