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Old 10-19-2012, 09:31 AM
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Re: Worth switching to winter tires?

The stock Goodyear Fortera's where the first thing I changed on my Jeep. They are probably the worst tire I have driven on. I didn't even like them in dry conditions. I switched to the Toyo Open Country's and use them year round. Night and day difference.
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Re: Worth switching to winter tires?

I have a 2012 Limited with V6. I plan on downsizing to 17 inch alloy wheels with either Continental ExtremeWinterContact LT or Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 in size 245/70R17.

Narrower tires are better in snow than wider. Downsizing saves some coin.
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:49 AM
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Re: Worth switching to winter tires?

does 17 fit on my Overland or will it look funny and really screw with the speedo? i have OEM 20"
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does 17 fit on my Overland or will it look funny and really screw with the speedo? i have OEM 20"
It doesn't matter how big/small the rim is as long as the tire is 30.5" tall. Oh and if you have the Hemi then 17" rims won't clear the calipers. Smallest rim you can get on a WK2 with a Hemi is 18"
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Re: Worth switching to winter tires?

I was very unhappy with the Latitude Tour on my Laredo X last winter. At intersections where I wanted to turn, the tires just plowed forward. I bought a spare set of wheels with Goodyear Silent Armor from Tire Rack for the winter.
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Re: Worth switching to winter tires?

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I have a 2012 Limited with V6. I plan on downsizing to 17 inch alloy wheels with either Continental ExtremeWinterContact LT or Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 in size 245/70R17.

Narrower tires are better in snow than wider. Downsizing saves some coin.
Check out offerings from Nokian too. Especially the Hakkapeliitta R SUV tire. It's a dedicated snow tire that is supposed to be the best aside from the studded version. I've used Nokian's all season WGR2 which is snow rated and it was as good if not better than the Blizzak LM-25's I'm used to. I just had the R SUV's mounted on some Laredo X wheels. I'll probably put them on the jeep in a week or too.
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Re: Worth switching to winter tires?

I purchased Firestone Winterforce UV's i got them for $550 installed stock size, Reading reviews people getting 50k miles these also seem like by the tread pattern to do better with mud encase I slid off the road. Ride is better than my stock fortera's also.

The winterforce UV's are directional and they look awesome.

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Re: Worth switching to winter tires?

Winteforce are excellent tires, but a tad noisy.
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Re: Worth switching to winter tires?

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I have the 20" Goodyear Fortera's - I usually switch to Blizzaks on my BMW's for winter since they're summer specific tires, but not sure on the JGC since it's considered "All-season"?

Anyways worth switching over to a winter dedicated tire like Blizzak DM-V1 in the same OEM 20" size or go with a 18" tire/wheel combo for an extra $600 (need wheels and TPMS sensors)?...
In every vehicle I have owned I always found switching to a dedicated winter tire / wheel combination gave me better handling in the winter.
On my AWD Grand Caravan the Blizzaks were awesome, next vehicle - an AWD Pacifica I put Pirelli Scorpians on it (okay, but not as good as the Blizzaks)

I don't know how much snow you get where you live, but even if the temps drop to consistantly below 45 F, they say you should switch over.

For the first winter in my GC I decided to try the stock 20" tires.
The awesome "Snow" setting in it did a pretty good job of keeping the vehicle on the straight and narrow, but I still noticed a difference.

So last week, I went to my favorite tire dealer and asked his recommendation.
Out of the three choices I found that were available he said that the Michelin X-Ice were best for this vehicle. More money than the Blizzaks and around the same price as Pirelli,
but they are warranted for 60K.

We went with new 18" DIP D10 Silver rims w/Machined Lip, factory TPMS, and the X-ice2 tires.
This is what it looks like:





The tread pattern:



I'll tell you after the first good snow storm how they handle.
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Winteforce are excellent tires, but a tad noisy.
I agree. I had them on an 05 Hemi GC. Great in winter but they were a bit noisy on dry roads once it warmed up and I drove around anywhere with he windows open.
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Re: Worth switching to winter tires?

A couple of years ago I had a YJ Wrangler with so-called all-season tires. I went to a ski resort thinking nothing can beat my shiny Jeep Wrangler in winter conditions.

I reached an inclined curve in the road, which was covered with packed snow... and I ended up in 4-low, with rear LSD, all four wheels turning forward and the Jeep slowly sliding backwards... while a friend in a poxy front-wheel drive Volkswagen Golf with snow tires had no problem going up the road.

Since then I switch to snow tires every winter.
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Re: Worth switching to winter tires?

I just put my winter setup on tonight. Here is a pic of the tread on the Nokian's.



Plasti-diped laredo x wheels. Looks better than I thought it would.





Was getting dark so my phone didn't take very good pics.
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