Hi guys -
I'm excited to join the forum.
I have a tire question for the group.
Last weekend I was out fishing a high mountain lake in Colorado and took my '97 Expedition on a 10 mile 4x4 road (20 miles round trip). I was fairly concerned when driving on that road that I would puncture a side wall on one of the many sharp rocks that were out there.
Let me start out by saying that I am not an "off-roader" but a novice looking to beef up my truck a bit to allow me to go on these sort of treks without worry that I will be left stranded 10 miles up a mountain.
My '97 Expedition is my daily driver and I am on a budget.
I currently have Cooper Discoverer M+S
snow tires (265/70/17) (they are fantastic in the Colorado snow btw). I would like a tire that I can drive year around (snow capability is a must) and one that has some roadside manors (sometimes I need to drive on the highway 2+ hours) to get to a trail head. The rocks out here are sharp so sidewall protection is a concern of mine (please let me know if that is a well founded concern or not). Mud isn't very common terrain I come across out here.
My budget is about $150-$215 per tire.
Do I need different tires (do my Cooper tires have strong sidewalls?)?
So, that all said, what would you recommend?
My Expedition is stock... would a high profile tire be wise to achieve more ground clearance? Should I invest is some protection for my undercarriage?
Thanks in advance!