Tire Chains vs Studded Tires
Typical Tire Chains
My concern is to know the pros and con of using chains versus studded tires.
I live on a steep narrow road that can become almost impassable in the winter.
I have a '93 Cherokee
that can get up and down on most days with BF Goodrich
31 x 10.5 x 15 all terrain tires. I've also used A/T tires with studs in the past, although these were not winter tires.
I'm considering buying studded winter tires; however, the largest size available here is 235 75R 15. I have a speedo gear replacement that will compensate for the difference in wheelsize.
On the worst winter days only chains have worked for me. Even my wife's Subaru with all wheel drive and studded snow tires can't make it up the road, while my jeep with chains and any old tire will go up just about anything.
If I buy new snow tires my existing chains become unusable due to the difference in tire size, and I'm worried that even with snow tires, there will be days when only chains will get me home.
The cost of new tires may run close to $500 plus a set of new chains maybe $160. Is there a cost benefit to this switch over, or should I continue using my current tire set-up?