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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-24-2013, 02:20 PM
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Nothern MN checking in. The only snow tires I've ran were the ones that came stock on my 6 and have now been replaced with all season tires. .
What size all-season tires?

215-50-17 ?
215-45-18 ?


I bought my car new with michelins on, 215-50-17. The 1st winter the snow/slush traction sucked, compared to other FWD cars, and rwd cars I had owned. It was due to a bad, hard compound on those early michilens, and the 50 series tire ... wider than any car I had (rx7 excluded).

I wanted excellent traction in the winter, and a little more comfort in the ride. So I put these on:

215-55-16 DWS (hope to have some snow to try 'em out this winter).

Note for the same tire width (215 here) the contact width will be narrower the higher the aspect ratio is, which is better for driving in the snow. For max traction, I should have gone with 205-60-16, the stock 16" size.

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I have the factory 18's (215/45) with a douglas all season tire on them. Didn't have any trouble getting around last year for the most part, but then on days when I shouldn't be on the road on really stay my butt at home.

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I could not work from home, running big FEA models and chalkbording engineering concepts with others (back then).

I had a Saab 900 Turbo (classic) with 195-65-15's all season's, and it was a snow monster. The new 2004 M6 with 17's was a big dissappointment, but now I think it was largely due to those rock hard Michelins. The GF's 2008 C300 with same exact tire type had much softer rubber with more sipes ... definitely an improved version of the tire.

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Trust me, if I had the choice of staying home during the foul-weather days, I would in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, I don't have a choice, so rather than turn into a lemming and buy an AWD SUV, I invested in the winter tires and still rather enjoy my commute, no matter what the weather...

But again, to each their own. I have no problem with others NOT running winter tires, but IMO they're worth the investment.


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Ive used Goodyear Eagle F1 A/S in 4 inches of snow and had no problem

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No argument that with the current trend to wide, low aspect ratio tires by the OEM's, winter tires are by far the best for winter snow (even better studded). But in my case we just had 2 winters when the local streets did not need plowing or sanding, and there would be no need for them for me, with my 55 series DWS tires.

I used to do a bit of travel to Idaho, Toledo, Buffalo, etc. And the rentals were FWD Berettas, T-birds, etc with 65 or 70 series tires ... very narrow contact patches. In two cases with heavy snow storms and 3-4" of snow on the ground, i was on the hiway with 4x4 Blazers, and even passed a plow a few times. I did have the advantage of HPDE's and related wet skid pad training.

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Ive used Goodyear Eagle F1 A/S in 4 inches of snow and had no problem
Been a while since we had 4" of snow, 3 years ago?

The only reason I'd hesitate on those tires is because they are directional. You need to cross rotate most tires to avoid feathering wear and the related noise.

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While on the topic of noise and tire rotation, anything I need to keep in mind when it comes to A/S tires that will stay on all year round. Rotation frequency higher?

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I've been buying Yokohama AS530s from Tire Kingdom/Merchants and have been happy with their dry and wet weather performance and the life that I'm getting out of them. My important factors are wet weather performance at 65-70mph for the life of the tire (even near the end of their life) and treadwear as I put 26,000 miles a year on my car. I've got 271,000 miles on my car and am on my 4th set of them. 50,000 miles on the first 2 sets, 70,000 miles on the third set and I have almost 40,000 on the current set so far.

I'm not overly impressed with the winter performance but I do work from home on those days and keep the 6 in the garage.

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Been a while since we had 4" of snow, 3 years ago?

The only reason I'd hesitate on those tires is because they are directional. You need to cross rotate most tires to avoid feathering wear and the related noise.

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There was one occasion last year where it snowed one day and snowed another before anyone could clear out the area where I live. It ended up totaling about 4". I actually had to go save my buddy in a mustang who spun off the road into a ditch.

I'm actually going to get away from the Goodyears after this set wears down. Just to test the waters with other brands and patterns.


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