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Old September 13th, 2018, 15:39   #16
Pat Dolan
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Originally Posted by KITEWAGON View Post
I need to decide between the 255/55/18 and 235/60/18 sizes. I've always heard narrow is better for snow, but I think either will be fine and a huge improvement.
Depends on what kind of snow you are driving on, but in general, the narrower the tire, the better it works on ice. Our club racers use compact spares (with bolts through them) so that the studs get through the snow to the ice, but that is a bit extreme for street stuff. Wide tires only work if you want to stay on top of some loose surface, but that can't happen in snow. The REALLY big consideration is slush - where tire width = aquaplane speed.

Oh, of course, I forgot to mention THE most important consideration re the 2wd vs. AWD condierations - they both have the same number of brakes - so AWD can get you further into trouble than you can brake your way out of (sic).
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Old September 13th, 2018, 18:59   #17
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Always run snows up here in Northern VT it's a must. Winters are long and snows all the time. All season tires esp in neg temps suck even with AWD/4WD. I run Nokian Hakka 8's and trying the 9's this year. Best so far and I've tried them all. Bridgestones were decent but I need studs and the factory studded Nok's are killer.
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Old September 14th, 2018, 15:20   #18
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A lot of the traditional thinking is that you only need snow tires when there is snow on the ground. Well I beg to differ. The newer winter tires offer better grip, safety and confidence even when there is no snow on the ground. For example here in Seattle there isn't very much snow, but it rains a lot. I can share that during the cold and wet months (which is about half the year), the Nokian R2s studless that I have are much better than the stock Contis M+S all seasons.

Also the economics are not as bad as they appear. If I have 2 sets of tires and if they both get used roughly half the time each, I get roughly doubling of their lives. The only added expense is (in my case) the extra set of rims. Plus even a minor crash due to snow/ice will easily pay for multiple sets of tires and rims.

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Old March 14th, 2019, 13:17   #19
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I'm running OEM Cayenne wheels on my Q7 for winter use. Bought them for our Touareg, kept them when we turned it in. You can find 18" Cayenne takeoffs for short money on both Craigslist and ebay. I think I paid $100 per wheel, maybe less.

Tires are Nokian R2 235/60/18 SUV model. Recently updated to R3. Very good in snow, and both handling and ride are excellent. Highly recommended.
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