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Old 07-13-2015, 08:01 PM
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Winter Weather Tire Recommendations

Hey all,

I'm new to this group but own a 2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4.

I'm moving from CA to New England this fall and in the search of new tires. Having seen last year's winter, I want to spend the money on good all around tires that will perform well in the snow.

I have been looking at Goodyear Duratracs but worry it may be much more than what I'm looking for. Also found the Armortracs which look a little better for all around use with the occasional snow. The catch: I have the opportunity to receive a pretty good discount on Goodyear tires, hence why I'm sticking with this one brand.

Any recommendations or personal reviews would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Re: Winter Weather Tire Recommendations

We don't have occassional snow in New England. The Cooper Discover AT3's work well in the snow.
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Re: Winter Weather Tire Recommendations

I've used Blizzaks for 15 years and no complaints. They have no problems in snow or ice here in the Denver area.


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Re: Winter Weather Tire Recommendations

Greetings and welcome,

You basically have 3 categories to choose from.

Since you mentioned GY Duratracs, this is consider to be a heavier type of AT tire. You should also look at the Nitto Eco Grappler and BFG All-Terrian KO2.

If you are going with an on/off road AT tire: Nokian Revo AT, Cooper AT/W, Firestone Destination AT, GY Amortracs and Bridgestone Revo AT 2 are examples of excellent tires.

For the basic Highway driving: Nokian WRG3 SUV, Nitto 421Q, Michelin M/S2 are all on the top of everybody's list here.

If you carefully search this forum, you will find a lot of excellent commentary regarding the above mentioned tires, as well as other tires that are not mentioned. When it comes to Snow/Ice, do your research carefully. Sometimes another brand which is more moneys the better choice and when comes to snow season safety comes first.

In the next coming weeks, the forum will start to heat up on winter tires. It is best to get tires no later than fall. This way you have time to wear of that initial layer to get that traction.

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Re: Winter Weather Tire Recommendations

Be sure the tires have the "snowflake/mountain" emblem. While A/T tires will work, this symbol means they passed the test for severe weather driving. My 2 cents.
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Re: Winter Weather Tire Recommendations

Thanks all for your feedback.

Should I be concerned if the speed rating on a tire is lower than what is suggested by the manufacturer?
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Re: Winter Weather Tire Recommendations

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Thanks all for your feedback.

Should I be concerned if the speed rating on a tire is lower than what is suggested by the manufacturer?
Greetings,

IMHO, I do not think so. Just remember that if you go over the rating you good for a few minutes. Continuous speed will weaken the tire and force the damage.

Most of the standard AT tires are round S & T ratings which is the average from 100 - 118. The All Weather Highway tires are from T and above. The Heavy duty AT tires are S and below.

Unles you are doing heavy duty trails and rock crawling which means you have a real hi lift kit, the standard AT tires are fine in New England and Upstate New York. And like wise for the All Weather Highway tires.

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Re: Winter Weather Tire Recommendations

Greetings,

OP, I completely forgot about the 4th category which is dedicated snow & ice tires. This means you have 2 sets of tires, the dedicated ones are for that season while the other 3 seasons you use either an AT or Highway tire depending on your needs. It will cost you more to maintain 2 sets.

For those tires: Nokian, Bridgestone and GY.

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Re: Winter Weather Tire Recommendations

Where in New England? Many folks get around Ok with all seasons in the southern end of New England. And depending on where you are living, you might need studded tires. If you plan on living off the beaten patch in VT, NH, or ME, you might want to go that route. I can attest there is no tire that will match the traction of studded winter tires. I have had various sets of "studdless tires", and while they can be exceptional in the snow and some ice, if you are living at the top of a 1000' driveway with steep grade you will be thankful for the extra traction. That being said, I have up until recently run around New England with a rear wheel drive and studless tires. I live in PA just north of Baltimore and run dedicated studless snows mounted on aftermarket wheels. Snow tires are typically cheaper than a really good all season, and it saves the rims from the effects of road salt. I dont use studs here as commuting 80+ miles per day would wear them down to nothing.

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Re: Winter Weather Tire Recommendations

Thanks all. Moving to Newport, RI area. My mother in law lives there and said they got slammed last winter.

Got a really good deal on 4 duratracs ($690 for all 4, installation and alignment). Possibly looking into the RRO leveling kit in the near future.
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Re: Winter Weather Tire Recommendations

You should be fine with those. A buddy of mine lives in Western Mass and has a 15 GC Altitude and runs the stock GY Forteras, and he has taken it on some extreme "snow rides" without issue Having lived most of my life in New England, they know how to take care of the roads.

Good luck and enjoy New England, can't wait to move back there.
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I know better than to think snow plans and salt can keep up with mother nature. Don't take a chance and get yourself a dedicated set of wheels/tires for the winter.
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