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Wow. My head is about to explode from winter tire research for my 2004 X 4.0 5 spd. I'm currently running Maxxis Bighorns 35-12.5-15 with 4.88 gearing. I love this combination off road!
I bought them thinking they would be a good snow tire because after all, they're pinned for studs, right?
Well, my research here and other tire sites suggests to me that just because a tire has a "M + S" stamp on it doesn't mean it's a particularly good traction tire for snow.
What does seem to matter is if a particular tire has the "Mountain Snowflake" symbol. These tires have been subjected to a particular set of standards in severe winter weather.
The thing that stands out among these tires is the siping!
I REALLY like the siping on the Blizzaks but I don't see them offered in my size.
Duratracs look great but don't come in my size. I found a Cooper ST Maxx pinned for studs but not as siped as other tires. Anybody tried them? What would you advise me to get? I'm looking at plowing driveways and small lots.
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Hi Joe, 35x12.5 inches tire what ever the tread or how much seeping it got it wont be great plowing. 285 series are as wide I would go. Even on a 7000 lbs diesel truck they are a bit wide. I rather plow with 265 series tires.

If you got to go 35 inches. You cant go wrong with the duretrac, falken or tko2
 

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That gonna be a torque monster on 265 with 4.88 gears. Will be much easier on your clutch vs 35 inches tires.

My ram with 4.56 gear and 265 tires was wicked for plowing. And wasn't reving too bad at highway speed.
 

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I just bought some tires at Discount Tire. I had wanted Cooper Discoverer M+S, but they said they were discontinued. I ended up going cheap with Nankang AT-5 Conqueror in a 275/65-20 for $150 each. (20" size rubber can get stupid spendy) These are 34" but with a narrower tread than my 315's I was using. So far, very happy with them.
 

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Boutch, won't a "shorter" tire increase my RPMs? This is my daily driver. For what it's worth, I have the Centerforce Dual Friction clutch. My current 35s measure about 34.6 " inches diameter and about a 10" tread width. A Blizzak W95 shows diameter of 31.9 and tread width 7.6" Load Range E.
Bighammer 20" rims? Ouch!
I do like the idea of a more narrow tread for plowing purposes. I bow to every ones' knowledge and experience about that. Found a Firestone Winterforce LT 285 75R 16 with diameter of 33.1" and tread width of 8.5".Load Range E.
I will continue researching. Please feel free to continue to post! Your experience matters to me. I'm no stranger to snow. I've thrown it, tunneled in it, laid in it, listened to it fall, peed in it, cursed it, driven in it, admired it, fallen in it, shoveled it but have never plowed it!
Thanks to all who take the time to reply and share their knowledge.
 

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Boutch, won't a "shorter" tire increase my RPMs? This is my daily driver. For what it's worth, I have the Centerforce Dual Friction clutch. My current 35s measure about 34.6 " inches diameter and about a 10" tread width. A Blizzak W95 shows diameter of 31.9 and tread width 7.6" Load Range E.
Bighammer 20" rims? Ouch!
I do like the idea of a more narrow tread for plowing purposes. I bow to every ones' knowledge and experience about that. Found a Firestone Winterforce LT 285 75R 16 with diameter of 33.1" and tread width of 8.5".Load Range E.
I will continue researching. Please feel free to continue to post! Your experience matters to me. I'm no stranger to snow. I've thrown it, tunneled in it, laid in it, listened to it fall, peed in it, cursed it, driven in it, admired it, fallen in it, shoveled it but have never plowed it!
Thanks to all who take the time to reply and share their knowledge.
Narrower the better for plowing...want truck to go Thru snow for plowing..
.not on top of. N good sipes always (Duratracs!)
 

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I wanted to keep the taller tire, but without the width. Also, the Hummer H2 rims I modified to fit had different offset and made them stick out from under the fenders.

These are OEM from the higher-end Ram models and they make it look sort of Tonka-ish, but I'm still liking them. Gotta say, it's been a few years since I've bought larger truck tires, mounted and balanced for just over $700.

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I wanted to keep the taller tire, but without the width. Also, the Hummer H2 rims I modified to fit had different offset and made them stick out from under the fenders.

These are OEM from the higher-end Ram models and they make it look sort of Tonka-ish, but I'm still liking them. Gotta say, it's been a few years since I've bought larger truck tires, mounted and balanced for just over $700.

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Beautiful! I like it! If I can, I would like to avoid going to a bigger rim but if I have to I will!
 

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The blizzak will wear really fast if you drive a lot on dry pavement.

The winter force are not bad but the grove in between treads only goes down half way. So when the are just about worn out to 10/32 you bearly have any grooves left. By 8/32 you got tires with no groves. Just 5 smooth rows of rubber.

You shouldn't need LT on a jeep with a light plow.

Mastercraft MSR are popular on here.

General grabber arctic have good review.

Cooper discovery are good too.

I had general grabber AT2 before the winter force and they did better plowing on pack snow and ice.
 
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