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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Winter prep..

Hi , Just bought my truck,and I'm wondering how the stock 18" Goodyear Wranglers are in snow ?? Also should I put some sandbags in the empty bed for better traction ??

I've always used snow tires on my cars.I'm wondering if I should get some for the truck.I'm guessing 18" snow tires are not cheap!

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 12:06 PM
 
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Sandbags are recommended by many. I typically put 250-300 pounds in my Ranger.

I bought my Ranger in late Dec 2009 and drove the remainder of the winter in the stock Wranglers. Nothing special that I had noted. Had ordered winters when I bought my truck (not easy to find winter tires in late Dec/early Jan), but didn't have them installed until the following winter. It was over $1200 for a set of 16 inch Ford steel rims and four studded General Altimax Arctic winter tires. Probably could have saved another $100-$200 if I had ordered generic steel rims....but I didn't want any fitment or vibration issues.

I would check around to see if you can downsize to a 17 inch...or even a 16 inch (rears are disc brakes?). What's your stock tire size? LT- or P-rated winters?

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Armaguard sprayed on bed liner
Truxedo Low Pro QT tonneau cover
Studded General Altimax Arctic P245/75-16 winter tires on black steelies
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your reply.
Rears are discs . Stock tires are P rated.I'll try adding some sand bags and see how things go.Meantime I'll start saving for some winters,just in case I need them!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 05:47 PM
 
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The following URL gives you a rough idea on the cost of winter tires plus steel wheels for the F150...prices are in Toronto:

http://www.simplytire.com/winter/fordpdf.pdf

245/70-17 are 4.9% smaller than stock (assume stock is 275/65-18). I think that either 245/75-17 (-1.9%), 255/75-17 (-0.1%), 265/70-17 (-1.5%) would be a better fit....load rating differences would be less too...stock load rating is 114. 245/70-17 is 108. 245/75-17 is 110. 255/75-17 is 113. 265/70-17 is 115. I would check that your brake calipers will clear a 17 inch wheel (likely...but you don't want to find later that it doesn't).

I would definitely budget at least $200 per winter tire plus $100 for 17 inch steel wheels. Balancing, studs if desired, mounting, taxes, levies or eco fees would likely be extra. I would assume that you would want skip the TPMS sensors....I did since I don't mind the idiot light every so often....no need to calibrate the TPMS twice a year (with two different sets of TPMS sensors). I think that TPMS sensors are around $200 per set of four (another thread at this forum).

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Armaguard sprayed on bed liner
Truxedo Low Pro QT tonneau cover
Studded General Altimax Arctic P245/75-16 winter tires on black steelies
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Winter was a non event. The stock tires fine.I didn't use any sand bags.
But it was a mild winter without much snow in Calgary.

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