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TSL SS in the snow?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by blazen91, Feb 2, 2001.

  1. blazen91

    blazen91 1/2 ton status

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    I was thinking of getting Swampers, but wondered how they worked in the snow. Not thay we get much here in CA! But I am curious.TIA

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  2. tRustyK5

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    Hey Mike, I can't say that I have extensive experience with TSL's in the snow, but on our last run we were in the snow and the Swampers did just fine. The snow was about 6" deep, kinda wet and mostly packed down. I haven't had them on snowy streets yet, and I haven't had them in deep powder yet either. I'm sure they'd be good in the deep stuff as it is similar to mud. I'm sure they suck on ice, but then most mud tires do![​IMG]

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  3. Brian 89KBlazer

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    I've read post after post over the past couple of years regarding tire capabilities in snow and rain and have come to the following conclusion; GET WHAT YOU LIKE!!! [​IMG] Don't mean to be snotty but since my Blazer has been parked for a rebuild, I've been driving my wife's Chev Lumina with heaviliy siped snow tires and I've found that it does no better in snow than any other tire I've had on my Blazer! Once the treads pack up with slush & snow, they're gonna slip on the roadways - Period! In terms of driving in slush and rain, my experience has been that the deeper treads of a mud terrain actually keeps you from hydroplaning as the deep tread provides a channel for water to escape through. The only situation where I can see that the mud tire might be a little worse by comparison is on pure ice. But in that case, tell me what tire is gonna stick. I don't mind Blizzack's claim that it "sticks to ice". Give me a set and watch me make'm slip!!
    I guess the point is that I've spent a long time agonizing over the same question as many have as to which mud tire does what. But this winters driving on car tires meant for the road, I've decided that the benefits of having an aggressive mud tire on my truck for the many times I'll want to venture through deep snow or mud will far outweight the few times I encounter pure ice on the roadways! For that matter, I can always pull to the side of the road and drive in the snow banks for grip with my bloody big MUD tires!![​IMG][​IMG]

    Sorry for the rant and I hope this helps in your decision making!

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    i totally agree with brian they will be good in the snow and as far as ice nothing but chains help

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    Thanks for the input. The reason I am asking, is on our trip to Big Bear, one guy had Thornbirds. They sucked in the snow. Once they got packed, he just spun the tires. Like I said before, I don't get alot of snow where I live, but when I am in it, a good tire is priceless!

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    The 38" TSL's that I have work good here in MN. They work good in the snow and I haven't had any problems on ice yet, and the road I live on is solid ice. The tires do seem to spin a lot easier then other tires on ice, but I have yet to fishtail in my truck yet. I drove thru some snow that was half way up my tires with out a problem, and I only had to use 4 wheel drive for a little bit when my back tires got on some ice. I like them a lot.

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    No offense to the guy with the Thornbirds, but I've heard that they suck at everything. I think i saw one person that liked them, I can't remember who. There was a thread either here or at Off-Road.com about Thornbirds and it was pretty unanimous. Major Suckage.

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    Yep I'd have to agree on the thornbirds, not from experience, but from everything I've read on them I cant think of any positive statement on em. Man when I first laid eyes on them I knew I just had to have em, but since have changed my mind.

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