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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

I just posted a question on a different thread. Probably should have posted it here since I see several have ordered the Offroad Adventure II Package. Part of that post was the following: I notice no one seems to have ordered (or be ordering) the Offroad Adventure II Package. Is that because many want to keep the 20-inch wheels? (I'm sure most of you want the skid plates.) I was thinking of ordering that package. Then, would only have to buy a set of four wheels and tires for heavy snow use. Easy enough to swap out all four at the end of each season, and could keep the original 18-inch spare as is. Any comments would be appreciated.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

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I notice no one seems to have ordered (or be ordering) the Offroad Adventure II Package. Is that because many want to keep the 20-inch wheels?
The problem is in using packages to compare. Did I just type that?
Take the Adv II for instance, we can't draw any conclusions about that and any wheel/tire combo because Jeep changes it so often. In fact, I could cite 5 different package changes to you that have taken place in the last 3 months. Arguably, the changes seem to be largely about supply/demand, but mostly supply, that influences the adjustment of those packages. I could go on, but I'll save you the grief.

As for the 20'' wheels I think many do want those but most I see are running them as a dry pavement only tire. Most 20'' stock that I've seen are also going with an 18'' in the snow.

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Then, would only have to buy a set of four wheels and tires for heavy snow use. Easy enough to swap out all four at the end of each season
If your seasons dictate (unless you're going street) that you need another set of tires, regardless of size you should get another set of wheels too. It's cheaper in the long run.
That is, unless you own a small tire shop and you're mounting and balancing them yourself everytime you change a wheel & tire.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

The Latitudes appear to be adequate in snow on the flats. But, on Bragg Hill Road (the name of the street says it all) near Sugarbush in yesterdays' storm, they were absolutely no help going down hill. Up hill - A-OK. A switch to snow treads is a must as the mixed snow in downhills even in snow mode is very tricky. I guess Blizzaks are calling.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

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I just posted a question on a different thread. Probably should have posted it here since I see several have ordered the Offroad Adventure II Package. Part of that post was the following: I notice no one seems to have ordered (or be ordering) the Offroad Adventure II Package. Is that because many want to keep the 20-inch wheels? (I'm sure most of you want the skid plates.) I was thinking of ordering that package. Then, would only have to buy a set of four wheels and tires for heavy snow use. Easy enough to swap out all four at the end of each season, and could keep the original 18-inch spare as is. Any comments would be appreciated.
I have the Offroad Adventure II Package and I chose that (for one it was on the lot, but I would have ordered it). I wanted the 18" tires for ride quality and more side wall. I also like the look of the 18's over the 20's, just personal opinion though.

My tires pressure were all jacked up from the dealer as well. Some tires were over 40psi. I lowered them back down to the recommended 33psi......traction is better as well as ride quality. I suggest everyone check them when they get some time.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

I just went through the 18+" we got in MA and VT the past couple days and I'm a lot happier with the stock 18s. Snows would be awesome, not necessary unless you really live in the locations that dictate it. I was pushing through 2 foot snow plow tracks, backing up through them, going up and down steep snow covered ground and felt very secure. There was some standard slipping in certain conditions, but nothing unmanageable. It really is a great feeling.

I would save my money unless you really need it. Those in the real mountains probably could use them, but the rest of should be just fine. But it adds a level of security ( hopefully not overconfidence) that I dont blame people for wanting.

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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

+1 latitudes are just fine for snow. If you are use to a dedicated snow tire they of course will not feel the same. I had no problems in the mountains driving up steep roads of fresh snow.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

Same here...we were up in Vermont all week with lots of unplowed roads and had no issues at all...I'm sure it would have been better with dedicated snows, but I was fine.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

Quite a few of us have ordered the Off-Road II package. Most Jeep owners never go off-road. If you plan on it, get the package. Or, if you live in an area with bad roads, you will be less likely to have tire/wheel damage with 18s if you hit a pothole.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

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+1 latitudes are just fine for snow. If you are use to a dedicated snow tire they of course will not feel the same. I had no problems in the mountains driving up steep roads of fresh snow.
Driving up is not an issue. Driving down is another story. I will be putting four Hankook I Pike RWII snows on later today. I like the center block design and the price.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

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Quite a few of us have ordered the Off-Road II package. Most Jeep owners never go off-road. If you plan on it, get the package. Or, if you live in an area with bad roads, you will be less likely to have tire/wheel damage with 18s if you hit a pothole.
Reading the forums it looks like the Off-Road 18s are not good in the snow. Maybe those people need snows??

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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

^+1 to the driving up & down comment. I've also made do with all seasons in extreme winter with no problems, it's just not nearly as effective or fun.

Driving slow in a straight line is also not an issue; however, driving fast, cornering, and surfing deep pow out of sheer joy requires some appropriate rubber. Bring the right tool if you want to go snowmobiling.

As others have stated, it's also safer and allows for better braking and cornering under stressful driving conditions. I think it was Rdalcanto who said that a set of good snows is a heck of a lot cheaper than an accident, and he's in the best snow on earth.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

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Reading the forums it looks like the Off-Road 18s are not good in the snow. Maybe those people need snows??

-Ryan
Mine work fine in the snow! I just said a more aggressive tire would perform better.....but that goes for anything. When I had my SVT Raptor it was an awesome truck, but the BFG All Terrains that came on it didn't perform anywhere near a dedicated mud tire would.

For an AT tire, they do quite well.......but am sure they wouldn't perform in the mud like a mud tire either. See what I am getting at? The argument is sort of silly.
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