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    Quote Originally Posted by golden chicken View Post
    Those Michelin Crossclimate tires are LOUD.
    That was my beef with the WRG2’s as well: hopefully the WRG4 is better. But for most of New England they’re still a great choice.


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    debating new shoes for the ridgeline. Ive always been a snow tire guy on my other cars. but this thing is brand new and has firestone destination le2s on it from the factory. I'm 99 percent sure they will be just fine for this winter. Popular upgrade is to larger AT tires for the look and filling out the wheel wells, and id go for something with a 3 peak rating(becuase winter). but i was cruising FB marketplace and found a newish set of blizziks local.

    As much as i want the bigger tire, I'm sure if would be annoyed with the noise and drain on mpg. plus Im still a colossal dick and enjoy a good back road with this truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhawley View Post
    debating new shoes for the ridgeline. Ive always been a snow tire guy on my other cars. but this thing is brand new and has firestone destination le2s on it from the factory. I'm 99 percent sure they will be just fine for this winter. Popular upgrade is to larger AT tires for the look and filling out the wheel wells, and id go for something with a 3 peak rating(becuase winter). but i was cruising FB marketplace and found a newish set of blizziks local.

    As much as i want the bigger tire, I'm sure if would be annoyed with the noise and drain on mpg. plus Im still a colossal dick and enjoy a good back road with this truck.
    I put Nokian's on my rideline before I sold it. They were really good in the snow.

    WRG3 SUV

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Nokian-WR...-Tire/50296486

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhawley View Post
    debating new shoes for the ridgeline. Ive always been a snow tire guy on my other cars. but this thing is brand new and has firestone destination le2s on it from the factory. I'm 99 percent sure they will be just fine for this winter. Popular upgrade is to larger AT tires for the look and filling out the wheel wells, and id go for something with a 3 peak rating(becuase winter). but i was cruising FB marketplace and found a newish set of blizziks local.

    As much as i want the bigger tire, I'm sure if would be annoyed with the noise and drain on mpg. plus Im still a colossal dick and enjoy a good back road with this truck.
    Those AT tires are heavy! With the roads we have that doesn’t seem like a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Those AT tires are heavy! With the roads we have that doesn’t seem like a good idea.
    AT tires suck for the most part, heavy, noisy, hit or miss in snow (offroad) not as good as an all season in nearly all road conditions, the only place they excell over other tires is mud & soft dirt...... during mud season on gravel roads

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    Never saw this this test before. It is interesting in that it mixes studded and friction tires together, so you can see under what circumstances each perform best. They are UK based.

    https://www.tyrereviews.com/Article/...-Tyre-Test.htm

    Top-rated friction tires were:

    Continental VikingContact 7
    Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2
    Nokian Hakkapeliita R3
    Michelin X Ice Snow
    Hankook Winter I Cept IZ2
    Kumho WinterCraft Ice Wi51

    The dealer where I buy Nokians also sells Continental. Asked him if they sold many vs Nokian and he said no. Seems like a great performer when new, with ice traction a strength.

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    Re: Snow tires....

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Never saw this this test before. It is interesting in that it mixes studded and friction tires together, so you can see under what circumstances each perform best. They are UK based.

    https://www.tyrereviews.com/Article/...-Tyre-Test.htm

    Top-rated friction tires were:

    Continental VikingContact 7
    Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2
    Nokian Hakkapeliita R3
    Michelin X Ice Snow
    Hankook Winter I Cept IZ2
    Kumho WinterCraft Ice Wi51

    The dealer where I buy Nokians also sells Continental. Asked him if they sold many vs Nokian and he said no. Seems like a great performer when new, with ice traction a strength.
    Those Contis are oddly affordable in the Odyssey's size. Less than the Generals. I think I am going to try them on the van.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petorius View Post
    Those Contis are oddly affordable in the Odyssey's size. Less than the Generals. I think I am going to try them on the van.
    Interesting - both are made in Germany, likely in the same factory…

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    I have the conti extremecontact, which is the high performance version of that tire. Really love them, but have not tried others on the STi to compare with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankatz View Post
    Interesting - both are made in Germany, likely in the same factory…
    price has more to do with supplies in warehouse that need to make way for newer tires

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    price has more to do with supplies in warehouse that need to make way for newer tires
    I understand, but the continental Vikings are a newish model

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    newish is last years newest, and next years oldish constantly changing compounds and tread design to make them stickier and quieter

    sometimes they make too many in anticipation of sales, because people bought Michelins instead of Nokians, and Continental came in 3rd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    I have the conti extremecontact, which is the high performance version of that tire. Really love them, but have not tried others on the STi to compare with.
    Been buying Contis since putting the original ContiContact on my 1979 Scirocco. There was studded and non studded Performance Rally classes, so that was the hot setup for non studded. 175/70x13’s - monsters! They’re consistent top performers.

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    Guys, I'm new here, I want to buy winter tires. Found a Pirelli IceZero Fr - tell me, are they normal? I just met them in many sites, and it seems to me that they are good. I recently started to drive and this is my first winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    I love our STi on ultra performance snows. It makes it actually fun to rip around on cold, dry or wet roads. The summer tires have too much grip to be fun on the street (and are unuseable in the winter).
    I had Dunlop Direzzas on the fiesta when I bought it. Flew out to Cali for Thanksgiving a couple years ago and came back to a snow storm. They were almost bald. That was a fun/white knuckle drive coming back at 3:30am (flight was a red eye...) Multiple vehicles were off the road on rt84 on my way back around Hartford.

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    Norway’s Motor magaxzine just released their 2021 winter tire test. It translates to English in Chrome, perhaps other browsers.

    The usual caveat: these are brand new tires, there is no wear testing.

    https://motor.no/a/208030

    1. Continental VikingContact 7
    2. Goodyear UltraGrip 2
    3. Pirelli IceZero FR
    4. Nokian Hakkapeliita R3
    5. Michelin X-Ice Snow
    6. Nexen Winguard Ice Plus WH43
    7. Continental TS870
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Snow tires....-140ce11e-3afe-4568-91b7-a9ed6f9d3ad2  

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    I keep meaning to swap over to snows, but haven't yet... who's changed already

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    Running Falken Espia Epz
    Had them on the Elantra last year and weren’t bad especially when I bought all 4 new off a bud for 125.00
    Haven’t used them in deep snow since i also have a GMC 4x4 for bad days. Snow tires....-42377507-fb04-4a4e-97db-5d13587d7252

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvDog View Post
    I keep meaning to swap over to snows, but haven't yet... who's changed already
    Live in Boston. Will probably change over the cars around Dec 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvDog View Post
    I keep meaning to swap over to snows, but haven't yet... who's changed already

    I'll be swapping some time this week. Mostly because there's almost exactly 30k on the all seasons right now and it fits a rotation schedule perfectly. Oil change, swap snows, lube caliper pins and the car is ready for winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvDog View Post
    I keep meaning to swap over to snows, but haven't yet... who's changed already
    I did, but I was at the end of my summer tires' life. I don't normally switch so early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvDog View Post
    I keep meaning to swap over to snows, but haven't yet... who's changed already
    Changing van today. The CR3’s wear well and the van doesn’t have much traction unloaded.

    Changing Prius V while daughter is home for Thanksgiving. Daughter in Colorado Springs is changing over this week because she is going skiing.

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    Winter tire changeover today on the Prius V, from Nokian One A/S to Hakkapeliitta R3. The trend towards bigger wheels has reached the point of diminishing returns: the 17” assembly weighs 5 lbs more than the 16”.

    You can see how A/S tires have continuous treads for low noise and smooth ride; circumferential grooves for rain performance; and hard tread compounds for long life and hot weather endurance.

    The R3’s have a hydrophilic compound with a grit additive for cold, ice and snow; full depth sipes to create lots of biting edges; and open tread blocks.

    In Quebec the winter accident rate went down 50% after requiring winter tires. Peace of mind for the price of an insurance deductible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Winter tire changeover today on the Prius V
    Hope you lubed the caliper pins on it too. When they seize in there, and they will, you either have to replace the whole caliper assembly or drill them out. That bracket isn't available separate last I looked.

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