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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-20-2007, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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winter driving... tire change?

hey guys, I have an 06 Commander and need to know opinions on winter/snow driving... do i need to replace the goodyear forteras on the jeep with some snow tires? my wife will be driving it around town and there will not be a ton of snow (Bend, Oregon) and I need to know if it is a better idea to have studded tires or perhaps just some traction tires. I just moved here and this is our first winter in the snow so any help would be appreciated. thanks
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welcome to the forum. Unless you want to change, I would use the stock all weather tires. They will handle most driving conditions. I am not familiar with that part of the country, but i havent heard of anyone using studs for sometime. Many places dont allow them. Where did you move from?
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well I know I have the 3.7 motor and 4x4 but I do not know what type of 4WD system I have... didn't know there were different ones. I am not a SUV guy normally! we moved from the Central Coast of California. Needless to say there was not any "weather" there. thanks for the replies
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If you are set on upgrading the tires, the Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmors also handle great in the snow. I have those tires paired with the HEMI and the QDII system. It has handled several inches of fresh powder beautifully.

The two available 4WD systems with your 3.7L are the QuadraTrac I or QuadraTrac II. Do you have a T-lever to the right of the transmission shift lever? If so, then you have QuadraTrac II.

http://www.jeep.com/en/4x4/how_systems_work/
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nope, no t-lever so I guess QT I is what i have... tires have great tread so not thinking of replacing yet... when I do I want to get a lift installed anyways. but that will probably wait till spring

thanks for that link. checking it out now!
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i have QT1 with the 3.7 and last year with the stock forteras i tried to get the tires to spin in a foot of snow and couldn't do it. it actually went better than my '96 GMC 4x4.
i say leave the stock ones on and you'll be fine.
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My 2 cents:
I would keep the stock tires and see how she feels with the weather. Make sure she drives slow and easy if she has never experienced snow. She will need to learn the behavior of the vehicle. It is a great vehicle for all types or weather conditions right from the factory. If she feels that it doesn't do well in the snow and feels unsafe then tires will be your best bet. If she gets past this winter and you put a 2" lift on it during the summer, you can put a slightly larger/more agressive tire on it then.
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Did a lot of driving in Oregon (grew up there), I would not spend the money on snow tires, the season is not that long and the snow is not that bad (also lived in North Dakota which has two seasons, winter and July 4th). Get a set of really good all season tires and enjoy your Jeep!





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For future reference, I wonder if anyone on this thread have yet tried the BFG All Terrain KO tires? I ask because they are a truck tire not a passenger car tire thus stiffer sidewalls and squarer edge (not rounded like passenger tires) and I wonder if they would rub? I use these tires on my wifes GC and as road tires on my TJ. I was once caught in a snowstorm in the mountains in Colorado in my TJ with those tires on. They closed the highway to all but rigs with chains. I just put it in 4wd hi AND drove all the way to Ouray from Durango in heavy snow with no problems at all. (there is a little snowflake on the sidewall which means chains not required). If anyone has successfully used these tires on a Commander that would be my choice for my next set of tires. john

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