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Old 09-19-2002, 04:04 PM   #1
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All this talk about getting spiffy new performance tires, time to interject some reality. Winter is coming to the frigid north east. Anybody have any recomendations for Winter tires and wheels and a place to get them? Of course price is a consideration. But, I would like to get the most bang for my buck. Hell I would even go used.

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Old 09-19-2002, 04:34 PM   #2
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I have Blizzaks for on 16" steel wheels (no caps, just wheels).
You can get them from the tire rack or discount tire direct pre-mounted and balanced. If you have wheel locks, it's nice to have regular studs for the snow tires (nobody's going to steal them).
One thing: I drive 500 miles a week, and there is only snow and ice maybe 20% of the time, so the snow pasrt of the tire only lasts one season, but they are still more than worth the stress reduction.
Make sure you have brake clearance before you order the wheels.
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Old 09-20-2002, 02:11 AM   #3
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I also have a set of Blizzaks but mine are mounted on 15" steel wheels.
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i've run michelin arctic alpins on 15" steels several years running. i've done the blizzaks, but they wore out far too quickly for me (all around, rather than just the rears from doing parking lot donuts).

grip is great in snow and ice; i've driven through some real crap before and they really helped me out. mind you, this goes in combination with cautious driving. without that, you're screwed anyway.
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That post is so old.
I'm ditching my Blizzaks this year for Vredsteins.
In my area it doesn't snow enough for Blizzaks. I hated them on dry pavement. I have a set of Vredsteins on my Mini. I really like how they handle on dry. In snow they are pretty good too. Not as good as the Blizzaks but more of my driving is on cold pavement.
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Old 10-14-2004, 06:53 AM   #6
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yeah, i always catch the date after i hit submit.

i think i need to learn how to read.
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I have been using the Pirelli 210 Winter Snowsport on steel wheels for the last 5 winter seasons here in the Milwaukee area. These are H speed rated and are very quiet and have excellent handling characteristics in wet or dry. Have had no trouble in snow, but only expect 2 or 3 seasons use, snow traction diminishes greatly after that. It helps to add a bit of weight in really bad conditions, I put 120-160 lbs. of salt in the trunk
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I ran 4 seasons on 205/60-15 Dunlop Graspics with steel wheels. They were pretty cheap, had good snow/slush grip but poor dry pavement grip and they were noisy. Switched to Semprit Sportgrips last season. I'm very happy with the all around performence of the Semprits in Southern New England winter conditions.
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