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Learo2000GT 10-08-2011 01:32 PM

Looking for input on off road/winter tires for my 2011 overland.
 
I currently have the 20's on my overland. I am looking for a set of tires/wheels for offload and winter use. I have been reading through the threads trying to get educated. Any pro's and con's of different tire wheel combinations would be great. I found 2 sets of tire/wheel combos on my local Craig's list. They are as follows:

2011 Jeep Wranglers wheels with Michelin Radial X, LTX AIS, P255/70R18. Asking price is 500.00 with 4000.00 miles.

Brand new off a 2011 Grand Cherokee. Michelin Latitude Touring HP 265/60/18 with aluminum 18" OEM wheels with five bolt pattern. No center caps, lugnuts or TPM. Asking price is 1300.00.

Any input on the above would be greatly appreciated. Obviously I like the ones for 500.00 but not sure if the 70R is a good thing. On the new ones not sure if the Michelin tire is a good winter and off road tire. Also is 1300.00 a fair price?it seems a bit high from the research I have done. Thanks in advance. Doug.

PECo 10-09-2011 01:37 AM

Re: Looking for input on off road/winter tires for my 2011 overland.
 
For snow and ice, I can't recommend Bridgestone Blizzaks enough. Going from all-seasons to dedicated winters is like night and day. As far as I'm concerned, the enhanced stopping and cornering abililty is what matters most. Not getting stuck is just a bonus.

rangersplash85 10-09-2011 08:00 AM

Re: Looking for input on off road/winter tires for my 2011 overland.
 
+1 to the blizzaks. Given your other two choices I would recommend the Wrangler takeoffs. They're 32" vs the stock 30.5" so you'd gain a little ground clearance and $1300 for Latitudes with no tpms us ridiculus.

Learo2000GT 10-09-2011 09:52 AM

Re: Looking for input on off road/winter tires for my 2011 overland.
 
Will the blizzaks fit on the 20s or would I still need an 18 inch rim. I did find some 2011 grand Cherokee 18s for 400.00. So would the wrangler rims be the best way to go or just the bet of those 2 options? Guess what I am getting at is what would be th best tire wheel combo for off road winter use? I want to keep my family safe in the mountains and have piece of mind I have the bat tire/wheel combo. Thans for all the help.

dlthunder 10-09-2011 10:10 AM

Re: Looking for input on off road/winter tires for my 2011 overland.
 
Tirerack has blizz for the 20s i just bought some last week in 18 and hzd tirerack mount them on a cheap set of their sport edition wheels with tpms for around 1,200$ i know the 20s were about $20 more per tire not including rims.

Learo2000GT 10-09-2011 11:05 AM

Yeh the more I read the more I am seeing it is best to get a separate set of 18s for off road and snow. Now just need to figure out if it is best to go with used or new. Seems even the used tires aren't a great off road/snow tire.

Learo2000GT 10-09-2011 11:07 AM

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Originally Posted by dlthunder (Post 496323)
Tirerack has blizz for the 20s i just bought some last week in 18 and hzd tirerack mount them on a cheap set of their sport edition wheels with tpms for around 1,200$ i know the 20s were about $20 more per tire not including rims.

What are your thoughts on the sport edition wheels vs the stock 18 jeep wheel? Do you have any pics? Thanks Doug.

dlthunder 10-09-2011 12:03 PM

Re: Looking for input on off road/winter tires for my 2011 overland.
 
I have not put them on the truck yet as I just picked thdm up Friday. I went with the Sport Edition TX5 but also liked the CX. I like the look better than the stock 18 but the tire/wheel combo was a little heavier than I expected. I have always used studded tires but heard so much about the bliz that i haad to try as the studs are so hard on my driveway. Probably wont have pics for another month as i always put my snows on late to savethe tread.

Learo2000GT 10-09-2011 12:45 PM

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Originally Posted by dlthunder (Post 496378)
I have not put them on the truck yet as I just picked thdm up Friday. I went with the Sport Edition TX5 but also liked the CX. I like the look better than the stock 18 but the tire/wheel combo was a little heavier than I expected. I have always used studded tires but heard so much about the bliz that i haad to try as the studs are so hard on my driveway. Probably wont have pics for another month as i always put my snows on late to savethe tread.

Thanks. Would the 18 bliz be a decent off road tire?

dlthunder 10-09-2011 12:56 PM

Re: Looking for input on off road/winter tires for my 2011 overland.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Learo2000GT (Post 496399)
Thanks. Would the 18 bliz be a decent off road tire?

Depends on type of off road. If sandy/mud i think Yes, if sharp rock I would say the soft tread compound would end up torn up.

mtndog 10-09-2011 07:47 PM

Re: Looking for input on off road/winter tires for my 2011 overland.
 
Off road/ winter tires...the Blizzaks will cover you on half of that request. I'm guessing the compound is way to soft for off road. Check out the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac, you loose a little in ice traction vs the Blizzak but gain a lot in off road capabilities. Although they might be more than you want to spend.

Here is a sweet setup:
http://www.jeepgarage.org/f109/275-65-18-duratracs-on-mopar-wheels-28552.html


dlthunder 10-09-2011 08:47 PM

Re: Looking for input on off road/winter tires for my 2011 overland.
 
The duratracs are a great alternative for meeting both needs, also look at General Grabber AT2s as they tend to have better pricing and are what i used on my tacoma in winter, though i studded them.


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