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Winter truck tires #14160495 09/28/19
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Looking for the best winter truck tire a guy can get. Will be hunting Idaho and driving back and fourth over White Pass Wa. Gotta grab on snow and ice! Will need to haul a 26’ trailer at some point. 3/4 Chevy. Thanks for any advice!


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Re: Winter truck tires [Re: Shag] #14173216 10/02/19
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Goodyear Duratrac has a great reputation in snow though reportedly has soft sidewalls and may be a bit squirrely towing heavier loads with a 3/4 ton. Hankook Dynapro ATM is a very popular truck tire for winter use around here and is worth a look. I'm currently running Cooper ST Maxx on a 3/4 ton deisel and have been happy with winter performance. They will need to be replaced soon and am considering the Hankook as well as the Nitto Terra Grappler that I've heard good things about.

Re: Winter truck tires [Re: Shag] #14173357 10/02/19
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I put Kelly Safari TSR's on a 3/4 ton GMC I had. I also had them studded. The most I hauled with them was a horse trailer since I only had them on in the winter. Great tire IMHO. I have a RAM 1 ton diesel now and tried Duratracs on it last winter. I didn't like how they handled in deep snow so I took them off and put some Kelly TSR's on it They were also wearing out pretty quick. I think the TSR's are a better tire. Of course it maybe the heavy diesel that makes me not like the Duratracs. I don't know. I'll have to see this winter how the TSR's work on it. I did put the Duratracs on my 3/4 plow truck that came off the RAM. Maybe they'll do better on it.

A friend really likes the Cooper M+S, especially since he got them studded.

Re: Winter truck tires [Re: Shag] #14173385 10/02/19
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I have been running BFG KO2’s on my Chevrolet 2500 and been really happy with them. Not pulling a travel trailer but a 7x14 dump trailer with a load in. I travel Stevens Pass 2-3 times a month. The 3/4 ton Dodge is running Cooper AT3’s with a heavy camper in the bed. Haven’t had on snow yet so no comment but for normal use with the camper they have worked well.

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Re: Winter truck tires [Re: JGray] #14174758 10/03/19
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Originally Posted by JGray
considering the Hankook as well as the Nitto Terra Grappler that I've heard good things about.


Nitto Exo Grappler is more stable (1 more sidewall belt) and has better traction than the Terra, especially on an HD pickup. I currently have a set of Terras I run in the summer and Exo's I run in the winter on my '11 F250 6.7L. Just swapped the Exo's on this week. 0 difference in fuel mileage between the 2, similar road noise, Exo is exponentially more predictable cornering @ highways speeds and/or carrying a load in a cross-wind, no squishiness.

As I've stated many times before, Exo's have been fantastic for me here in ND where we got lots of hard-packed snow/ice. As big of a fan of the Exo's as I am, I've had Blizzaks on at least 1/2 dozen fleet vehicles over the years and no AT tire comes anywhere close to a dedicated directional soft-compound winter-only "Snow Tire" for slickery stuff.

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Re: Winter truck tires [Re: horse1] #14175050 10/03/19
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considering the Hankook as well as the Nitto Terra Exo Grappler that I've heard good things about.


Nitto Exo Grappler is more stable (1 more sidewall belt) and has better traction than the Terra, especially on an HD pickup. I currently have a set of Terras I run in the summer and Exo's I run in the winter on my '11 F250 6.7L. Just swapped the Exo's on this week. 0 difference in fuel mileage between the 2, similar road noise, Exo is exponentially more predictable cornering @ highways speeds and/or carrying a load in a cross-wind, no squishiness.

As I've stated many times before, Exo's have been fantastic for me here in ND where we got lots of hard-packed snow/ice. As big of a fan of the Exo's as I am, I've had Blizzaks on at least 1/2 dozen fleet vehicles over the years and no AT tire comes anywhere close to a dedicated directional soft-compound winter-only "Snow Tire" for slickery stuff.

Thanks, horse1 - I was thinking Exo not Terra based on your previous posts.

Re: Winter truck tires [Re: Shag] #14176414 10/04/19
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Look at something like cooper discoverer M+S, Healthy size to the lugs but all lugs are also siped for flexibility which is huge. I wouldn't expect great longevity out of what ever ends up serving you well, but I think something like the cooper discoverer M&S is moderately priced. Maybe that's not true, I haven't priced them against blizzaks which of course are a no brainer. Can't go wrong with blizzaks.


I've got toyo C/T open country on my superduty which I to with and plow snow with. I do not recommend them, no flex to the lug. I kind of wish I had a set of blizzak or cooper disoverer M+S to put on in the winter. But, I'm a winter flatlander, not climbing and descending snowy passes with a trailer on, so I get by with the ninja foot.

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Re: Winter truck tires [Re: Shag] #14176434 10/04/19
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Forgot to mention firestone winterforce LT. I've really been impressed with them in the past on several trucks. Priced below blizzaks, similar price range to the cooper M+S I mentioned.


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Re: Winter truck tires [Re: Shag] #14183138 10/06/19
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Huh? No mention of Nokian Hakkapelittas? They make them in LT


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I had some HackUps for a while, studded. They weren't bad, not my favorite for towing but I don't tow anything really heavy in the winter. They were on a 3/4 ton dodge and my usual complaint about squishy sidewalls applied. I'd prefer Blizzaks.

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Re: Winter truck tires [Re: Shag] #14184527 10/07/19
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Originally Posted by Shag
Looking for the best winter truck tire a guy can get. Will be hunting Idaho and driving back and fourth over White Pass Wa. Gotta grab on snow and ice! Will need to haul a 26’ trailer at some point. 3/4 Chevy. Thanks for any advice!



Blizzak is the best winter tire I've ever used on a truck. Years ago in the gas truck I could get up my fairly steep snow/ice covered driveway in 2WD better than in 4WD with other tires. But they're soft and wear quckly driving them in non-winter conditions and I doubt you'd want to tow with them. I have 2 trucks, a Duramax and the old '94 light duty 3/4 gas truck. Both 4WD. The 7,000 lb diesel has limited slip and wears Duratrac tires, the 5,000lb gas truck has open dif and Kelly Edge tires. In winter getting up to my shop behind the house, when the snow's deeper than about 6 or 7" the Duramax with Duratracs won't make it, the lighter gas truck with Kelly tires will go through that stuff. I've been disappointed with the snow performance of the Duatrac, but they're very good on the road and other offroad stuff. However when the snow starts getting deeper they're not so good.

Re: Winter truck tires [Re: Ackman] #14194131 10/11/19
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Originally Posted by Ackman
Originally Posted by Shag
Looking for the best winter truck tire a guy can get. Will be hunting Idaho and driving back and fourth over White Pass Wa. Gotta grab on snow and ice! Will need to haul a 26’ trailer at some point. 3/4 Chevy. Thanks for any advice!



Blizzak is the best winter tire I've ever used on a truck. Years ago in the gas truck I could get up my fairly steep snow/ice covered driveway in 2WD better than in 4WD with other tires. But they're soft and wear quckly driving them in non-winter conditions and I doubt you'd want to tow with them. I have 2 trucks, a Duramax and the old '94 light duty 3/4 gas truck. Both 4WD. The 7,000 lb diesel has limited slip and wears Duratrac tires, the 5,000lb gas truck has open dif and Kelly Edge tires. In winter getting up to my shop behind the house, when the snow's deeper than about 6 or 7" the Duramax with Duratracs won't make it, the lighter gas truck with Kelly tires will go through that stuff. I've been disappointed with the snow performance of the Duatrac, but they're very good on the road and other offroad stuff. However when the snow starts getting deeper they're not so good.


Sounds like my experience with Duratracs.

Re: Winter truck tires [Re: Shag] #14195919 10/11/19
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Are you allowed to run studs on the road the whole distance? If so, I would get a dedicated set of rims and put studded snow tires on them. Something like Blizzaks with studs will go anywhere and stop when needed. But I'm not thinking that Blizzaks would be great for towing with a 3/4 ton and long trailer.

Maybe a studded set of DuraTracs. There shouldn't be that much "deep" snow on the roadways, and the DuraTracs hold the road pretty well even without studs.

Re: Winter truck tires [Re: Shag] #14196659 10/12/19
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my dedicated hunting truck is a 16 350 6.7...…..I changed out factory pretty quick and went to nitto mud ...not the super aggressive ones.

worked great but....loud…..wore super fast......went to dura tracs way quieter.....wearing better...like them so much having another dedicated winter set being put on this week....siped ? and studded...I also pull a 3 horse trailer...….

my other trucks I run Hankook really like them...….I see no need to change ...for me.....bob

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I agree with other posters that Blizzaks are the best as a dedicated snow/ice tire. I had some of the Firestone Winterforce tires on 2wd truck and they did a very good job as well (non-studded)

Re: Winter truck tires [Re: duckster] #14258608 11/05/19
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I bought a 2wd 3/4 ton Suburban and it was worthless in the winter. Then I bought tire chains. Yippeekaya!

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Re: Winter truck tires [Re: SeanD] #14259348 11/06/19
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Originally Posted by SeanD
Huh? No mention of Nokian Hakkapelittas? They make them in LT



That's a Bingo!!!

I have run nokians for a number of years.

Last year, or maybe the year before, I coouldn't get nokians so I went with Blizzaks. I did way more slipping and sliding with the Blizzaks. I mean a lot more. Was not impressed.

About to get some winters for my wife's new pickup and I am checking into Nokians.


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Originally Posted by duckster
I agree with other posters that Blizzaks are the best as a dedicated snow/ice tire. I had some of the Firestone Winterforce tires on 2wd truck and they did a very good job as well (non-studded)


I have to respectfully disagree. With personal experience with blizzaks and hakkapelitas, the nokians are hands-down the superior tire.

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Studded nokians the last 3 winters on the f350 6.7. Been really happy with them. Only on for 3 or 4 months so longevity is great.

Re: Winter truck tires [Re: Shag] #14260348 11/06/19
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I like the Cooper Discoverer M&S that I put on my 2005 GMC Canyon, but I don't tow anything with it, so I can't comment on that aspect of your question.

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