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Old 10-21-2014, 11:54 AM   #51
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i'm another one using the General Altimax Arctic tire. I had to put them on early (october) one year due to a tire puncture and they didn't make the mustang feel too soft.
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+whatever on the General Altimax Arctic. Had them on my RWD BMW E30 and it was a beast in the snow.
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Thanks for the reply guys I'm supposed to run a 245/30/19 tire for the rear so I don't rub, but I guess I'll just throw a 245/35/19 on there instead.. 235 seems awkward to me since my current set up is 235/35/19 and 265/30/19 and I'm planning to keep the fronts haha.

245/35/19 gives me a lot more options, probably going to pick up a set of DWS and hope for the best since they come in that size. I ran DWS on my WRX last winter and it was great, no complaints but of course the WRX was awd lol
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Go as thin as possible and as high the aspect ratio as possible.. If you car can run a small diameter.. run it. The more downward pressure you get on the surface, the quicker / better the ice will turn to slush, hence give you grip.

As for tire compound, I prefer quick changes vs keeping the compound for 4+ years..

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Thanks for the reply guys I'm supposed to run a 245/30/19 tire for the rear so I don't rub, but I guess I'll just throw a 245/35/19 on there instead.. 235 seems awkward to me since my current set up is 235/35/19 and 265/30/19 and I'm planning to keep the fronts haha.

245/35/19 gives me a lot more options, probably going to pick up a set of DWS and hope for the best since they come in that size. I ran DWS on my WRX last winter and it was great, no complaints but of course the WRX was awd lol
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I used to run Blizzaks WS60 in my previous FWD car.
This season I'm running Blizzaks WS80 in my RWD, so I'll see how much of an improvement these newer ones are.

Their WS series are their studless ice and snow, while their LM series are more performance winter / snow tires.

The WS series are soft and mushy in the dry, but handle great in snow and ice. They also wear pretty quickly, as acurael states above.

They are likely overkill for Vancouver, but I go up to Cypress (which is pretty well cleared, even on snow days) and figure that I'll take the tradeoff in dry handling to have something that should be able to handle whatever the conditions may be.
Good point. You are right. The LM series is what I had on both the g35 and have on the 335xi currently. This is the performance low pro winters.

I did have the proper WS version of the blizzaks on my EL back in the day and they performed much better in the snow. Not good on dry as too mushy and soft

So basically try to stay away from winter performance tires if possible. Once you go 18 or 19s in blizzaks I think they only offer LM as far as I rmb.
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Had the General Altimax on my E36... really good winter tire.

Although I did run a narrower tread (195/65/R15)

Good in slush and rain as well. they were pretty much brand new when I picked up the E36.


I also ran a set of michelin X ice 2 three years ago with the E30 325i. Were nice in the snow, wet was decent, but not as nice as the Generals for some reason.
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Old 10-21-2014, 07:59 PM   #57
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The mother had General Altimax tires when she bought her car with just over 80%. They treated her well all year round. About 18 months later, they are down to 30-40% and they are quite loud once you're up to highway speeds.

If they are seasonal tires to the OP, they'll last you five years before they start becoming noisy.
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I have Continental Extremewintercontact waiting for things to get colder. I'm benchmarking it against the now discontinued Gislaved NordFrost5 which did a very good job in the snow, and had reasonable feedback on slush and ice.
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Altimac arctic is not that good when it's a couple seasons old. Still has 10/32 tread and it doesn't seem to grip snow for some reason
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Altimac arctic is not that good when it's a couple seasons old. Still has 10/32 tread and it doesn't seem to grip snow for some reason
How were the tires stored?
What is the build date on them?
Are the tires properly inflated?
Is it possible the tires have hardened from improper storage?
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Because the winter compound is only on the first few 1/32s.. that's why I say go cheapest you feel comfortable and replace often. Compound changes yearly.. this year's hot thing is orange extract.. a few years ago it was silicon (basically sand). Not to be heartless, but dump the tires that are a few years old on cheap asses who troll CL. Most of the people only look for the label and don't realise winter compound is not cover the whole tread.

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I've noticed that there's a light truck version for the general altimax arctics...
is it necessary to buy that instead of the non-LT version for a cx-5?
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One more here with general altimax on e90. Had them for 3 seasons used 3-4 months per year very good tires lots of treads left and never had a slip on a red going uphill although there hasn't been much snow last few years. But they are excellent for the money
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I tried using the Yokohama Avid Envigors on a past E38 and it was... passable... in Winnipeg. If I were driving to Whistler, I'd suck it up and just use Bilzzaks.
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How were the tires stored?
What is the build date on them?
Are the tires properly inflated?
Is it possible the tires have hardened from improper storage?
It's made in 2011
Yes properly inflated
Maybe, but how to properly store winter tires? I just leave IT in the garage and only take IT out when winter.

Was up on cypress, and it would slip on fresh snow . Tires would just spin and spin like no traction .
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GF has the General Altimax on her Cobalt, was a beast in the snow/slush and have had decent tread wear.

For the last few years on my Integra I used good year Nordics and they were good for the money.

I have Hankook I pikes for the g35s this year, couldn't pass up the deal so I'll see how they work
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I remember about 10 years ago running Pirelli Winter 160S on an EG Civic. Only $80/tire from the chinese guy at hastings/commercial. In the snow, that car was unstoppable!
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Have used Hankook i*cept evo performance snows on an '07 Civic Si, tires were decent on the road/dry/rain, but were abysmal in the heavy snow in whistler etc, were good on packed snow or ice.

Have also used Goodyear nordic on an '04 Nissan Maxima, tires are okay in the wet/dry/rain, absolute beasts in the deep snow, and horrible on packed snow/ice.

Lots of other tires friends/etc have used and never quite found a tire that is good everywhere. Blizzak, xice etc are great everywhere but they all have glaring weakness; tread life.
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I am running square setup 225/40/18 Nokian Hakkapeliitta R on stagger rims (18x7.5 and 18x8.5) on my 135 and I would have to say are awesome winter tires. They have soft compound but it is grippy when very cold, performs well, good in rain and fairly quiet.
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On a budget for winter tires, but having something is still better than nothing I guess? Anyone have any reviews on the goodyear nordics? Just for casual winter driving in Vancouver. Not expecting to make any long trips anywhere.
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I've used Nordics on several different vehicals.

If anyone is interested I have a set that were used last winter only, stored in a heated room forsale. 195/55/15, Goodyear Nordics, 15" OEM Acura rims.
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I've used Nordics on several different vehicals.

If anyone is interested I have a set that were used last winter only, stored in a heated room forsale. 195/55/15, Goodyear Nordics, 15" OEM Acura rims.
How long did they last for before you began to notice they were not as grippy anymore? Is the gas milage as bad as people make it seem for them?
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still too warm to slap on winters I am thinking...although I saw some overnight temps drop to 7 Celsius in the city.
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