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Old 05 Sep 2018, 09:55 pm
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Question Snow tires: time to beat the rush...

I was somewhat disappointed in my Nokian "4-season" Snowflake-rated tires. They are fine in the summer, but either last year was the WORST ice&snow on record, or they just arent that hot in the snow.

When I lived in Moscow, we always drove on Nokian Hakkapalitta studded "real snow tires", and they were great. But winters here are too mild to justify studded snows ( I think...)

Anyway, my real question ( for all you snow-savvy PT'ers) is about WIDTH.

Back in the day when I used to drive a TransAm with "BIG FAT TIRES" I quickly discovered that they were useless in the snow. Does that still hold true for front-wheel-drive PTs?

Anyway, this year I have decided to abandon the "4-season tire" experiment and invest in a set of actual SNOW TIRES.
Should I go for extra narrow snow tires - maybe even on extra narrow wheels?

Or am I fine just sticking with the stock tires all around (P205/55R16)???
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Old 06 Sep 2018, 12:13 am
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I would stick with 205. I had 165 on a Civic hatchback but it weighed a heck of a lot less and had 13" rims. I know the idea is more weight per inch with the narrower tire and it digs in instead of floating but too narrow with something heavy tend to sink in packed stuff you could otherwise have floated on top of(or mud) I use 225 snow tires on my Ford which is the stock size and there's no weight in the back I have never even almost gotten stuck.a lot of the time I wished it would have a little less traction because it accelerates too fast when I'm trying to slide around and have fun.

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NOOOOOOOO!

It's barely September!
You had to do it, didn't you????
YOU HAD TO DO IT!


Oklahoma in September....still in the high 80s!

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a Bridgestone Blizzak in stock size will be what you want
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Well, I bit the bullet and ordered a set of Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 I gather it's their best non-studded snowtire. I was leaning towards blizzaks until I read about how they really start to wear fast when things warm up - and we get a lot more 'warmer slushy' season around here than "-30". The Hakkapeliitta are known for getting 4-6 seasons with no loss of traction, so I figured the extra dosh was worth it.

They won't be as pretty as my current 'taller&wider on the back' summer set, but they should be a lot better in the snow!

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Well, I bit the bullet and ordered a set of Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 I gather it's their best non-studded snowtire. I was leaning towards blizzaks until I read about how they really start to wear fast when things warm up - and we get a lot more 'warmer slushy' season around here than "-30". The Hakkapeliitta are known for getting 4-6 seasons with no loss of traction, so I figured the extra dosh was worth it.

They won't be as pretty as my current 'taller&wider on the back' summer set, but they should be a lot better in the snow!

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NOOOOOOOO!

It's barely September!
You had to do it, didn't you????
YOU HAD TO DO IT!


Oklahoma in September....still in the high 80s!

I was in Stillwater last weekend and it was in the low to mid 70's. Gorgeous weather and fully overcast with just a little rain. I played golf on Friday in some fairly wet conditions, but with the temps in the 70's it felt fine. Out here in Sacramento, it was in the 90's that weekend although it dropped into the 70-80's this past week. I know there were a few icy days out there last winter where everything was very slippery.

Go Pokes!
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