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Old 10-07-2010, 04:29 PM
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Toyo Open Country MT's Good in snow?

Looking for a new set of tires 35x12.50x18 are the toyos good in the snow?
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Old 10-07-2010, 04:34 PM
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I have the exact tires you are looking at and the deepest snow they have ever been in was about 6 inches and they did pretty well. I'm sure someone that has a little more experience in the snow will chime in soon.
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For good in snow you want alot more siping then what the Toyo MT has. Siping is where the snow traction comes into play.

Kumho AT, Nitto AT, Goodyear Duratrak, Toyo AT, or the Dunlop Maxx MT are all excellent choices in excellent snow tires that can preform wonderfully all other times of the year. the GY and Dunlop are the closeset to a MT while still having the Mountain Snowflake Symbol rating on the tire tread.

Prior to the Nitto AT's I have now - I had the Kumho's during the 3 blizzards we had here - it was like the truck was on tracks! Awesome traction! 3 feet of snow - unplowed roads, and no problems what so ever. Ran hospital runs for 16 hours.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:22 PM
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For the wet snows we have in NC the AT's dont work as well as the MT's. I think the wet snow we have acts more like mud and the AT's tend to clog up while the MT's clean out.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:31 PM
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An MT tire, ANY MT tire will perform best in the mud, period. If you want a tire that will perform good in snow, ice, rain, etc. and still handle the off road decently (but not near as well as an MT) get an AT tire. It's a trade off... No tire will do it all well. You have to decide what type of driving your truck will do most of the time and make the best choice from there. Your other option is to get the MT tire and sipe it yourself with a siping tool. Most people don't have one. I have access to one simply because we have one for the stock car... Keep in mind that if you sipe a MT tire (that generally have large solid tread blocks) you will wear that tire a lot faster than if you didn't.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:34 PM
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If that is the case why have all the AT's I have tried not worked as well as the MT's. Could it be that conditions vary so the tire to use will very as well, or do we just say this what to use period! I think you should talk to the people that live in the same area and see what they like on the same size truck.

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Old 10-07-2010, 05:55 PM
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I ran the cooper STTs last winter, which is an MT tire I believe and were awesome in the snow, just thought maybe I would see better than 20,000 miles out of them. If I could get the same style tread with a tire that would last longer Id be very happy. thanks for the replys I appreciate it, Mike
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Toyo's are lousy in the rain and just Ok in the snow..but we get wet snow here so may be different results for different kinds of snow. Like was said earyler siping is whats needed. I'll take a more open AT here.
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Usually its been my experience that a AT will do a lot better in just about any condition except mud than a MT will do. Most MTs do not have enough siping. Now you can get a MT tire and have the tread siped and it will handle a lot better. There are some tire shops that still do it. It voids the warranty on the tires though and most chain type shops do not do it. Maybe they do it in the cold climates
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I have not had a set of Toyos, but the ProComp Xtreme MT's are HORRIBLE in the snow! I was always told that a mud tire is just that, a MUD tire. They say you actually want a tire to fill up with snow, but be able to clean out some because snow on snow is the best traction. After spinning and sliding around all last winter in the snow, I decided those were the last MT tires I'd purchase. I recently bought a set of Goodyear Duratracs and am eagerly waiting for some snow to try them out. If I were you I'd give them a look. They appear to be a good compromise between an allterrain tire and a Mud terrain tire.

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