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Old 12-02-2012, 04:41 PM
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snow tires v. snow chains

I am a 100 mile roundtrip commuter all by major highway for the most part but have been caught at the wrong end of my commute a few times and was wondering if anyone had suggestions on some (E) situation chains or should a set of winter tires/rims be purchased??
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:58 PM
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I am a 100 mile roundtrip commuter all by major highway for the most part but have been caught at the wrong end of my commute a few times and was wondering if anyone had suggestions on some (E) situation chains or should a set of winter tires/rims be purchased??
Get real winter tires, forget the chains. They are a hassle to install, make for an incredibly rough ride, curtail your speed when you get onto the dry pavement, and end up sitting in your trunk when you need them the most. If you want the best traction possible then get a set (4) of studded snows.
Short of that some nice Conti's, Michelin X-Ice, Blizzaks or Nokian Hakkapellitas will virtually always get you where you need to be.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:04 PM
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If I go with the snow tires can I go with some steel wheels or do I have to but rims that accept inflation sensors and the like I've got the stock rims on the car and they are in good shape but not if I drive them for a couple more winters here ??
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:04 PM
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I live 20 miles from you, and have been doing fine on Blizzak WS series tires on dedicated rims for the last 6 years. Where you live, you'll likely get less snow than I do, so I think the studs would be overkill (and it'll sound like you're being chased by crabs for 4 months).

You've got a 2006, you can do without TPMS sensors. Inexpensive alloy wheels in your size will be $100 - $120 each, unless you can get true steelies for $40 each. In any event, get them on dedicated rims, they'll pay for themselves in 2 winters versus paying to mount / balance / repeat at the front and end of the season.

You'll find it nearly impossible to get the X-Ice tires in your size right now, but all of the ones DSX has suggested will do you well. Use TireRack.com, have them mount and balance the wheels for you (free with purchase), they'll ship them ready to go right to your house. The lack of sales tax will cover the cost of shipping.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:32 PM
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Thanks for all your help its a long drive from my house to canton in the snow I will definitely take your advice and pony up for the full set of wined tires...that will hopefully take the white out of my buckles on some mornings thanks again

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Old 12-02-2012, 05:43 PM
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Cheap snows and a set of cheap chains just in case you really get stuck. I survived one of Switzerland's snowiest winters with just multi-season tires and chains but you should pull the trigger on cheap wheels/snow tires. I was leaving the country soon and had no where to store wheels - only very nearly wiped out once
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I am a 100 mile roundtrip commuter all by major highway for the most part but have been caught at the wrong end of my commute a few times and was wondering if anyone had suggestions on some (E) situation chains or should a set of winter tires/rims be purchased??
Good grief, what a horrific commute! I've just returned from the Canton, MA area...the winters are hard to predict in SE Mass. You've received good advice (above), ditch any idea of chains! I'd go with the tire recommendations that you've seen in here...they are from experienced forum members!

Chains are only suitable/required for mountain passes in places such as Oregon where dept. of transportation masochists have required them under certain severe snow circumstances. I believe some motorists have died from hypothermia during attempts to install them.

Personally, I doubt that studded tires would be necessary as so-called "studless" winter tires have come a long way...the Bridgestone Blizzak is a leader in this technology, but the other recommendations are good also. Not to mention that studded (metal spike) tires tend to be horrible for braking (poor braking distance) on dry pavement and all four tires must be studded.

If you're in the Canton area and it's horribly cold, my mother will make hot chocolate for you with a touch of Schnapps (Cobb's Corner). Just bring the Brockton Enterprise newspaper as "payment."
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