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Hey fellas, I just picked up my first Volvo this weekend, a 97 850 T5 Wagon, and I need some help.<p>What I am looking for is the best chip to pop in this awesome car...I am sure that there are multitudes of chips out there, however unsure of where to start.<p>As I am a gadget guy, I am also looking at upgrades such as upper strut tie bars, suspension, wheels, etc. But for now, just the chip.<p>Also, any recommendation for snow tires? I drive in Idaho and Montana all winter, and was looking at the Alpins or Blizzaks
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Also, any recommendation for snow tires? I drive in Idaho and Montana all winter, and was looking at the Alpins or Blizzaks<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=5211 " TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=5211 </a><p>I'm sure Yannis can tell you more about his Blizzaks that are for sale. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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CHIPS// BSR nets you more power and costs less. IPD has excellent<br>customer service.<br> <br><A HREF="http://www.ipdusa.com" TARGET="_blank">www.ipdusa.com</a> TME chip<br> <A HREF="http://www.engstrom.net" TARGET="_blank">www.engstrom.net</a> BSR chip<br> <A HREF="http://www.pes-tuning.com" TARGET="_blank">www.pes-tuning.com</a> <p>As for other gadgets you can visit online shops like IPD<br>and <A HREF="http://www.eurosporttuning.com" TARGET="_blank">www.eurosporttuning.com</a>
 

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Here are some comments that I found about Blizzaks:<p> <i>The best traction on the planet.</i><br> <I>Great traction & handling. Very quiet on the road.<br></I> <br> <I> Patented microscopic "suction-cup" design adheres to slippery surfaces<br></I> <br> <I> Incredible performance on snow and ice<br></I> <br> <I>Absolute gripping power on ice or snow.<br></I> <p> <B> <I>Three years ago a friend recommended that we put Blizzak tires on our car for winter driving. We have six children and five cars that HAVE to go places, regardless of the weather. It snows all the time here, and we live in the foothills of the mountains, which means to go anywhere we have to negotiate hills. We took his advice on a 96 Plymouth Neon, (a car that had been terrible in the snow) and the result was a 4WD vehicle! I'm not kidding. The tread is like little suction cups that holds you anywhere. I get a lot of entertainment each winter watching people spin their tires in front of my house, because it's right where the slope becomes impossible to negotiate. My cars never do that now.<p>We have since put Blizzaks on all our cars. We have two 1993 Mercury Tracers, a 99 Honda Accord, a 99 Honda Civic, and a 97 Saab in addition to the Neon. I was always scared to death to drive in the snow. In fact I have been known to make my children WALK to school on the worst days because I didn't want to try to negotiate in a car. Now I laugh at the weather and sometimes go out just because it is snowing and I like to feel powerful. (The only problem then is avoiding other cars WITHOUT Blizzaks.)<p>Blizzaks have greatly reduced the stress in my life. I don't worry about the kids when it starts to snow, and I don't panic when I have to go. (I never have worried about my husband because he thinks he can do anything, anyway.) I'm absolutely serious when I tell you that any car will magically turn into a 4WD with these tires."<p></I> </B> <br>One more!<p> <B> <I>"August in the U.P. means one thing, Time to shop for snow tires:<p>I say this only mildly in jest. In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, (the place I call home), winter arrives early and stays late. With this in mind, most people are prepared earlier than "old man winter" for the difficult driving conditions. What this means is, that in late summer they make sure their snow tires will be up to the task, and if not they make a visit to their tire dealer and order some snow tires.<p>In an increasingly upward trend, what this means is when the snow tire order goes in, more and more Bridgestone Blizzak tires are on that order. By word of mouth, and now the internet, can you say epinions ? people are heralding the praises of the Blizzaks. And justifiably so. These are some of the best snow and ice tires your hard earned income share can purchase.<p>BLIZZAK DOESN'T SOUND LIKE BLIZZARD FOR NOTHING:<p>The Blizzak tire is such a great traction tire for a couple of reasons. The first reason is the Patented "MULTICELL" tread compound. If you ever get an opportunity to get to a Brigestone dealer check out their Multicell display. It looks almost like foam rubber when magnified. All the little pores in the rubber compound aid in biting the snow and acting like tiny little spikes.<p>Another reason the traction is so great is because of the exclusive "TRACPOINT" sipes in the tread. These are thousands of little sipes which provide that many more edges in the tread pattern to grip the snow and aid in pumping out water when things start to melt off a bit. The tread has an interlocking pattern to keep block movement down to a minimum keeping tire wear down and handling up.<p>The Blizzak tire is actually touted as an ice tire more than a snow tire. It is advertised as such by claiming to not need studs installed, and so there in no capacity for the installation of these in the tread. And with the aforementioned features of this tire, it actually does an excellent job in icy conditions.<br>Check local laws in your area for tire stud legality before having them installed in other tires.<p>The trend in owning Bridgestone Blizzaks is actually less of a trend, and more like trendy. It is popular with the Audi, Lexus, BMW type crowds. This is no doubt partly because the Blizzaks are pricey. If something is expensive, no matter what it is, you can bet some personality types will spend on it just because of that fact. And if one person in the group owns something, it becomes the IT thing to have. This has happened to the Blizzaks, they ARE the IT thing.<p>ONE LAST THING:<p>The Brigestone Blizzaks are, without a doubt, one of the finest working snow and ice tires on the market today. But one caveat is in order. Snow tires are not held to the same traction and treadwear standards as regular all season and highway tires are. The UTQG rating which sets the government standard for tires does not apply to snow tires.<p>As such, the Blizzaks would be rated very low on the treadwear scale. These tires are excellent in snow and ice, top notch, traction would be rated very high. But when the pavement turns back to bare, so does the tread on the Blizzaks. These tires do not do very well at all on bare pavement. They handle well and pump water well, but they wear out like pencil erasers if now taken off right away in the spring.<p>If you live in Upper Michigan, Northern Wisconsin, Minnesota, Higher elevation mountainous areas, etc. these would do very well for you. If you live in an area where you really don't have long winters, you may want to opt for a longer wearing tire, unless of course price is no object and you don't mind buying a set every year."<p></I> </B> <p>Now, having shown you all that, I have for sale a nice set of 4 Blizzaks mounted on 4 steel Volvo rims, balanced, ready to go...Take a look under the "CLASSIFIED" Forum, under the "Wheels & Tires" section <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Yannis
 
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