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    Winter wheels/tires

    The good news is that I sold my winter beater for a healthy profit. The bad news is that it snowed yesterday and the winter performance of my car made itself painfully obvious this morning when I got stuck on a 1% grade Click here to enlarge.

    Regardless, I'm shopping for winter tires and I would like to know about people's experiences with various tires.

    I live in Nebraska so the roads are nasty for about 25% of winter. The rest of the time its just cold and the roads aren't too bad so I'm looking for tires with good snow/packed snow/ice performance but I can sacrifice a little snow performance for durability and dry performance.

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    What sizes are you looking at?

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    Snow tires will make all the difference, you'll kick yourself for not getting them earlier. I would get a set of blizzaks
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    How are they when its dry out?

    Also, how does the durability seem? I've read you can expect about 20k miles on the blizzaks.

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    When i drove my car in the winter i had Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3s. Here in Ontario, Canada we usually get around 3-5 winter storms but other then that the winter is very calm. These tires are performance winters so in the dry and wet they perform really well. In Snow and Ice they do fine if you drive moderate. I've driven through a couple winter storms with these and they do handle pretty well. I would Highly recommend these to people who have similar weather as we do here in Ontario. Forgot to add, i was running 225/45/17s all around.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by fieldysnuts8 Click here to enlarge
    How are they when its dry out?

    Also, how does the durability seem? I've read you can expect about 20k miles on the blizzaks.
    It's going to be hard to find the perfect compromise. Get ones that are great in the snow and just wait for conditions to improve. Or... go back to SoCal.

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    Got some good feedback on MICHELIN PA4 or BLIZZAK LM-60s from my customers.

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    @fieldysnuts8 talk to @ModBargains.com they'll get you whatever you need at a good price.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ModBargains.com Click here to enlarge
    Got some good feedback on MICHELIN PA4 or BLIZZAK LM-60s from my customers.

    -Frank
    I loved my LM60s on my modded FWD maxima and my coworker loves them on his stock FWD mazda 6.
    Winter tires are so much better than all seasons. I could get up my 45 degree driveway fine with blizzaks, with all seasons I spin like a $#@! and get stuck on the reg in 2'' of snow. I was happy to drive in any horrible snow with my LMs, now on all seasons for my beater it SUCKS! I spin all over the place and have no traction.

    Reviews online show snow tires stopping better in wet conditions than all seasons as well which is what you will encounter in the winter as well.

    High performance snows are..well what you want to make of them. Yes, you only drive in snow 10-15 times a year at most and most of the winter season is on dry COLD snow free highways. I don't push my cars in the winter if you do then maybe invest in them but it seems to me like a waste of money.
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    I would recommended a separate set of rims for you snows. After 50% tread they are all basically all seasons least with the top performers so you really only want to run them for 6k or so in the winter so they last. After 1-3 seasons depending on your use I would sell them on CL and buy a new pair.

    That is all I have to add.

    edit: once you make the investment in rims(or steelies) and snow(tires) then you can have your pure summers on a nice set of rims. At the end of the day they both last a LOT longer. I live in the NE and have done this for 6+ years.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Or... go back to SoCal.
    Find me a job and I'm there. I'm a licensed attorney and venture capitalist (approximately $4m in deals)...I should be a shoo-in at Sticky Industries.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by fieldysnuts8 Click here to enlarge
    Find me a job and I'm there. I'm a licensed attorney and venture capitalist (approximately $4m in deals)...I should be a shoo-in at Sticky Industries.
    Leaving God's Country? I don't believe it.

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    I yet have a different brand of snow tires on my car. I have the Continental Extreme Winter Contact on my 335i and they are awesome. Not getting stuck in the snow anymore. And it's true, you will be kicking yourself for not getting them earlier.
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    I have blizzards on 18" gunmetal m3 wheels. Bought them used. They work.
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