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Engage winter mode! #4600829
12/11/17 04:34 PM
12/11/17 04:34 PM
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Staten Island, NY
michaelluscher Offline OP
michaelluscher  Offline OP
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Staten Island, NY





Well, the new job dictates a farther commute

And I was warned that "snowed in" wasn't an acceptable excuse

So it was either lease something 4/AWD, or make due with what I have

$640 delivered after some very generous rebates from Continental and TireRack got me this setup

16x7.5 "Sport Edition" M13 wheels in matte gray with 38mm backspacing

Comes with hub centering rings pre installed, and lugnuts to spare

Even on the lowered SE V6 springs, it doesn't scrape or rub at full lock

And the tires are Continentals new WinterContact Si, in a 205/65R-16, 99H

Installed them mid snow that we got here in NYC on Saturday

I gotta say, I'm very impressed

They've got a bit of a tone to them (most V tread designs do), but they ride and steer quite well, and I've never had this level of grip on frozen slush and sleet

We had a solid 4 inches of wet snow, then as the sunset it went below freezing, took it up and down some hilly streets that were unplowed/unsalted, didn't hear a word from the ABS

I was warned that it'd ride like a truck, and that you don't need snow tires in the rear on a FWD car (these people are vintage)

But I'm very happy with the package, just need's alignment on the weekend

Now I can keep up with a Subaru on summer tires... grin


'06 Toyota Camry SE V6 3MZ-FE 100k
'01 Mercury Villager Estate VG33E 52k
'06 Ford Taurus SE Vulcan 60k
'13 Chrysler 300 3.6 Pentastar 230k
Re: Engage winter mode! [Re: michaelluscher] #4600840
12/11/17 04:51 PM
12/11/17 04:51 PM
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Great Lakes
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Nice!

My winter tires are now on their 8th season. More than 50% of tread depth still remaining, but their grip leaves much to be desired. I should really be getting new ones, but I'm hoping to stick it out just one more winter and then ditch the wheels along with the car. smile


'02 530i (Edge 0W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)
'18 Charger SRT (FF)
Re: Engage winter mode! [Re: michaelluscher] #4600841
12/11/17 04:53 PM
12/11/17 04:53 PM
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Chicago,IL,USA
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Congrats. (job and snow tires....)

Now question:
in picture #2, does it seems like the tires are a bit "softer" on the bottom/softer sidewalls.?

I kind of see the same with my new nexen winguard sports.....


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95 mystique
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Re: Engage winter mode! [Re: michaelluscher] #4600843
12/11/17 05:01 PM
12/11/17 05:01 PM
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MN
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I put on my Michelin Xice3s today. 40k warranty. After 10k they look like new.

Re: Engage winter mode! [Re: michaelluscher] #4600844
12/11/17 05:01 PM
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The Midwest
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Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual
Re: Engage winter mode! [Re: michaelluscher] #4600872
12/11/17 05:51 PM
12/11/17 05:51 PM
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Alberta, Canada
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13 Civic Si 2.4L- 69Kkms(43Kmi)-PP,Wix
09 Corolla 1.8L-380Kkms(237Kmi)-PP,Denso
05 LeSabre 3.8L-210Kkms(134Kmi)-PP,Wix
03 Sierra 2500 6.0L-204Kkms(127Kmi)-PP,Wix

All with mpg > EPA
Re: Engage winter mode! [Re: michaelluscher] #4600879
12/11/17 06:00 PM
12/11/17 06:00 PM
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Posts: 3,220
Wet side WA
JohnnyJohnson Online content
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Wet side WA
Nice tread pattern!


2004 Corolla 124805
Out: VML 5w-30 TG4967 OCI 5007 Miles
In: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 122537 7-18-18
2006 Duramax 74277
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 74705 4-22-18
Re: Engage winter mode! [Re: michaelluscher] #4600883
12/11/17 06:03 PM
12/11/17 06:03 PM
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MA
Wolf359 Offline
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Originally Posted By: michaelluscher
I was warned that it'd ride like a truck, and that you don't need snow tires in the rear on a FWD car (these people are vintage)



That's real vintage. They always recommended 4 snow tires on FWD, they might just be confused with RWD where some people just had them on the rears. Stopping and not spinning out/fishtailing is also important.

Re: Engage winter mode! [Re: michaelluscher] #4600944
12/11/17 07:22 PM
12/11/17 07:22 PM
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New England
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New England
Congrats on job. Winter tires are wonderful but around here you still get stuck in 3hr commute to Boston instead of normal 50 mins in winter events.

Love the setup.

Re: Engage winter mode! [Re: Wolf359] #4601101
12/11/17 10:34 PM
12/11/17 10:34 PM
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Wet side WA
JohnnyJohnson Online content
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Originally Posted By: Wolf359
Originally Posted By: michaelluscher
I was warned that it'd ride like a truck, and that you don't need snow tires in the rear on a FWD car (these people are vintage)



That's real vintage. They always recommended 4 snow tires on FWD, they might just be confused with RWD where some people just had them on the rears. Stopping and not spinning out/fishtailing is also important.


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2004 Corolla 124805
Out: VML 5w-30 TG4967 OCI 5007 Miles
In: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 122537 7-18-18
2006 Duramax 74277
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 74705 4-22-18

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