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Re: Performance tires in the cold (archive)

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Posted by Justin--RedFive on October 25, 2000 at 18:53:31:

In Reply to: Performance tires in the cold posted by Tim on October 25, 2000 at 16:53:27:

I never put snows on my winter car ('91 Jetta 16v)last year and drove all winter on a set of Kumho ESCTAs. I got lucky because it only snowed twice in CT, but the tires did not fare well. They were completely shot after 6,000 miles of winter driving. They spun very easily causing terrible torque steer and they hopped around alot as well whenever the temperature was below freezing. I will not be repeating this again.
Hope that helps,
'89 535iM One Lap Car
'91 Jetta GLi 16V

This past spring I upgraded from stock basket weave to 17" wheels. i also put on Yokohama AVS tires.

I live in Northern Virginia where it can get cold but most of the time it doesn't get to much below freezing. For the snow I've got a truck.

I heard the rubber on performance tire is softer and more prone to damage in cold climates. Is there any potential damage I should be aware of for driving the AVS tires in cold? What experience do you guys have? Thanks.

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