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12-24-2012 09:18 AM
Monkeygrits Heres my thread on the subject. Ive already used mine. Not sure where your from but plowed roads in PA are still snow covered. They not only help you go on snow and ice, the also help you maintain control and stop. They may not be a must but ive spun a car around on just 2 front snow tires... Not fun. Get all 4. Plus i recommend you get a set of winter wheels too. Not only will it save wear and tear on your nice set from switching the tires and road rash, they will also pay for themselves in the long run. You dont have to pay the tire shop to swap your tires twice a year and you can swap them yourself so no waiting for them to do it. Your summer tires will also last longer because your storing them 3 months out of the year. Tire width inst a big concern on a small car like ours. If you where off roading in a 4wd rig then maybe. Dont be too concerned about it. Ground clearance will get the focus before worrying about the tires sinking or riding on top the snow. Im running stock size 215/55/16's on stock focus steel wheels which already had tpms installed on them.
12-24-2012 08:19 AM
Joeywhat I love my snow tires. So much better in the cold, even without any snow or ice on the ground.

I rolled on all seasons previously, and hated it. Yeah I can "get around", but you have to drive slower and leave a TON more space between cars so you don't hit anyone...and inevitably someone will take advantage of that huge space you're leaving and now suddenly someone is 10 feet in front of you and slowing down to turn...

My only complaint is my tires suck on the freeway. I'll probably go with performance snows next time around.
12-24-2012 05:18 AM
Originally Posted by Elizabeth View Post
Depends on WHERE you drive. IF your driving is entirely on freeways and city streets, then no, you do not need Winter tires.
IF you have a unpaved drivway, or a two lane road which is in the country you travel on regularly.. then yes get snow tires.

I live in the big city. I NEVER buy snow tires. They are a total waste of time and money for me. I am 62 years old and have driven in snow every Winter since i was 15 years old.
Snow tires are for SNOW, not for plowed streets.
Around me, snow tires might be needed a few times all Winter, and THAT only if you have roads that do not get plowed often.

I would never pay for snow tires in S.E. Wisconsin.
Up North it may certainly be a different matter.

Funny how a LOT of folks who post here are big on snow tires.. I guess they can rant and rave all they want about the benefits..
I would not bother to use them if I got them FREE!!!!!!!!!

(As i have mentioned previously.. my last car i had 12 Winters, and all 12 Winters I left the 'Summer Only' ultrahigh performance tires on all year round. I NEVER had a single problem with using them in Winter. And yeah they had poor traction when the snow is just right, no problem in my mind. They still stop just as good.)

And a good task to perform every time first snow: Go find a BIG empty parking lot, go crazy driving around in circles, skid, brake hard, spin out, Have a BALL. This gets you back to remembering what it is like in snow fast.
And then adding in remembering not to drive too close and you are set.
I would ignore this foolishness
12-24-2012 04:28 AM
canadianlarry There will always be people who are proud of not doing things the right way. Snow tires make sense in snowy climates period. Today it seems that people make fun of people for all kinds of reasons. People who can barely read or write laugh at educated literal people. Smokers actually defend smoking. Those who never steal movies or music are mocked by kids who see it as normal. For a large portion of the population it is way more important to not take good advice or take precautions to be a safe winter driver.

I know I am getting old when I start to think that "getting away with something" or breaking rules is the new normal. I don't care what personal choice people make about tires. It is up to you.Not having insurance is fine until something happens.

On a side note, this crazy logic is pretty evident in gun people saying more guns makes things safer.
12-24-2012 01:08 AM
lyonsroar The gti on all season 16" is just as good as the fusion was on dedicated snows. No issues at all. Different driving dynamics I guess...
12-24-2012 12:09 AM
felixthecat Like a lot of people already said= depends on where you live. I've driven mustang & this Foci in the snow w/ just a desent set of A/S tires. On the truck I take off the wide wheels/tires & run the stock set. Not this winter as the truck is sitting in a garage since last March & the insurance is cancelled for now.
12-23-2012 01:35 PM
josephd I have a set of Cooper Arctic Claws on my Focus. They're a bit loud on the road, but fantastic traction in the snow. Without snows, My Focus is a horror show in snowy weather.
10-19-2012 09:49 AM
Originally Posted by faridk89 View Post
yeah I understand but I found a set of 4 mounted on 5-108 steelies for 280 (Michelin X-Ice Xi2)
If the rims you found are any bigger than 15" in diameter then you'll probably have a tire that has a significantly larger diameter than OEM causing speedo error. For example a 16" diameter wheel with those tires will cause a 6% error

If the wheel is 14" in diameter, you would have a tire that would have minimal speedo error, but it probably wouldn't fit over your front brakes, since the minimum OEM wheel size is 15".

AND, as the poster above mentioned narrower is better for snow/winter tires.
10-16-2012 07:10 AM
Originally Posted by KyleQ View Post
The narrower the better (to a certain point, but you get the idea - wide snow tires are not a good idea on a road vehicle needing to cut down to the pavement)
yeah I understand but I found a set of 4 mounted on 5-108 steelies for 280 (Michelin X-Ice Xi2)
10-16-2012 07:08 AM
KyleQ The narrower the better (to a certain point, but you get the idea - wide snow tires are not a good idea on a road vehicle needing to cut down to the pavement)
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