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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-24-2014, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Winter tires

Yea I know people have talked about this since the beginning of forums, but technology has changed.

I'm getting Steele wheels for my car and I'm strongly leaning towards hekkapellita R2 tires. I was looking at hankooks i*cept evo but the R2 seem to do better. From the people that live in areas of regular snow, what are you using with great satisfaction?

For me, price doesn't matter. I just want a good solid performing winter tire on my brand new car.


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I'm using Hankook ipike but I always liked the Toyo winter tire for the first 30% of the tread then they go downhill quick.

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Technically an ice tire, I love my Michelin x-ice xi3's. Fantastic level of ice and dry grip, and the wear rate is excellent. It's often compared to Bridgestone Blizzaks, and often outperforms them in every category. Whatever you do, don't buy anything that says Good-Year on it. UltraGrips and Nordics are some of the worst the company offers.

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I agree, there's not much Goodyear can do right in my book.

My driveway is 30ft long and drops 6 ft along the way. I don't know what that grade is but it's enough that I get stuck every year with every vehicle I've ever owned except the escape.

So I need a tire that will be good at digging in snow and be good on ice. We had the blizzaks ws-50 on a 1997 sun fire we owned and it never got stuck all winter. The problem with Bridgestone is that the rubber isn't he same past half way.

My road is also plowed last in my subdivision so sometimes that can be 24 hours so I need to drive through on average around 3-4" of snow.


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Yeah I need good winters too. But I'm poor :( I work all the time and have no money lol
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Been watching reviews on the continental extreme winter contact tires and they look pretty good as well. They also look like they'd be good in snow where the xi3's look like a pure ice tire.

I had the original x ice tires before on a beater I had and they were the absolute worst winter tire I have ever used in my life. Took them off and put some Chinese brand on that I found in my junkyard and it was night and day better


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My old UltraGrips tried to kill me on a few occassions. One time I attempted a pass in some pretty dicey conditions coming up to an intersection. There were two lanes, one was an empty parking lane. There was a slow moving SUV in front of me and I judged I could swing by on the right an make the pass before the intersection and get back before running into the first parked car in my path. I went for it, and overtook. Turned the wheel left to get back into the lane, no effect. I tried braking. Wheels locked, no effect. I was a passenger about to slide into a rather embarrassing and potentially painful crash. So I frantically pumped the brakes and cranked the wheel praying for some bite. About 10-15ft from the parked car the tires caught traction and swung me into the left lane and clear from a potential wreck. Had to countersteer a bit to avoid sailing into the oncoming lane and catch a little fishtail. That incident shattered my confidence in those tires and their days became numbered. Never had an issue with the xi3's, I still run them hard and drive/pass in those lanes that aren't really lanes anymore. Tires never let me down.

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Well got a quote of tires and steel wheels for $960. Might buy them. X ice 3's


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Do it. No regrets.

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Gf ordered then anyway. Along with oem wheels from gm so it's now $1035 tax inc


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