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Old 01-14-2013, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Dirtbag View Post
I have lived in Montana most of my life, and driven in the winter for approx. 57 yrs. I abhor tire chains, if I would have ever put them on, it would be in an extreme emergency and they would come off directly after getting myself out of that situation. I would suggest you rent a vehicle suitable for that area either when you get there or when you leave your area. In my mind fulltime AWD is best although there are other opinions out there. If this is something you may do each year, you may want to invest in dedicated winter tires and wheels. JMO
Exactly - my X5M now has a set of dedicated 19" 298M's with 255/50x19 Pirelli Winter rubber to get me around Flathead Lake and up the hill on 93 North of Polson this winter

I would have gone with a narrower and smaller diameter winter set-up but 19" is as small as one can go and clear the brakes on a X5M. Not ideal, but with AWD it will work. No chains!
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