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Old 10-10-2010, 05:54 PM
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Winter Tires & Rims?

What are people using for the 2011 Winter Tires? Overland comes with all-seasons on the satin 20" which will suck in real winter conditions.

Thinking about the 18" Mopar Gloss black cast alluminum. Don't know the width though?
Reviews seems to say Bridgestone Blizzaks are good.
I had Dunlop Winter M3 on a 535xi which were a dream.

Any thoughts?
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Re: Winter Tires & Rims?

I have Cooper Discoverer M+S on my WJ and love them. Definitely biased toward a winter tire, but I run them all year with no problems.

Not sure if the sizes they list will work on WK2 but they do list some 18's.

See: http://www.coopertire.com/html/produ...e=S&sorttype=P
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:20 PM
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Re: Winter Tires & Rims?

I don't have a 2011 but I run Mastercraft Courser MSR on my stock 17" rims. They have been awesome in our pretty crazy winters we get up here!! Definitely recommend them!!
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Re: Winter Tires & Rims?

The Blizzak DM-V1 is an excellent tire, which I think is the most aggressive snow tire available in 265/60R18 (correct size on the GC). Had them on a Land Cruiser and the thing was a BEAST in heavy snow. I also have experience with some of the other Blizzak models, such as the winter performance models, and they do a great job, but if you don't need a 130mph speed rating, the DM-V1 is an absolute animal. But if you live in an area which requires/allows studded tires, I've never driven them, but I've heard that the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5 SUV is the best of the best with studs, available in that size. I'm having to choose between the two right now, but cannot wait for the first heavy snow this winter. As far as wheels go, in 18" and the correct bolt pattern, it's really personal choice.
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Re: Winter Tires & Rims?

I plan to go 265/60-18 but haven't decided on the brand. I do have Blizzaks on my other two cars and find them very quiet and smooth. On my previous SUV ('02 GC), I had General Tire Altimax Artic 235/65-17....again, very pleased with them but they don't match the new GC. The Altimax also does not come in 18".
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Re: Winter Tires & Rims?

Is there any problem changing from 20" to 18". I was thinking about getting winter tires, but I was worrying about creating a problem with all the electronics etc... QL, speed, etc etc
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Re: Winter Tires & Rims?

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Is there any problem changing from 20" to 18". I was thinking about getting winter tires, but I was worrying about creating a problem with all the electronics etc... QL, speed, etc etc
No. The rim is smaller diameter, but the tire sidewall is taller, and the total diameter is the same.

+1 on Blizzacks. I've owned several snow tires, and the Blizzacks have amazing traction and last 3-4 winters on our Suburban.
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Re: Winter Tires & Rims?

Why would a 20 inch tire be any different in the snow vs. an 18 inch tire? Makes no sense.
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Re: Winter Tires & Rims?

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Why would a 20 inch tire be any different in the snow vs. an 18 inch tire? Makes no sense.
Folks new to tire/wheel buying think the speedometer, etc, will be off if you go with an 18 inch tire, because they think the diameter is different. 18 inch tires are much cheaper, and the higher sidewalls protect the rim better from those winter potholes than a 20 inch....
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No. The rim is smaller diameter, but the tire sidewall is taller, and the total diameter is the same.

+1 on Blizzacks. I've owned several snow tires, and the Blizzacks have amazing traction and last 3-4 winters on our Suburban.
thanks, I found the rims for $790 and the the tires for $624. Any better deals online?
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Re: Winter Tires & Rims?

Here is a blog about 2011 JGC winter tire selection: http://blog.tirerack.com/blog/jeep-tires

http://www.tirerack.com has a nice wizard that allows you to select winter tire package for 2011 JGC including rims.

Interesting is the following:

Your vehicle is equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system that requires a sensor to be installed in the tire and wheel assembly for proper operation.
At this time, Tire Rack does not have sensors available for your vehicle. The original sensors from your original wheels can be used or you may purchase new sensors elsewhere. The wheel you have selected is not designed to accept tire pressure monitoring system sensors. The Original Equipment sensors from your Original Equipment wheels may be compatible with the new wheels you selected. Please consult the "Important Notes" link found online for more information or call Tire Rack for assistance.

A TPMS repair/rebuild kit is required when sensors are reused.

As an option you may purchase the sensors listed below. They are compatible with both your vehicle's TPMS and the wheel you have selected.
Additional Information
Without the sensors you will not receive notification of pressure loss in your tires. While some customers choose to use wheels without sensors, Tire Rack is unable to provide information on the effect this will have on your vehicle or the warnings and information it provides regarding tire pressure.

Your system includes:
433MHz Tire Pressure Sensor
$152.00 for a quantity of 4
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Re: Winter Tires & Rims?

+1 to having a winter setup 17 or 18 rims with permanently mounted M/S rubber or Blizzak style.

One can certainly get by with 20's and all seasons, even in big snow, but turning, braking, and traction go up significantly with more aggressive rubber.

Blizzak's shine in ice, or packed wet snow, where most any tread will slide$
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