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Old 23-Oct-2005, 02:51 PM
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Winter Tire Thread.

I wanted to take the liberty on opening up a winter tire thread since winter is just around the corner.

Wanted to know what to look for into a winter tire and which sidewall readings are best for a Civic.

Also looking for suggestions on winter tires and places to get them and steelies for a good price.

Please state what tire you own, car, and comments.

Winter Tire and size:
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Old 23-Oct-2005, 04:54 PM
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If your car is at the factory ride hight then I would go with the OEM tire size and wheel size, if you are lowered then you may want to consider running a slightly larger wheel and/or tire combonation. As for as what winter tires to run here are my pics:

Best entry level winter tire and lowest in price group: Dunlop Graspic, offers excellent compound and decent tread pattern and is available very cheap throughout Wallmart stores in Ontario right now.

Best mid range winter tire: Michelin Artic Alpin, offers Excellent tread compound as well as excellent directional V Grooved Tread pattern, Drawback is that this tire does not last as long as most other winter tires because of lower tread depth. Prices are Decent and sale Prices through Canadian tire stores usally offer a good break on price.

Best High end Winter tire: This one is a draw between the Bridgestone Blizzak and Nokian Hakkapelitta, both tires offer superb tread compound and tread depth as well as excellent tread pattern. If I had to choose though I would say the Hakkapelitta is your best bet as it usally comes in a little cheaper then the Blizzak and offers a little bit longer tread life.
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Nokian hakkapelitas i think are one hell of a tire. if i didnt already have michelin artic alpins i would be all over those nokian tires. Suggestion would be to put it on stock 14 inch steelies with the stock tire size.
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Old 24-Oct-2005, 11:26 AM
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remember that having a thinner tire with larger profile is better for winter than a wide tire with lower profile.
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Old 24-Oct-2005, 07:25 PM
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Originally posted by hdave
remember that having a thinner tire with larger profile is better for winter than a wide tire with lower profile.
Plz explain and with numbers. Thank you.
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nokian are high end tires?

either way i'm more than happy with my Kumho KW-11's, they ride better than my michelin alpines... at the end of the day any snow tire no matter how cheap is better than an all-season...
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Winter Tire and size:Goodyear Ultra Grip 175/75?/13
Car:91 Civic HB
Comments: 1st set of winters i've bought so i have nothing to compare them to.
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Winter Tire and size: Walmart Wintermark, 185/65/14
Car: 98 Honda Civic Si
Comments: Awesome in the snow, lots of tread left after 3 winters, $240 installed.
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Old 25-Oct-2005, 12:04 AM
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Winter Tire and size: Nordic IceTrac, 185/70R14 (OEM size)
Car: 03 civic
Comments: After a near collision with those cheap crappy OEM FR690 tires in the snow, I got these ones from cdn tire. I've used them for two winters going on three..still got excellent tread on them. Good traction in snow, ok on ice. They are relatively quiet on dry pavement and not too pricey. I believe u can get them for around $65-70 + balancing.

I also added the 4-bolt 14" steelies...for around $45/each. However, if u can find a spare set of OEM ones, might want to use those instead. Aftermarket ones (like from canadian tire and walmart) not always be a perfect snug fit in the centre.

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Old 25-Oct-2005, 12:08 AM
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Originally posted by My93Civic

Plz explain and with numbers. Thank you.
Basically, a narrow tire like the 185/70 R14 is better on snow than a wide tire like a 215/45 R16. Narrow tires are better because there is less snow to plow through.
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