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Old 11-10-2012, 12:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Winter tires

New to the site so bear with me if this is old news. I have 18 x 9 XD Hoss rims with Nitto Terra Grapplers. I like the tires and they are good in the summer but bad in the MN snow / slush, probably due to the width. Debating whether or not to buy stock rims and legit snow tires for the winter or just find a better suited set of 9" snow tires to put on the existing rims.

The question is this. Are the 9" wide tires and the flotation they cause my problem or is it the tread / tire design.
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It would be mostly tread design, the tires ability to wick the snow away. I have Goodyear duratracs currently love them in all conditions except turning while the road is wet a little slick. BFG AT is an awesome all around tire look into them. I've have the terrain grapplers and in my opinion their an inexpensive descent tire that is of course probably why their so popular but they do leave something to be desired when comparing all around traction to the Duratracs or BFG's.
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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An easy way to search This forum is do a Google search something like "best tires in snow tundratalk"
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It's also the tire compound. Winter tires are softer than normal driving tires.

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I run 275 60 20 Toyo GSI5 winter tires on stock wheels in the winter. Never had a true winter tire before and I will never go without now!


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I run 275 60 20 Toyo GSI5 winter tires on stock wheels in the winter. Never had a true winter tire before and I will never go without now!
I had dedicated snow tires on stock steel wheels on my 4WD 4Runner. They made that vehicle virtually unstoppable in snow. Had a 2+' snow and while others struggled I had ZERO problems.

After I bought my Tundra last December, the first thing I did was find stock steelies for my Tundra and mounted 4 - Hankook 255/70R18 RW11 Snow Tires on them. BTW, met a great fellow Tundra owner who made me a killer deal on the stock steelies complete with center caps and lugs.

Now that this winter I will probably have a much longer commute for work, I have no doubt it will snow like hell. Won't care at all with my Tundra and the snow tires.
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Hoping my BFG's are awesome this year if we actually get any snow.

Best way to search using google "best snow tire site:tundratalk.net" and all of your results will be from here.
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Thanks for the input guys, it really helps. I am going back to stock rims with snow tires for the 4 to 6 months of winter we enjoy up in MN. I found a clean set of stock aluminum rims cheap. Going to look into the Nitto Trail Grappler MT, Discover STT or the HanKooks for skins.

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Do you guys find that you need sandbags in your bed, or does the truck itself have enough weight for good traction?
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You don't want to get a MT for snow, they're going to be worse for snow.
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HUGE fan of goodyear Duratrac's. I have them on my FJ cruiser and will be putting them on my Tundra CM as soon as I can. I didn't know you could get such incredible traction on ice and snow with an all terrain tire. I thought about getting snow tires at one time, but I don't feel the need for traction better than what I get out of these tires.

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Jayhawk 129,

For what its worth. Last year I bought my Tundra in the winter. It was pretty loose and I thought it was the tires. After I put my Fiberglass topper on the traction got noticebly better. But like all things good traction is a combo platter hence my request for info for snow tires. Worst case scenario, you go down to the hardware retailer and get 100#'s of sand in construction bag sleeves for about $20 and see how it works.

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My Tundra is the second vehicle I have had Goodyear Duratrac's on. The first was a Jeep Wrangler with a metric 35. I fell in love with these tires on the Jeep. I had BFG KM2's before the Duratrac's and they were much better in deep mud, but in every other aspect the Duratrac was a better tire. The first time I was in snow I knew I had a good tire.

The first mod I did to my Tundra was Duratrac's. We got about 5-6 inches of snow yesterday and last night was my first time in the snow with the Tundra on Duratrac's. They were simply amazing. Stopping traction is where I really rate tires in snow. With the HP we have on the Tundra, you can break anything loose on acceleration. It had been 72 on Friday so the snow took hours to accumulate on the roads. When it did, it was a solid sheet of ice. I will never own anything less than Duratrac's for snow.
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For what its worth. Last year I bought my Tundra in the winter. It was pretty loose and I thought it was the tires. After I put my Fiberglass topper on the traction got noticebly better. But like all things good traction is a combo platter hence my request for info for snow tires. Worst case scenario, you go down to the hardware retailer and get 100#'s of sand in construction bag sleeves for about $20 and see how it works.

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Thanks! I was thinking about the sandbags. Might as well, it's a cheap option.
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Sandbags make a huge difference in traction for pickup trucks because there is not much weight over the rear axle otherwise. Even on a 4x4, place about 400 lbs weight over the rear and you will notice a substantial improvement.
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