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PostSubject: Winter tire sizes   Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:39 pm

Anyone running their car in the snow?
My wagon is a daily driver, and I want to get some winter tires.
I'm wondering whether I should go with a stock tire size 185/75R14 or if a 205/70R14 would make any kind of difference. Other than more expensive...
I'm sticking with the 14" rim, got a nice set of steelies cheap.

The roads are usually frozen and snow packed up here.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter tire sizes   Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:13 pm

Stockers work just fine. I use to run my old '78 Futura year round many many years ago. Some good weight in the back made a huge difference as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter tire sizes   Sat Nov 27, 2010 3:01 am

For winter tires, narrower/taller ones generally work better, because they punch down through the crap better, and are less likely to hydroplane. I'd run the 185/75s.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter tire sizes   Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:39 pm

Ya I'm coming to that conclusion as well.
Plus, they're usually a few bucks cheaper.
Probably get some Firestone Winterforce studded.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter tire sizes   Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:37 pm

I don't mind the winterforce, but I don't really like studs. For as good as they are when it's really bad, they are pretty bad when there isn't actually snow or ice on the road. I run without studs, and I have a set of cable chains to put on if it gets real, real bad. I haven't used the chains yet.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter tire sizes   Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:43 pm

I was out booting around a bit in the snow tonight, and it's actually not too bad with the all-seasons. I would like some chains too though.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter tire sizes   Sun Nov 28, 2010 1:34 am

look for a trac loc rear and use 185 75 r14s
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PostSubject: Re: Winter tire sizes   Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:58 am

It'll be pretty damn good with the winterforce, especially if you get all four.

The limited slip diff wouldn't hurt.

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PostSubject: Re: Winter tire sizes   Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:22 am

I've got 205, 65 15's on mine and they work, but I think they are a bit wide.

I'm looking forward to having a posi this year Very Happy.
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