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 11-29-2008, 08:35 Post: 158208
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The original tires on our 07 Trailblazer 4 X 4 are getting to the so - so tread stage. Being we have a steep north sloping driveway ice is a bigger concern than snow. Brand loyalty doesn't mean much to me, just the best tire for the job. Anybody have any favorites? Thanks. Frank.






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 11-29-2008, 11:40 Post: 158213
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Are studded tires legal back there in Heartland, USA?

In any case.... these are the tires many Alaskans use.






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 11-29-2008, 12:42 Post: 158217
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Down here in western KY, I drive more in winter rain than I do in snow or ice. As such, I wear Michelin HydroEdge for year-round use on my Mercedes. My pickup needs E-rated tires, that cuts the selection WAY down. But having the option to select 4wd makes up for that I guess.

But in conditions that you describe, I might consider going back to the old custom of seasonal tire changes. That said, my winter tire choice would be the Michelin Ice-X or Ice-Xi2

I wonder if ice-tire selection makes a difference between FWD cars and RWD cars(?)

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 11-29-2008, 13:31 Post: 158218
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Frank on my 04 TB I ordered from tirerack narrow tall tires mounted on steel wheels and delivered to door for $450. They were Winter Force a Blizzak knock off. Very good deep tread and heavily siped. The TB went everywhere every day.

New PU have $750 tied up in steel wheels, air pressure monitors and studded Master Craft deep lugs and heavily siped. These are also a tall narrow tire. These I had to purchase components 3 different places. Local company studded the tires and mounted.

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 11-29-2008, 13:41 Post: 158219
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Studded tires must not be legal anymore, as you never see a tire shop advertising them. I haven't tried the internet sources yet. I'm just fishing for favorite tread styles or brands here for now. Frank.






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 11-29-2008, 20:03 Post: 158222
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Years ago I got my full-size 4x4 with BF Goodrich tires siped until I realized that they were cutting my tires' mileage in half. And the siping had no noticeable affect that I could feel. When I plowed snow I kept the same tires on year round which were BFG Trail(something). They do well in all situations including mud. Of course my truck is a diesel so the added weight helps too.

Murf needs to weigh in on this one. Up yonder they offer a tire that is superior for winter driving.






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 11-29-2008, 20:32 Post: 158223
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I must not know all the tire terms. What are you guys talking about tires that sipe?






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 11-29-2008, 21:40 Post: 158224
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Frank, a sipe in a tire is a thin cut across the tire tread from sidewall to sidewall designed to hold snow and/or create more surface area to the roadway by creating or exposing little "wipers" or "squegees" like on a window cleaner. The sipes can either be molded in the tire when it's made, or can cut after the tire is made usually at the tire store. When they're molded in the tire they don't look anything like what a tire siping machine does. A tire siper makes thin cuts about a 1/4" apart all the way around the tire---picture taking a utility knife and cutting the tread crossways. When they're molded they are in the tread usually at the outside of the tire to reduce wear and noise. And they're usually not just straight lines--sometimes they're squiggly or alternating V shapes. Chances are your tires have them. And a lot of times on my tires they pick up little tiny stones too.






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EW; Thanks for getting me up to speed on tire terms, I've always noticed those little lines, but never knew they had a proper term. We got our first real snow of the season this morning, so let those little sipes go to work.






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