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Snow tires question

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by allisonguru, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. Jul 31, 2010 at 1:50 PM
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    allisonguru

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    Im moving and am new to snow conditions, so my question is do i have to get snow tires for the front and rear, or just rear? Its an 07 TRD 4x2
     
  2. Jul 31, 2010 at 1:53 PM
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    If you're going studded, I'd get all 4. You always want good tires on the front because thats what stops and steers the truck. When I drove a 4x2, I had aggressive M+S rated tires on the rear, and decent all seasons on the front. The drawback is having different tires for tire rotation.
     
  3. Jul 31, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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    What state do you live in? That will greatly determine the kind of tire that will meet your needs.
     
  4. Jul 31, 2010 at 3:25 PM
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    Well for now, we live in Southern California. But i am being relocated to Southern Indiana.
     
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    Putting more aggressive tires on the rear only helps you accelerate. You really need good tires on the front to turn/stop. At the least, a good set of all seasons all around will work just fine with some weight at the front of the bed. I use 3 - 90lb tractor weights at the front of the bed but you can use sand bags also. That way you have some sand if you need to put it under the tires if you get stuck. Just drive with a very light foot to keep from fish-tailing and go easy on the brakes so you don't slide off the road.
     
  6. Jul 31, 2010 at 6:54 PM
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    Same 4 tires all around. Get a set of decent ats or cheap snow tire and you should be good.
     
  7. Aug 1, 2010 at 7:47 AM
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    I'd go with what Lusetaco said above.

    Maybe a good "performance snow" tire would be a good choice for you.
     
  8. Aug 1, 2010 at 8:01 AM
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    If you get snow tires, get 4. Mixing tires is a bad idea for slick conditions. Since you're moving to southern Indiana as opposed to Buffalo, NY, you could get away with using a good A/T tire year round (Revos, Nokian Vatiiva) rather than a dedicated snow tire as long as you don't run the tread depth below ~ 6/32" in the winter.

    Tires with dedicated winter compounds (e.g., Blizzaks) are really intended to be used where it's cold and stays cold for months at a time. Southern Indiana is on the edge of that area. It could snow 18 inches one day and be 55 degrees the next.
     
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