I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: Winter\'s around the corner Tire\'s?
Actually, snow sticks to snow, so "clogging" is a good thing.
I have run studs in the past, not impressed with them. I have found just a good SNOW tire is the best, not a mud tire. A Mud/Snow is OK, don't get me wrong, but once you've seen what an actual snow tire can do, you'll save a set for winter. Up here, the yahoo's made it illegal (they must have been bored) to run only 2 studded tires, now all 4 have to be studded to be legal.
As to the tires, if they are snow or mud/snow they'll work, don't worry about the studs. It is neat to Light 'em up and see the sparks fly though (usually on worn down tires in spring). I have also de-studded a bunch of tires, so if you don't like the studs, grab a set of wire dykes and a small screwdriver. The studs usually don't hurt, but don't help a lot, unless the ice is glare, then you have no reason to be out anyway.
Size 235 is nice, they're small and narrow, so they won't wander on the road but will still give you decent clearance. We were actually thinking of going to that size on the TJ (with cheap rims) but found a set of 31's dirt cheap and new, MT style tread.
The absolute best for ice/snow is chains. I have several sets, but none I run on a daily basis. I like going out when it's nasty, best time to do shopping, stores aren't crowded (but then they hardly are up here anyway) and I like to "play" in the roadway. I guess I just never grew up.
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled!
GM151/SM465/NP205 twinstick/7" Lift/33" Swampers/REP 8000/RS9000's/Scout II D44's F&R w/4.10's & Lockrights