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Snow tires worth it?

So I'm getting close to needing new tires, and I also want new rims. My car sucks in the snow, and even just rain for that matter, and I don't know if it's just how thunderbirds are or if it's my stupid tires. Do you think investing in some snow tires to mount on my stock rims would be good, or do you think todays all season tires do pretty well in all seasons?
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I honestly think it's that our birds just hate the snow. I've read that snow tires do make a big difference for us, but can't say from personal experience. I bought Indy 500s because they got high ratings (8.5/10 or higher) in all performance categories on tirerack and ran under $400 for a set of four. I bought them at the end of January so I have a little snow experience with them but they are definitely noticeably better than the tires I had on the car before.

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All seasons just suck in all seasons, snow tires FTW!

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Yes, DEFINITELY get snow tires if you can afford them! The difference between driving in snow with snow tires and without snow tires is like night and day!

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Snow???? Whats that??? lol
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I buy a set of junkyard wheels for all my cars, and put a set of dedicated snows on there.

Just swap the wheels over when spring comes.

Also a few hundred pounds of sandbags in the trunk, over the axle does wonders in these tbirds.

About 250-300 pounds is enough, maybe a little less..
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If you buy good quality snow tires, you won't need any weight in your trunk. Trust me, I know this! I put a set of Dunlop snow tires on my 1988 Mustang LX (5.0 liter V-8/auto) and they transformed the car from actually being dangerous in the snow to THE best car I ever drove in snow!!

While not neccessarily being a bad idea, all that's going to do is decrease your fuel economy.

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I run winterforce tires in the winter. It makes a HUGE difference on these cars. Do it if you can!

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I see some are pretty cheap, at least looking at tirerack.com. I think there were some that are like $60 a tire, are these good tires? Also, I'm interested in Goodyear Assurance TripleTred tires, and Goodyear rates with 10 for Dry, Wet, and Snow. That seems pretty stinkin good.
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A buddy of mine has the TripleTred tires on his car (97 Sport). According to him they're great on dry roads, "not bad, could be better" on wet roads, and "nothing to write home about" in snow or on ice. I can ask him again about them because the last time I talked to him about them was 8 or so months ago.

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Go with Studded Snow Tires. I've tried everything including the Blizzaks (which were junk IMO). On packed ice and snow it's the way to go. Use a slightly taller and thinner tire. Wider is better in sand and gravel, but taller and thinner is better on ice and snow. I've used for many years Cooper Weathermaster's and now Weathermaster II's with studs. Yes, put 200 lbs. or so in the trunk up against the back seat. I also would reccomend using snows in the front. No point in going if you can't stop or steer. 70% of your braking comes from the front.
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Absolutely they are worth using. I ran my lowered 95 SC as a daily driver for several years, always had Pirelli or Bridgestone H-rated winter rubber on the stock wheels ... worked awesome. Being a stick car helped a bit too, I would often just start in 2nd gear.


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We do need snow tires. On my 90 Mark VII, with all seasons, it sucked. I bought a set (4) of Hakipalitta snows and low and behold, the handeling in the snow improved. You need to put snows at all 4 corners. I commuted 126 miles a day to Boston and back and never had a problem. Even on Ice, the hakis were great for a non-studed tire.

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I’ve got a few sets of the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred tires for my cars and they are a great tire!! But, if you see a lot of snow/ice (which I’m guessing you do). I’d recommend getting a set of winter/studded tires.

I use my TripleTred’s for early spring/fall driving & then switch over to an Arctic Claw studded tire for winter driving. The triple’s are a great improvement but still not nearly as good as the studded for winter driving. They've never left me stuck or hardly even spun going up the hills around where I live.....I’d recommend them to everyone.

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don't drive a rear wheel drive car in the snow, lol

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I bought some Bridgestone Blizzaks WS-60s for my Wife's Mazda. For the first time, I am looking forward to snow. I can't wait to give these a try!


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I run winterforce tires in the winter. It makes a HUGE difference on these cars. Do it if you can!

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I will second that. The winterforce are very good for the price.

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buddy put a pair on his girls crown vic cuase they had a kid and it was nuts. During a 7" snow fall we went to the gas station and he was taking corners like it was dry out. scrared the sh!t out of me but i was very impresed.
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Just put on a set of Blizzak WS-60's. I'll let you guys know how they work in the snow and ice here in Minnesota. I'm almost hoping for snow so I can try them out.

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Firestone winterforce. by far the best bang for the buck. I live in just about the northernmost part of new york with tons of snow and ice get them studded. and you will be able to drive in anykind of snow fall/ice storm. i also have a weekly commute to syracuse for college through the highest snowfall reigions in newyork state and ive never been stuck

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I had my T-bird as the daily driving car for some years. We have winter conditions for ~ 4 - 6 month a year where I live, middle of Sweden. Winter tire is a must, but the traction control makes it function ok. We are alloved to use spike tyres here and that is even better when there is ice, but it makes no difference in snow. It was the best rear wheel driven car that I have owned and used in winter conditions.
Since some years I drive an Audi Quattro and before that I had a Subaru. It is a big difference with 4-wheel drive. But for a rear wheel driven car it functions ok if you drive with sense and have good winter tyre.

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I had WS-50s on just the rear of my 89 for two years and then sold them to Shawn (40th anny). I didn't like the look of the 60s as much as the 50s so I tracked down a set of those for the Audi.




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I drove my 97 all last year with just plain old all seasons. The only thing that stopped me was the low ground clearance. Can't drive thru 7" of show when your car only sits 4.5" off the ground. I even pi$$ed a couple people off, passing them on the highway. Just don't gun it while you are changing lanes or cornering and it is fine.
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well im 22 and ive drove a tbird every winter since i was 16, im in ohio so i see snow every winter, and i have to say even if you have crappy tires the one thing that helps the most with getting tbird through the snow is a factory trac-lok.

compared to driving an open diff tbird having one with the factory lsd makes it like the car is made for snow, i dont suggest it but i drove all winter on bald tires in my supercoupe last winter and had no problems.

a little weight in the trunk couldnt hurt either.
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even if you have crappy tires the one thing that helps the most with getting tbird through the snow is a factory trac-lok.
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