AT vs Winter Tires, Real World Experience

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I’ve never had AT tires and always run on dedicated winter tires between November and April. I’ve gathered online that snow rated ATs are better than all season in snow/ice but not as good as dedicated winter tires. Can anyone share their personal experiences with ATs vs winter tires? Are folks in ski country planning to run ATs year round or get a second set of tires/wheels for a dedicated winter set-up?



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I've ordered the BL. If I wanted to run dedicated winter tires, can I purchase just the BL rims?
 

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I've ordered the BL. If I wanted to run dedicated winter tires, can I purchase just the BL rims?
I think you'll have to ask your dealer if they can order another set for you. In normal world order and if it was an already stock then that would be simple.
 

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I'm about to get my fingers on my Badlands.....Woohoo!
I cannot, however, get rims from Ford to mount Snow Tires. Insurance is a bit cheaper if you run Snow Tires in the Winter here in Ontario. Was thinking of running 225 snow tires, in the event that I need to throw chains on.
Canadian Tire has honest to really steelies that might do the job and will not get beaten up with chains. Can anyone out there provide the bolt spacing / pattern?

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If you’re using them just for winter, I wonder if you could use steel escape rims, the ones that come with plastic hubcaps. I believe they are 17”. Our escape has aluminum wheels but they are 17.”

a set of steel rims would be cheaper than a set of aluminum I would think.
 

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I'm about to get my fingers on my Badlands.....Woohoo!
I cannot, however, get rims from Ford to mount Snow Tires. Insurance is a bit cheaper if you run Snow Tires in the Winter here in Ontario. Was thinking of running 225 snow tires, in the event that I need to throw chains on.
Canadian Tire has honest to really steelies that might do the job and will not get beaten up with chains. Can anyone out there provide the bolt spacing / pattern?

Cheers

5 x 108 (4.25"). Wheel offset is +37.5mm on the stock Big Bend wheels. I assume the Badlands offset is the same.
 

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5 x 108 (4.25"). Wheel offset is +37.5mm on the stock Big Bend wheels. I assume the Badlands offset is the same.
Here are the Spec's from the Canadian Tire Website for the Steel Rims.

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I use studless snows on my front wheel drive car (Focus ZX3) and it's pretty impressive but I honestly have had great luck with the Falken Wildpeaks AT3W's on my two Expeditions. Haven't found any need yet to do more. Anxious to try my BL with the Wildpeaks!
 

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I’ve never had AT tires and always run on dedicated winter tires between November and April. I’ve gathered online that snow rated ATs are better than all season in snow/ice but not as good as dedicated winter tires. Can anyone share their personal experiences with ATs vs winter tires? Are folks in ski country planning to run ATs year round or get a second set of tires/wheels for a dedicated winter set-up?
A/T Tires are just as good as winter as long as they have the snowflake symbol on side or M&S if not then they are just all seasons . Invest in a good tire with that symbol and you only need 1 set . I live in a condo so don't have room for winter tires
 

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