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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

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Snow isn't the problem. Driving on fresh snow has tons of traction. Once that snow gets packed down and turns to slush and ice it's a whole new story.

If this isn't proof enough for someone to get dedicated winter tires than I don't know what is. I don't ever plan on using my insurance yet every year I pay it. Winter tires is a lot cheaper than an accident and if you drive properly they will last years.


I just order a set of Hankook Pike Peak 265/65/18 for the stock winter wheels, $640 is cheap insurance considering my 400 mile weekly commute.
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

I also went with the Blizzaks. Was in the UP last weekend - 8-10" of snow. Tires were great. I suprised some loggers that could not believe i made it so far back on the two tracks. I guess i have confidance in the "Snow" setting
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1's worked well on the Vermont logging roads in 7+ inches of snow yesterday and today.
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

I got the studded Continental ContiIceContact 265/60/18 mounted on the black mopar rims 18x8. Work like a charm.
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Different opinion this year on 18".

I recently mounted my 18" winters (Blizzaks) and this year they feel much better. Last winter I was very critical of the 18's feeling harsher than the 20" Forteras even at adjusted pressures of 33 psi.
This winter, the 18's feel just as smooth and compliant as the Forteras. Not sure why but I'm happy.
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

Having had Blizzaks on sedans and SUVs in the past with great success on the road, I'm surprised any of you with Blizzaks are claiming to troop through 8" of snow (unplpowed 8" of snow?). Really and truly? Maybe fluffy lake-effect snow but not the "big stuff". I have found Blizzaks to be absolutely terrible in deep snow or on deep snow-covered trails. Truly awful and unusable in those situations compared to an AT tire, to be perfectly honest. Winter tires help but in no way replace driving with care and smoothness during inclement weather; dedicated winter tires will not bite into ice like a cat's claws on carpet as some would like to think.

Blizzaks are an ice/packed-snow tire. If I can find the video and digitize it I'll demonstrate the difference between one of our Ford Expeditions with Blizzaks that got stuck in the driveway with 6" of snow to the other Expedition with Firestone Destination ATs that just drove out without issue....same driveway, same day, same driver switching vehicles. The Blizzaks are excellent from Dec-Mar on very cold days on ice/packed-snow roads but that is their only benefit, in my experience. Once it gets warmer or the roads are dry, the performance is as pedestrian as a normal road tire and worse on a really warm day.
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

I'm at the shop now looking at my tires being put on..... sigh....
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

Well I thought I had found nivana when I discovered this forum but I think I have info overload now

My wife has a 2011 70th anniversary GC w/hemi. We winter in CO front range. I am planning on purchasing a set of Blizztracs based on what I have read in this thread. I want separate rims for winter tires.

Question: Purchase 17", 18" or 20" rims? Why? Founds a set of OEM 17" rims for cheap. Will they work? What size tires to put on them?

Thanks for your suggestions.
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

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Well I thought I had found nivana when I discovered this forum but I think I have info overload now

My wife has a 2011 70th anniversary GC w/hemi. We winter in CO front range. I am planning on purchasing a set of Blizztracs based on what I have read in this thread. I want separate rims for winter tires.

Question: Purchase 17", 18" or 20" rims? Why? Founds a set of OEM 17" rims for cheap. Will they work? What size tires to put on them?

Thanks for your suggestions.
17" wont work with Hemi as we have larger brakes. Main benefits of 18" are more tire options and additional sidewall to take on the witer potholes or other unseen hazards. I just bought tires and rims (with tpms) from tire rack, they are the same as one of the earlier posts had will mount them in next week or so.
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

I was thinking of going with 17" wheels, but they would not clear the brakes, so 18" wheels with Goodyear Ice WRT are what I went with.


I used to get Blizaks, but although great on ice and hard packed snow, they weren't great on deep snow and wore out fairly quickly (they were'nt run in warm weather)
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

I don't have a WK2 but a WK. I have had studded firestone winterforce tires on my wifes. Dodge stratus for 2 winters now and that car is amazing in the snow. My stock size GY forteras suck in the snow with QTII. They wore out this year and I threw on a free set of nearly brand new Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 4x4 tires and we have yet to get any snow since I put them on in the end of november. Just my luck I must have jinxed the snow.

Any way I can't wait to try these out if it ever snows. The cool thing is that these are staggered tires. They came off a cadillac srx at my work. 235/65/17 front 255/60/17 rear. I wish they still made the LM-25 484. They are quiet and comfortable.

We did have 18L of snow for haloween and my stock tires sucked. I'm a huge advocate of snow tires especially studded snows for any vehicle. So much safer in the snow and smarter too.
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Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

How much quicker will studded winter tires wear vs. non studded winter tires? Can they be used in non snow conditions?
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