Re: Winter tires for next year
Winter tires are a compromise, the best ones for you depend a lot on driving conditions. Aggressive threads are good for snow and mud, are loud, and don't handle wet or dry roads or ice well. Tread compounds that cling to ice don't wear well and have a tendency to sluff off at higher temperatures.
The OEM tire sizes are a bit wide for snow and mud and have a tendency to float over slush and snow, so you may want to look at narrower tires with the same diameter (if you are a function over looks type of guy)
The blizzaks are a great tire, sticks to ice, great on snow, wears quickly on 70mph highways when temperatures are above 40. I wouldn't recommend them for much mud.
I have Firestone winter force on my WJ, another excellent tire. Somewhat noisy block thread but relatively inexpensive and work very well on snow and mud. They have good enough dry road performance that many use them year round (we do). They have a tendency to cup and feather if your alignment is just a bit off, which is impossible to stop once it starts. Not as good on ice as the blizzaks.
I have Hankook DynaPro ATM RF10 on our KK and that is also an excellent snow and mud tire. Good highway handling and excellent snow traction.
Many have dedicated wheels/tires for winter and off road. Many here have purchased a wheel/tire package from places like tirerack and discounttiredirect.
You can often find used sets on craigs list, ebay, or the classified section of this forum.
In my case I found the best value by picking up OEM 18 wheels for a decent price on line and had blizzaks installed locally. I'm on my second winter with them. I haven't had to test their shear ice (black ice) capability yet, otherwise they have been impressive. They are getting noisier as they wear.
2011 WK2 Overland Mineral Gray/Black, Advanced warning, V8; 2009 KK Rocky Mtn V6; 2000 WJ Laredo I6; 1979 CJ7 I6... green... miles of smiles :)