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Old 04-09-2013, 10:41 AM   #101
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I tried something brand new for this winter and must say I cannot imagine a better snow tire; Goodyear Ultragrip Winter. Not sure if Tirerack carries them so if not, sorry to our sponsor, but I had ZERO issues on snow or ice with these. I barely ever saw the TC light unlike the past 3 winters even with 1st gear starts. I'm used to having to use 2nd gear to start in the winter. I had to commute 50 miles each way all winter and I was able to set the cruise at 70 and fly by everyone. The grip was so good I spent most of my time in the unplowed lane. I cannot say enough about these tires, especially since this was the first year they were produced and they were so inexpensive. I paid under $60/ea for them shipped. 11/32 tread, just as quiet as my all seasons, soft ride because I plus sized them. Did I mention how great they are? Lol

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Old 04-09-2013, 11:29 AM   #102
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I had the Goodyears also. May not be as good as blizzaks but no complaints at all and they were not too bad in the summer either.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:00 PM   #103
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Tires only or winter package: Not sure, possibly winter package.

Hey, so right now i have 17' wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position tires with about 6000 miles on them... I should probably have another 5000 or so on them by winter time. I'm planning to go to college next year at Eastern Connecticut State University and I know the winters up there are quite a bit harsher than they are in New Jersey. The car did okay this past winter with the Bridgestones but honestly I only took it out once. This coming school year I will both be away, and very well might need to drive either home, to places around Willimantic or other places in the Connecticut snow.

I have been thinking for a while about going up to an 18' tire and wheel. This would allow me to use the 17' wheels for snow tires which could save me some money as the 18' wheels might be more of a summer tire. My first question is, is there a huge difference in handling and grip if I use my 17' wheel VS getting a 16' steel wheel?

For anyone who lives around that area of CT; Do I even need snow tires or will my all season performance Potenzas work fine? Are the winters that bad?
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:14 PM   #104
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I am in Germany and am picking up my new Focus ST tomorrow and have a month to get winter tires on the car. I haven't used winter tires before and with the ST being a performance car I ordered a set of 235/40R-18 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D XL tires. If anyone has any experience with these I would love to hear about it!

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Old 09-11-2013, 01:03 PM   #105
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:27 AM   #106
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I have the 215/55/16 on my car, and I'm trying to decide between the continental extreme winter contacts, or the conti/ or gislaved nord frost 100, the thing I am having trouble deciding is if the conti extremes will provide enough traction for our winter season, because in Alberta we have the Chinooks (heats up and cools/ snow covered roads to clear)so our weather is very very variable from day to night , from morning to afternoon. I am worried that the extremes won't provide me with enough ice traction.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:35 PM   #107
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:33 PM   #108
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I have the 215/55/16 on my car, and I'm trying to decide between the continental extreme winter contacts, or the conti/ or gislaved nord frost 100, the thing I am having trouble deciding is if the conti extremes will provide enough traction for our winter season, because in Alberta we have the Chinooks (heats up and cools/ snow covered roads to clear)so our weather is very very variable from day to night , from morning to afternoon. I am worried that the extremes won't provide me with enough ice traction.
I'm from Ontario, but from what I hear, I can only imagine your winter is worse than what we have here. Is it legal to stud / chain wrap your tires? I know in Northern regions of Ontario it is. If so, look into tires that can be studded so you can get that extra traction you're looking for on the ice. I've heard great things about Nokian tires. Not sure on the pricing though...
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2013 se

Hello Miles,

I have a 2013 Sedan SE with stock 17" wheels - 215/50R-17. I would like to purchase a winter tire package. What are my options and sizes I should consider if I minus size to 15" or 16"? Can I go to 15" wheels? I like the Michelin X-ice Xi3 tires and black steel wheels.

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Old 09-30-2013, 02:35 AM   #110
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16"is 215/55/16, 15" would be 215/60/15, within reason the 15" will be out about a km an hour.
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