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What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:06 pm

Hello all...  

Living in Canada... and yes it is the time of year again! that white stuff is not far away  .

Are you using winter, all season, studded/non studded tires?

Since I got a new car I needed a new set of winters, got myself IMO the best winter tires out there   a set of Hakkis made by Nokian Tire out of Finland  

Fantastic tire, guess not known to many people over here in North America

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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:03 pm

Continetal ExtremeWinterContact 205/50R16, studless ice/snow. Crazy cheap ($102/tire in NY), mounted on 16" steel wheels since I don't care about aesthetics for just a few months and smaller tires are better (stock tire size is 235/40R18).

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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:40 pm

General Altimax Arctic 215/55-16 on steel wheels... haven't bolted them on yet.

In the past I've used Toyo Observe G-02, Nokian Hakka 1, Federal Himalaya WS2. I found the Nokians were great on packed snow but somewhat lacking in slushy conditions. Observe G-02 was a good winter tire, the Federals were just OK.
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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:52 pm

I have the best winter tires out there. Brand new Continental TS850.
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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:04 pm

My winter tires are Michelin X-ICE 2's on separate "steelie" rims for easier swaping. I suppose I should start thinking about putting them on soon but we haven't had any snow or temps below -3/-4 so far where I live.
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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:09 pm

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 4):
haven't had any snow or temps below -3/-4 so far where I live.

What are your "other" tires? Are they all-season tires or summer tires? If they're summer tires, you should be running winter tires already since the rubber compound in summer tires gets too stiff below 40 degrees (+5 celcius) to be effective at gripping and handling.

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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:06 pm

It doesn't really snow here in ABQ and when it does it is barely more than a dusting that melts as soon as the sun comes out. I did coincidentally get new tires this fall, Bridgestone Potenza Grid G019s.



When I lived in upstate NY (outside of Syracuse) after my first full winter there I replaced my tires with Nokian WRs, which I ran all year long as they were technically all-seasons. At the time they were expensive ($120) in my size, 205/60/15 in I think 2005 or so. But they made a world of difference. Where even things like lane changes in snow/slush on the freeway would be butt-puckering moments were non-events with the snows. The traction and confidence that they inspired was amazing.
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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:29 pm

I have Uniroyal Tiger Paw Ice & Snow tires on my Mazda3. I really cannot complain, they have done well (not that a Mazda3 really needs great winter tires) for me over the past couple of seasons.

Guess I am gonna have to do the winterizing pretty soon...
 
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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:39 pm

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 5):

What are your "other" tires? Are they all-season tires or summer tires?

I got the 20" run flats from Michelin...pure summer, no chance in hell trying to go anywhere if the white stuff is on the ground.

Getting 18" rims with the Hakkis on Saturday, had to put a kidney on e-bay to pay for it!! LOL the rubber was not that expensive... these bloody rims are, however got the new MB rim/tire insurance so I had to go via a MB dealer. They wanted to give me some Pirelli stuff but no thank you, take the Nokian winter over everything else  . These pot holes are horrid in Ontario...hence the insurance  

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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:50 pm

The same Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires that it wears in the summer. Life grinds to a halt here in Alabama with the mere accumulation of an inch of snow so there's never really any need for anything other than an all-season tire. In fact you almost could get away with using summer tires year round.
 
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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:29 am

I use Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3s on my BMW. They're not quite as aggressive as an X-Ice or Blizzak (or any of the studdable winter tires), but they retain something like 90% of the snow/ice traction while possessing far better wet/dry pavement behaviour. Considering most of my driving is in the city or on the highway, I don't need anything more aggressive. That said, because they're a "performance winter tire", they were extremely expensive - a couple hundred more than any other set on the market. Still, if they last the six or seven winters I anticipate they will, I'll happily buy them again.
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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:45 am

Just a set of cheap Hankook studded tires from Les Schwab mounted on steel wheels. Worked great least year in Alaska for around town and heading up the mountain to ski; and I'll find out this weekend how they do on Washington's interstates... which will probably be clear of snow all the way to Seattle.
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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:28 pm

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 9):
The same Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires that it wears in the summer. Life grinds to a halt here in Alabama with the mere accumulation of an inch of snow so there's never really any need for anything other than an all-season tire. In fact you almost could get away with using summer tires year round.

ExtremeContact DWS were on my old car for the entirety of its life. Great tire, and the primary reason I chose ExtremeWinterContact for my winter set on the new ride.

Quoting swissy (Reply 8):
Getting 18" rims with the Hakkis on Saturday

What's your stock tire width on the GL? Something like 275/50R19? If so, the 18s may be OK (especially if you have AWD), but I would have gone with 17s if they fit around the calipers, and the narrowest tire possible if you don't have AWD since the diesel has so much torque.

Quoting MrChips (Reply 10):
while possessing far better wet/dry pavement behaviour. Considering most of my driving is in the city or on the highway, I don't need anything more aggressive. That said, because they're a "performance winter tire", they were extremely expensive - a couple hundred more than any other set on the market.

I debated getting performance ice/snow, but ended up going with a traditional studless lower performance tire. I figured sacrificing some dry traction was OK (I'll just drive sanely for a few months - no more wide-open-throttle highway merges or insane cornering for a while). If these studless tires are really really spectacular in the snow it will be worth it! I don't have the luxury of a second car if it snows and, unless I find a new apartment, my commute is a 30-minute drive up and down many hills.

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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:30 am

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 12):

What's your stock tire width on the GL? Something like 275/50R19? If so, the 18s may be OK (especially if you have AWD), but I would have gone with 17s if they fit around the calipers, and the narrowest tire possible if you don't have AWD since the diesel has so much torque.

Stock is 275/50R20, run flat, do not think a 17 will fit... these front brakes are huge   going down to 265/60R18. Had 265/55 17 on a other car, it had the world famous 4x4 system and I had no issues because of the with   and it weight close to 2.5T, GL is no light weight  so I am sure will be fine   and their AWD is not bad at all...

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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:47 am

Bridgestone Blizzaks - they are pricey but worth it, especially in areas of deeper snow - like we're likely to get up north in the Arizona "high country" around Flagstaff this winter.
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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:48 pm

Most people in the UK drive with summer tyres, even throughout the winter!

I currently have a mix of different summer tyres on my 4x4. (Chosen by the previous owner) I'm actually looking for some mud terrain tyres for my Jeep Grand Cherokee so that it will be better equipped for the winter/slushy mud etc.

I'm considering Insa Turbo Dakars but I'm not sure.



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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:59 pm

Quoting richm (Reply 15):
I'm considering Insa Turbo Dakars but I'm not sure.

Don't think that will be a great snow tire. What really gives winter tires better grip is softer rubber and thousands of tiny grooves called sipes. If you look tires like the Nokian Hakkis they have a relitivly non agressive tread but up close you can see little tiny cuts in the rubber. These sipes help the tires grip in wet and snowy conditions. While the Insa Turbo Dakars would be a good offroad tire, and much better in the snow than a summer tire, but the sipes realy gie the stopping and cornering traction you need in the show.
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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:50 am

My wifes Charger runs Michelin X-ice 2's for the winter, Michelin primacy in the summer, both on alloy 18's

My Ram runs with Nitto Dura Grapplers, they have tons of siping, and are good on the ice and off-road.
 
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RE: What Kind Of Winter Shoes Do You Have For Your Car

Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:09 am

Here in Hawai'i I have no need for winter tires  

But in Boston, I used all-season Bridgestone Turanza's that came with my Nissan and they did the job just fine. Helped having a 6-sp stick, too. Made life easy. Still does...except in Honolulu's lousy traffic!!!
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