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Anyone have any advice? I will probably get a package off of Tire Rack. The few times I drove in snow last year were "interesting" to say the least. Please advise.<br>thanks,<br>Andy
 

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Re: Snow Tires & Rims (Druglord)

narrow tire... and rim.....<p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=44173" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=44173</A><p>be cheaper too!<p>
 

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Re: Snow Tires & Rims (JimLill)

wheels that should work<p><A HREF="http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/findWheelDetail.do?wd=17&pc=55875&rw=7&bp=5-108" TARGET="_blank">http://www.discounttiredirect....5-108</A><p>an All-Season that in the narrow size (205/50-17) would be enough for KY<p><A HREF="http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/findTireDetail.do?cf=false&sw=false&cs=205&pc=26600&rd=17&ar=50" TARGET="_blank">http://www.discounttiredirect....ar=50</A><br>
 

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Re: Snow Tires & Rims (JimLill)

I live in North Carolina and really don't need snows down here, but I'm from New England and know the value of grip in snow. Every winter, I make a trip from NC to Buffalo, NY to Maine to NC. Before I leave, I put my snow tires on (steel wheels). When I get into it in the mountains in VA & WV I always appreciate having snow tires on. The rest of the year, my car has all-season (Pilot Sport A/S) which are good in bad weather, but don't match snows. <p>I've been happy with my Blizzaks. Since I don't use them much, I've had my R for 6+ years and the tires for close to 5 of those years. They barely look used. I leave the snows on from mid-December through February, but I work from home so it doesn't get driven much. I don't really care what they look like, so I've been happy with steel wheels. I'm not sure if this is an option with the newer R brakes though.<p>I chose to get the same size tires as my regulars (205/55r16) for my 2000 R. This has been good for me. I never feel like I'm floating on top of the snow.
 

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Re: Snow Tires & Rims (Druglord)

dedicated snows will give you better ice traction and stopping ability than even the best all season, but in your climate your need for those things may be rare. I've had Pzero Nero all-seasons which were fine, good all around tire, and also last winter got Dunlops Wintersport M3's which were exellent in snow/ice and decent on dry.
 

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When I bought my winter wheels/tires, I looked on Tirerack and found the choices to be very limited. I ended up getting a package deal from Ronal (http://www.ronalusa.com) I got 17" R-41's mounted and balanced with Dunlap Winter Sport M3's. I was happy with the deal, and Ronal seemed to have a wider selection available for the S60R lug pattern. That was last year, maybe the tirerack has more choices now. Also, the combination of thicker rubber (17 vs. 18 stock), and winter tread really made the R rip through the snow.
 

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Re: Snow Tires & Rims (Druglord)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Druglord</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Anyone have any advice? I will probably get a package off of Tire Rack. The few times I drove in snow last year were "interesting" to say the least. Please advise.<br>thanks,<br>Andy</TD></TR></TABLE><p>i was looking at tirerack packages too.<p>maybe we can get a group buy at an appropriate time. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I picked up a set of the stock 17s and wrapped them in Pilot Alpin tires. Car is an absolute tank in the snow, can not wait for winter again!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>spudmanmike</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I picked up a set of the stock 17s and wrapped them in Pilot Alpin tires. Car is an absolute tank in the snow, can not wait for winter again!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Another <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> for the Pilot Alpins. I went 225/45/17 on Pegs.
 

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I have a stock set of Pegs and wrapped them in Pirelli snowsport 240's (here in Germany the Autobahn is usually clear most of the winter and I wanted to still be able to travel at high speeds when safe)<p>They work awesome, (got the tires from Tire Rack, of course ;-)<br>Got the rims from Karp automotive (Volvo Dealer) in Rock NY, Great prices from Joe there!
 

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Anyone using Gislaved Nordic Frost III's ?<p>Don't really need them now (bought a set of Nokian's last year on 17" wheels from Ronal that worked very well and haven't a lot of wear (about 8000 miles). But I know someone selling a set of Gislaved Nordic Frost's dirt cheap with just 3000 miles or so on them. Debating wheter to buy them and use them in a another few years when the Nokian's wear out
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MagoonR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Another <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> for the Pilot Alpins. I went 225/45/17 on Pegs.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>A third <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> for the Pilot Alpins. I had these on my Pathfinder and it was ilke a Snowmobile. Drove 225 miles in a Blizzard on unplowed Rt. 80 and other highways in 5' visibility with not one slip or slide. Would DEFINITELY get these if I were going to do the summer / winter swap.
 

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Re: Snow Tires & Rims (Druglord)

My biased opinion is take the Dunlops with the Borbet TS. Beautiful look on my silver S60R.<p>Have had winter Dunlops on every AWD i have owned, never regretted it.
 

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I also took my Dunlop M3's through some pretty deep snow this winter. The snow was deep enough that the car acted like plow -- snow flying everywhere, and I can't recall a moment where I felt slippage. I was very happy with thier erformance. I only have 5K on my R -- 1/2 time on the winter Dunlops, 1/2 time stock tires...so I don't know about thier durability.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by BShirer at 9:56 AM 8-8-2006</i>
 

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Thanks for all the great responses. I have a set of Blizzacks (ws-50). They're 225-45-17s. I used them for 2 winters on my Audi TT. They were awesome!! Does anyone know if the rims for a TT would be compatible with the R? Also, I have the sport kit which means I have built in snow plows on the front of my car. Do you think that size tire would make me scrape more?<br>thanks,<br>Andy<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Druglord</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Does anyone know if the rims for a TT would be compatible with the R? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Don't know for sure, but doubt it. Do a search for the bolt pattern and offset. Doubt they will be the same for the Audi, the R's is pretty strange.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Druglord</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Does anyone know if the rims for a TT would be compatible with the R?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>They have different bolt patterns which means you'll need an adapter assuming they'll fit over the brakes.<p>Since you've gotta get the rims over the Brembos you'll need to check the offset of the rims. Which TT rims do you have? Remember they're available OEM in 16"-18" sizes. I recall a friend having trouble getting her 18" rims over a set of Stoptechs without spacers. I had the 17" 5 spokes on my TT (and they'd never get over the Brembos). I also had a set of 16" Mille Miglia A1s for winter use and they barely made it over the stock TT calipers.<p>-Eric
 

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All four of my winter Pegasus' with Dunlop M3 were just stolen. (there's no icon that's crying).<p>I'm back to agonizing over what to do. New rims w/snow tires or all-seasons.<p>I do go skiing a few times a year. I think the big advantage with winter tires is stopping. There is snow and ice locally, but never a large accumulation. My M3s did slip on rare occassion (it's really hard to feel it though with the DSTC) I don't like the tradeoff in performance when on the mild winter days, so I figure A/S would be a lessor tradeoff year round. I got so excited when I got to put my summer tires back on this spring. ...but snow tires are just safer... what to do. Since I'm searching for a new job, I don't know where I'll be between now and March. Chicago, Denver, Seattle?<p>Questions:<p>- Would a V rated M3 feel different to an H rated M3?<br>- Has anyone driven the Pilot Sport A/S in snow and ice? How do they stop in those conditions?<br>- How does the Pilot Sport A/S feel compared to the summer tires... in practical street driving (with some fun cornering).<br>- Regarding rims, I'm not much for the bling factor, and I like the clean look of the Pegasus'. How's the quality on the aftermarket rims. Can I get more for less?<br>
 

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I have the Pilot Alpins too....<p>I bought them from Tire Rack along with the F7's that they sell. For $88 a rim, you really can't go wrong. They look great...
 
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