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Old 12-10-2009, 06:47 AM   #1
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Snow tires?

What are most of you doing for snow tires?

Will i be able to get through the winter without them? lol

I checked tirerack.com and a few tire shops and it seems the cheapest i can get snow tires to fit the RS wheels is $230 per tire.... Seems expensive to me but i haven't bought tires in along time.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:02 AM   #2
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I know a few of the owners from our meetups that are using their cars as daily drivers are sticking with the RS tires. I can’t imagine why.

I ordered a set of 18” all season LT wheels/tires on Ebay for $900 this summer and am finally having them installed on Saturday. I know they’re not snow tires, but should be an upgrade from the RS tires.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:20 AM   #3
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I know a few of the owners from our meetups that are using their cars as daily drivers are sticking with the RS tires. I can’t imagine why.
Cause winters in NJ are a joke and it really doesn't snow much here at all. The wheels are plenty fine, just don't hot dog it and just be careful. There is enough technology in these cars that you should be alright if you just drive normally. I am not concerned at all about changing out tires, between the TC, weight of the car, and tons of other factors, I think I'll be fine. Personally I would be more worried about the idiot drivers who don't know how to drive in the snow. Then again I also drove in the great snow conditions known as Lake Effect Snow while I went to school in Ithaca, NY, I was driving a FWD '95 v6 Honda Accord that didn't have its ABS working and really old worn tires, rarely ever had a problem as I just drove smart and cautiously while others even in AWD Subarus would get stuck trying to get up some of the hills.

If you remember about 3 years ago we had a huge dump of snow in the course of 12 hours, something like 12" or so that closed most of the state and Philly. I was driving through that storm and didn't have any issues, but while I was on the Betsey Ross Bridge, some hot shot in his Benz was flying down the road, well he lost control and slammed into the divider and I just coasted by cause I wasn't driving like an idiot.

Anyway, it really comes down to personal preference, but its a lot of money. If you feel comfortable driving in snow (all of the 2" NJ ever gets) and just take it carefully, and you'll be fine. But if you do not feel comfortable then either invest in a good pair of snow tires, or buy a beater to drive during the winter. That and keep an eye out for idiots, snow tires wont save you from other peoples' poor choices.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:46 AM   #4
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Cause winters in NJ are a joke and it really doesn't snow much here at all. The wheels are plenty fine, just don't hot dog it and just be careful. There is enough technology in these cars that you should be alright if you just drive normally. I am not concerned at all about changing out tires, between the TC, weight of the car, and tons of other factors, I think I'll be fine. Personally I would be more worried about the idiot drivers who don't know how to drive in the snow. Then again I also drove in the great snow conditions known as Lake Effect Snow while I went to school in Ithaca, NY, I was driving a FWD '95 v6 Honda Accord that didn't have its ABS working and really old worn tires, rarely ever had a problem as I just drove smart and cautiously while others even in AWD Subarus would get stuck trying to get up some of the hills.

If you remember about 3 years ago we had a huge dump of snow in the course of 12 hours, something like 12" or so that closed most of the state and Philly. I was driving through that storm and didn't have any issues, but while I was on the Betsey Ross Bridge, some hot shot in his Benz was flying down the road, well he lost control and slammed into the divider and I just coasted by cause I wasn't driving like an idiot.

Anyway, it really comes down to personal preference, but its a lot of money. If you feel comfortable driving in snow (all of the 2" NJ ever gets) and just take it carefully, and you'll be fine. But if you do not feel comfortable then either invest in a good pair of snow tires, or buy a beater to drive during the winter. That and keep an eye out for idiots, snow tires wont save you from other peoples' poor choices.
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:43 AM   #5
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for my ss, i ordered 4 blizzak 245's. they will fit all the way around and are the best winter performance tires IMO
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:58 AM   #6
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Two things:

1. yes I am more worried about other drivers driving like idiots more than I’m worried about myself getting around – RS tires or not.

2. After living in Pittsburgh my entire life, last winter was a treat. And that was even including the areas largest snowstorm in 10 years I believe.

I drive 36 miles one way to work…I’ll feel more secure with all season tires and a lot of sand in my trunk than I would without either. I know this Camaro is supposed to be better and all, but I drove around my 96 Z-28 in 6 Pittsburgh winters and have some horrible flashbacks. Never wrecked but got stuck many of times. Luckily New Jersey (especially along the shore and my drive to work) is about as flat as the middle of Kansas compared to Pittsburgh, which is about as bad as San Francisco with hills.

If I drove about 10 miles to work, my old commute before the office moved was 3.5 miles, I wouldn’t do anything. But 35 miles in more than 2” of snow can end up being a real problem.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:40 AM   #7
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Well i parked on a little bit of snow the other day at work because the place wasnt plowed fully, not thinking it would be a problem.

I pressed the gas to park a little further up and my car didn''t move. Tires kept spinning lol. I backed out of that spot into another. Same thing happened when i tried leaving though, tires would spin, a few tries later i got out of it though.

Just made me nervous of what might happen when it REALLY snows.
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blizzaks and some weight in the truck are your friends
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:56 AM   #9
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Blizzaks are like $250 a tire though aren't they
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:21 PM   #10
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If we drive on " Summer only " tires around here in the winter, (snow or no snow) and there was an accident it is an ticketable offence. The liability will cost a lot more than some tires.
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:17 PM   #11
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I'm looking around right now for Blizzaks or the Pirelli Scorpions.
The Pirelli's are around $1000 for the 20" SS wheels from Tire Rack.
I've been quoted $1300 from a local tire store.
I decided to get winter tires for a couple of reasons.
First, even though we don't get much snow here in NJ, it does get cold.
And these tires get real slippery in the cold.
I also wanted a second set of tires and wheels.
I really don't want to be without a spare.
I origionally was going to get a set of winter 18" wheels and tires.
But now I decided to buy a set of chrome SS wheels.
So I'm going to put the summer tires on the chrome wheels and winter tires on the polished wheels.
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:22 AM   #12
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I found the Pirelli Scorpions for 230-250 per tire, the Blizzaks for 300+ per tire and then these Yokohama Parada all season's for 140 per.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....r=RS%20Package

Would these all-season tires be worth it? Or not that big of a difference from our Summer tires
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:06 AM   #13
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I found the Pirelli Scorpions for 230-250 per tire, the Blizzaks for 300+ per tire and then these Yokohama Parada all season's for 140 per.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....r=RS%20Package

Would these all-season tires be worth it? Or not that big of a difference from our Summer tires
Personally I wouldn't mess with All-Seasons..

I just put 2 of the 275/40/20 Pirelli Scopion snow & ice on the back... We got a fair amount of snow the other day... No problem driving! In fact I watched a full size, front wheel sedan spin out in front of me!
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:17 AM   #14
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the traction control and EST in this car is awesome. i have Firestone Winterforce tires (cheap, $99 or so from tirerack) on mine and in combination with the car's electronics they work great.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:34 AM   #15
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I went with 18" wheels for more sidewall and so I can have a set of winter rims I don't care that much about. I hope they do the trick.

It was 20º this morning and I'd be lying if I said I couldn't tell the difference between this morning and 2 days ago when it was 60º out. It's nothing noticible, but gives me a little less confidence on the road.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:40 AM   #16
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Well i parked on a little bit of snow the other day at work because the place wasnt plowed fully, not thinking it would be a problem.

I pressed the gas to park a little further up and my car didn''t move. Tires kept spinning lol. I backed out of that spot into another. Same thing happened when i tried leaving though, tires would spin, a few tries later i got out of it though.

Just made me nervous of what might happen when it REALLY snows.
Need to learn the art of rocking the car. Being able to slam it from Reverse to Forward and back quickly. I mastered it pretty quickly in my Iroc. I drove that car in every Connecticut storm just about as I was going to College and worked in retail. And retail almost never closes no matter what the weather is like. Only 1 time I ever got stuck and I was parked in a spot that was on an decline that I couldn't back out of. Never had any issues on flat surfaces no matter how much snow was on the ground.
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Personally I wouldn't mess with All-Seasons..

I just put 2 of the 275/40/20 Pirelli Scopion snow & ice on the back... We got a fair amount of snow the other day... No problem driving! In fact I watched a full size, front wheel sedan spin out in front of me!
Just on the back?

I thought all four corners have to be the same?
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I bought some LS heritage rims and put the Pirelli Scorpion 245/55/R18 snow tires on my car They were only $190 each at Town Fair Tire and they have a $70 mail in rebate. They worked great in the snow we got earlier this week. Didn't spin or slide once...
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Just on the back?

I thought all four corners have to be the same?
recommended but not mandatory...
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Got my all-season's put on this morning. If I have trouble with these I might have to go Ice/Snow.

I don't like the look as much, but these things ride really smooth. The RS tires were performing a little poorly this week with the temps in the 20s. At least they were to me...I don't think it was my imagination.

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What are most of you doing for snow tires?

Will i be able to get through the winter without them? lol

I checked tirerack.com and a few tire shops and it seems the cheapest i can get snow tires to fit the RS wheels is $230 per tire.... Seems expensive to me but i haven't bought tires in along time.
We get serious snow up here in Montreal, I got a set of Goodyear UltraGrip on 18 '' wheels, we just got our first 12'' of snow this week. Commute went really well.

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I have a 2009 GMC Yukon to deal with the snow. The Camaro is going into the garage for hibernation. :p
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tire rack.com 4 8X18 and 4 225/60rl18 mounted and balanced with lugs and delivery $856.00 its worth it the you get more time on your 20" tires and don't get salt and crap on your polished rims.
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We put those Winter Force on 4 Heritage wheels ( the all seasons are for sale) and she is better in snow and ice than most cars I've driven. Posi with traction control...outstanding!
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