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Old 04-07-2012, 05:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best BAD-ASS Snow / Mud tires

I am getting ready to buy a new set of sneakers for my FJ. My top priority is good traction for road snow and ice (not plowing through 2ft). I also want a big BAD-ASS look, deep treads. I do some light off-roading once in a while in the mud with the kids, but nothing serious. Any suggestions?
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Re: Best BAD-ASS Snow / Mud tires

Winter road tires and mud tires are pretty much two opposite ends of the spectrum.

A good tire for icy slick conditions needs to have a good contact patch and lots of siping to move water away from the tread. A good mud tire needs big lugs aggressive sidewalls and big voids to rid itself of mud.

I think the Goodyear duratrac is still one of the best compromises between the two but it is a compromise. If you just do light offroading I would recommend an AT tires. Mud tires are typically softer and wear quicker and a lot of them are also rather load on asphalt. Big bad a$$ tread just generally don't do well on wet or icy asphalt. Just not what they are designed for.
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Re: Best BAD-ASS Snow / Mud tires

I have a set of Goodyear MTR Kevlar tires. They work fantastic in the mud and snow. I drive in both as I live in the mountains. I have been totally impressed with them in every aspect and I will add mileage from them. Will never buy anything else. They are quite aggressive and I am sure noiser than a standard tire, but they will get you nearly anyplace you want to go.
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Re: Best BAD-ASS Snow / Mud tires

I would agree with both skerefan and FJess. The MTR is most likely the better option but if you look at most snow tires, they have multiple tight ribs in the tire with lots of sipping. Those allow the snow to get caught in the treads and act as claws to grab the snow on the ground. So the deep wide treads found on most mud terrains wont function well since they just slip rather than grip.

A cheap set of steelies with snow tires for the winter with nice MT's for the rest of the year would be ideal
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I have a set of Goodyear MTR Kevlar tires. They work fantastic in the mud and snow. I drive in both as I live in the mountains. I have been totally impressed with them in every aspect and I will add mileage from them. Will never buy anything else. They are quite aggressive and I am sure noiser than a standard tire, but they will get you nearly anyplace you want to go.
x2. I had them out in the mud and snow today for the first time and they performed fantastically. I don't find mine any nosier than the KMs I was running before these.
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+2. Duratracs have passed the extreme snow ratings (qualifying them as a snow tire). Plus, they will ride well on road. They are a mix of A/T and mud tires. They are going on my FJ this fall (unless I change my mind once again)
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