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Tire question for those driving lifted rigs in snow
Posted 24 April 2007 - 10:28 AM
Typically, I run 175/75/R13 snows. And the only way you can stop it in the snow is to lift the wheels off the ground (not that hard, actually... ). But I'm worried about how such a light vehical will perform in snow with wider tires. Say... 195/75/R14 or 205/75/R14. My 4x4 pickup truck only has 225 wide snow tires.
Most of my "off-roading" is in snow. And a fair bit of my on-road driving is on icy snowy roads. So good snow performance is my main criteria for tires.
Also, any suggestion on what type of snow tires I should get. I had blizzaks which did really well in snow, but wore out really fast from dry road driving (that's another thing -- we don't exactly have a definite beginning or end to snow season -- for example, the last few weeks have been sunny and warm, and we're getting 2 feet of snow today (6" so far)). Right now I have Ipike's, which seem to be doing better on the dry road durability, but still do well in the snow too. My trucks get studded snows on them, but the subaru usually not, because I wear the studs off cornering to hard.
Posted 24 April 2007 - 10:55 AM
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Posted 25 April 2007 - 07:25 PM
My only experience with a lifted rig is the first type, deep snow and ice on roads. I ran some cheap studded 195s on 14" rims on my lifted EA82 for a couple of winters, and it worked phenomenally. They were not as tall as my summer tires, but the traction and reduced drag afforded by the narrower width made all the difference in the world. That thing was unstoppable even with open diffs and no low range (I had the legacy tranny in there with the EJ22).
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