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Old 07-19-2009, 12:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I may end up driving out to beaver creek/vail, CO area this winter in my jeep wrangler. For people that live out there, do you suggest getting tire chains on 4wd vehicles? Or is 4wd enough?
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Get some decent tires and use common sense and you'll be fine. I live in the foothills of CO and I don't even own any tire chains. I need to pick some up just in case, but I've never needed them nor ever came close to needing them.
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If you are indeed the "snowjeeper" you make yourself out to be you should already know. Sorry couldn't resist. Honestly if you have a 4wd Wrangler and keep some good rubber on the wheels you will be fine if you know how to drive in snow. The only reason I see people really use tire chains around here is to go 4wheeling in the snow (bad idea unless heavily prepared) or because they routinely have to tow out their stupid drunk friends that go 4wheeling in snow, without chains, and not prepared. That sums it up. Oh and if you have a 2wd car. BFGoodrich All terrain tires are hands down the BEST snow tires you can put on a 4x4 in Colorado. The are well siped and do great on ice and packed snow. Not as well as a mud terrain will do in DEEP mushy snow but that's a small price to pay. Generally in that situation you are close to screwed anyway. If you are worried about getting to the grocery store, they do plow so I wouldn't worry too much.
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4wd is a crock of shit. what you want to do is rent a rear wheel drive mustang with texas plates and low profile tires. Drive at least 30mph over the speed limit at all times and be sure to e brake all corners and drift.
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4wd is a crock of shit. what you want to do is rent a rear wheel drive mustang with texas plates and low profile tires. Drive at least 30mph over the speed limit at all times and be sure to e brake all corners and drift.
i'm still laughing from the "wtf"ness of that...
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Texans don't drive mustangs they ride em From what I've seen they are king when it comes to 2wd suburbans or escalades with $5000 worth of equpment they could never possibly need for that "spring break" trip they take every year to Colorado.
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Texans don't drive mustangs they ride em From what I've seen they are king when it comes to 2wd suburbans or escalades with $5000 worth of equpment they could never possibly need for that "spring break" trip they take every year to Colorado.
Sit in Silverthorne at Arby's and watch the plethora of convertible mustangs that roll in to MSO on any big weekend it's amusing. Especially when they leave their gear on the top and drive away.
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4wd is a crock of shit. what you want to do is rent a rear wheel drive mustang with texas plates and low profile tires. Drive at least 30mph over the speed limit at all times and be sure to e brake all corners and drift.
Yes, thank you BA. lol.

I believe my tires are ATS, and they did great in the snow out here last 2 winters. We had 120 inches of snow in just the first 2 months of winter. But that's still nothing compared to driving through the passes, but i suppose if there's so much snow that ATS tires can't handle it, we're kinda screwed anyway.

I've been tempted to pick up another set of wheels and buy snow tires for it, that would be amusing. you can already pretty much cut through any reasonable amount of snow as it is.
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