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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

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Ya I was just quite impressed this morning driving on snow covered roads in my Camry. Felt like a tank.
Be real careful overconfidence can result in a moments of terror. Remember snow and ice are slickest or the most slippery between 28 and about 34 degrees. Thats usually the temps we get winter precip where I live. Big difference driving on snow at 10 degrees when leaving for work and then coming home when the temps have climbed to around freezing and finding things a lot more interesting. I just take my time and pretend like I have an egg under both the loud pedal and brake pedal.

I had a switch to turn the ABS off on my old 3 series for deep snow and track days but I am guessing that would cause all kinds of issues in a WK2.
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:06 PM
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Be real careful overconfidence can result in a moments of terror. Remember snow and ice are slickest or the most slippery between 28 and about 34 degrees. Thats usually the temps we get winter precip where I live. Big difference driving on snow at 10 degrees when leaving for work and then coming home when the temps have climbed to around freezing and finding things a lot more interesting. I just take my time and pretend like I have an egg under both the loud pedal and brake pedal.

I had a switch to turn the ABS off on my old 3 series for deep snow and track days but I am guessing that would cause all kinds of issues in a WK2.
Been there done that without having over confidence lol. Not a good feeling having zero control of your car heading toward a stop sign you are about to slide thru lol.
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:52 AM
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

I ordered the mb wheels chaos 5 in black with the 255/65/17 hankook ipike tires. Pumped. I'm excited for the black/silver wheel on my stone white for a change of looks for th winter season. Still will prefer the stock 20's though... Here's a link to the wheel
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

Finally pulled the trigger on some Blizzaks and they're already outperforming the Forteras in the cold weather, but haven't hit any precipitation yet.

That is until it snows tonight and tomorrow...
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Finally pulled the trigger on some Blizzaks and they're already outperforming the Forteras in the cold weather, but haven't hit any precipitation yet.

That is until it snows tonight and tomorrow...
Just remember the law of physics still apply no matter how great the tire or how many electronic nannies your vehicle is equipped with.
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Just remember the law of physics still apply no matter how great the tire or how many electronic nannies your vehicle is equipped with.
Indeed. Thanks for the parental advice.
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

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Hello everyone,
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.
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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.
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

I'm going to post here instead of starting a new thread. We're doing a roundtrip drive on 12/20 to Durango from Phoenix. I'm debating getting a cheap set of chains for the trip, debating getting cheap set of SCC or will the 4x4 be enough.
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

If you get the chains the weather will be great both coming and going.

I would look for a better set of chains though. Also test fit the chains before embarking on your trip. The cheap chains maybe be a hassle to put on and may not stay on and cause damage.

What tires are you running? What AWD system does your WK2 have?
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

I have the QTII. I picked the set I linked to for possibly a one-time use. The Thule brand ones are priced a little steep
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

Not saying get the Thule. But if it takes forever to get them on and off in your driveway or garage putting them on somewhere along the way isnt going to be fun.

Oem Latitudes? If you are getting around Durango okay later tonight and tomorrow on what you have will conditions be any worse on your trip?

The cheap chains may do some damage too if they fail.
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