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Old 01-20-2013, 02:01 PM
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Re: Winter tires for next year

I have 18" Blizzaks (+ tpms) which makes a big difference. Ordered from Tire Rack and arrived ready for mounting.



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I have 18" Blizzaks (+ tpms) which makes a big difference. Ordered from Tire Rack and arrived ready for mounting.
I am considering a similar setup for the winters here in Michigan. I would be interested to hear how they've performed, especially on clear roads. It seems that the last few winters just haven't produced the same amount of snowfall as previous years.

I want to change wheels and tires for sure in winter, but the last few winters have made me lean toward using an aggressive all-terrain tire that will be better and last longer on clear roads, while still offering better snow traction than all-seasons.
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Re: Winter tires for next year

The volume of snow has been less here too over the years but winter tires are still needed for cold weather traction. The 18" Blizzaks gives a nice ride at 33 psi. When I first mounted them, I had them at 36 psi like the 20's but the ride was harsh. I quickly found out that 18's have a recommended psi of 33.
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Re: Winter tires for next year

I have the same setup as Red G8R except a different wheel and here in Brighton, Mi. we aren't getting that much snow either. The tires are holding up well so far. I normally get about 3 seasons on winter tires before I feel the tread and road holding ability in the snow etc. are about like an all season tire. The treads will not be to the wear line when I get rid of them. We just got back from a trip to northern Florida and they really do quite well especially in the rain. The ride is good and the road noise is not very loud. When it snows though, thats when they really shine.
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I have the same setup as Red G8R except a different wheel and here in Brighton, Mi. we aren't getting that much snow either. The tires are holding up well so far. I normally get about 3 seasons on winter tires before I feel the tread and road holding ability in the snow etc. are about like an all season tire. The treads will not be to the wear line when I get rid of them. We just got back from a trip to northern Florida and they really do quite well especially in the rain. The ride is good and the road noise is not very loud. When it snows though, thats when they really shine.
Ditto. I have the DM-V1s with TPMS on the stock 18 inch wheels that came with my Overland's Off-Road Package. They stick well on ice, and in snow and slush, but get mushy on dry pavement when the air temperature is in the 50s or warmer. The only real problem I have with them is the humming noise from the tread, but the Winter performance is worth it.
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Re: Winter tires for next year

Thanks for all the input guys. You've given me lots to go on for next winter.
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Re: Winter tires for next year

DM-V1's currently with Granite Alloys GX1 18"...we only run blizzaks or studs(winterforce)on all vehicles in the family...fwd,rwd,4wd...Altima, cobalt, 2 hondas, BMW,2 Durangos, 4 grands, 3 wranglers, and its night and day, especially stopping and turning, 4wd gets you going but can't stop and turn ya. i have new Toyo A/T 2 on my dually, and while good, it still doesn't stop go and turn like having blizzaks, despite it weighing over 9k lbs(work stuff and extra weight for winter in bed), and 800lbft of cummins torque probably doesn't help spinning either even in 4wd...I may try studded Duratracs on our next wrangler for the more open tread, good siping, and the studs for ice...maybe but probably not. If I lived closer to the snow belt(just south of it), or in Wisconsin or Minnesota I may do the duratracs
Sorry for rambling, the price for the snows is worth avoiding an accident, a ditch, and safety for family
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255/70/18...tires were on our wrangler sahara, rims bought for the Grand. Granite Alloy GX1 18x8, used a 3mm spacer on the front for a little extra clearance of the valve stem, and the calipers just touched despite supposed to fit on the HD hemi tow pkg brakes, I think it's just the way the calipers were cast, both sides hit in different spots...little sanding, quick touch of caliper paint, and the spacer and the fit was much better
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Re: Winter tires for next year

I had the exact experience as the OP recently. Original tires are on the 20" wheels and they are wide and flat - terrible in slush on a highway. I'm trying to decide if I should get 18" winter wheels and therefore more sidewall. My other "related" issue is that my passenger side front 20" wheel is already mangled from a curb while parking. (Damn!)

Is the consensus to get an 18" winter set, and keep the forterras on the 20s for summer? Or is anyone in favor of putting winter tires on the 20s?

Thanks a lot...
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Is the consensus to get an 18" winter set, and keep the forterras on the 20s for summer? Or is anyone in favor of putting winter tires on the 20s?
Greetings,

When I was researching my WK2 back in the beginning of 2011, I asked the same question.

I learned their is two schools of thought. Many people told me that a smaller tire in snow conditions is better. Which is why I sought out a package that included the 18's.

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Is the consensus to get an 18" winter set, and keep the forterras on the 20s for summer? Or is anyone in favor of putting winter tires on the 20s?
Yes, I think that is the consensus, and it's what I plan to do when I get my WK2 as well.

It also has the added benefit of giving you a different look on the vehicle for 3-4 months a year and it saves the presumably nicer 20" wheels from the salt and potholes of winter.
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