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2012/13 Snow tires thread (cars & trucks, merged thread)

Oct. 20, 2012, 1:22 p.m.
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Oct. 20, 2012, 6:46 p.m.
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just put the iPikes back on today. Bring it, winter.

Oct. 20, 2012, 7:55 p.m.
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Have a truck?

Stud one set, keep the other stud free, run them back and forth year round. I've put 130 000 km on my two sets between seasons, I will never switch. Studded they grip black ice and glazed snow like nobodies business, they go through bumper deep fresh snow, they shed mud, and they've got sipes for wet conditions. If you drive in actual rough weather and don't want to drop the $$ on Wranglers, these are just as good and a fraction of the cost.

Firestone Destination M/T

Oct. 20, 2012, 11:38 p.m.
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i bet they're not as good as you think. pretty firm rubber, unsipped.
mud tires generally make poor winter tires, aside from decent deep snow performance.

Oct. 21, 2012, 12:30 a.m.
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I'm on a few truck forums and they all comment on how the Firestone MT tires fall apart in large chunks if you take them off-road. High mileage road driving may be different, but I 4x4 my truck on rocks and logs, not mud.

Oct. 21, 2012, 7:57 a.m.
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I'm on a few truck forums and they all comment on how the Firestone MT tires fall apart in large chunks if you take them off-road. High mileage road driving may be different, but I 4x4 my truck on rocks and logs, not mud.

The "large chunks" thing has some validity to it, I drive 80% logging roads - in my experience the only tire that doesn't completely fall apart on those roads and can also handle mud is the Mud Terrain (which is hard and no good in the winter) and the Wrangler, which is unfortunately not on the the list I can choose from. But, I drive through deep mud whenever I get to location, summer or winter, and in the winter I can also drive through deep snow. I maintain that the Firestone is the best 'do all'. Even if it does fall apart after 70 000 km.

Oct. 28, 2012, 6:48 p.m.
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I bought the Hankook iPikes from a local shop (American made vs the Cdn tire Chinese rubber).

Took a look at the Goodyear Nordic tires as I mounted them up on the Civic today, they were made in Canada. Maybe that is the previous model and the new version is made in China?

(If anyone cares, the BFG Winter Slalom on the Escape were made in the US.)

Oct. 28, 2012, 7:03 p.m.
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The "large chunks" thing has some validity to it, I drive 80% logging roads - in my experience the only tire that doesn't completely fall apart on those roads and can also handle mud is the Mud Terrain (which is hard and no good in the winter) and the Wrangler, which is unfortunately not on the the list I can choose from. But, I drive through deep mud whenever I get to location, summer or winter, and in the winter I can also drive through deep snow. I maintain that the Firestone is the best 'do all'. Even if it does fall apart after 70 000 km.

You should also clarify your logging roads are built from pit run not crushed rock

Oct. 28, 2012, 9:21 p.m.
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on the 4000 rd to the babine fish fence I do river shuttles every summer and I have witnessed many flat tires the worst I had was 3 stock generals on an 07 ford PU, the MOF engineering tech who often holds up one end of the local bar said to drive SLOW like [HTML_REMOVED]30kmph and maybe reduce tire pressure

might they have used crushed rock instead of pit run?

Oct. 28, 2012, 10:04 p.m.
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If you are racing, sure.

For street use, I'm not so sure.

It's good on a car which is stored more often than not..less pressure loss. Or if your car is an airplane.

All the major tire/car manufacturers though, admit that DRY air is best. It's 78% nitrogen anyhow :D

Oct. 29, 2012, 4:52 a.m.
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exactly ^^^ GF called the shop about some steel rims for her 4-runer and they did' nt call back so I went down to do it in person and I could see that they were too fucking busy… the race is on to beat winter cuz it always snows to valley floor by halloween

Im pretty close to a foot of snow at my place already. Good thing I did all the tires on Oct 1st.

Oct. 29, 2012, 4:53 a.m.
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Nitrogen, yes or no?

For you, I recommend propane.

Nov. 12, 2012, 11:42 a.m.
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Looked for it somewhat casually this morning…

Anyway, just asking for shout outs to 1010tires.com Are they any good? Needing outfit my A4 with wheels/rubber and their pricing seems pretty good.

Any intel would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

DS

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Nov. 12, 2012, 11:52 a.m.
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I bought my winters from 1010tires. Good price and they were able to fit me in at the end of the day for installation, which was cheaper there than at other tire shops as well. $89.99 per tire came out to a hair under $500 installed.

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Nov. 12, 2012, 11:58 a.m.
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THANK YOU!

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