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Old 10-26-2011   #1
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Off road tire vs snow tires

I'm looking into changing to 18" wheel and tires for winter. Originally looking at snow tires. I see however Bridgestone revo2 has size for the 11 treg 255x55R18. Why get snows as this AT tire could last longer and just as capable?

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I thought the whole point of snows was basically the lower operating temperature of the rubber compound. When it is frozen are those tire pliable? I guess that is the real question.

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I thought the whole point of snows was basically the lower operating temperature of the rubber compound. When it is frozen are those tire pliable? I guess that is the real question.
That may be true, but AT tires are more aggressive so wouldn't they be just as good and last longer?
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I'm sorry, but you're missing the point of winter tyres.

They have a special compound that means the tread remains flexible at low temperatures.

In addition they also have a lot of tiny sipes in the tread pattern. These squeeze water off the ice so the tyre grips it. Yes, I know that sounds daft but a tyre can grip dry ice in the same way your hand might stick to very cold ice in the freezer!

AT tyres have neither capability.

Winter tyres will stop your car in a much shorter distance.

Yes, ATs will last longer, but you will wish like hell you'd bought proper winters in the first big slide!
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What nooby said...
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There's lots of snow tires in 18". I looked at tire rack reviews, and looks like perelli may be the one. Any thoughts?
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Hakkapellitas or Blizzaks are the only two snow tires to consider in my experience.
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I've not seen these snow chains before - made out of Kevlar, not steel.

Easy grip chaine neige composite Michelin
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Ditto on the Hakkapellitas. I liked Blizzaks, but they didn't last as long as my last set of Nokians. Nokians are worth the price in my opinion.
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anyone look into blizzacks 235/60R18 or any winter that size? has almost the exact circumference as 255/55R18...just really narrow, maybe too much for the v10?

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