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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

You should get a set of dedicated winter tires. On my old car, I had a set of Blizzaks and they made a huge difference in comparison to a set of all seasons rated well in the snow (Continental Extreme Contact DWS). A set of dedicated winter tires is worth the upfront investment, and they can make the difference between being able to stop in time and not. The cost of a deductible will likely equal that to a set of winter tires, and the additional stopping distance that you gain alone is worth it.

I just picked up a set of Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1's which are rated pretty highly. You can get them from Tirerack. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....=Blizzak+DM-V1
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

Gonna go with 17". Discount tire has two tire sizes in their packages. 255/65/17 and 265/65/17. Which size would u get? The 265 one is 10 dollars more per tire. Any benifits of one or the other?
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Gonna go with 17". Discount tire has two tire sizes in their packages. 255/65/17 and 265/65/17. Which size would u get? The 265 one is 10 dollars more per tire. Any benifits of one or the other?
Skinner tires for winter! 255!
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

Go with the original size for GC on the 17" wheel 245/70/17.

What winter tire?
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

Probably the hankook ipike. Just got them for my Camry and they are working pretty well so far..
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Probably the hankook ipike. Just got them for my Camry and they are working pretty well so far..
I had the ipikes on my Magnum. Great tire for the price
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I had the ipikes on my Magnum. Great tire for the price
Ya I was just quite impressed this morning driving on snow covered roads in my Camry. Felt like a tank.
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Look at it this way: The only thing the road knows about your vehicle is what the tread on the tires is. The road doesn't care if your vehicle is a 4X4 Jeep or a RWD Ford Mustang. When you stop or turn, the tires are everything. A 4X4 may help you accelerate with two extra wheels driving--and winter tires on any vehicle help considerably with acceleration as well, but it doesn't have any affect on turning or stopping grip which are the key elements of winter driving.

Yes, all terrain and all season SUV tires are usually better than all season passenger car tires in the winter, but still not nearly as good as winter tires.

Plus, with a separate winter wheel/tire set, you save your other tires/wheels from the salt and muck of winter, extend the life of your regular tires, and give your Jeep a different look for half the year.
The worst part of 4wd vehicles is the number of owners who mistake four wheel drive for four wheel STOP.

An all season may be adequate for light snow, and a good driver is more effective than pretty much any tire type.

However, as others have pointed out, the biggest advantage of winter tires is the tread compound that maintains traction below freezing far better than an all season. As far as using mud tires, it depends on the snow. They really don't do much for wet icy surfaces at all unless they have a winter style tread material and are very heavily siped. Its pretty rare that you have enough snow that a mud tire can pack into something resembling traction, and even then the traction is that of just the snow and is way too easily broken if you need to hit the brakes.

$50K vehicle + damage claims from whatever you hit vs in the range of 1K for a good set of real premium winter tires.
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I would also suggest winter tires (if you are getting a second set) I had a second set on my 05 Magnum r/t years ago. I went from terrified in the snow to being first to go somewhere if it snowed. If they had that kind of an impact on a RWD beast like that I cant even imagine how awesome they would be on a WK2.
Pretty awesome really. Just had the "pleasure" of spending two days in winter storm Boreas in a brand new WK2. Luckily I had fitted a set of Nokian Hakka 7 SUV studs to handle the continental divide, freezing utah rain, and eastern Nevada snows...
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Gonna go with 17". Discount tire has two tire sizes in their packages. 255/65/17 and 265/65/17. Which size would u get? The 265 one is 10 dollars more per tire. Any benifits of one or the other?
The narrower tire may actually be the better choice, depending on your local snow type.
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Probably the hankook ipike. Just got them for my Camry and they are working pretty well so far..
The iPike works pretty well on a Jeep. Tread wear is OK if you swap them out as it warms up. If you get sleet, freezing rain, or the snow packs to ice, you can stud them if legal in your area.

The Cooper m+s are just a tad quieter and seem to have just a bit less squirmy feel with no loss of traction capability I could detect.
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

+1 for the winter tires.

I'm due for a set myself I think, if the damn temperature would stay below 40 degrees.
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