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Old 09-16-2021, 05:18 PM   #1
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Snow tire advice??

Have a 20 foot 7-8k lb guy and I'm looking for cheap decent snow tires. Probably will have to buy new anybody already figured out what the best decent option is?

1987 e350 for the record looking for 235/85r16

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Old 09-16-2021, 06:22 PM   #2
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should be around 3,000 lbs per tire maximum.... IS this enough?

firestone winterforce, Nokian Hakkapeliitta, these are around $285 each

wally world has nexen winguard winspike for $125 --- cheapest out there

Hankook RW11 i-Pike around $160

I think if I had to blind guess I would go with the Hakkapeliitta in terms of snow/ice stick.

I usually go with michelins, but what they offer is pretty new and not enough reviews to say if they amount to any good.


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Old 09-16-2021, 11:07 PM   #3
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Invest in a proper sized set of snow chains.
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Old 09-17-2021, 04:36 PM   #4
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For about $2000 installed (a bit more if you don't have onboard air) you can get automatic snow chains on anything as big or bigger than an F150.
My OnSpot system is supposed to give 2,000 miles of chains engaged driving before needing the replaceable head unit replaced. That's a LOT of driving on snow/ice.

Some places just need snow tires/studs but if chains on the rears will do the job you need done, automatic chains are pretty darn awesome, don't require changing out tires seasonally or keeping two sets of wheels, and they're ALWAYS just the flip of a switch away.
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Old 09-19-2021, 09:14 PM   #5
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I need to google these new fangled automatic tire chains. Sounds very interesting. My advice would be to not drive in the snow but we all know that does not come by choice sometimes. As I get older, I begin to fear even slipping in the rain. Then again, I am in need of reading glasses. Yep this man is getting old!

I just came back to edit my reply now that I seen what auto chains are. Thats freaking cool! Curious about the longevity of the tires taking a beating. I guess you cannot put a price on safety.
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Old 09-20-2021, 10:17 AM   #6
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Automatic Tire Chains

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Old 09-20-2021, 02:22 PM   #7
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Thanks Marc for that great video link.
I've used auto chains several times on other vehicles and loved them, had them on my bus shopping wish list but didn't happen. I have manual chains for the bus but absolutely hate hanging triples. Maybe time to put them back on the shopping list.
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Old 09-20-2021, 02:25 PM   #8
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Yup, that's the system I have. There's another manufacturer in Idaho but I don't recall their name.
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Old 09-27-2021, 11:09 PM   #9
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2020, going into autumn rains and the potential for winter snow, we mounted four new Falken WildPeak AT3W on our 1996 Dodge Cummins 4x4... about 7,000# across the scale.
285-16.
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They seem adequate for our purposes.
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An aside:
We found another matching three wheels and used tires on craigslist.
We kept the best three of the seven tires-on-wheels as spares, mounted and ready to go.
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Our instigator was something we heard about 'supply-chain disruptions'... but that amounted to just a bunch of hot-air for getting folks riled-up.
Or was it?
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