Driving in the snow

Discussion in 'KJ General Discussion' started by jdonovan, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Ry' N Jen

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    We just air down our M/T R's to about 18-22 psi and away we go!
    I don't even put it in 4 wheel drive, I cheat and lock the rear end.
    The only time I've had problems was when the snow is wet and heavy
    and deep, then I've been high centered. But that's off road.
     
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    Snow tire, here in Quebec they are now mandatory in winter. But since you are from New-york, you could get some decent 4 season tire. But try not to keep them during summer or they'll tear off pretty fast. I've been driving for year in snow and with good tire, 4wd is just of no use...99% of the time FWD with a good set of rubber is far enough to get you everywhere you want. You also have to change your driving attitude, you can't take turn the same speed of accelerate the same way, and if you go on a slide, it's totally different to handle.
    Don't stick your bumper to a wall ;)
     
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    I had a set of nitto terra grapplers on my old ram and they were unstoppable. If i can find a set for a good price thats what im going with. Im riding on a set of kelly thompsons that came with my kj and had no problems the other night. Never needed 4hi even when starting on hills, as everyones been saying, its all about good throttle control
     
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    Airing down actually hurts your performance in snow. It makes your tire a wider, softer surface that isn't able to cut through the snow and onto the pavement, where it can get grip, as well as a fully aired up tire.

    Curb weight usually helps too.
     
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    Fortunate for us we don't get much snow here in the city.
    And when we do its easier for Jen to just take the day off work and let all the "New" drivers run into each other!
     
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    Love my Terras....got them on the KJ and LR3.
     
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    That's usually my take. Stay inside until all the bad drivers crash, then it's safe to go out.
     
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    That can be debated eitherway.

    I run MT/R K's,35x12.50's, and have zero issues in snow/ice but then again my KJ weighs 6000lbs+ and I normally run my tires at 27-28psi.Yep I sure do spin the tires,but for fun mostly and the fact I'm to lazy to get out and lock the front hubs in.Can't just leave my hubs locked in either,no needle bearings in my front axle u-joints as I decided brute strength was better then longevity so I installed CTM's.
     
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    Spinning tires is fun. Laziness excuse not needed. :cheers:

    And I suppose if you have deep cutting M/Ts then it doesn't matter if you're aired down or not.
     
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    SRA's work well for my 06 Liberty in the snow, ice, rain or dry. Everything is factory stock.

    PICNIC = Problem in chair, not in configuration.
     
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    I guess you've never had better/real tires then!
     
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    Yokohama Geolander and Nokian Hakkapeliita 7 are awesome snow tire :) But the nail on the nokain are useless nowaday with all the snow plowing stuff and such -_-
     
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    My KJ has some cheap falling apart firestone something on it. In the past winters it has done pretty good with those. I have some BFG all terrains for it coming, and I'm pretty excited.

    'traction'
     
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    The tires on my Liberty are Goodyear Wrangler ST, are there bad tires?
     
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    They aren't real good, put anything else on and you'll see why.
     
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    in a word YES

    It's not that the tire is bad (OK it is) but it has a specific purpose which it fulfills quite nicely. They are on your Jeep to lower the sticker price and get you off the lot. :)

    They are the stock tire (and lowest grade at that) for most Liberty's.

    Mine were brand new... anything approaching "spirited" driving even on dry pavement, and they will let you down with potentially dramatic results. :disgust:
     
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    Not too bad on dry hot sticky summer blacktop pavement when new. Whatever you do, don't get them wet or worse, let snow get under them. They should have a "do not get wet" warning label on them.

    Dave
     
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    Thank you for telling me about these tires, I am going to get rid of them before the next snow.
     
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    That will be a great mod. The crew knows what there talking about.
     
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    Trash those boat bumpers!!! :)