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Old 10-05-2006, 08:37 PM   #1
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Do you use snow tires?

I don't use snow tires in the winter. There might be 5 days out of the year I really need them. It dosen't seem needed for the whole winter. But I do take my tire pressure down. I thing it helps with grip. I remember last winter driving in the snow with 45psi being very slippery.
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Old 10-05-2006, 08:44 PM   #2
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no snow tires for me.
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Old 10-05-2006, 09:06 PM   #3
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I have a full set of snow tires with rims. In retrospect it's way overkill for here, but they sure grip well on the 3 days a year it's all iced up. Better than AWD with all seasons for sure.

Once these wear out (in a decade or so), I'll probably just stay home when it's really bad out.
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Old 10-05-2006, 11:56 PM   #4
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I have studded snow tyres and they are on for about 3 months of the year.

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Old 10-06-2006, 04:48 AM   #5
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I have a set of mounted snow tires that are generally on from December until the snow quits flying. All seasons are OK most of the time but I would rather be safe than sorry. Well worth the money for the extra safety margin IMO.
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Old 10-06-2006, 05:26 AM   #6
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Summer Tires

Most all-seasons will get you by OK, providing they're in good condition.

One caveat to that, is if the vehicle purchased came with "Summer Only" Tires.

In the following example, summer tires wouldn't have yielded this kind of traction:



I still miss those days, but how often can you do that in KC? Twice a year, if you're lucky. I still have the half-worn summer tires (Yokohama Advans) than I've been trying to give away, but they don't fit many rims!

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Old 10-06-2006, 05:44 AM   #7
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My set of winter boots / rims are currently on the ForkenSwift. I didn't mount them on the Blackfly last winter and missed having them (the OEM LRR Invictas absolutely suck in slippery stuff).

However the snows are a size shorter and wider than the Blackfly's OEM tire (I know, that's not the way to size a snow tire, but it was a sale tire closest to my size, and I wanted them NOW). So in addition to losing the LRR benefit when I put them on in a month or so, my FE is also going to be taking a hit from the effective gearing change and slightly worse aero.
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I use Goodrich all season tires 265-75R16, which Greenseal actually rated as LRR tires. They have about 43K miles on them.

I'm considering replacing them with Michelin 235-85R16. These tires are considerably narrower and weigh less, so I was hoping to improve mpg when I change them.
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Old 10-06-2006, 05:51 AM   #9
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Hmm! This thread prompted me to figure out my outside tire diameter with the 2 tires, and they're actually not that different - my snows are actually only .5% smaller OD than the stock tires (though they're 20mm wider).

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Old 10-06-2006, 09:12 AM   #10
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I have a set for the front of my car that I got for free. They are mounted on steelies so when it snows out I can just mount them up, and take them off once the snow melts.

I have only had them on the car one time last winter. No one else could go anywhere because all of the roads were solid ice. But my little Civic had no problem!

Super light Civic + studded snow tires = snow warrior!!
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