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Old 01-10-2020, 08:46 PM   #1
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Default Snow Tires/Rims

Hi- I am new to the forum and have a question about my 1996 318ti. This is my first winter with it- live in northern NJ. It has all weather tires and I put sand bags in the trunk but it is still not great in the snow. I was thinking of putting snow tires on either the back rims or all 4 rims. Any thoughts on that? If I wanted to get 2 or 4 new rims, are there special rims needed for the 318ti? The current size of my tires is 205/60R15. Appreciate any thoughts that you have. Regards, John
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Having lived in Minnesota you want snow tires on all 4 tires. I had Michelin Pilot Alpins and they were great. I know it's economical to do 2 tires in rear But....although your front tires aren't driving they control and steer. I am sure someone will post they've done 2 rear Winter tires and swear by it, and that's fine. But to truly be safe, I would do all 4. Plus...it helps to have them on an extra set of rims. Easy swap from winter to Spring.

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Also you don't need special rims per se. Just rims that fit our cars, correct offset will work.

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If ‘Jersey allows it, go for studded snows all around. Only a snowcat would do better.

I had an 89 dodge Daytona with studded snows all around (cheap ones from Sears) and it was like a half-track. That was front drive but absolutely get them all around. I got caught in a flurry once in my ti since 1998 and it was not fun.

The weight is a good idea so keep that with the better tires. Don’t forget jumper cables, blanket, flares, energy bars and water too. Just in case you slide off 87 in upstate...
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