Originally Posted by dirtanddogfur
Is anyone running actual winter tires on their rig?
I am contemplating it.
Just sold a set of Les Schwab studded snows that came off my Tacoma. Those things were like claws and could climb trees. I used the same type for years to make sure I could get up to the mountain for Ski Patrol duty.
The day I sold them, I rolled them up next to the BFG KO2's on the van, driven all year round. Except for the studs, the snows had nothin over the KO2s. I fact, I'd say the tread lugs on the KO2s are beefier. But so much quieter. One year, I had the studs pulled out and the snows were still much noisier than the KO2's.
I came home from work last night in 5-6 inches of new snow with ice in some patches underneath. Even with my 2WD, the van was steady and sure. At a certain incline it's going to fail, but I'm impressed so far with the tread's performance in snow. (Chains are always in the van for backup, tho).
Hope this helps your contemplation.