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Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

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?
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get winter tires... it's an upfront investment that pays off with time... no reason to get a second set and not get winter specific tires!
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

Winter tires will make a big difference below freezing as all-season tires really start to lose grip. Quite a few people refer to winter tires as "snows," but it should be noted that the biggest advantage of a winter tire is the freezing point of the rubber. I don't have the specs off the top of my head, but the rubber compound on a winter tire will FAR exceed an all-season in freezing temps (and below).

With that being said, I've always run winter tires on my RWD sport sedans but I'll leave the all-seasons on my JGC even though I live where we can get lake effect snow. In a perfect world I'd have winter tires on, but I'll give it a shot with the all-seasons for the time being.
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

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.
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

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.
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

I have run winter tires on my various vehicles since 1987. They have made a big difference in me being able to get home safely. Started with winter tires on my 78 Rabbit, then my track day 90 325i, 2006 Element and last year with my 2012 GC.

All Seasons/No Seasons, A/Ts and M/Ts dont have the tread compounds to perform in temps below 40 degrees in the wet and on snow and ice.

Now if the roads are ice covered I just stay in since there arent tires that perform well on ice.

Winter tires also perform better in the wet in temps below 40 degrees than No seasons and A/Ts.

Go with an 18" wheel and 265/60/18. Look at Bridgestone, Nokian, Michelin and Vredstein.
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

Ok u talked me into it. I'm looking at getting a 17" just to keep cost down(just bought winters for my Camry). Any issues with this? My jeep is a v6 so no big brakes.
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

Tire rack will say 17" wheels dont fit. Difference in price between 18" and 17" packages isnt that much with Blizzaks.
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

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Tire rack will say 17" wheels dont fit. Difference in price between 18" and 17" packages isnt that much with Blizzaks.
the 17" will fit all Wk2's without the big brake package mainly the hemi's and obv the SRT
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I am running Nokian WR G2's on my Subaru Legacy. They are "all weather" vs. standard "all season". The basic meaning is that they have the snowflake/mountain symbol for severe use. They are a 12 month tire with a winter rubber compound. I got them after using separate winter tires for years on our cars because I have used my garage storage space up and am getting too old to be lugging tires around. We have not had snow yet this year, but last year (first winter) they were unstoppable. I saw a WK2 with the SUV version of this tire on it this summer, but the owner was not around.
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I am running Nokian WR G2's on my Subaru Legacy. They are "all weather" vs. standard "all season". The basic meaning is that they have the snowflake/mountain symbol for severe use. They are a 12 month tire with a winter rubber compound. I got them after using separate winter tires for years on our cars because I have used my garage storage space up and am getting too old to be lugging tires around. We have not had snow yet this year, but last year (first winter) they were unstoppable. I saw a WK2 with the SUV version of this tire on it this summer, but the owner was not around.
Only problem maybe the OP has to face summers that are might be warmer than the Upstate NY. OP is going to temps in the 90s in July, August and through early Sept. may also se low 100's with high humidity. Not sure how the Nokians will hold up in these temps.
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

Valid point. Our weather here is not much different than in PA. It's tough to predict. I mean, Texas and Oklahoma got hammered with snow yesterday and we have seen none up here so far. I did not get these tires assuming that I would get anywhere near the mileage from them than I would from the M/S 2's on my Jeep.
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