Touareg: Still looking
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: USA/New England
Second Vehicle: 2015 V6 TDI
Thanked 60 Times in 58 Posts
The plan all worked out.
The "buyback" Cayenne Diesel came with 19" wheels. I kept the 20" Pikes Peak's and tires and sent the 2012 TDI back with a shoddy set of 18" Cayenne Turbo wheels from 2004 along with tires that were not fit for Mexican snow.
I got a set of new TPMS, shipped for under $150. I put them on the 19" wheels. I took the new snow tires to the local tire store-which is just some guy(s) that bought an old gas station and now just change tires out using floor jacks and some tire machines. They only changed me $60 to mount and balance so like a Boss, I flipped them $20 for a great job as I had asked them to line up the dots that Pirelli makes on the tire, that should line up with the valve stems and they did both that and made sure to NOT scuff up the wheels at all. Tipping-beforehand, works.
The tires have been working awesome as the next day it snowed and it has been cool, cold and wet ever since and this past Sunday I trailered up and snowmobiled and even got a chance to drive on an iced over dirt road where a big RWD camper van was stuck on the wrong side of the road as it could not get up the hill and slid to the inside of the curve of the road even though it was a dually rear-end. No traction is no-traction. 4WD may have helped, who knows but this vehicle was from the late 70's as my Dad had a 1977 Chevy van that had the same front end.
The entire rig hauls down the highway, with or without trailer, up to 75-80mph, smooth as silk, ahhhhh. It is going to be awesome with pure snow tires for this upcoming winter as I plan on going up to VT a lot again this winter and at least a few days after every big snowstorm up there.
It snowed about 6" up there and it will be snowing all day today up there and the forecast is for snow almost every day this week.