europachris wrote:.........they were still light-years better than the gallactically craptastic Goodyears it came with. .........
Best description of anything EVER!!!
freetown fred wrote:Hell, I'm impressed--out here were happy if they hold air..
Another great quote!!
So true out here too .... unless it's MA inspection time ...
I have a different outlook on tires than most. Even though I am a certified cheapskate, tires are one thing I never skimp on. Took me years to listen to my grandpa & dad .... had to learn the hard way ..
What I do is get 2 sets of wheels -- one summer, one winter. For the winter months, I run dedicated snow tires -- the ones with the snowflake symbol on the sidewall. None of this all-season crap. I'll tell you this: I can think of 2 instances where those snowtires saved me 5 times what I paid for an extra set of rims/tires, while driving in winter slop.
For summer I run something that is completely useless, even in just a dusting ... but the best you can find for hydroplaning resistance, wear, & dry grip. Temperature is not too much of a concern where I live ... and with the funds available, I don't see many trips to Phoenix in the near future ..
My wife's Blazer has Firestone Winterforce's, as it's a dedicated winter beater. The Marquis, which is a summer only ride, got Michelin Hydroedge's ... with the GREEN X
TOO!! See? I'm not just a black-hearted Republican!
My truck for winter has Bridgestone Blizzack's, DM-V1. For summer I run some fancy 20" GM mags with Bridgestone Dueller H/L Alenza's.
The added benefit of running dual sets, is that you double the life of the tires. While the initial payout is high, it saves in the long run. And if those winter snows shave 15 feet off your stopping distance JUST ONCE, then it's all paid for right there. I don't like to slow down when it snows ...