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mud grips and snow

I've got 305 55 20 nitto mud graps for my summer tires. however my winter tires I just noticed are pretty bald. instead of spending another 1,000 dollars on tires, does anyone know how bad it really is to use mud tires in the snow? im highly considering just leaving them on for the winter. I guess I should mention too the titan plows about 5 driveways, and we don't USUALLY get that much snow, but last year got a 2 foot nor'easter any input is appreciated, thanks

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Re: mud grips and snow

I don't have personal experience, but I have been told mud tires aren't that great in the snow.

If you don't get much snow, you would probably be ok and may want to consider chains for plowing if you need them. A set f chains would be cheaper than tires. Running as large of a tire a you are may make it tough to clear chains in the fenders though


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I've got 305 55 20 nitto mud graps for my summer tires. however my winter tires I just noticed are pretty bald. instead of spending another 1,000 dollars on tires, does anyone know how bad it really is to use mud tires in the snow? im highly considering just leaving them on for the winter. I guess I should mention too the titan plows about 5 driveways, and we don't USUALLY get that much snow, but last year got a 2 foot nor'easter any input is appreciated, thanks
I live in Wyoming where we get plenty of snow. I would say 75 percent of the trucks here have mud tires on them. I have personally had mud tires (Goodyear Wrangler MTR and Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac (close to mud) and they both did great). The Duratrac's were better. I mean deep snow and ice and they both did well. These were not oversize tires by much though.
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Re: mud grips and snow

My old mud grapps were terrible in the rain... Wouldn't even want to try snow. They kick *** offroad, but snow... Nope. No way they'll be worth a damn.


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Re: mud grips and snow

Mud Graps did well in the snow on a few snowboarding trips to Mammoth and Big Bear. Decent amount of snow, nothing crazy. I kept it in 4WD and was careful behind the wheel, good to go.





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Re: mud grips and snow

It's not the snow you should worry about its ICE. Once you figure out their limitations you will be fine.

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It all depends on how well the siping is on your mud tires. No siping = no bueno in snow and ice.

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Re: mud grips and snow

I always run mud tires in the winter up here in Canada, and they do just fine. AZPro4x hit the nail right on the head: Mud tires are great in snow but terrible on ice. You will do fine as long as your tires arent too worn and you know your limitations. The main thing is that you need to have some siping left on the tread in order to get any traction on ice. If your tires are worn and there is no siping left, then it is SCARY when you are driving on icy roads or in freezing rain. But if your tires still have lots of life left, just slow down and use 4wd (if you have it) and you will do OK.


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Re: mud grips and snow

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It all depends on how well the siping is on your mud tires. No siping = no bueno in snow and ice.
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I don't drive on much ice, but the same is true for all the wet roads I travel on throughout the year. Big lugs + no siping = slip and slide. That is why I ride on the tires I have. Wet traction is a must down here.

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Re: mud grips and snow

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It's not the snow you should worry about its ICE. Once you figure out their limitations you will be fine.
From my experience, mud tires do great in the snow....unless it's cold and there is ice underneath. Not too many tires do well on ice but mud tires are about the worst I've used. BTW, ice fishing will be here soon in MN!
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Re: mud grips and snow

Just be careful and learn how the tires work in the winter and you will be fine. Up here in fairbanks a lot of people run m/t's in the winter and are fine. From what they have told me the m/t's do good in the snow, but you need to be super careful when it comes to ice.

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Yeah my pro comps got around fine last year with 18" of snow.

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Re: mud grips and snow

Duratracs do great in snow and ice because it's a winter rated all terrain tire. Mud tires do ok in deeper snow, but as others have said they suck on ice. Especially tires with little or no siping. A great example is the BFG MT. They might as well be slicks if the snow is 1/4" or less and/or there is ice on the road.

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Re: mud grips and snow

thanks for the help. yeah the ice is what im really worried about. i dont wanna hit the brakes and slide through my garage. will the weight of the plow and counter weight help with the ice or just make it worse? i guess my main question is do you guys suggest leaving my almost bald goodyears (the factory tires) on or switch to the muds

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