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Old 02-26-2009, 11:50 AM   #1
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Winter Tire Recommendations

Hey guys. I got some summer rims and tires. I have my stock 16" rims. They have been demoted to the winter rims. I am looking to get some really good tires that do well in the snow, ice, and cold.

The stock tire size was 205 50 16. I am open to going to a larger tire. I want something that is going to grip really well and has some serious meat on it. It does not have to be a snow tire.

The tire would only be one the car about 4 months out of the year. It will be mostly just the winter, and the one or two times in the summer when we rally down the local gravel and dirt roads would be the only non winter use.

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The best winter tires by far hands down are blizzaks. they are cheap and i would say about 30% of all cars in the northern UP use them!!
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idk about rallying down gravel roads (most winter compounds shoudlnt be used above 40 degrees)

i'm really happy with my Hankook Icebears in 205/55-16, they have a very sporty feel on cold dry pavement, they handle well at high speeds, and generally work well as a cold-weather performance tire. they really impress the most on ice, though... i can actually stop, start, and change directions on solid ice with these tires... which makes them a very safe choice for winter driving. they aren't monsters in deep snow (no competition to tires like the Firestone Winterforce in deep snow), but you won't get stuck. I drove out to my parents' house for christmas with them, and that is an accomplishment (had to cross a few drifts higher than a foot, and no plows hit their roads so there was about 4" of snow for a few miles near their house)

its really all about price, though, you'll find lots of winter tires that will work just fine. I got a great deal on the Icebears, back when cashback was at 25%... they wound up being right around $300 shipped
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I'd definitely recommend Blizzak's. I love mine.
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How much money do want to spend is the big question? I have to repectively disagree about Blizzaks being the best. That title goes to Nokian (aka Hakkas). That said, they do cost quite a bit and are difficult to track down. I have nothing against Blizzaks. They are, however, expensive as well, especially for a tire that wears pretty quick. As mentioned, its best to remove these as well as most other snow tires as pavement warms up. Nokians are the exception here, the finns seemed to have developed an amazing tread compound that's pliable in the cold and wears a lot better on dry pavement. Two cheaper tire that have proven their worth are Winterforces (by Bridgestone/Firestone) and General Altimax (made by Gishalved a finish tire company owned by Continental). Both of these are less expensive and work well. Another decent tire are Cooper Weathermasters. I used these as a poor mans rally tire (on gravel) with good success. They may actually be a better snow tire as they worked great in a number of rally crosses held in the snow.
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I am not sure what is defined as expensive, but i paid 68 bucks/tire at the tire store here and ended up paying like 320 installed i think, i don't remember the exact price, but it was the cheapest tire setup i've ever bought. mind you, those are on a Jeep too, so they are bigger tires.
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I want something thats not going to bust the bank. Like <$100 per tire. I have access to a mounter and balancer.

The only reason I said used them for the rally application is this. Once or twice a year, a few of us can get about ten miles of dirt/gravel roads shut down and they let us go drift an play on them. Only get to do it about once or twice a year, and maybe put on 70 or so miles for the whole summer at the very most. My summer rims are super nice and shiny and rash free, so I would put the stockers on, so as to not beat up my nice rims.
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gotcha. yeah you shouldn't hurt the tires too much doing that... i'd just try to figure out which tires wont break chunks off during the dirt/gravel abuse
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General Altimax Artics...excellent experience so far this winter (and we have had one crappy, long winter) , great "bang for the buck"...personal opinion of Blizzaks is that they are somewhat overrated. Great tire initially, but they do tend to wear quickly in my experience and then the tread compound that's left isn't nearly as "grippy" on snow/ice as the initial compound. Just my 2 cents !
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Firestone Winter Force tires best winter tire out there for the money. Wil go though any amount of snow u throw at them.
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