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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-20-2010, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Tires...looking for Your Input.

Well the time has come to start looking at tires for the upcoming winter season. Yes I know its not exactly summer yet, but I like to have a plan and if something good comes along I want to be able to move on it. I have the bone stock LS,with 15" wheels and no plan for anything else. Its 5-speed daily driver and I am looking for long wear and good traction when its wet out. The factory stock were ok, but not exactly spectacular.So give me your input please.

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Los Angeles has a "winter" that you need special tires for????



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My recommendation would be General Altimax Arctic

I have those tires and i absolutley love em. Great grip on wet/dry/snow/slush!
I haven't got stuck once.




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Los Angeles has a "winter" that you need special tires for????
Nooooooooo.I will have run out of tread depth long before our winter/rainy period comes,so I am shopping for tires now and asking for input.Do you have any input regarding my post.

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My recommendation would be General Altimax Arctic

I have those tires and i absolutley love em. Great grip on wet/dry/snow/slush!
I haven't got stuck once.
Thats what I'm looking for. Real world experience.Tire Rack/Discount Tire/Costco/Sams Club have good prices, but very little info and no real feedback.Thank you.Oh and how did they wear.They have no rating.??????

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I might add that this car was the most base Sedan with a 5-speed I could find. its only option is body side moldings and floormats, so no limited slip, and the right front wheel does its level best to pull the car in what ever direction it wants to go if its in a turn and wet out. Does this make input easier.??????

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You'll be fine. I love them damn tires.

Tread wear isn't bad. As long as I wait till the first snow to put them back on and take them off once the weather gets better in spring I'll probably get at least 2-4 more years out of them.





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I like my BFGoodrich G Force Sports, handle the snow and ice pretty well also, in addition to the flooding rain Nashville/Clarksville, TN area jsut had.



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I like my BFGoodrich G Force Sports, handle the snow and ice pretty well also, in addition to the flooding rain Nashville/Clarksville, TN area jsut had.
That's perfect. I have never owned/had a front wheel drive car before so this is important to me.

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i still don't get why you need winter tires in LA



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i still don't get why you need winter tires in LA
I'm sorry you missed my explanation, but if you will kindly re-read my post above. I'm not looking for "Winter" tires specifically, I am looking for tires before "Winter" gets here and are good for winter weather. If you have never been to "Los Angeles" as rare as "Rain" might seem, the problem here is the many miles of oil soaked roads and the first rain. Oil and Water = Slick Road. Add Stupid People that still think they can do double the speed limit and I'm sure you can figure out the rest. So far I have two tire brands/styles to go check out, what tire have you had good experience with.

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I live in LA county and you won't need them unless you plan on doing a lot of mountain driving through Crestline, Arrowhead, Big Bear, or Azusa Canyon. I would focus more on dry and wet traction issues as you already know the weather is variable here.

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I'm sorry you missed my explanation, but if you will kindly re-read my post above. I'm not looking for "Winter" tires specifically, I am looking for tires before "Winter" gets here and are good for winter weather. If you have never been to "Los Angeles" as rare as "Rain" might seem, the problem here is the many miles of oil soaked roads and the first rain. Oil and Water = Slick Road. Add Stupid People that still think they can do double the speed limit and I'm sure you can figure out the rest. So far I have two tire brands/styles to go check out, what tire have you had good experience with.
I think what you're talking about is an All-Season tire, not a winter tire.



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