May 2017 Letters To Four Wheeler Editor
Making Winter Fun
I just read your Firing Order on “Make Winter Fun” (Jan. ’17), and I wanted to share with you a couple pics from our wheeling trip last year. It was me and my JK and my friends’ Ford Ranger, Chevy S-10, and Toyota Tacoma. We weren’t having many issues until we got to a mud pit that was frozen over. Well, some ATVs that went before us told us that it wasn’t that bad, so my friend with an S-10 tried to go in. Sadly, it was a quick drop and he ended up balancing his S-10 on its drivetrain. I tried pulling him out, but it took another rig (the Ford Ranger) linked to me and me to him to pull him out. What a crazy day! Later on, I wanted to try something similar but couldn’t get any traction while I was in the pit, so my friends had to pull me out. Who knew being hood deep in frozen muddy water can burn out the motor in your radiator fan and cake your radiator with mud? I had to turn on my heater while going slow to dissipate the heat from the engine or drive on the highway to be able to cool it down in order for my engine to not overheat. Fun times.
Blizzard of Snow Tire Feedback
I run studded 285 Goodyear DuraTracks. They work awesome, and they make them in a wide range of sizes larger than 265. Jesse's top pic for true all-terrain tires.
These tires are all bad. You should try the Nokian Hakkapeliitta. This tire is made in the winter land Finland. How I know Hakkapeliitta is best? Come and try our hills in Norway.
You know somewhere some idiot is driving through winter on Super Swamper Boggers and wondering, “How the hell am I still stuck in snow?”
I would love to see an all-terrain winter shootout between Cooper, BFG, Goodyear, Nitto, and more on 35-inch tires.
The best design for driving in snow and ice is TIRE CHAINS.
Hakkapeliitta snow tires are actually best. And there is no other snow tire that compares. Most people have never ever heard of them. They are hands down the best snow tire money can buy, and they will last up to four years if you know when to put them on and take them off. Our shop sells them but almost no other shop I know does. To put this into perspective, I have an F-350 Super Duty 4x4 four-door longbed with super good Dueler all-terrain tires and a two-wheel-drive car with them Hakkapeliittas on blows it outta the water—it’s almost like dry pavement. Out here on the farm, tires are everything. If you find these tires you will not be disappointed—they are winter tires only though.
WTF! No DuraTracs! I live at 9,000 feet in the Rockies on a 3-mile private road, and I’ve tried them all. The DuraTracs will beat them all except the snow-rated Blizzaks, which won’t do crap in an all-terrain situation.
Dano PW Baderson
How can you not compare the Goodyear DuraTracs? Best tire I've ever had on any vehicle, and I live in Illinois. We get some decent ice and snow and by far these are the best! I use to be a big believer in the BFG all-terrains until I bought my first set of DuraTracs.
No question tires make the biggest difference in winter driving. So my take on this read is Blizzaks for passenger cars and KO2 for 4x4 rigs wanting all-year traction without having to swap tires just for the winter season.
I’ve always been told a crappy snow tire will always do better in snow and ice than an excellent all-terrain or all-season. Never really knew why until now. Thanks guys.
These results are what I expected. I’ve had the Blizzaks, and they were great when new but wore prematurely on my rears due to spinning too easily on dry and wet pavement with my Tundra. I currently run the BFG KO2 and am really happy with the traction and I can run them all year. From farm country, great white north.
Good snow tires are huge for sure. However, knowing how to use that tire effectively is more important. Northern drivers that drive in snow and ice conditions daily for months make it look easy.
You forgot to include the most popular LT tire in Canada: Goodyear DuraTracs. They are winter rated as well.
DuraTracs are what I run year-round. Snow, no problem. More than 35 degrees C, not so good. But that's only three months of the year. Woot Canada!
Adlof Oliver Bush
We received a huge amount of great feedback on the “Diggin’ Snow” story, which was a head-to-head comparison of five tread types (all-season, all-terrain, mud-terrain, studded snow tire, and non-studded snow tire). The comparison was completed at the Bridgestone Winter Driving School, and the tires were chosen and provided by Tire Rack based on the highest customer satisfaction rating in each category. That last piece of information regarding tire selection should answer readers wondering why the story didn’t include a specific brand and model of tire. We are currently in the process of testing more tires in snow and look forward to passing along our experiences. Stay tuned.