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Old 12-04-2007, 11:56 AM
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Winter tires? For cars!

So last week I had my first real experience in the snow and slop and ice with my 2006 GTI. This one supposedly has the 'All Season' tires. Riiiight....

Even with the all seasons it was hopeless.

My years in Europe taught me that winter tires make a massive difference in winter driving.

I ordered a set today. Hate to drop that money on something which isn't for the bike, but it's the right thing to do.

Who else installs real winter wheels for their car?
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:04 PM
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I just got a set of BFGoodrich 33x10.5x15's ALT's on my vehicle so I should be all set....as long as it's not real icy.




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Old 12-04-2007, 12:11 PM
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I'm considering installing a set of new Blizzaks on a jalopy that I bought specifically for winter use. It's a junker, so I don't care if someone else slides into it, gets scratched by gravel/sand/salt on the roadway, or appearance.
True snow tires will provide great grip at the expense of some extra noise. Police cars around here run snow tires from around Thanksgiving through springtime.
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:19 PM
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Driveway from hell and I need to get out before the plow arrives ...
awd + 4 snows
currently running dunlop winter sport m3
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:22 PM
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My wunnerful hubby called me last night to tell me he was ordering a set of Michelin Latitude X-Ice for my Trooper. Who needs diamonds and jewelry when you got him?
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:32 PM
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The Penske way to prep your BMW for a Vermont winter.

Steel Rims
Blizzak tires
277lb portland cement, bagged in trunk
Heated garage

Park said BMW in garage, await spring.
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:40 PM
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I don't -- not in northern Virginia -- but when I lived up north I had to (and did).
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:40 PM
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Personally I'd be disappointed that the GTI would require dedicated snow tires as a front wheel drive car...

I'd suspect you just have a poor set of All season tires.. (What are they?)

I didn't drive the GTI as it hadn't been released yet IIRC but I drove the front wheel drive A3 before buying my Acura RSX Type S... my car did OK in the snow with the stock all season tires and is now quite good with the better all season tires I got this winter..

These cars to me just shouldn't require 2 sets of rims/tires to get by.. they aren't nearly fast enough/sporty enough IMO to justify that kind of expense..

If you're totally hard up and have a brand new set of all seasons which work OK in other parts of the year but are totally unworkable in the winter I guess it makes a lot of sense to get a second set of rims + dedicated snow tires.. if you could sell your existing tires and switch to a better all-season that could cost less though..

The tires I just got were the Goodyear F1 All Season.. they are fantastic in every type of weather so far. Grippier then stock in the dry, 100% better in the rain, probably 50% better in the snow at least. Short of a blizzard at a ski area up in the mountains I'm not worried at all.
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:42 PM
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Steel Rims
Blizzak tires
277lb portland cement, bagged in trunk...

What's with this idea of adding weight to the car for winter driving? I know of a lot of people who put sand bags in the trunk - like the average driver can handle oversteer? The ice racing guys are looking for the lightest cars, knowing that more weight is harder to get around a turn. The hot setup in ice racing (if the term "hot" can be applied to ice racing) is the Chevy Sprint (rebadged Suzuki Swift GTI) with the 1 liter turbo motor and 185/60-14 Blizzak WS-50's. At 1700 pounds it'll outrun a WRX on ice.
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:46 PM
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Who else installs real winter wheels for their car?
Not me, but I am looking for a new swinsuit. It's resort season atmo.

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Old 12-04-2007, 12:52 PM
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All-season radials vs. a good winter weather tire like a Nokian?
Night and day. On a GTI or any other front driver.

Put'em on all 4 corners.
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:54 PM
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Just put 4 new Blizzak's on my wife's Honda van. I've used them for 8 years and they work very well here in the snow and ice.

www.tirerack.com
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:57 PM
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Another vote for blizzaks. I had a set for winter driving while I was at school in Ann Arbor and was pretty pleased.
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:59 PM
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The snow is Western Michigan is especially slick because it has a high water content. Something about that lake nearby, I guess...

When I lived in California, I had snows on my Saab one winter. It made a HUGE difference in traction - I could drive it through deep snow and feel a lot of grip, where it just would have spun the wheels with regular tires.
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Old 12-04-2007, 01:02 PM
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These cars to me just shouldn't require 2 sets of rims/tires to get by.. they aren't nearly fast enough/sporty enough IMO to justify that kind of expense..
That expense is your only contact with the road... As for the not fast enough or sporty enough, showroom stock Neons lap NHI faster than most 911's on lapping days...
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