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Hi guys, longtime lurker first time poster. I have a 2005 cclb srw 2wd. Had it maybe 4 years. At first I would just switch to a beater in the winter since it was so worthless in snow with a thousand pound engine and such a long wheelbase. Now I'm traveling and need to make a decision on freshening up this unit or trading up. Not that I wouldn't love a 6.7 with 4wd, I just like owning my truck instead of the bank. Anyone tried winter tires on a unit like this in the Midwest and had acceptable results?
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I would not waste the money on a set of dedicated winter tires. A winter rated/ M+S all terrain would be leaps and bounds a head of the typical all season/highway tires on these trucks. I run the BFG AT2 on my 1999 f250 and we see 60+inches of snow and -25 degrees for a good chunk of one month. I run general grabber at2s on the wifes Subaru.

Like you mentioned the biggest issue is the engine/empty bed. Throw a few hundred pounds in the bed and it will help. I strapped 100lbs worth of material in the back of my 2wd I had in highschool (little Toyota with 5pd) the weight alone was a big improvement.

Granted a set of studded winter tires will yield the best results but that you have to store them in the summer. I did that for one winter and the winter tires were good but the all terrain tires were nicer because all I did was rortate them. no more swapping sets every season.


BFGoodrich at2, General Grabber at2, Yokohoma Geolander at g105, Toyo Open country, (not a fan of nittos previous AT tires personally. ran them on two trucks and meh), Cooper discover stt max (although its a mt classification its tread design is very similar to an AT and very popular for plow trucks in my area.
 

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Back when I had a 2wd pickup I just carried a set of chains - good chains. Never got stuck. But I'm not sure what the laws back in the Midwest are regarding chains. I remember when I was growing up in Chicago in the 60's, the city did not allow chains - probably because they tear up the pavement. But out West (I'm in Nevada) there are many times when signs pop up saying "Chains Required". Even though I have a 4wd pickup, I don't use snow tires, or even off road tires. I tow an RV and use highway tires all the time. Since I'm retired now, if it's snowing and there's not an emergency I don't even open the front door - ha. But I do carry a set of good chains during the winter months - just in case.

With your front axle weighing 3-4k and your rear axle much less (unless you carry lots of junk in the back - like I do - ahem), traction could be a problem. But you already know that, right?
 
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I disagree with Justin. A good set of winter specific tires will be leaps and bounds better than a set of anything with just a m+s label slapped on them. M+S tires are great for 4wd trucks but a 2wd really needs a dedicated winter tire along with 500 lbs of load in the bed. On my 2wd gasser whenever it snowed I would load the bed with snow from my driveway and it never got stuck that truck has transforce ht.
 

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Thank you for the help guys! I usually do the shovel the snow in the bed trick already, you have to shovel it somewhere and then the problem becomes it's own solution. This truck definitely has highway mileage tires on it. The previous owner bought them right before selling and I didn't want to waste them.

If you guys are saying snow tires are worth a shot it would be less than one payment on a new truck. Plus I hate to get nothing for trade and I'd have nowhere to put this vehicle if I had a new one. I'll start shopping for snow tires.
Thank you for the input!
 

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From the tires I've had experience with, I really like the cooper discoverer M+S studded and sypped. They get crazy good traction.
People have already mentioned weight in the bed. In my 87 ranger I'd put 400lbs of sand bags in the bed even though it is a 4x4 and that improved traction a lot.
 

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Your differential is another thing to consider. An open diff will spin the tire with the least traction. Adding an inexpensive locker (Aussie, Ox, whatever) helps tremendously.
 

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I must add that when I was growing up in Chicago (as mentioned above) I always had a set of "Snow Tires" mounted on some junk wheels that I swapped on and off with the coming and going of the season. It used to snow a LOT, and they were well worth the money, and the effort to swap them out every year. These were used on the old hot rod "muscle cars", not pickups. Pickups were not cool back then, at least not in the 'big city'. Snow tires made the difference between getting stuck and not getting stuck. And beating other non-snow tire cars from 'green lights' - :wink[3]:
 

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I must add that when I was growing up in Chicago (as mentioned above) I always had a set of "Snow Tires" mounted on some junk wheels that I swapped on and off with the coming and going of the season. It used to snow a LOT, and they were well worth the money, and the effort to swap them out every year. These were used on the old hot rod "muscle cars", not pickups. Pickups were not cool back then, at least not in the 'big city'. Snow tires made the difference between getting stuck and not getting stuck. And beating other non-snow tire cars from 'green lights' - :wink[3]:
Yes having another set of rims is the way to go for sure. Saves time and money in the long run.
 

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Your differential is another thing to consider. An open diff will spin the tire with the least traction. Adding an inexpensive locker (Aussie, Ox, whatever) helps tremendously.
Keep in mind though that with a the dif locked your rear end will whip around a lot quicker.
Depending on what kind.
For some reason "lunchbox" got corrected to Ox. An Ox locker, yes. A Aussie or lunch box no. Better yet, IMHO a Truetrac. Axle shafts locked together will cause handling issues (not insurmountable if you can drive) in snow. Lockers like the Aussie or TT are different and are great in snow and mud.
 

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BFG KO2's. I run them year around....
 
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