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When Pete came by to visit in September, we had a discussion about tires and he recommended I get some winter tires for my XJ since it's my winter DD.  I have always been skeptical of the claims on what winter tires could do but I took his advice and I am very glad I did!  

 

I got a set of Firestone Winterforce 2 UV tires in 225/75R15 for $83/each shipped to my door from Amazon.  These are the cheapest name brand winter tire I could find and have been on the XJ since mid October.  With shop cost I am in this right around $400 total.

 

This past week we have had a few snow storms come through so I finally got a chance to try them out and these tires have been phenomenal!   I've driven these on ice, through a blizzard, and on the typical packed down snow on city streets.  The ice was still slick but easier to stop on, on packed snow they just grip and go.  I have been driving them pretty hard on the packed snow to get a feel for what they can do.  

 

In 2wd they have slid in the rear only when I gave it a lot of throttle but are still very easy to control when sliding.  With normal winter driving they didn't slide at all.  I feel much more in control when drifting corners and such now as they just seem to go the way you point the nose of the Jeep as long as you stay on the throttle and steering still works while sliding because the front tires have good grip.  In 4wd, I mash the pedal and they just grip and take off like it's dry pavement.  Even around corners i haven't gotten any understeer while actually trying to get it to slide.  Taking corners way too fast it just turns uneventfully.  Straight line acceleration is normal and doesn't feel like it slips at all with the pedal to the floor.  This was all done on the typical snow packed roads with random spots of ice you find on winter roads in small towns and cities.

 

I AM IN NO WAY saying to go drive like this, this was me just testing out the tires capabilities.  It's still very important to drive carefully in winter, but with these tires, you are so much more in control and so much safer on the road.  I truly believe now that any winter tire will greatly outperform an all-season.  I've never had so much control over a vehicle on slick roads, I kind of felt like I was driving a rally when doing the testing, it was quite fun.

 

I wanted to say thank you to Pete for the recommendation, I will probably always have a set of winter tires going forward and I would recommend everybody look into getting a set if you live in a climate that gets snow.  You will not regret it.

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it's like giving your Jeep a super power. :D 

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1 hour ago, Pete M said:

it's like giving your Jeep a super power. :D 

It truly is! :laugh:

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You should see what they are capable of when you stud them.

I put snow tires on my wife’s Hyundai and it makes a huge amount of difference compared to all seasons.

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Winter studs FTW.  I used to run them in recaps when we lived up in PA.  In VA now, not so much, lol.  Studs are illegal here.

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Yeah studs are illegal here too. Are they legal anywhere in the lower 48?  Maybe up in the mountains?

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Still legal in PA, from Thanksgiving until tax day (April 15th).

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Another tire to look at is the 3Ps or 3 Peaks. They are a year round tire, but snow rated. I have a set of Falken on  of my XJs. It did good in the few snows so far this year. Flet much better than the M&S tires, I had on there. 

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snow tires are year round too. :L:  I ran a set on my old van for like 3 years straight.  :D   the mileage you get out of them won't be anywhere near a regular tire of course (I got almost 20k before I sold the van).  they are a soft compound for sure. 

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11/15-4/15 for studs in CT.

 I usually run them approx 12/1-4/1. 

I had a 1988 Escort that I melted a set of snows off in 10,000 miles one summer.

Always felt like they were greasy.

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42 minutes ago, FrankTheDog said:

I had a 1988 Escort that I melted a set of snows off in 10,000 miles one summer.

Always felt like they were greasy.

 

interesting!  Mine always felt like I was a sports car, even in the rain.  :dunno:  I guess it makes sense that they aren't all exactly the same just because they say snow tire on them. 

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