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Old 11-23-2012, 04:28 PM   #13
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Well, I am sitting here inside and it's been blowing hard and snowing all day. Rained and then sleeted overnight. Windows on my new car are crusty with ice I'll need to chisel off, and here I am wishing I had gotten off the dime two weeks ago on buying winter tires.

Couldn't make up my mind about brand.

Couldn't decide whether to also buy rims, or just to get tires.

Learned that TPMS would cost me big time if I buy new rims. Thanks government, for that added cost that brings me no benefit.

Couldn't decide about wheel size.

And then there is the aluminum versus steel question.

And got socked with a $600+ repair bill on the other vehicle that has put a serious dent in my winter-tire fund.

But mostly, I have been wallowing in The Valley of Indecision (tm).

I've narrowed my choice to Michelin Xi3 versus Hakkapeliitta R.

If I go w/the Nokians, I'd stay with my 16" stock rims and have my mechanic swap on the new tires and rebalance. Otherwise, I'll downsize to 15" Xi3s and order from Tire Rack. One of those two choices. That's where I sit at the moment.
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