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Old 11-22-2009, 03:40 PM
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:02 PM
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Very unique Haven't seen too many E70 with those wheels.
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:33 PM
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I was looking at the Proxes S/T II
Thanks for all the input.
Keep it coming!
I have had two set of the Proxes ST 1 and they were great tires..even in the rain I live in the northwest and all it does is rain.

That being said they I have tried the Proxes S/T II and they are even better than the previous tire. Better in the rain.
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:34 PM
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Ever run those Proxes II's in any snow or ice?
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:38 PM
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Ever run those Proxes II's in any snow or ice?
I live an hour from Mt Baker and two hours from Whistler. They do just fine in the snow and ice. But I do have 255/55/18. As you know the X is all wheel drive even with crappy bald tires they get great traction.
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:02 PM
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The Proxes II's are so well priced it is hard to not consider them.
Are they noisy? The tread looks like it could be noisy.
You say they are ok on icy roads? They don't seem to have as much sipeing as let's say the Michelin Latitude.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:14 AM
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I can't believe my experience with the S/T II is so different from the rest. I would go with the majority here and count my opinion as an anomaly. The price was good - I just found my receipt: a little over $800 out the door, mounting, balancing, etc....

They were not loud at all, even after 9000 miles. There was very little wear on them and I'm a "spirited" driver.

One more note: The seemed narrower than the Continentals they replaced, leaving more of the rim edge exposed (and they don't have a rim guard built in). I didn't measure, simply going by how it looked on the vehicle.

Ice is ice. If you don't have traction, it doesn't matter if you have 2 wheel drive, 4 wheel drive or 8 wheel drive.
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:07 PM
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we are talking about these right?
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:49 PM
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Yes those are the Proxes S/T II's we are talking about but NOW I am stoked about these tires being offered in 315/35/20.
I e-mailed Continental Tires and asked them if the New Extreme Contact DWS came in 315/35/20 and this was their reply:

Thank you for contacting Customer Relations at Continental Tire North America, Inc.
We manufacture the DWS in a 315/35R20 part # 15479850000, and the 275/40R20 part# 15459960000.
The only issues may be local availability of the 315, as this is the new product line.

Now if anyone can help me find some of these tires I would be forever grateful.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:32 PM
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If Continental have it in their warehouse, I'm sure your local Continental dealer can get it (have it order and shipped)?
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:59 AM
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FWIW, Contis are the ONLY tire that could handle WI winters for my RX-8... several others up here swear by them on assorted autos... VERY reliable...
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Old 11-24-2009, 07:34 AM
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Which Conti's do you swear by?
Looks like the Extreme Contact DWS in 315/35/20 will not hit the shelves for another month or two. Here is the info from Continental Tire:

"I checked inventory and the 315/35R20 is in production, but it will not reach most retailers until late January or Early February 2010. At this point, you could place an order, which would put you in queue for the next available, but it may take 2-3 months before you received the tires."
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:21 AM
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Hey guys! Great information in this thread! I'm becoming much more educated on tires!

I've done some homework and would you recommend the Pirelli Scorpion ice & snow tires for the winter months to go with my factory twenties on a 48i staggered set up? Or something different?

I live in Seattle and do a lot of city driving but some ski trips and mountain passes every now and then too so I want to be on the safe side for winter.
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:48 AM
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The Scorpion Ice and Snow come highly recommended but are temporarily sold out in the 315/35/20 size we need. Back ordered until December 18th.
That would be a perfect tire if you stay with the staggered set up.
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Old 11-24-2009, 12:00 PM
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The Scorpion Ice and Snow come highly recommended but are temporarily sold out in the 315/35/20 size we need. Back ordered until December 18th.
That would be a perfect tire if you stay with the staggered set up.
Bummer! What are you going to do instead? I may follow your lead
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Old 11-24-2009, 01:06 PM
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Well I am not going to wait until the end of December for the back-ordered Scorpions.
My first choice for all-seasons was the new Continental Extreme Contact DWS but they are over two months away too, I guess I will go for my second choice of all-seasons, the Michelin Lattitude HP. They come is the 315/35/20 and 275/40/20 sizes I need and are a good all-season tire. The cheapest I have found them are through a company called onlinetires.com
$329 for the rears and $283 for the fronts.
Shipping was very reasonable too.
It was only $52 to have them shipped to Northern WA 98248.
I will continue to check around for better pricing and let you know if I find any better price.

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Old 11-24-2009, 01:43 PM
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Well I am not going to wait until the end of December for the back-ordered Scorpions.
My first choice for all-seasons was the new Continental Extreme Contact DWS but they are over two months away too, I guess I will go for my second choice of all-seasons, the Michelin Lattitude HP. They come is the 315/35/20 and 275/40/20 sizes I need and are a good all-season tire. The cheapest I have found them are through a company called onlinetires.com
$329 for the rears and $283 for the fronts.
Shipping was very reasonable too.
It was only $52 to have them shipped to Northern WA 98248.
I will continue to check around for better pricing and let you know if I find any better price.
Thanks!!!! Please do post again and let me know!
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:01 PM
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One last question to all you experts in the forum:

Should I find snow tires to fit my twenty inch wheels? Or suck it up and buy 19" wheels and matching winter tires to use?

I'm trying to avoid too much unnecessary cost, but I don't want to compromise safety either.

Thank you again everyone!
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Old 11-24-2009, 08:02 PM
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If you need snow tires, I would definitely get another set of wheels to go with them rather than mounting and unmounting them on your 20" wheels every year risking your nice rims getting gouge up.
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Old 11-26-2009, 07:13 AM
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One last question to all you experts in the forum:

Should I find snow tires to fit my twenty inch wheels? Or suck it up and buy 19" wheels and matching winter tires to use?

I'm trying to avoid too much unnecessary cost, but I don't want to compromise safety either.

Thank you again everyone!
twice yearly you will have to load dirty ass tires into your X5 and drive to a tire store to sit in the waiting area for about 90 minutes while some pimple faced kid mauls your 20s dismounting your summer tires and mounting your winter tires. he then will place your dirty ass summer tires into your X5.

i can tell you there is not enough room in an X5 to do this without making a mess. i have transported smaller wheels and it is a PITA.

buy the 19s and swap the tires yourself. or find some all seasons in a 20 inch size.
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:21 PM
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One last question to all you experts in the forum:

Should I find snow tires to fit my twenty inch wheels? Or suck it up and buy 19" wheels and matching winter tires to use?

I'm trying to avoid too much unnecessary cost, but I don't want to compromise safety either.

Thank you again everyone!
MissX5,

I have two X5s. My wife drives an 03 4.4 with 18' wheels, I drive an 03 4.6 with staggered 20"s. I have read and reread many threads on this subject and still have not come to the conclusion I was searching for. Here is my .05 worth. If you are planning on keeping your X5 for a few years and your current set up (the 20") are good in the rain (Seattle) I would get an extra set of wheels 19" and run a good snow set up, ie safety. That is if you have a good and reputable tire person to change them out for you and you have a place to store the extra set of wheels when not in use.

I ran a snow tire Toyo (Open Country GO2) on my wife's X5 with the intent of getting another set of wheels and tires for the summer but I spaced it out and ended up running em year round. They were awesome in the snow but 3 years later they are worn and noisy and I am in your same situation. My kids live in the Vail CO area and they all run Hankook I Pikes which are a really grippy stud/studless snow tire. They change them out after winter. I have run Hankooks on other vehichles and they are inexpensive, great wear, and grippy in the snow. I have not checked to see if these are available in 19" but I would check these out. Ebay has lots of vendors that will sell a full set of 19" wheels starting at about $1500 and up per set. For a winter set up you won't need a real expensive wheel. Get prices to see if your local tire person can match them, because you will have to pay for shipping and mounting so the total price is what you want to compare.

Toyo makes a new all weather called the H/T that appears to have a great snow grip design. I am considering these for the wife's car but was wondeering if anyone in the forums have had experience with these. Anyone??
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:29 PM
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:33 PM
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i would go with 2 sets of tires and wheels. i run Blizzaks in the snow and dunlop sp sport max in the summer because the wear well and have great grip.
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