Originally Posted by Jdsmitty10
Been a while since I have been on the forum. I have a 2012 limited with the 20" wheels. I still have to factory tires and the jeep has 17k miles on it. I have been debating on getting winter wheel and tire set up. I just recently moved to and area where we get a pretty good amount of snow in the winter. I have not really been impressed with the stockers on snow/ice in the past but never got enough snow to really worry about it before. My question is, is there much difference between getting an aggressive all season tire and an actual "winter" tire? I hear winter tires make a big difference(yet to find out on my FWD sedan I just bought them for since I haven't had snow to try them in yet). I was just out in the jeep on untreated roads and it was all over the place. I will be getting a wheel and tire combo so I can swap them out easily but should I look more at just winter tires or a nice aggressive all season mud type tire?
Thanks for the input.
Winter tires with the snowflake symbol have rubber compounds that are designed to keep traction at freezing and below temperatures--with a wear penalty at rest-of-the-year temperatures.
They also tend to have silica in the tread, much denser siping or even wicking pores in the tread.
Premium winter brands tend to have about 30% less stopping distance than premium all season tires, along with increased start traction and cornering speeds.
A smaller wheel and slightly narrower tire may be a good option.