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Tires for Snow and Ice

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by billythenurse, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. Nov 10, 2017 at 12:36 PM
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    Hi all... first post and I looked briefly for other threads like this and didn't find anything.

    The only thing I have as a knock on my 2011 Tundra Crewmax is the amount of slippage I have in snow and ice. Admittedly, I'm not gonna say I'm the best driver in snow and ice because I'm new to the 4WD thing. But I'm having problems that I never had in my AWD Subie Forester.

    What tires do you all recommend for better snow an dice traction. This is my daily driver so I want tires that do fine around town but can handle the slippery stuff a little better. Right now I have P255/70R18 Hankook Dynapro ATMs.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Nov 10, 2017 at 12:37 PM
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    I've heard good things with duratracs and Cooper STT PROS.
     
  3. Nov 10, 2017 at 1:14 PM
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    Not much will be great on ice other than studded snow tires, dedicated snow tires are great for winter conditions but ice is just bad to drive on no matter what.
    I had dynapro atm on my tacoma and wasn't a huge fan.
    Where do you live?
     
  4. Nov 10, 2017 at 1:51 PM
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    Live in ABQ, NM. Drive to ski in Taos, NM about 12-15x/year and to CO 1-2x/year. We don't get a ton of snow and ice but I encounter it occasionally. Admittedly, this could be a driving tips thread. Is it a good idea to drop into 4high when it gets slick, as a rule?
     
  5. Nov 10, 2017 at 1:53 PM
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    When tgebroads have snow or ice 4 hi will help quite a bit. Helps you move and steer, not much will help stop on ice so drive slowly and plan ahead.
     
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  6. Nov 10, 2017 at 2:15 PM
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    Thanks man. I think I've been pampered with the full-time AWD I've had on other vehicles.

    Still open to hearing anyone's thought on daily driver tires for snow. Also, with the shortbed crewmax would a camper shell help on snow and ice - just from the weight factor?
     
  7. Nov 10, 2017 at 2:43 PM
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    Second on the Duratracs. Used em for 3 seasons in high uintahs of Utah. Never got stuck.
     
  8. Nov 10, 2017 at 3:07 PM
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    The extra weight from the cap will help with traction.
    If you're not getting deep snow just get an all season tire with deep sipping like the Michelin defender MS.
    If deep , frequent snow look for something snowflake rated.
    Best is dedicated snow tires but with 4x4 I make due just fine in CT with all seasons. Never have been stuck.
     
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  9. Nov 10, 2017 at 3:13 PM
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    Duratrac great tire for winter. Also great tire all year long
     
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    Also Billy, I'm a nurse too. Just assuming by your name you're a nurse
     
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    Sweet man! What kinda nursing do you do? I’m a unit based educator/staff RN in a level 1 pediatric icu and a part time nursing instructor. Been in peds my whole career.

    Thanks, to you and everyone else, for the info. Sounds like I’ll give the duratracs a look and the wife was kind enough to approve me getting a shell!
     
  12. Nov 10, 2017 at 11:56 PM
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    You hit ice travel to the nearest motel call it a night. 17 winters out here. Its the morons on the road you gotta worry about. Dont risk you or your loved ones!! :thumbsup:
     
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    If the roads have a coating of snow I'm in 4x4. If it's a layer of ice I'm not going into the mountains. Those of us on here have 4x4 and common sense, but many do not and canyon roads are no joke.

    Exceptions to 4x4:
    - Tight turning in mixed conditions I'll go to 2wd
    - Thin, dry, powder snow where I can see the road surface is clean
     
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    Try not comparing your AWD to the Tundra in snow and ice. There just isn’t a comparison. Kinda like comparing tow ratings between the two vehicles...again, no comparison.
    Tires go a long way with winter performance. If you can afford to run a couple sets of wheels and tires, that is how I would go.
    Other options are a good all season tire.
    I was surprised you don’t like the DynaPro ATMs. They are a little loud on the road is my only issue with them. Wife loves them, but I’m more of a Michelin kind of tire customer.
     
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    Michelin X-Ice did us solid last year and we went out during every storm up winding, icy mountain passes with no issue.
     
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    Seems that a fair amount of people around here run the Hankook IPike tires during the winter....
     
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    I run blizzaks on the Tundra during the winter, Nokians on our SUV. I think just about all dedicated winter tires are good compared to all seasons, ATs and MTs during winter weather. However, there are some ATs that have the winter snowflake designation out there. I don't have any experience with them to comment.

    Blizzaks are very good on ice and slick roads, a little too soft for dry road or warmer weather. Nokians are really good all around winter tires, but not as good on ice.
     
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    Bf ko2 have the snow flake symbol and are vary good. I also run dynapro and will be getting ko2 next week
     
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    the best are blizzaks
     
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    i run studded snows- wintercat's from les schwab. Its like driving a sherman tank, rarely ever use 4wd.
     
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    This is all good stuff. Thanks for all the info!
     
  22. Nov 14, 2017 at 12:53 PM
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    my BFG KO2 have been great in the snow last winter.
     
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