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Old 10-06-2013, 08:33 PM   #11
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:40 PM   #12
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I picked up a virtually new, used set of Firestone Winterforce a few years back. Run them November to April. First on my 2002 and will now on the 13.

Still have plenty of tread left.

However, when they are used up, I am going back to Blizzaks I had before. Better on ice.
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Originally Posted by Kamil View Post
If no Tpms are you gone get lights and alarm all the time ?
My wife's Mazda 6 just had a dash light on all winter, so assuming the same for the Focus. Not worth $160+ just to turn off a light on my dash.
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not sure were i read but i think you will have the same alarm go off as when you drive with no belt on
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No, there will be a light on the dash, but that's it. There might be a chime for it on startup, but that's it.
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Originally Posted by Duffman355 View Post
I do not run winter tires, I'm good with all season tires. I heard they wear fast. Apparently only half of the tread is the special winter formula, once you reach a certain point, they're just like any other tire.
Yes, only part of the tread is the rubber compund designed for the winter. But do keep in mind that the tread shape and design also is part of the ability of the tire.

First time I put a set of snow tires on my car they where at least half worn or more. They still performed better then slightly less that half worn all season tires.
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This is what you will see on start up. then a small tire light after at the bottom right. i mite pick up the tpms off ebay later iF it starts to bug me. kinda be nice to know if im getting a flat in the winter

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I've been running a set of Hankook Icept Evo's during the winter. These are the performance snow tires that feel like a nice set of all seasons on dry roads. In my opinion I don't know how people can drive effectively in the winter without them. There a hill by my work where multiple cars and trucks got stuck last winter. I simply pulled to the side of the road and powered right past them no problem. My car has no traction control or ABS brakes and even with these lack of assists I'm in complete control in the snow. It's fun to out accelerate any SUV running normal tires. If you haven't had the experience of driving with a good set of snows I suggest everyone try it. You won't go back to all seasons in the winter ever again. The myth of snow tires wearing faster is simply that, a myth. These seem to be lasting longer than any other tires I've ever owned. The snow is easier on the rubber than hot dry pavement.
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Have not yet purchased snow tires for my Focus, but it is only early October. With my last vehicle, an Escape, I had a 50 km or 30 mile trip one way to work, in south eastern Ontario, and no a problem all winter on Michelin X Ice 2. After 3 winters the tread was only 1/3 worn. I sold them to a friend who expects to get another 2 or 3 winters out of them.
Once you use snow tires you will never go back to all season or summer tires for winter driving conditions.
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Remember too that modern winter tires are much more than "snow tires"

The compound is specially formulated to provide optimum results when the temperatures are below 40 deg. F, unlike all seasons which get really hard in cold weather and do not grip as well.

I live in SE Wisconsin too, and drive 2 lane blacktop through a hilly forest to work. Dang right I will be using winter tires. Got new Michelin XIce3's about two weeks ago from Tire Rack. Have not had them mounted and balanced yet, have a few weeks still before I need them. Definitly though before deer hunting starts because that's when the cold and snow starts usually.
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