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Old 11-08-2012, 11:58 AM   #1
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Winter tires!! Snow!!!

Who has already put on their winter tires already? Which brand have you guys had in the past? What brand would you recommend and has good performance in handling the slippery weather? Planning to get a set, debating on:

Hankook W409 Winter iPike OR Goodyear Ultra Grip ICE WRT

If anyone else had others they used let me know how it worked for you in the past winters!
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:11 PM   #2
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:17 PM   #3
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mine went on last weekend, a lot earlier than last year. so mild last year, hoping for the same. They went on much quicker this year with 15yo boy helping. Took a couple minutes to show him around the suspension, brakes and etc... dang punk should be driving this time next year. scary...
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:44 PM   #4
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Go to the Tire Rack site, and look up 'tire tests' for winter tires. Probably better info than the anecdotal stuff you will get by asking here. It will tell you about snow and dry handling.

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Old 11-08-2012, 10:39 PM   #5
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Bridgestone Blizzak's. I forget the exact model, WS-xxxx or something like that....they are seriously awesome in snow. Wet roads ok. Dry roads decent.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:49 AM   #6
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Bridgestone Blizzak's. I forget the exact model, WS-xxxx or something like that....they are seriously awesome in snow. Wet roads ok. Dry roads decent.
Correct. That would be the Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70.

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Old 11-09-2012, 11:07 AM   #7
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I use the WS-70... Never even worried about getting stuck or handling poorly or anything. They are a bit noisy but so are all snow tires
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:21 AM   #8
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i have blizzak lm-25's on my car now
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:54 AM   #9
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I put mine on the other day (I live west of Toronto). I had blizzak lm-25s a couple years ago, since then I've been running michelin pilot alpins. Both are good tires. Some winter tires are better at handling thick snow and ice, an some are better with traction in dry/cold conditions. Depends on your situation, but keep that in mind.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:36 PM   #10
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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60's are a great winter tire!
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Blizzak WS-60s for me... likely going on tomorrow
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:32 AM   #12
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Don't bypass the Michelin Ice snowtire. It actually isn't scary in the dry like the Blizzak, handling OK, while matching it in the snow. (read the review!)

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Lol, didn't happen, put on my new rears (Ultra High Performance All-seasons). Going to hold off on the snows for maybe a couple more weeks. Now that I don't have summer slicks on the rear I'm not as scared as I was about the upcoming winter.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:30 AM   #14
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Put mine on a little while ago, Altimax Arctic. Im in the Poconos, so yea, we got snow, and I live in the middle of nowhere.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:49 AM   #15
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I have a 2000 323i. I need new snow tires this year. I have Blizzaks put on every winter since 2005 and they were worn by the end of this past winter.

I was researching Blizzaks and found a review that said they wear pretty fast.

http://tires.about.com/od/buyers_gui...Snow-Tires.htm

I live in the country and have a long gravel driveway to my house. I am concerned that the gravel will chew them up. Ideally, the driveway will be covered in snow, but can't count on that.

Should I be concerned?
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:47 PM   #16
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I just installed winters on my car today. I used my old set of Good Year tires that are good just for this season.

Back to you, it will all depend on how much money you want to spend on a tire set. You can get Blizzaks, Ipikes, X-Ice or Gislaved. Basically it all depends on your wallet, but I tell you this , no matter what you get you'll be fine living here in Toronto as we dont get much snow anyway and at the times we do get some snow our cars can handle it no problem.

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Old 11-11-2012, 06:28 PM   #17
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im rocking conti extreme winter contact for 3yrs now no complaints.Tire rack tested them on the 328 and did well and were cheaper than the others tested

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