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#93291 - 11/02/09 02:35 AM All-Season vs Winter Tires
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All-Season vs Winter Tires the difference is amazing.
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#93292 - 11/03/09 11:38 AM Re: All-Season vs Winter Tires
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I know this for a fact, I have a home in the snow belt in upstate NY, and even the mud and snow rated tires are useless, you need real good traction tires even with 4 wheel drive up there
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#93293 - 11/05/09 11:04 PM Re: All-Season vs Winter Tires
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I run summer tires on my C5. When it gets cold they are insufficent, I am talking temperatures in the 30's dry roads and they don't work. Warm weather they are great. Corvettes shouldn't be driven in winter IMHO snow and ice and plastic just dont mix. I got a beater for them kinda days.
Thanks for the post it is interesting stuff
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#93294 - 11/06/09 06:02 AM Re: All-Season vs Winter Tires
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I'd recommend snow tires for the winter months although I'm in the metro NY area and I use summer radials all year long...

God bless active handling.. although it can get a bit tricky when its cold..Even with active handling you can easily do 360s if your not careful...

Even when slowly pulling out of shopping center parking lots.. (ask me how I know)
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#93295 - 11/06/09 06:45 PM Re: All-Season vs Winter Tires
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Yep, there is so much power the rear end will come right on around. The ass end is light and a little pedal oh shit! It is like driving on ice.
I forgot to mention salt and in general just getting the car dirty as reasons to forgo driving a Corvette in winter slop.
Winter sucks and only us Northerner's are qualified to make comment..however everyone's opinion is valued. be careful out there no matter what machine you are in. Life is good, take care of it better than your vette. Down the road you and yours will be happy that you did
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#93296 - 12/12/09 07:30 AM Re: All-Season vs Winter Tires
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Didn't go for winter tires this year either! LOL

Roll the dice!
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#93297 - 12/14/09 07:15 PM Re: All-Season vs Winter Tires
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Get a 4x4 beater keep the C6 and the Caddy clean and safe in the slop
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#93298 - 03/05/10 04:49 PM Re: All-Season vs Winter Tires
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Yep, I bought a Jeep Commander 4X4 for a beater. Hey wait, there's no snow in South Florida. Man, I gotta stop drinkin'.
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#93299 - 03/05/10 07:39 PM Re: All-Season vs Winter Tires
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Smart your Corvette will love you for it. For trips in bad weather and to shopping centers where your Corvette is a target and at risk and just saving miles and wear and tear. I really think it is smart and necessary to have a beater if you have a Corvette. The Corvette deserves that treatment. Your resale value will be higher too, if you ever have the guts to sell it devilsmile
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#93300 - 03/06/10 06:58 AM Re: All-Season vs Winter Tires
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Many corvette owners use the vette all year round and if anyone does that....Dedicated snow tires are the only way to go if you get snow...

As crazy as it sounds...its actually about the same cost to get a beater for the winter compared to a dedicated snow tire and wheel with sensors ..

With summer tires? Its pretty cmuch a crap shoot as to whether you make it safely to your destination when its below 32 degrees..

The summer tires freeze up so they become rock hard..., there is no stick and its pretty much like ice skating in a 3000 lb guided missle..

Dedicated snows for the winter make the most sense ...

All season are in my opinion a waste of time... They do nothing best...
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#93301 - 03/13/10 08:13 AM Re: All-Season vs Winter Tires
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As one who has lived in the frigid north for many years, I agree with J.B. If you must use your Vette in the winter, snow tires are the only way. In some states you can get studs installed on the snow tire, but they are usually allowed only between certain months. But remember one important thing, pretty much anything would be useless on ice. As Leadfoot recommends, the best thing is a beater for the winter as snow, ice and plastic don't mix well.
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#93302 - 05/20/10 02:57 PM Re: All-Season vs Winter Tires
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i have all season on my tires so when i leave the sunshine state im still grippen road everywhere else.
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#106369 - 11/11/10 03:25 PM Re: All-Season vs Winter Tires [Re: trev0006]
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DOES'T ANYONE HAVE AN OPINION ON TIRE SELECTION!?!?

I am looking for tires and really do value and read the opinions of members here as to their favorites and past screw-ups on tire selection. I simply cannot a thread going so long without any reply, be it informative or even funny.
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#106376 - 11/11/10 09:23 PM Re: All-Season vs Winter Tires [Re: trev0006]
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Blizzaks for winter snow tires.
Hankook evo 12's for summer performance tires. I paid under 700 bucks delivered from discount tire direct.com

Those would be my choice.
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#106384 - 11/12/10 09:14 AM Re: All-Season vs Winter Tires [Re: trev0006]
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A hint of snow in the air and I don't drive the Vette, so winter tires aren't a consideration. I'm trying the Hankook's J.B. mentions next time around. Know a couple of people here that swear buy them as the best for the money.
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#106398 - 11/12/10 11:08 PM Re: All-Season vs Winter Tires [Re: trev0006]
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I got 30k out of my C6 sized Wide Oval RFT's, previous mileage record on any of my LSx powered cars (I'm on #3) was around 18k, and that was with cords showing shocked

I also have a set of Blizzak's mounted on wagon wheels that I save for the occasional trip up north in the winter. They came in pretty handy when I drove to Detroit for Superbowl XL

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#106452 - 11/16/10 11:44 PM Re: All-Season vs Winter Tires [Re: trev0006]
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Haven't looked into winter tires (since i'm a college student and don't have plenty of extra $$ layin around). But i just threw some Falken 452's on a month back. They are one of my favorite and would recommend them. It all depends on your driving style as well. Heard good reviews on the evo 12's also =P
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