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 12-04-2012, 12:13 Post: 185599
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Do any of you have thoughts on whether it is a good idea to put four winter tires for snow season instead of the all season tires that come with the SUV OEM?






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 12-04-2012, 13:27 Post: 185602
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It's 99% dependent on a) where you drive, and b) how you drive.

For Kenny in Myrtle Beach, a 'mature' driver (and in the insurance business) not likely.

For someone in 'snow belt' of Canada, it should be required by law IMHO.

As an example, my own personal ride, an over-powered SUV, it's like driving on a hockey rink with all season radials.

BTW, as an aside, I don't think they should be allowed to sell them as "all season" tires north of the Mason-Dixon Line!!!

With good winter tires though, in my case Michelin X-Ice's, I can punch through snow deep enough it comes up over the hood without so much as a single wink from the traction control system light.

In other parts of Canada it's not only the law to equip your vehicle with winter tires, you get charged with 'careless' or 'reckless' if you're in an accident without winter tires. You don't want to know what your insurance company has to say about it afterwards either!!!

In your neck of the woods, I'd highly recommend them.



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 12-04-2012, 22:05 Post: 185605
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I'm absolutely with Murf on this one. I used to think All Seasons would be enough, and they were in CA and AZ, but up here in Oregon there is NO WAY I'd be caught without good studded snow tires. Six inches of ice on a road has a way to make a believer out of skeptics! We have tried a few different brands over the years but my favorite are the Nokian Hakkapeliitta studded snow tires. Yes, the studs are noisy and do damage the roads, but I'd be willing to pay an extra fee to help cover the damage vs. go without.






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 12-05-2012, 08:08 Post: 185612
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.... NO WAY I'd be caught without good studded snow tires. .....



I have not used studded snow tires since I started buying front wheel drive cars years ago. It seems that they are still legal here in NJ though, but I have not noticed any cars with them here. I have to check and see if they do many of them in NJ.

The winter tires sound like a good idea though. Since both my cars take the same size tire and wheel, they still could be used on the other car if I trade the older one in.







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 12-05-2012, 09:41 Post: 185615
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In NJ it is not required to put the TPMS sensors in the wheels . Did you skip them for your winter tires?






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 12-07-2012, 21:33 Post: 185635
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I have seperate sets of wheels and mount 4 studded winter tires on all vehicles here. I do run the TPMS in the wheels bought them on the internet $25 apiece.






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 12-07-2012, 22:22 Post: 185636
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In NJ it is not required to put the TPMS sensors in the wheels .Did you skip them for your winter tires?



On the Tacoma I bought an extra set of four OEM alloy wheels and mounted regular steel stems and tires. I bought the TPMS sensors on eBay to use but the dealer wanted $200 to reprogram the system with the new sensors so screw that.

The Baja is a 2003 so no TPMS (yeah!)

On the Impreza I pay the tire shop $55 to do the changeover with the original wheels and TPMS sensors.






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 12-08-2012, 07:04 Post: 185637
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It's 99% dependent on a) where you drive,

Couldn't agree more. I for example, haven't bought a snow tire for over 40 years. After retiring to western Kentucky in '92 - and seldom traveling during the winter - it soon became clear that a year 'round rain tire was most appropriate. Yes there is the occasional cold snap where the softer rubber compound would be good. But there aren't enough of them to justify a thousand dollar set of tires dryrotting in the garage the other 9 months of the year. So I put that money into the best set of all-season rated rain tires that I can get. I generally lean toward Michelin. Their HydroEdge was great, as is the Pilot Sport A/S. My Porsche is currently on a set of Michelin Lattitude Tour HP. Even from a dead stop, those tires enabled me to tow a 4 ton load uphill on damp grass.

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Back whenever studded snow tires was the big thing my Father and Mother ran a mom and pop Standard Oil station. Dad sold a boat load of studded tires that i used to help him put the studs in and mount them when the first talk of snow came, that was in the 1970's, that rage soon fizzled out after a few winters. The tire shop I do business with now sells a lot of tires, I'd guess one of the bigger volume dealers in the east half of the state.
I'd have to ask for sure but I think they would have to special order anything other than an all season radial.
The all season Firestones on the Trailblazer right now I bought there at 40K, the current mileage is now close to 92K, but they are getting about shot. I wouldn't see any reason to buy a snow tire even if they stocked them.






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 12-08-2012, 16:30 Post: 185641
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Search Winter tires on you tube to see tire tests.

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