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Old 01-20-2012, 05:48 PM   #181
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my focus came with winters on rims included for free when i bought mine. And it came from Vancouver (BC). go figure. I'm in Calgary now, thankful that I had them put on before i drove it back here. I'll have a nice brand new set of rims and all seasons to put on in spring. Oddly enough, Seattle has recently received way more snow than we see in Calgary. weird.
I had the same deal. Came with General Altimax Arctic's, which seem to do ok with snow/slush. If you have the same set, I'm curious at what you think of them on highway or even for just general driving? I feel as though they squirm too much and wife won't even drive the focus on the highway; she says "it doesn't feel right". Got me thinking if it's worth to invest on a better set, not that we see much snow around here, but it's always better to be prepared.
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:57 PM   #182
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You can tell this car is pretty light, the TC activates fairly easily even with very little throttle with snow tires. Couldn't imagine driving in any type of snow with all seasons on this car. All my previous cars I ran all seasons year round with the same conditions.
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:12 PM   #183
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I was debating between the X-Ice Xi2 and Nokian Hakkapeliitta Rs (which is what I eventually went with). I’m pretty sure I could’ve saved myself some money and went with the X-Ice Xi2, but they had a lot of mixed reviews… and I was scared. As for the Nokians, they’re holding up really well.

Any other reviews for the Xi2?
Xi2 is a good one. Probably better if you are mostly driving highway. They have a long tread life for a winter tire.

However I went with Blizzaks which are softer than Xi2 and have a bit better grip. Down side is they wear a bit faster.

Awesome tires tho.
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:59 PM   #184
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There are 2 refinished Titanium 18" wheels on ebay for $117.00 each
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...p2033768.m1253

I don't have these wheels. But if I did, I'd consider buying them and putting snow tires on them to swap when it snowed. Blizzak tires sized 235/40-18's cost $177.00 at tirerack.com.

Anybody tried running snow tires up front only or is this a stupid idea?
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:32 PM   #185
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Hahaha - no that's just what winter tires are like (you must have the 15's on with their higher sidewalls) because it warms up above 7C often in Vancouver and winter tire compounds are formulated softer so that they're still flexible even when the temps drop well below 0C. Your wife has probably only ever driven on all-seasons.

I've got the Altimax Arctics and I have no problems at all (in Ottawa) and they've been great so far (predictable to drive on - I would say not as great on glare ice as a dedicated ice tire like the Blizzaks or Xi2's).



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I had the same deal. Came with General Altimax Arctic's, which seem to do ok with snow/slush. If you have the same set, I'm curious at what you think of them on highway or even for just general driving? I feel as though they squirm too much and wife won't even drive the focus on the highway; she says "it doesn't feel right". Got me thinking if it's worth to invest on a better set, not that we see much snow around here, but it's always better to be prepared.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:36 PM   #186
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Hmmm I hear ya - that can be frustrating. Have you considered the Goodyear Tripletreds (not sure how they compare in price to the Nokian WRG2)? That may be better suited to the flipflop weather conditions that you see ...



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The problem is where I live, this time of year is really all-season. It was in the 20's with snow last week, then this weekend was in the high 50's with heavy rain and thunderstorms, and now the past 2 days is snow. I'm not looking for winter tire performance in an all-season, I'm just looking for performance that matches or exceeds the typical all-season tire, which I don't have now.
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There are 2 refinished Titanium 18" wheels on ebay for $117.00 each
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...p2033768.m1253

I don't have these wheels. But if I did, I'd consider buying them and putting snow tires on them to swap when it snowed. Blizzak tires sized 235/40-18's cost $177.00 at tirerack.com.

Anybody tried running snow tires up front only or is this a stupid idea?
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You don't want to do that. The car will handle terrible. Get winter tires in sets of 4 only.
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:39 AM   #188
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Hmmm I hear ya - that can be frustrating. Have you considered the Goodyear Tripletreds (not sure how they compare in price to the Nokian WRG2)? That may be better suited to the flipflop weather conditions that you see ...
Those are great all seasons with emphasis on snow/wet conditions. A less expensive alternative is the Conti ExtremeContact DWS. Dry Wet Snow. I run the DWS on my AWD Saab 92x Aero (WRX).
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Hahaha - no that's just what winter tires are like (you must have the 15's on with their higher sidewalls) .
Actually I got the 16's (215/55/R16) and like I said I find them squirmy which only seems to get worse as I drive faster. At around 120 kph there's almost a deadzone at the wheel, but hey it's free so I can live with it I guess.
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All my past experience with continental tires has been negative. Ford finally had to change to Michelins on the current Escape because the OEM continentals would chop after a few thousand miles and sounded like a semi going down the road.

This particular tire on the Focus has fast tread wear, at least they were when they were OEM on the Fusion.
That's really interesting; I had a 2008 Escape with the stock Continentals, and I HATED those tires. They were loud and rough, and my friends used to joke that I had the only square tires in North America. I was just too cheap to replace new tires on a new vehicle. Never again!

To the poster about Generals, I have the Altimax in 15's, and I have no complaints about tire performance. Mine are studded, so I don't have unrealistic expectations about noise or dry pavement performance.

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