Originally Posted by lad11086
I just purchased a 2014 Summit, with the Hemi, and I really would like some advice. I live just outside Philadelphia, and last year we had the winter from hell (yes, I know other areas get hammered a lot more than us,), and they are predicting another harsh winter again in 2015. I really think, and again I am wrong more than I will ever be right, but the Goodyear Fortera HL don't look like they are going to be that great in the snow.
Now, if I were to replace these tires, what would you guys replace them with? I will not be off-roading.
My husband thinks I am nuts, and probably I am. But I really want a good tire to get me where I have to go. I really do not want to go the snow tire route, I was thinking more of AT tires---what do you guys think? This is my first Jeep, and boy do I love her
AT tires would be a big mistake unless they are also snowflake symbol winter tires.
Winter tires have different tread compounds to stay pliable at colder temperatures for better dry traction.
They also tend to have more silica in the tread compound for better overall traction.
They also tend to be heavily siped to produce more gripping edges for ice/snow.
I don't recall if the Conti Extreme Winter is in your size, but you might want to check them out, as well as Nokian [read their section on what makes a good winter tire] stud free or if legal, pre-studded, as the Nokian prestudded tires with the trapezoid studs are the world's best ice tire.
Blizzaks are supposed to be pretty good if available in your size.
You should be able to fit 18 wheels so you can avoid remounting tires, get a wider selection of options, and just use the factory ones for summer.