Willys tires in the snow....

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I have been going back and forth between a Willys and a Rubicon.
I really wouldn't use the off road features of the Rubicon, but like the painted fenders and option for leather interior.
I do like the looks of the Willys and have been leaning that way.
How do the Fireston MT's that come on it do on the snow?





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According to tire rack they do very well in all conditions. Hope this helps.
 

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I replaced the KO2s with the Firestone MTs in 35" on my lifted rubicon. Zero regrets given.
 

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If you like the MT's but worry about them in the snow, you can find a shop to sipe them. I had this done on two sets of MT's (first gen MTR's and Hankook RT03 MT's) for my TJ. I only did the center lugs as that is what the shop recommended. Since I see a lot of rock crawling, the outer lugs would have a higher tendency to chunk with the outer lugs siped. I never had a loss of a tread block on the center blocks. The first gen MTR's were the worst tire I have ever had for icy/snowy roads, downright scary! After the siping, they were very good and I never worried about loss of traction.

With a good siping, an MT is the best of both worlds. Siping to handle icy/snow packed road, and large voids to handle the deep snow. When my Pats wear out, I will be going with either the KM3, STT Pro, or Trail Grappler and will have the center blocks siped.

Additional siping can also lead to longer tread life, as the sipes can help keep the tread blocks cooler. I was able to get 45k miles out of the MTR's and sold them with 4-5 32nds left.
 

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If you like the MT's but worry about them in the snow, you can find a shop to sipe them. I had this done on two sets of MT's (first gen MTR's and Hankook RT03 MT's) for my TJ. I only did the center lugs as that is what the shop recommended. Since I see a lot of rock crawling, the outer lugs would have a higher tendency to chunk with the outer lugs siped. I never had a loss of a tread block on the center blocks. The first gen MTR's were the worst tire I have ever had for icy/snowy roads, downright scary! After the siping, they were very good and I never worried about loss of traction.

With a good siping, an MT is the best of both worlds. Siping to handle icy/snow packed road, and large voids to handle the deep snow. When my Pats wear out, I will be going with either the KM3, STT Pro, or Trail Grappler and will have the center blocks siped.

Additional siping can also lead to longer tread life, as the sipes can help keep the tread blocks cooler. I was able to get 45k miles out of the MTR's and sold them with 4-5 32nds left.
I'm not even going to lie, I had to look this up because I had no idea what you were talking about. Good information to know.
 

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The siping does help. That is one reason I went with the Firestone MT2's is that they come with good siping. They are even studdable.
 

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I'm not even going to lie, I had to look this up because I had no idea what you were talking about. Good information to know.
This will more than likely void the tire manufacturers warranty though.
 

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