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#4489242 - 08/15/17 12:44 PM Firestone vs Bridgestone snow tires
NissanHauler Offline


Registered: 08/07/16
Posts: 79
Loc: New Hampshire
I'm looking for a good set of snow tires for my 17 tacoma, Ive narrowed down my selection to Firestone winterforce UV's or Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2's. Tires will NOT be studded. Just looking for some compare and contrast between the two, any reviews if yall got em
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#4489281 - 08/15/17 01:24 PM Re: Firestone vs Bridgestone snow tires [Re: NissanHauler]
Bottom_Feeder Offline


Registered: 12/07/08
Posts: 3006
Loc: Occupied Virginia
The Firestones are traditional snow tires while the Bridgestones are more a winter/slop/slush/thin snow tire. They are not really comparable directly.

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#4489284 - 08/15/17 01:29 PM Re: Firestone vs Bridgestone snow tires [Re: NissanHauler]
knerml Offline


Registered: 04/05/05
Posts: 479
Loc: NE Ohio
Firestone is a subsidiary of Bridgestone.

Quality should be the same.

Check Tire Rack for reviews.
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#4489389 - 08/15/17 03:03 PM Re: Firestone vs Bridgestone snow tires [Re: NissanHauler]
JC1 Offline


Registered: 11/29/08
Posts: 3001
Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Go for the bridgestones. I have the DM-V2 on my caravan and they are an awesome winter tire.
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#4489397 - 08/15/17 03:11 PM Re: Firestone vs Bridgestone snow tires [Re: NissanHauler]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10136
Loc: OH
The Winterforces are cheap and are for people that just want a snow tire. Reviews are at the bottom of the list in terms of performance esp in the slop or ice.

Blizzaks on the other hand get very good reviews and rank at the top of different performance measures. Here's a list of the top ten winter tires:

http://tirereviewsandmore.com/top-10-winter-tires/

Maybe consider the Nokians as well. Usually a decent price on those.

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#4489484 - 08/15/17 04:48 PM Re: Firestone vs Bridgestone snow tires [Re: SatinSilver]
Virtus_Probi Offline


Registered: 06/25/15
Posts: 3970
Loc: New England
Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
The Winterforces are cheap and are for people that just want a snow tire. Reviews are at the bottom of the list in terms of performance esp in the slop or ice.

Blizzaks on the other hand get very good reviews and rank at the top of different performance measures. Here's a list of the top ten winter tires:

http://tirereviewsandmore.com/top-10-winter-tires/

Maybe consider the Nokians as well. Usually a decent price on those.



If you're talking about the R2s, I have those and they HAVE to come off as soon as the temps start getting warm. I picked mine up in the early spring on sale and the temps suddenly jumped to near 60, the dry braking was just AWFUL. I know they're not intended for such warm conditions, I would have thought about pulling them off before work that day if I had known what they would feel like.


Edited by Virtus_Probi (08/15/17 04:49 PM)
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#4489546 - 08/15/17 05:54 PM Re: Firestone vs Bridgestone snow tires [Re: NissanHauler]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32632
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I personally had Winterforce and hated them. Not only did they stink at their one job-- driving in snow-- they thumped and annoyed me during the dry part of the winter.

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#4489548 - 08/15/17 05:55 PM Re: Firestone vs Bridgestone snow tires [Re: NissanHauler]
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Registered: 01/27/17
Posts: 1139
Loc: USA
I like your 3rd option: General Altimax Arctic are best !
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#4489556 - 08/15/17 06:02 PM Re: Firestone vs Bridgestone snow tires [Re: NissanHauler]
bullwinkle Offline


Registered: 10/09/04
Posts: 7664
Loc: Cincinnati, OH, USA
If you're not studding the Winterforces, DON'T get them-ANY studless winter tire would be better. I've used Snow King (made by Conti, no longer available), two sets of Conti Winter ExtremeContacts (on the xB & the Jeep), even a set of Chinese Centara Vantis on my Mom's Matrix-ALL of them outperformed conventional snow tires WITHOUT studs in all conditions except snowfall of over 12 inches. Then it was time for the A/T heavy artillery!


Edited by bullwinkle (08/15/17 06:02 PM)
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#4489565 - 08/15/17 06:21 PM Re: Firestone vs Bridgestone snow tires [Re: NissanHauler]
SubLGT Offline


Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 2646
Loc: Idaho
IMO, the Winterforce is a third-tier winter tire, intended to compete on price against Chinese branded winter tires

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#4489578 - 08/15/17 06:42 PM Re: Firestone vs Bridgestone snow tires [Re: NissanHauler]
Ethan1 Offline


Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 1632
Loc: 'murica
I've owned Blizzak DM-V1s and Winterforce. They both make a 2wd vehicle pretty much drive like normal all winter. Can't go wrong either way.

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#4489637 - 08/15/17 07:38 PM Re: Firestone vs Bridgestone snow tires [Re: NissanHauler]
spk2000 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 984
Loc: Prospect, KY
I have had the Winterforce and found they did great in deep snow. on ice they were better than an A/S tire but there are better ice options. Depends on the winter conditions you will encounter the most. Mine at that time was mostly snow with a rare icy road so they were fine.
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#4514063 - 09/12/17 09:12 AM Re: Firestone vs Bridgestone snow tires [Re: NissanHauler]
alean Offline


Registered: 09/11/17
Posts: 4
Loc: New York
i would recommend firestone as i've been use it for 2 years read this Firestone affinity touring tire review

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#4514085 - 09/12/17 09:32 AM Re: Firestone vs Bridgestone snow tires [Re: NissanHauler]
UG_Passat Offline


Registered: 05/27/08
Posts: 1966
Loc: NJ
The Firestones are a good deep snow tire due to its open tread pattern. It's also extremely noisy tire as well.

THe Blizzks will be good for its first approx. 50% of the tread, as it will have hits microcell-tube compound, then performance drops as the high silica winter compound is used for the remaining usefulness of the tread blocks.
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#4514249 - 09/12/17 01:09 PM Re: Firestone vs Bridgestone snow tires [Re: NissanHauler]
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Registered: 06/04/13
Posts: 978
Loc: iowa
The Firestones are only better than nothing. After running Blizzaks for 21 years, that's all I've ever considered using. After running the DMV1 on my 02 Chevy 4WD and getting around great in 2WD most of the time, when I got my 08 I went to a 2WD with a locking diff. No need for 4WD, running DVM2's downsized to alternate 245/70-17. Can easily out drive most other vehicles in the snow running everyday rubber. Safety is cheap.
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