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M/T's in the snow

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by vantaco, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. Nov 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM
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    vantaco

    vantaco [OP] Well-Known Member

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    i've got kuhmo MT's and it's getting ready to snow....how worried do i need to be?

    we won't be getting alot (ie foot+) but more likely wet heavy snow when we do

    i will be travelling up into the mountains were there will be alot more snow and the chance to drive in deeper snow up to ski hills

    more thank likely i will face icecy roads and hard packed snow, and slushy snow

    these tires aren't siped.......


    my friend has a set of BFG AT KO's with about 50% tread for $50...am i better of putting those on?

    thanks
     
  2. Nov 19, 2010 at 10:13 AM
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    Hoyal Whiskey bent and hell bound.

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    I dont mind my MT's in the snow like actual snow they can be weird on just wet roads but just stay easy on the throttle. I feel this is one place the AT's are better (wet pavement).
     
  3. Nov 19, 2010 at 10:20 AM
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    ya wet roads they definetly need to be leathered...i'm just worried/concerned with hard packed snow

    i'm going to head up to one of our local hills and play around tonight i think so see how they do
     
  4. Nov 19, 2010 at 10:24 AM
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    Hoyal Whiskey bent and hell bound.

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    I love my MT's and feel mine do great in the snow but its all personal preference. Just play with them in a safe area and see what will happen.
     
  5. Nov 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM
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    Put on whatever tires you have chains for. It's maybe not as 'fun', but you get unbeatable traction.


    My area isn't really known for getting snow, but when we do it's a wet, icy snow.
    Last year, I went on a Christmas tree run up a mountain with some other folks. Going back down was really slow. It was very icy, and we had to stop more than once to winch some other groups out of ditches.

    I was the second from the last in our caravan.

    this was me. Basically stock setup with a lift.
    [​IMG]

    this was the guy behind me. He had his vehicle in the shop and was borrowing this. Decked to the nines, but I'm guessing he wasn't fully familiar with the vehicle. I can't say if the tires are the same as in the pic, but he had some meaty M/Ts
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    Since I had them, I put on chains on all 4 wheels. The FJC didn't have any.

    We got to a flat spot to rest and get out. The FJC driver came up to me and asked how I was doing. I told him that going down was very easy, I put it in 4-lo 1st and settled back in my seat. He said that his ABS was chattering the entire time, he was having a hard time keeping it slow enough, and he kept sliding to a stop.
     
  6. Nov 19, 2010 at 10:48 AM
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    ya my worry is stopping....last thing i ever want to do is get into an accident


    $600 for new rubber is alot better then a wrecked truck or my insurance going through the roof (again)


    will 255/70/16's fit the stock TRD rims? it's only 255 vs 265 right? even better to have the narrow tire
     
  7. Nov 19, 2010 at 10:57 AM
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    i don't have ABS for some reason...never came on my truck

    what's ABS toggle? is this a mod?
     
  8. Nov 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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    ABS probably wasn't standard (or offered?) on an '02

    the toggle is a mod so you can bypass ABS.
     
  9. Nov 19, 2010 at 11:03 AM
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    ya i figured that was the point of the mod lol
     
  10. Nov 19, 2010 at 5:32 PM
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    Most MT's are great in deep slush/snow, ice and hard packed snow they suck!
    Keep a safe distance, make sure when you take off that you start off slow and don't brake real fast. Siped MT's work a little better, but the best snow tire I believe is a good AT, like a BFG AT or something like it.
     
  11. Nov 19, 2010 at 5:42 PM
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    I was also wondering this. I am planning on getting the nitto trail grapplers but I dont know how they will be in snow.
     
  12. Nov 19, 2010 at 6:01 PM
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    i'm getting new tires for the truck...snow/ice specific

    trying to find reviews on light truck/SUV winter tires is pretty tough
     
  13. Nov 23, 2010 at 6:38 PM
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    Snow/Ice tires are actually two different critters. It's difficult to find a single tire, studded or no, that performs really really well in both areas.

    Myself? I moved to Alaska and put on 4 new Toyo Observe G-02 Plus tires that I bought from 1010tires. After all was said and done, I was set back about $850. But it's been worth the investment: the truck is safe and I feel better. The other snow tires I considered were the Blizzaks and the Nokian Haakepelittas (sp). I didn't want studs, which would have done well on ice. As it is, my tires have a LOT of sipes and are terrific in snow. I'm careful not to overdrive them and I simply slow down.

    check out these links: http://www.consumersearch.com/snow-tires

    and http://www.snowtire.info/forum/portal.php?page=6
     
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