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Reccomendations on decent snow tires??

What are some good snow tires to use with OEM sport wheels (16") that are not too expensive?

Any feedback with specific brands and where you got them from will be great.
(I thought i'd ask here before i start "shopping" on tire rack, etc)
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I ran 4 Michelin Arctic Alpins on stock 16" Sport rims for several winters when my car was still a daily driver. Not sure if those are even still made, but they worked great for me in Michigan snows.

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I used Dunlops when I used to drive a bird in the snow. They worked great and were quite a bit cheaper than Blizzaks. I did find Blizzaks on closeout for the Mazda last winter and they work really well too.

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My ex's Monte Carlo had General Altimax Arctics on it and I LOVED those tires last winter. We got those from TireRack. They weren't too badly priced IIRC.

I'm going studded this winter on my Monte. Check your laws if interested in studded tires.


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Yes, yes... Indy 500s definitely do the job. I used them on my 97 from January 08 through April of this year and they're going on the Cougar when it starts to get cold. Not snow tires, but probably one of the better all season options out there... price isn't too bad either.

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My ex's Monte Carlo had General Altimax Arctics on it and I LOVED those tires last winter. We got those from TireRack. They weren't too badly priced IIRC.
General is owned by Continental, who also own Gislaved from Sweden. The Altimax Arctics are copies of the Gislaved Nordfrost tires, and are awesome winter boots, especially for the price.


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We love the Altimx HP all seasons we have on wife's Elantra....so good in rain.
nice to hear that the winter version is also good...for the price, that might be my best bet...

Are there any limitations on dry/normal weather when having dedicated winter tires like the Altimax Arctics? i mean i can still drive on the hwy at normal speeds in normal weather, right?
(Yeah I never had any snow tires on before...)
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The Hankook i-pike has been a great winter tire for us.

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Thanks cudaz,
So I can use the winter tires suggested above with my existing OEM sport wheels, right?
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Thanks cudaz,
So I can use the winter tires suggested above with my existing OEM sport wheels, right?
They are available in a wide range of sizes, so yes.

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Firestone Winterforce! year after year. if you get lots of ice get them studed.

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I use general UHP grabbers year round on both of my vehicles. They have met or exceeded all of my expectations on every level. Well except for maybe tire life, but what do you expect when you drive like me.
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The Altimax Arctics did seem to wear pretty quickly on her car when the weather got back to a respectable temp. It was only the fronts that went quick so I blame it on a number of things. The rears however seemed to hold up pretty well.


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http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....era+TripleTred

Very good snow and ice tire. But not exactly cheap.
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Good tires, but they are actually all-season truck tires that have the winter snowflake rating. They are a nice choice if for all year round if you are not going to use dedicated winter rubber. When using another set of wheels for the winter only, it makes more sense really to get something that are specific winter tires.


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Thanks for the feedback...
I really thought the General AAs were a dedicated winter tire ... even if it isn't, i guess It might still be enough for NC, I think...

so what ARE the dedicated winter tires? I didn't see any way to search just for "dedicated" tires on tire rack..
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Coming from a guy in the frozen north, Blizzacks work xcellent on ice and snow. Guys up here can drive their Mustang Gt's even, with those on and a couple sandbags in the back for weight.

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Thanks for the feedback...
I really thought the General AAs were a dedicated winter tire ... even if it isn't, i guess It might still be enough for NC, I think...

so what ARE the dedicated winter tires? I didn't see any way to search just for "dedicated" tires on tire rack..
The General AA tires are winter only, I was referring to the Goodyear Fortera Tripletred mentioned in the post above my previous one. Two thumbs up on the Generals for sure.


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Ah - gotcha: Thanks for the clarification
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Cooper WeatherMaster ST/II's (studded) are excellent tires, and are priced well. I've used two different types of Blizzaks and hated them. I first used the Weathermasters on my T'bird and never had a problem. In fact, I accidently backed into a ditch on a back road after a snow storm while I was exploring. It took a few rocks, but I got out. Since I no longer drive the T'bird in foul weather, I got a '91 Tracer LTS that is my DD. I've been using four on it for several years. In fact, this winter will be the fifth year on the current set. Next year will be a fresh set for sure. My sister was just using a pair on her Dodge Diplomat. I talked her into getting a second pair and now she swears by using them at all corners.
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Get a small width too, like 195 or so. The skinnier the tire, the better in snow it is.

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I have used the Cooper Weather Master ST/II's on a Chevy S-10 2wd and it made a world of difference, I was looking for them for my Thunderbird when I was shopping, but they don't carry them in a 215 70 15, and I don't like putting the "wrong" size on and being off a little. I got some General Altimax Arctics and we've already had a foot of snow here in Duluth and they've proved themselves up to the challenge. I haven't put any sand in the back yet, and I made it up a hill with no problems. Only issue I had was due to the open diff, one wheel lost traction so I had to pegleg it up with the parking brake lightly applied to gain initial traction, but the tires performed admirably in loose, heavy, wet snow.
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The most popular winter tire around here (Maine) seems to be the Arctic Claw TXI. They go under a ton of different brands under the TBC corp. As far as I can tell there available from: Multi-Mile, Cardovan, Sigma, Vanderbilt, and possibly Cooper.

But anyway, there cheap, have very deep lugs, studdable, and great in the snow. I'm prob going to go with them for my t-bird this winter. I've had them on many of my throw away fwd winter cars and never got stuck. I don't remember if they were noisy though. They look similar to the Cooper Weather-Master S/T 2's.

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Drove someone else's car with the General AAs, ride was much quieter than with my WS50s (4th season). No snow to test them just yet.




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Drove someone else's car with the General AAs, ride was much quieter than with my WS50s (4th season). No snow to test them just yet.
My General AA's have been excellent. No major road noise, and more importantly to me, EXCELLENT grip. I drive slowly and cautiously in the snow because I'm hauling my 5 year old around, and don't want to bash up the Thunderbird, but I'm very happy thus far.
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I drive up to work at a ski resort every day. I gave up on fwd and wifes suv because they wont turn worth a crap,things nearly killed me, and can't stand going that slow where they work, I need steering control on the mtn roads more than straight ahead deep snow., Best tire so far on back has been the arctic claws for me,they have been noticeably the best i have had over 40 years of winter driving, especially for lateral grab and that's a killer on the mtn roads if they don't grab.. that and 200lbs sandbags in the rear and I run a soft A/S on front. Car always turns and It goes good in the snow. Way more fun too. my 2cents.
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Got the General Altimax Arctics (225/60/16, OEM size for the car @ $83/tire from TireRack) installed today ($14 mount/balance per tire at our usual tire rack recomm. installer)...

They're of course a bit louder than the Kumho KH16 a/s tires I had, but otherwise they feel fine..today was about 50F high temp. They feel a bit slower than the a/s tires I had, which is to be expected I guess...

I guess I need to add some weight to the trunk? how much weight (in sand bags) should I add?

Now for some snow, and to see how they do. Hopefully soon.
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Thunderbird in the snow??? Leave it parked and drive a beater or a 4X4, the Bird's traction in snow sucks!

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