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Wheels and tires for your BMW. Stock and aftermarket wheels, tires, spacers, lug bolts, center caps, etc....

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Old 08-08-2010, 12:09 PM   #1
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Snow tire question.

I just purchased a set of Hyperblack CSL reps, I'm going to make them my dedicated winter setup. The question is, should I go with all seasons or snow tires? I live in New York the winter's aren't terrible, but we get are fair share.
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Old 08-08-2010, 12:33 PM   #2
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If you're going to use them as winter-only wheels then you may as well get winter-only tires. They're much better in the snow and have more grip as the temperature drops. Only problem is that you really can't use them when the temps are much above 50-60F. I ran some winter tires on my truck when it was 70's and raining, and they lost a lot of grip. I almost felt unsafe in the rain. They were fantastic in the cold/snow though, had more grip than the Kumho all-season's I run in the summer.
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:51 PM   #3
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If you're going to use them as winter-only wheels then you may as well get winter-only tires. They're much better in the snow and have more grip as the temperature drops. Only problem is that you really can't use them when the temps are much above 50-60F. I ran some winter tires on my truck when it was 70's and raining, and they lost a lot of grip. I almost felt unsafe in the rain. They were fantastic in the cold/snow though, had more grip than the Kumho all-season's I run in the summer.
Ditto...

If you want a little better handling, get V-rated snows..... No point in putting all-seasons on a 2nd set of wheels...
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:15 AM   #4
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just to chime in from Wisconsin here... all seasons don't really cut it on BMW's in the snow IMHO. First year of my wife's e39 we had all seasons. The rubber is harder and more slippery. One day she parked on an inclined driveway in fresh snow. The traction control allowed her to get up there, no problem, but about an hour later I stopped by, pulled my car up the hill, parked behind her and as soon as I shut the door on my car, her car "broke loose" and started SLIDING down the driveway (into my car!).

The following year we bought a set of real snow tires and were amazed at the difference. I've passed SUV's starting from a stop light in a heavy snow. The combination of rear-wheel-drive, traction control and real snow tires is quiet astounding.

Go with the real snows, IMHO. The rubber is designed to stay grippy in the cold, where that's not so much the case with all seasons.

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Old 08-10-2010, 09:26 AM   #5
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+1 for dedicated winter tires. That's my setup here in Utah. My Blizzaks are a little "squirrelly" at highway speeds, but great around town.
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:32 AM   #6
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I run Blizzak LMs on my stock rims during the NY winter. (October 15 - March 15). I do 50 miles a day, half highway and half back roads. I suggest sticking with snow tires, they're a little louder at highway speeds but you'll never really have to worry about poor road conditions.
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Old 08-10-2010, 04:58 PM   #7
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Winter tires, no question. My winter setup is in my sig. I love having two sets of wheels and tires.
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Old 08-21-2010, 07:11 AM   #8
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I run Blizzaks on dedicated stock wheels on my 325iT in New Jersey, and they're really worth their weight.
FWIW, I've run them in warm weather, and there's no performance/safety issue of the kind that Bios24 reported (on his *truck*)
The Blizzaks weren't at all squirrely in warm/wet conditions, although they do seem happier and even more sure-footed when the temp is around freezing.
The only problem: They're a little noisier.

One close call that doesn't lead to an accident will have paid for the snows many times over.
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Old 08-21-2010, 07:24 AM   #9
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Snow tires are the way to go.I have two sets of wheels/tires...summer/winter.

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Old 08-21-2010, 07:28 AM   #10
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proper winter / snow tires are a MUST ! Not only for you.. but for other drivers on the road.
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Old 08-21-2010, 03:35 PM   #11
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Definitely do winters. I run Dunlop 3D winters on my 18" OEM ZHP wheels and it makes a difference in light snow and slushy conditions. From now on I will always run two sets of wheels on my BMW's. It really is the right way to go.
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Old 08-21-2010, 03:46 PM   #12
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Winter tires are a must.

I've got Michelin Arctic Alpin's for my BMW, but the Volvo I used to drive had Blizzards.

The Michelin are more for cold temperatures and road handling..whereas the Blizzaks are for snow/ice traction.

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Old 08-21-2010, 09:15 PM   #13
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I bought a set of Nokian Hakka R for next winter. I'm excited to try them out.
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