Snow tires or Chains?

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On my '09 JK it stated:
Install chains on rear tires only. Tire chains may be installed on all models except the Sahara and Rubicon. Follow these recommendations to guard against damage and excessive tire and chain wear:

• Use chains on P225/75R16 tires only. P255/75R17, P255/70R18, and LT255/75R17 tires do not provide adequate clearance.
I’m good with that. As long as it is about clearance as an OEM that’s the advice they should give. I’ll use my chains using my own judgment. Hope I don’t have to.





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What tires are you looking at? And what will you be doing in Colorado? Off road chains hands down, but if you will be doing a lot of on road driving then you should consider tires. @Krondor suggest KO2 but I think they’ll be much more than $500 and actually that would be to replace your current tires which doesn’t seem to be your intention.
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Yes, Jeep made a great choice with the stock tires. The Rubicon has the BFG T/A KO2, which is an amazing tire. Not only are they M+S rated but they also carry the Mountain/snow flake icon indicating a "severe snow" rating. If you look at the treads you'll also notice siping which allows for better grip on ice. I had them on my wife's Grand Cherokee and they were one of the best tire I've ever run. I'd put them on par with the Goodyear Duratrac tires that I had on a Ram, which carries the same ratings as the KO2.
So if I read this correctly going up to Big Bear with my stock Rubicon tires should be fine since the tires are are snow rated? When driving through unplowed roads do you drive in 4H?

https://www.bigbearmountainresort.com/winter/plan-a-trip/transportation/road-conditions
 

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So if I read this correctly going up to Big Bear with my stock Rubicon tires should be fine since the tires are are snow rated? When driving through unplowed roads do you drive in 4H?
I've been to Big Bear many times in the snow. At checkpoints they will allow 4x4 w/o chains, but you must carry chains anyway. Tires must also be rated for snow like the BFG KO2s. I carry a set for just such requirements. They don't usually check but have done so occasionally.

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Thank you @TJ2018
Any recommendations for the chains to carry? Cheaper ones that work with the Rubi stock KO2s?
 

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Thank you @TJ2018
Any recommendations for the chains to carry? Cheaper ones that work with the Rubi stock KO2s?
I purchased Security Chain Company SZ462 Super Z8 8mm Commercial and Light Truck Tire Traction Chain on Amazon for $148.00

https://www.amazon.com/Security-Cha...ommercial+and+Light+Truck+Tire+Traction+Chain

I have NOT test fit them yet. As others have mentioned the KO2 might require a larger size due to the thick tread. Will do so before my next snow trip but keep them mostly to get past the chain inspectors. I have used the same chains offroad on a Frontier Pro-4X with success. (Yes, that's a mil-spec hummer with chains in front of me... conditions were that crappy).

Double check sizing on the Security Chain website.

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I purchased Security Chain Company SZ462 Super Z8 8mm Commercial and Light Truck Tire Traction Chain on Amazon for $148.00

https://www.amazon.com/Security-Cha...ommercial+and+Light+Truck+Tire+Traction+Chain

I have NOT test fit them yet. As others have mentioned the KO2 might require a larger size due to the thick tread. Will do so before my next snow trip but keep them mostly to get past the chain inspectors. I have used the same chains offroad on a Frontier Pro-4X with success. (Yes, that's a mil-spec hummer with chains in front of me... conditions were that crappy).

Double check sizing on the Security Chain website.

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So I ordered both the 462 and the 1 size up 474 and I can confirm that the 462's will NOT fit the KO2's on the Rubicon. The 474's fit fine, however. The 462's are going back tomorrow.
 

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So I ordered both the 462 and the 1 size up 474 and I can confirm that the 462's will NOT fit the KO2's on the Rubicon. The 474's fit fine, however. The 462's are going back tomorrow.
Good to know... thanks for checking! I've ordered the 474's and will return the 462's. .
 
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As a counterpoint, I had also ordered the 462's and test fit one of them. It was super tight, but I got it on including the rubber tightener. I have not had a chance yet to drive it with the chains on.
 

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So if I read this correctly going up to Big Bear with my stock Rubicon tires should be fine since the tires are are snow rated? When driving through unplowed roads do you drive in 4H?

https://www.bigbearmountainresort.com/winter/plan-a-trip/transportation/road-conditions
I haven't been to Big Bear, but dealing with some deep snow from lake effect (not uncommon to get a foot or more in one day) the tires do great, and often times get get by in 2wd until it starts getting deep. I normally use 4 Auto for general snow driving, but have used 2wd just to see if I could. When it gets deep 4H works great. Since your Rubicon won't have an auto selection, you can use 4H any time the roads are snow covered without hurting anything, so yes 4H for unplowed roads.
 

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As a counterpoint, I had also ordered the 462's and test fit one of them. It was super tight, but I got it on including the rubber tightener. I have not had a chance yet to drive it with the chains on.
Aww man... now I have confusion! LOL
 

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Thanks everyone. Spending $200 on the 474s feels steep for something I probably will never use with my Rubi. Then again it doesn't sound like a good idea to go cheap on something like this. Has anyone found other options like around $100 feels right. Appreciate it
 

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