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Old 10-13-07, 01:07 PM   #1
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Winter weather is here and I need to buy some new winter tires. I live in California and drive in a variety of conditions. Most winter driving will be in rain or dry pavement with some occasional snow/ice driving over Donner Summit. I'm looking at several tires with respect to pricing and performance. The Kumho Exsta ASX is available at tire rack for $87/tire. Or I could go for the Perelli P-Zero Nero tires for $129/tire. The Blizzah LM25 is $153. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. If anyone has the Kumho's, I would like to know what you think. I've heard the Kumho's are the best value and are good tires.
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Old 10-13-07, 04:35 PM   #2
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I <3 my Blizzacks.
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Old 10-13-07, 04:54 PM   #3
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Default Re: Winter Tires Suggestions?

i have the Blizzak LM-25 and i love them. i have had no problem last winter driving in the rain or in tahoe in snow. i drive pretty hard and they didnt wear to much either. hope that helps good luck
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The Kumho tread pattern looks like it's not a great winter tire. I have Dunlop Wintersport M3's. Love them.
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There is only one true WINTER tire on your list, the Blizzak. I think there are restrictions on what kind of tires they allow to traverse Donner Pass in bad weather, and if I remember them correctly you need actual WINTER tires. Check the CA DOT website for specifics.
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The Blizzak is the only one there that meets the industry's "severe snow service" requirements (you can tell this by looking for the snowflake-on-the-mountain-symbol on the sidewall of the tire). For mostly rain or and/or dry pavement, I'd stick with the Blizzak or Dunlop - they're both great tires. I use the Dunlops personally and we get a lot more than "ocassional" snow and ice- they work fine, and have decent dry grip too.

Just slow down, take your time, and remember: AWD doesn't do squat for braking.
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Blizzak, Dunlop Wintersport M3, Nokian Hakkapeliitta & Nokian RSi, etc. etc. They all work quite well in snow, some much better than others. The ones that do very well in snow/ice usually are that much less capable in dry and the ones that do very well in dry usually are that much less capable in snow/ice.

The Blizzak and Dunlop are both a decent compromise while the Nokians are very snow-centric.
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The Blizzak and Dunlop are both a decent compromise while the Nokians are very snow-centric.
That's a good summary - if you lived in the Canadian Rockies, a set of Hakk's (preferably studded) would definitely be the way to go for winter driving. The problem is if you use them for extended periods on warmer, dry roads, they wear really, really fast - the others are much better suited for that.
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That's a good summary - if you lived in the Canadian Rockies, a set of Hakk's (preferably studded) would definitely be the way to go for winter driving. The problem is if you use them for extended periods on warmer, dry roads, they wear really, really fast - the others are much better suited for that.
I just took my RSi's for a 2500 mile road trip that was 95% dry/warm and I wore <1mm. The wear was accelerated compared to in the snow, but not so bad that I wouldn't buy them again.
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Old 10-15-07, 10:55 AM   #10
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I'm not familiar with the RSi's - most guys around here opt for the Hakk 2's which have terrific snow and ice grip, but big time wear on dry roads. There's always a compromise somewhere.
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