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I was wondering whats the best tire out there for snow? I've heard the BFG's perform the best. I want to run a 265 tire.


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Blizzak are great on road tires. What exactly do you want offroad deep snow situation or on road ice stuff. Green Diamond makes a Icelander. They are supposed to be the best MT on ice. Basically they got silicate rocks or something embedded in the tread. I luv Cooper STT for deep snow situations. I've heard baja claws are awesome in the deep snow cuz the tread cleans pretty well.
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My BFGs go great in the snow, I was out in about 4" this morning. With no weight in the bed the back end only feeled fishy a couple of times, nothing scary though.
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Blizzak are great on road tires. What exactly do you want offroad deep snow situation or on road ice stuff. Green Diamond makes a Icelander. They are supposed to be the best MT on ice. Basically they got silicate rocks or something embedded in the tread. I luv Cooper STT for deep snow situations. I've heard baja claws are awesome in the deep snow cuz the tread cleans pretty well.

Yea i am looking for deep snow traction, but here and there on road ice situations. I looked at the blizzaks but heard from people they will wear down quickly on road. Also what is better in deep snow a wider and skinnier tire??
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A skinny tire is best in deep snow because it cuts threw the snow. I wider tire kind of glides on top of the snow.
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That is a pretty debatable thing. If you have alot of clearance than a skinny tire is good. Then you will dig through the snow down to the frozen dirt. I know i don't have near enough clearance to run skinny tire in 3 ft of snow. I bottom out before i hit solid ground then i gotta work the truck out. So i'd prefer to run a wider tire. With our light little trucks it is really easy to float 4 ft drifts.
One my instructors college teachers has a drag racing ranger and he runs 38.5 x 11 boggers cuz he is only running in a 1ft of mud.

Here is me with Cooper STT back when i had open diffs. I was flyin through the snow then i took the corner then lost all momentum.

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Alright thanks alot guys for the help!! I think i'm going to go with the BFG A/T's in 265/75/16 just a little bit larger than stock.
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First off there is no good tire on ice. Period. There is no such thing as a good "ice tire"...unless its studded, and even then they arnt that great.

DO NOT BUY A SET OF SNOW TIRES! They are not worth it. Remember not nly do you have to buy them and mount them, but in the spring you will need to pay to have them switched back. Just buy your self a set of A/T's and use them year round.

I work at a tire shop and we ussually steer people away from buying snow tires. And with trucks we wont even special order snow tires, unless the member really really wants them.
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I have all terrain tires on, and i just bought me a set of chains to throw in my tool box for if it does get too bad that i cant go anywhere.
I also have a 2wd, but havnt really had too much problem with them and some weight in the back.
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Yeah, I always run my All terrains year round and have no problems. I'm up in the mountains a lot and tires work well. I would recommend the BFG All-Terrains!!
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All terrains FTW!
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I've heard AT's work better in snow then MT's.

Don't really know from experience. I only had my AT's in the snow twice and never with the MT's.
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I have an off brand Trail Mark APR radials (came with truck) and they did awesome last year on my 130 mile round trip on a frozen freeway home. If you need winter performance, get your tread siped (cut) to give it more bite.
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There is no such thing as a good "ice tire"...unless its studded, and even then they arnt that great.

DO NOT BUY A SET OF SNOW TIRES! They are not worth it. Remember not nly do you have to buy them and mount them, but in the spring you will need to pay to have them switched back. Just buy your self a set of A/T's and use them year round.
Your High. Up here in northern canada i can testify that snow tires make a world of difference.

This winter i will be running my brand new BFG AT's. They have the severe service rating, like snow tires do, and i will be keeping a set of chains in the truck for when it gets real bad in the mountain passes.

I had contemplated getting the Blizzack DM-Z3's. IMO they are the best snow tire available, and grip very well.
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He never said that snow tires do not work well, he just said its not worth it when you can run a set of AT's year round and be fine.
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First off there is no good tire on ice. Period. There is no such thing as a good "ice tire"...unless its studded, and even then they arnt that great.

DO NOT BUY A SET OF SNOW TIRES! They are not worth it. Remember not nly do you have to buy them and mount them, but in the spring you will need to pay to have them switched back. Just buy your self a set of A/T's and use them year round.

I work at a tire shop and we ussually steer people away from buying snow tires. And with trucks we wont even special order snow tires, unless the member really really wants them.
So what about places like Quebec where it is now provincial law to have 4 snow tires mounted?

I agree for trucks, a good A/T is all you need,but when it comes to cars, snow tires make a huge difference. I'll be running our favourite Wrangler RT/S tires this winter. I'll probably get stuck more times this winter than the 2 times I got stuck last winter in my snow tire equipped rear wheel drive Cadillac Catera.
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So what about places like Quebec where it is now provincial law to have 4 snow tires mounted?
Actually, BFG AT's are considered snow tires as they have the "snowflake" imprinted on the sidewall. There are other AT tires out there that have this as well. Which means that they will be fine in places like Quebec that have the snow tire law.

But I do agree that a proper set of winter tires does make a difference... so if you can afford to run two sets of tires, then I would consider buying some real winter tires with rims. Then you can just change them yourself when the seasons change.
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its also the law in Iceland and Finland, and other parts of canada are looking to follow suit. Snow tires make a huge difference.
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I live in Ontario Canada, lots of snow / slush in the winter. The Wrangler SR-A's that came on my ranger (08/2WD/Sport) are not fufilling my needs.

I just (today) ordered a set of Firestone Destination A/T's.

They come in next week, then have to make an appt. to get them mounted. Will Update with their performance.

I decided an A/T over dedicated snows for their longer treadlife and their ability to drive all year round. They will imporve my traction in all situations.

Can't Wait to try em out.

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BFG are not the best AT for snow.
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BFG are not the best AT for snow.
Better then Dunlops that wear out in 27k miles.

I have ran BFG AT's for 4-5 winters and have had nothing but "great success," as Borat would put it. Few years back we had two blizzards within a week of each other, and got near 30+ inches of snow. My little 31's tore snow up and pulled people out for days.

Granted, they are pretty damn good AT's, there are probably other AT's that would do just as well.
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Better then Dunlops that wear out in 27k miles.

I have ran BFG AT's for 4-5 winters and have had nothing but "great success," as Borat would put it. Few years back we had two blizzards within a week of each other, and got near 30+ inches of snow. My little 31's tore snow up and pulled people out for days.

Granted, they are pretty damn good AT's, there are probably other AT's that would do just as well.

Youre an idiot James.

Your truck did average on those snowy days. There where cars driving around and trucks on long mileage street tires that where doing the exact same **** you where.

Dont fool yourself and dont lie and tell stories that are not true.

Loser.
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Ya i got BFG A/T's and they are amazing in the snow you can easily go 40mph in 4wd in pretty serious snow.
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I had a set of Mastercraft Glacier Grip II snow tires on my truck, and they worked absolutely great. 2wd with only a couple sand bags in the back, and the only time I couldn't get out was when we got 15 inches over the course of about 30 hours, and I really think if I had 4wd, I could have made it. Due to financial problems, I had to run them for 2 years straight, and I got 35k out of them. They actually did really well in the mud the past few summers too. I probably could have gotten another 10k out of them, but I got a good deal and didn't want to push it with winter coming to the Poconos soon. They're fairly cheap, and I would recommend them if you're looking for a set of true winter tires.

[edit] They can also be studded if you want.
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