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Old 09-02-2008, 09:50 AM   #1
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SMB tire recommendations for snowy off-road conditions??

Any suggestions for an SMB tire that is a good compromise between rough dry off-road and snowy conditions? I live at 9000' and run into snow 8 months out of the year.

When I bought the SMB it had (and still has) Michelin LTX M/S (LT285/75 16) tires. They are fine on the road and for most summer conditions, but they aren't very good in snow - I had some particularly difficult times on spring backcountry skiing trips where the tread wasn't aggressive enough, and the rubber too hard to grip hardpacked snow and ice.

My worry with classic snow tires is they'll get chewed up very quickly in drier conditions - but the softer rubber is a good part of what makes them work in snow, it seems. Not sure there is a good solution, but any advice would be greatly appreciated.

2006 SMB RB E350 4x4 V10
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Old 09-02-2008, 01:21 PM   #2
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i run a set of BFG AT with studs and they are grate! and as far as wear goes i only use the van to go snowboarding on the weekends the rubber looks good just the studs have worn down a little.

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Old 09-02-2008, 01:35 PM   #3
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I would second the choice on BFG All Terrain's, a very good all round tire, decent highway and moderate off road with good performance in snow. With studs they would be awesome I think. I finally swapped mine out for Toyo MT's which get knocked a little on snow performance vs mud. But then again, I'm not exactly trying to run up and over Ophir Pass in late November either.....
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