2001 Vitara 4dr 4wd 2.0L
I've got a 2001 4dr 4wd Vitara, and am rather disapointed with the performance of the Unicrappies in snow. Powder up to the bottom of the bumper is enough to leave it hung and floating. I was spoiled by my previous ute in snow perf (a nice, HEAVY Isuzu Rodeo) but am pretty certain there is room for improvement with the Vitara. My first thought is to go with a taller, but same width if not narrower tire, with a better tread pattern. Whats the tallest tire I can stuff onto those stock rims?
Also I've been told that the Goodyear Artica snow tires have the same grip unstudded as a studded snow tire. Good thing, as you can't stud them... Anyone have experience with them? (What'd happen if I just ran them year round? : ) )