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Old 09-22-2011, 01:41 PM
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

I'am putting Bridgestone Blizzak's LM-25 4x4 265/50 R 20 107V on my standard 20" Overland rims.
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

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iPikes are very good
Agreed! I had them on my Q7 with a 18" rim (vs. stock 20" setup), nice tire for the winter and not bad on dry pavement.

I don't believe the iPikes have the same brand cache as Blizzacks but both perform very well in winter conditions.



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I don't understand why the stock 20's won't be fine in the snow.
My father also has an '11 Overland and his went through the Nebraska snow outstandingly last winter.

Anything will be better than the factory tires I had on my '08 Range Rover Sport. That truck/tire set-up was embarrisingly horrible in any snow whatsoever.

I bought the new Overland for many reasons, and one of them is so I didn't have to mess with putting winter tires on a vehicle that is designed from the factory to trek through the mud, the blood, and the beer.
The skinnier 18 better then the 20 to cut through the snow i would think
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

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It's a Jeep with AWD, I will just leave the stock tires on there. I didn't need snow tires with a RWD Crown Vic with an open rear end, I doubt the Jeep needs a dedicated snow tire unless you need to make a run to the North Pole for something.

Pittsburgh does a decent job of clearing the roads but some of the hills are pretty fun with snow.
It is not so much the 4WD system rather the quality of tires to handle traction and braking. How well does the tire hold the road. All-seasons by design are a great compromise. It provides reasonable capabilities but doesn't excel in any area. The decision comes down to your area such as road conditions, amount of snow and more importantly potential for ice build-up. Certainly budget is also a factor.

Most of my past vehicles have been RWD with high torque engines. From April through early November I used summer performance tires and swap to 18" or 17" winter tire/rim setup for the other months. I can say that overall performance was better than most SUV's using all-seasons. A 4WD/AWD vehicle with dedicated setup is the best choice but few use this configuration.




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You are right and they will be "Fine". The will however not be "Great", if you want to be that person who is the only other person on the road than the snow plows than you want a dedicated winter tire.
This.

Generally, all seasons are fine. However, occasionally people may not have the luxury of working from home or just taking it easy until the roads get cleared off. Sometimes you HAVE to be out in it, and "it" may be truly awful stuff- maybe not even snow, but a quarter inch of glaze ice. The shortcomings of those all seasons will be very apparently at that point.

If my wife wasn't required to be at work at a given time come hell or high water, I wouldn't bother with winter tires on either vehicle (both my WK2 and her Infiniti G37x are AWD). But she does, and we've got some ugly hills in our neighborhood (they do a decent job of clearing them, but sometimes I get to it before the plow does), and thus I find the money and effort well spent.

At one point last winter we had a nifty little ice storm. I remember the snowplow/salt truck sliding backwards down our street (it was kinda amusing, to tell the truth). He had to lower his blade to keep from losing control entirely. I had driven my wife home in her car- it was a front drive Acura TL (a good example of a car with too much power to the front wheels... too easy to break loose on a snowy hill) wearing Continental ExtremeWinterContact tires. We were able to drive like the streets were dry when people with perfectly competent all season tires were afraid of any kind of slope. Sane people would have stayed home, but we had no choice.

It's those conditions where the dedicated winter tires really do matter.
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

November 1 I am putting on Michelin LTX M/S 2's for year round use. I had them on my previous Grand cherokee LTD and they were fantastic in the Maine snow. I won't waste time on talking about the tires on my 2011 Overland with off road package, those have been covered in this forum. The LTX rate higher than any other all season tires as far as snow traction and ice braking are concerned according to Consumer Reports.
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

I will be putting on Cooper Discover M+S studded and siped on steelies. I live in Alaska as well and paying for a set of dedicated winter tires that are studded is worth it. Especially for 2 years that you are up here. The difference of rolling over on the glenn HWY and spending 800$ on winter tires is huge!
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November 1 I am putting on Michelin LTX M/S 2's for year round use. I had them on my previous Grand cherokee LTD and they were fantastic in the Maine snow. I won't waste time on talking about the tires on my 2011 Overland with off road package, those have been covered in this forum. The LTX rate higher than any other all season tires as far as snow traction and ice braking are concerned according to Consumer Reports.
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

The Michelin LTX MS2's aren't snow rated acccording to the website.
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

I run Firestone Winterforce tires. Only had to use my 4wd system about 3-4 times. Ran great on those ice storm days. I love em and they were about 10-40% cheaper than other winter tires for my Jeep. I ran them for about 14K miles last winter and right now I'm at 50-55% tread life. Not bad for a winter tire IMO
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

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I'am putting Bridgestone Blizzak's LM-25 4x4 265/50 R 20 107V on my standard 20" Overland rims.
Eric,
is exactly what I will do.
You already bought?
Price?
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It is not so much the 4WD system rather the quality of tires to handle traction and braking. How well does the tire hold the road. All-seasons by design are a great compromise. It provides reasonable capabilities but doesn't excel in any area. The decision comes down to your area such as road conditions, amount of snow and more importantly potential for ice build-up. Certainly budget is also a factor.

Most of my past vehicles have been RWD with high torque engines. From April through early November I used summer performance tires and swap to 18" or 17" winter tire/rim setup for the other months. I can say that overall performance was better than most SUV's using all-seasons. A 4WD/AWD vehicle with dedicated setup is the best choice but few use this configuration.




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All wheel drive does make a difference, even with crappy tires. It would be optimal to run an awd vehicle with dedicated snow tires but that would be a pretty extreme drive to "need" that.

Where I am at, with up to 6 or so inches of snow on the road, a rwd car with all seasons (and a good driver) is all that is needed. I did it the past few years with my crown vic. Any fwd vehicle with anything other than slicks will be enough to get you from point a to point b without much effort in the snow.

From reading the tire threads on here and other forums though, people seem to believe you need a dedicated off-road tire to go on a gravel road or your front yard and a dedicated snow tire for any temp under 40F. The interweb gets a little extreme at times IMO.
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