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Old 01-02-2013, 11:34 AM
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Better traction in snow?

I'm looking for a little advise on how to keep better traction in the snow. In my XJ and WJ I never really had any issue keeping a good amount of traction. I had BFG AT/KOs on both of them. This time around I put on some Goodyear Silentarmor on and my traction is terrible. The rating on them seemed to be better then the BFGs and they are 10-12 lb lighter which would help with MPG. In the summer I keep the tires a little higher PSI (36) and went into the winter the same way. of course the my first thought was to lower the PSI to OEM suggestion of 33 but it hasn't really helped out. I ski a ton so snow performance is very important to me and all o the reviews I read said that these suckers would be better then my BFGs. I am almost to the point that I am thinking about switching out the Goodyears to BFG even if they are 10-12 lb heaver which would hurt my MPG.
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Re: Better traction in snow?

all wheel drive and silent armors, you are doing something wrong. Your jeep with those tires should have no issue at all with snow or mud.

My jeep did just fine with the stock latitudes and is even better with the BFG rugged terrains I have on there now. The silent armors are supposed to even be better than the rugged terrains.
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Re: Better traction in snow?

Agree with above poster. I went with Silent Armors from Latitudes for this winter and have seen a noticeable improvement in snow. Do you have at least 500 mi on them?
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Re: Better traction in snow?

I have almost 20k on them but a ton of tread left. I don't know why but they do not feel like they aren't really gripping the road and I tend to slide more then I remember. But it might be the old age getting at me.
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Re: Better traction in snow?

How wide are your tires? stock size? Do you have 2 sets? Summer & Winter?
I've been using Firestone's Winterforce with my WJ quadradrive and its been perfect in snow.
Firestone*Winterforce UV

Used Bridgestone's Blizzacks before on a 2WD S10 and was a life saver!
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Re: Better traction in snow?

They are 265/70/18 I think They are a little bit bigger then stock. Just one set.
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Re: Better traction in snow?

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I ski a ton so snow performance is very important to me and all o the reviews I read said that these suckers would be better then my BFGs. I am almost to the point that I am thinking about switching out the Goodyears to BFG even if they are 10-12 lb heaver which would hurt my MPG.
Greetings from another skier,

The last time I was up in Northern Vermont about 3+ years ago for some sking, the majority of the locals have either the GY Silent Amors or Nokian's. They like the GY due to the different snow conditions they get from the slush/dusting to the heavy lake effect snow. Those who used the Nokian's back then like them for a dedicated winter tire. The reason I looked into this was, I had a Pathfinder with highway tires that I was not happy with, so I ask the locals for some advise.

Nokian Tyres North America


With 20K on them and you have a problem with traction, I would call up Goodyear ask for a shop in your area that has good technical people to check the tread compound and the blocks. These are supposed be better than the Firestone Destination AT which I loved when I had the Xterra.

Best for now.
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Re: Better traction in snow?

I heard someone jokingly call them goodyear slide all over the place!!! I don't know personally, but that made me go another direction.
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Re: Better traction in snow?

Sounds like you may be better off with a dedicated set of winter tires. Anything else will be a compromise.

No idea why those Silent Armors arent performing for you though. Have heard good things about them in the snow.
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Re: Better traction in snow?

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How wide are your tires? stock size? Do you have 2 sets? Summer & Winter?
I've been using Firestone's Winterforce with my WJ quadradrive and its been perfect in snow.
Firestone*Winterforce UV

Used Bridgestone's Blizzacks before on a 2WD S10 and was a life saver!
Im running the Winterforce UV's in the stock 245/70/17 and I must say I was skeptical of winter tires but these are unstoppable, the tread pattern also lets you get a little muddy
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Re: Better traction in snow?

What pressure are you running in the silent armours?
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Re: Better traction in snow?

Yeah, I am not sure either. The only reason I didn't go with the BFGs was the weight compared to stock which would kill the MPG. The BFGs were 50lb per while the stock were 30. The SA are 40. I finally got around to talking to my roommate who is a tire rep for another brand. He also suggested getting a hold of a rep. He said they should be able to figure something out. The side walls of these suckers are also wearing down too so maybe there is something wrong. Hey 1stJeep thanks for the good idea.
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