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Old 01-12-2011, 02:07 PM
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Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

Well we got a fresh dump of about 9" of snow last night so I took the Jeep out to see how she fared with the stock all-seasons (18's from the Off-Road Pack). I had read a thread awhile back about another owner not liking the Michelin Lattitudes in the snow so part of me was dreading the test thinking I would have to go out and buy another set of tires right after taking delivery. To my surprise I experienced completly different results and was quite happy with the tires. I was able to drive through deeper sections the plow had created, climbed up some steep snow covered hills etc and not once did I feel the tires were doing the truck an injustice. I had a blast out there!

That being said I do plan on picking up a set of dedicated winters to squeeze every last bit of traction/stopping out of the vehicle but overall I was very happy with how the stock tires performed.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

Thanks for the info, I was a little worried about those tires too in the snow. I don't usually get a lot of snow, so a good all season tire works best for me. (However this year and last year seem to be an exception on the snowfall amounts).
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

If you were referring to my experience in the snow with the stock tires I was justifying why I had a tough time getting going and the steering wasn't as accurate because of the tires. I think they do great for what they are, but I don't think anyone would argue a more agressive tire would handle better or outperform a dedicated snow tire.

I am very pleased with my Jeep in the snow. After driving a bit in inclement weather though, I have left the drive line in Auto until I feel that accelrating from a stop is becoming difficult. Leaving it in Auto allows me to play a little bit when I want
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

I had my first experience in the snow yesterday too. I had my Quadra-Trac II in snow mode and glad I did. I nearly lost it switching lanes (using the power of my Hemi). Truck nearly spun around until the ESC kicked in and straightened me out. Was able to accomplish my lane change without slowing down much at all. Amazing in the snow.

Tires are just average though. The snow tires on my SRT4 have better traction than these. Throwing on a dedicated snow tire would make this truck unstoppable.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

I had the Lattitude's and switched to Blizzak's. I can guarantee you that these two tires are lightyears away from each other in snow/ice. The Blizzak's make the WK2 a snow mobile - very impressive. The Lattitude's are 'just okay'. I do understand, for some area of this country with less snow 'just okay' tires might be fine. Here in NJ we have a lot of snow and winter tires are a must.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

I agree I did the exact same thing.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

I'm not saying the Lattitudes can compete with Blizzaks or any other winter tire for that matter, just saying that for all-seasons they are not bad at all. Far from the worst I've had!
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

I was less then impressed with the stopping and turning abilities with the latitudes last snow storm. Since then I realized the dealer had the tires pressures way jacked up and I lowered them to a normal setting and traction seemed much better in todays storm.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

Appreciate the report. It looks like I will be in a rental (Laredo) WK2 for a few weeks waiting for my Overland with the Off Road to appear. I'll be switching out to snows as soon as it is delivered but it is good to know I stand a fighting chance of getting through a few weeks with stockers.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

I talked to my dealer last week, my Laredo X w/hemi will be in next week. He has a set of blizzak's he will be more than happy to put on (of course I will pay him), we have historically gotten a lot of snow up here, and I figure tires last a lot longer if I switch them out, and the added traction of a dedicated snow tire is hard to beat.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

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I figure tires last a lot longer if I switch them out, and the added traction of a dedicated snow tire is hard to beat.
Exactly. IF you keep the car a while, both sets of tires "last longer" because you aren't using them year round. In the end, you are only out the second set of wheels ($500-600), which isn't too bad, and less than the cost of a single accident.
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Re: Another "first time in the snow" thread - lattitude content!

Snow-tires? Folks, come to Florida - we don't even know what snow is...
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