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I had the tires put on almost 2 years ago before doing any research and all I've got to say now is what the hell was I thinking? Summer tires may as well be made of ice when there's any amount of snow or real ice on the road. Also, is there a significant difference in gas mileage when comparing all season to summer tires?
I agree that snow tires are defiantly over kill. Anywhere below lake erie you don't need them. Defiantly get some all-terrains though. Just run them year round. Like Wrangles or BFG All-Terrains. Nothing fancy.

I can't believe you bought summer tires. Lol. All-seasons dude. At least they work.
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Drive really slow when starting from stops and avoid big hills, and get rear ties with studs. Weight in the bed won't do ****. I had 400 lbs in my Ranger an it didn't help do anything but increase stopping distance and lower gas mileage. Go the right way, get a cheap beater 4x4 truck and use it only when it's impossible to drive the Ranger.

...just as a side note, I live in the U.P. of Michigan and we get around 250"-300" of snow per year. I see many 2wd vehicles getting around fine, it's all in the driver. The only reason I have 4wd is in case I truly need it, I engaged 4x4 once this winter.
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Drive really slow when starting from stops and avoid big hills, and get rear ties with studs. Weight in the bed won't do ****. I had 400 lbs in my Ranger an it didn't help do anything but increase stopping distance and lower gas mileage. Go the right way, get a cheap beater 4x4 truck and use it only when it's impossible to drive the Ranger.

...just as a side note, I live in the U.P. of Michigan and we get around 250"-300" of snow per year. I see many 2wd vehicles getting around fine, it's all in the driver. The only reason I have 4wd is in case I truly need it, I engaged 4x4 once this winter.


The plow trucks help alot too.
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Yeah, it does make for some tension filled driving in not-so-fair weather. I had trouble pulling away from a curb during a light snow after the Chicago Auto Show. My dad had to push the bed of the truck back towards the center of the street just for the back end to get over the tire ruts in the snow. I have 4 - 70 lbs sand tube from Menard's. I place them between the rear wheel wells and I formed out a small box with of 2 X 4's and placed it in the front of the truck bed to the ends of the sand tubes to keep them sliding forward. They slide up like hockey pucks when they are frozen.
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I can't believe you guys are having so much trouble driving in the snow. I zip right thru it with no problems, just don't gun it and don't tailgate...My rear end might swerve once in a while, but I've never gotten stuck with my 2wd Ranger.
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My 96 Splash does okay in the snow as long as I've got all-terrains on it, and I take it easy. I have to avoid going up steeper hills because she'll spin the rears, but it's just a matter of being easy on the pedal and paying attention to how the road feels. Granted, when I drive my boyfriend's 4x4 S-10 in the snow, I can really tell a difference, but it's not like the ranger is difficult.
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I need to make a correction folks. My tires are all terrain after all. Don't know why I thought they were summer tires. Anyway, they are liberator all terrains made by Uniroyal. Like I mentioned before, even with plenty of weight in the back, these things went no where. Anything more than 3 or 4 inches of light snow on the ground and they simply spin in place. Is the Uniroyal brand really that crappy or are all terrains really not that much better than summer tires at the end of the day?

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Pull the tires off and get you a tank tread conversion kit...then you can go anywhere and braking and steering wont be a prob!! MAN wheres a pic when you need one..someone help me out here!!??

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Pull the tires off and get you a tank tread conversion kit...then you can go anywhere and braking and steering wont be a prob!! MAN wheres a pic when you need one..someone help me out here!!??

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Scratch that:


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THATS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO IT!!! you dont even have to worry about rotating those BAD BOI"S!!!!!!
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