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Re: Big tire snow question (archive)

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Posted by Mark OC on July 04, 2000 at 07:40:04:

In Reply to: Big tire snow question posted by Eric on July 03, 2000 at 16:06:39:

: I know, I know - wrong season! I live in Eastern Mass and plan to buy a 528 soon. What do you guys with big tires (17") do in the winter? I plan to get a separate set of steels with actual snow tires, but I don't know what size would be appropriate. Would I go back down to 15"? If so, would that wreak havoc with a tighter-than-stock suspension?

: Thanks-
: Eric

Eastern Mass here too. My 2 cents:

Consider 225 55 R16 size. Maintains the diameter, doesn't give up too much in handling, narrower than the 17 so better in the snow.

Rather than get steel wheels, keep your eyes open for a nice used set of 16" alloys. Start looking now and you should have no problems finding a nice set cheap.

Pirelli 210 asimmetrico is a great dry road snow tire with decent bite in the white stuff. Not as good as the Blizzak in the snow, but much better on dry.

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