Winter tires.

Discussion in 'Canada' started by jackd, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. jackd

    jackd Long timer

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    Hi there Commuter Boy! I wondered if you'd chime in here - you usually do after awhile when I ask one of these questions. It used to be easier when I just used to come over to your place in my slippers..... There's nothing like old neighbours.

    What species of Pirelli did you buy? I checked out 1010 online and didn't see steel rims online - they pushed you toward alloys. I'll probably head down to Ralph's in South Burnaby - they're around 10 minutes from where I live when I'm in town. By the way, I'm looking for another airhead to keep my GS company over here....
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  2. jasonmt

    jasonmt Been here awhile

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    SHMBO got a new BMW X-drive (AWD) last year and this is what we went with (Studded General Altimax Arctic in 205/55-16 instead of the 225/45-17 that the OE sized summer's were). By the time everything was said and done the package was ~$400 cheaper to my door from the Tire Rack than local pricing.

    Some of the testing I have read showed studs improve ice traction by ~25-35% (compared to the same tires without studs), but can give up ~5% traction on dry and wet roads. I am much more concerned about getting the most amount of traction in icy conditions compared to a minor degradation in traction during dry or merely wet conditions so I am a studded tyre kind of guy.

    BC and especially the lower mainland seems to be much more strict in regards to studded tyres than Alberta though.


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    I noticed the screw when I took the picture as well :baldy
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  3. jackd

    jackd Long timer

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    The screw was the first thing I noticed. Maybe it's because I just pulled a bloody nail out of my bike tire today, that might have been why I was focused on it...

    I once ran studs on some very tall snow tires on an old Coronet that I drove many years ago and that thing would climb up the side of a barn with no trouble at all. As you say, they frown on these things around Vancouver and I really don't blame them. I'll probably check out the wreckers for some rims soon and then spring for some of these new age winter tires soon. Enjoy your winter over in Alberta - you've already had a few good dumps of snow from what I've been hearing.
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  4. Commuter Boy

    Commuter Boy Long timer

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    Winter Carvings for the Golf. A step up from the General Altimax's I had, which are a knockoff of a previous gen Gisvald (sp?) tire.

    I had the prior gen Michelins Arctic Alpins as well, and have a set of the Toyos on the Mazda3 now, which work pretty well.

    Every new generation of tires seems to be a step up from the previous one, it never ceases to amaze me. If I found a better deal on them I would have tried the Continentals, I was really happy with their summer tires.
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