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Re: Performance tires in the cold (archive)

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Posted by P. Baril on October 25, 2000 at 23:56:51:

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

Where I live (about 425 miles N.O. of Montréal)weather can get as low as -40C sometimes, the problem with performance tires, summer or 4 seasons, is with rubber compound. The colder the temperature, the worst it gets. 4 seasons are better than summer tires in cold conditions, but only up to about -10C, after that its not better than skates on ice.
IMO you are better with average winter tires than brand new performance summer when temperature goes below freezing, the key here is temperature (black ice), not snow. I use a set(4) of 15 inches steel wheels (expendable)with hub caps and good winter rubbers. Total cost probably less than one 17 inches wheel bent on a curb.


P. Baril 1990 535i

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