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What ires work well in hard and soft snow?

I'm looking for a tire that will do well in hard packed snow and also powder.I'm looking at sizes between 31" to 33",12.5" wide or wider.Thanks -Tom.

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BFG ATs

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I just got the new BFG MT KMs. If I ever get some snow up here I will let you know how they are.

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Re: What ires work well in hard and soft snow?

Yokohama Geolandar if you want a mild snow tire they also have some more agressive ones to ... I've have Geolandars on my wifes Forester for 2 years they work great on snow and ice. I'm not sure what sizes they come in.

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Re: What ires work well in hard and soft snow?

Aren't geolanders directional tires? Meaning you can't swap them side to side when rotating.

MTR's grab traction where there is no traction. Watching them in action during winter wheeling last year convinced me, now I run 35 12.50's. Stay away from an AT tire for snow; much like mud, there are times when you want the tire to clear itself out; AT's just slick up.

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Re: What ires work well in hard and soft snow?

Note that skinny tires usually do better in snow than wide tires, as they can cut down through to solid earth. Of course, with wide tires you can treat the snow like mud and "float" over top of powder, but your control isn't too good.

That said, I'll second the BFG AT recommendation, in something along the lines of a 32x10.5. They're great for all weather, rain, snow, dry, and not bad offroad. I have 265r16's on my Ram and they grip like Rosie O'Donnell to a fudgesickle.

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Re: What ires work well in hard and soft snow?

I'm runnin the 33/9.5 BFG AT's on my YJ.

If it's just a light covering on the road I hate to take the Jeep.

I normally put it in 4wd, and then it will get doing, but stopping is another problem all together.

In the mud and snow, you might as well have race slicks, the lugs get so full of crap they are useless.

My next set of tires will definately be some kind of Mudder.
Probably BFG, but I have yet to take a serious look.

As for wider Vs. narrow.
In some situation's there is noting to grip on once your through the soft stuff. I'm going to go with the 12.5's next time. The 9.5's are way too skinny, even aired down.

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I have a set of BFG A/Ts 33x12.5 and a set of MT Baja claw 33x13.5. The Mickeys kick butt on snow over the BFGs. I have to be in 4wd with the BFGs to get the same performance as the Mickeys in 2wd.

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Re: What ires work well in hard and soft snow?

I've never had BFG A/T's on a SWB Jeep, but I've had them on ALL of my full size Dodges and I wouldn't buy any other tire for year round duty. I have never been left wanting for a more agressive tire in the snow, and we get snow up here! I put BFG Mud T/A's on my CJ 'cause it is mostly a summer toy, but the couple times I've had it out in the snow this year (nothing deep) they have performed very well also.


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Re: What ires work well in hard and soft snow?

I drive about 1/2 the year on snow and ice. If you aren't running studs, the BFG ATs are a good choice. Myself, I prefer the Goodyear Workhorse Extra Grip, preferably with studs. Hakepletas (sp?) are a good choice, and on cars Goodyear has the Ultra Grip Ice tire in both studded and unstudded versions (my wife's plymouth breeze is running the studded version, and they are incredible!). I've run a large selection of tires on snow and ice, and I've found the workhorses to be the best overall compromise--they have decent clearing ablility for wet snow, are great in dry snow, and have good traction on ice--superior with studs. My current set are on their third winter. They were originally on my wife's fullsize bronco, but I kept them for my Ranger when we sold the bronco. They've worn like iron, and still are about 85% tread or better. Again, bear in mind, I live in Alaska, and these are the tires I run from freeze up to break up. In warmer climes where you aren't ALWAYS on snow and ice for 5-6months, I'd probably go with the BFG ATs as well, running MTs in the summer.

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