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      09-17-2005, 02:05 PM   #1
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canadian winters: stay with all-seasons or change to winter tires?

I was just wondering, how many of you are staying with all-season tires and how many are going to change to winter tires?
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      09-17-2005, 02:10 PM   #2
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Hmmm. There seems to be a glitch. I don't kno why there are 2 threads. Can a mod pls delete one of them? THANKS.
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      09-17-2005, 07:15 PM   #3
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Montreal = winters.
And steel rims.
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      09-18-2005, 10:58 PM   #4
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Alberta winter= chains

Winters and M5 replicas
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      10-13-2005, 02:18 PM   #5
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Im in montreal... im putting dunlop wintersport m3 on my style 159 stock wheels... Got myself some OEM m3 rims for the summer . All season are not gonna cut it and especialy not those turanzas the car came equipped with
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      10-21-2005, 02:57 PM   #6
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The best way to use your e90 during winter in Montreal area: park your car in a garage
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      10-21-2005, 03:17 PM   #7
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The best way to use your e90 during winter in Montreal area: park your car in a garage
I think I'll be okay with my xDrive (when it shows up!!!).

I have decided to buy winters (regular) and get them installed on my 16" stock rims right away. Come springtime I'll get some 17" replicas or whatever with some real tires on them as well.

That means my stock RFTs are goin on eBay. UNUSED!
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      10-21-2005, 03:33 PM   #8
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There. I just ordered them off Tiretrends. No PST!!!!!
$164 each plus $49 shipping. $751 total, and I'll have them mounted during the prep (whenever that is!).
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Stew are you going to by others RFT after winter or have-you decided to install non RFT for summer?

if going with non RFT for summer could you tell us why?
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I'll be selling my RFTs on eBay brand new.

I've read too much about problems and lack of performance with RFTs here and elsewhere. Trying to find a RFT on a weekend is still impossible. In my opinion, it's an experiment that has yet to be completed. I've driven 28 years without a blowout or even a flat. All the cars I've ever sold or traded in have had brand new spare kits in the trunk, and that's over a million kms of driving, easily.

Will the law of averages catch up to me? Who knows? Fact is, I'm going with proven and advanced tire technologies, not new unproven technologies.

Also I bought the 325i base model with an eye to upgrading my wheels for summer. So for summer I'll find something in 17" with a good summer tire (not performance though, I value comfort over performance).
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Toronto = Dunlap M3 winter + M5 Replica 17" rim
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      12-01-2005, 09:10 AM   #12
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welcome yougtechman,

what about the 5 serie replica wheels 17 "
They look very nice but not sure if they fit the 330i.....someone said in this forum that they don t and he had to return them ?!
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I'll be getting my car in early April - so I'll get past this winter without them. At this point - my plan is to get through the summer on the RFT's, get REAL snows for the winter of 2006/2007, then REAL performance tires for summer 2007. A friend who works at a major high-performance tire co also suggests that RFT is a marketing scam - allowing car makers to ditch spares and thereby adding cargo space w/o adding to the car's actual dimensions.

I HIGHLY recommend snows, since no matter what you have to get you going (DSC, DTC, x-drive, active difs etc) it is ONLY the tires that STOP and TURN the car.

The math is very simple to me - it takes simply nudging another car, curb, piece of Armco, to pay for one killer set of winter tires.

I've spent over 300 hours of competitve driving on snow and ice, and can swear by the performance of the state-of-the-art multiceluar winter compounds.

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Change to Dunlop Wintersport M3s for 4 months of the year.
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for toronto's unstable winter , i think winter tires is your best bet.....

worth spending extra to buy that sense of confidence and security..
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for toronto's unstable winter , i think winter tires is your best bet.....

worth spending extra to buy that sense of confidence and security..
yup yup, winter tires and rims
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I tried to get through one winter on all-seasons and just got tired of getting stuck in almost no snow. All seasons just get too rigid in the cold to have any real grip. I switched to Blizzacks and it's like night and day; totally worth the ~$1500 CAD for the entire setup.
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For Alberta, winter tires are a must on a RWD.
I have 18" rims with summer RFT's but for winter
I use 17" rims and Gislaved Nordic 5's matched to the
same outer diameter (the 17's cost less).
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For Alberta, winter tires are a must on a RWD.
I have 18" rims with summer RFT's but for winter
I use 17" rims and Gislaved Nordic 5's matched to the
same outer diameter (the 17's cost less).
OMG... whats up with you and digging out OLD threads !!!
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OMG... whats up with you and digging out OLD threads !!!
Oh sorry, I'm relatively new here and have been going through many threads,
some of which are obviously older. But the old threads have the best store of
collective knowledge. I would hope that replying to older threads isn't against the rules is it??
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I was just wondering, how many of you are staying with all-season tires and how many are going to change to winter tires?
Toronto doesn't get the winters it used to, but my opinion is you should get winter tires anyway.
Advantages:
-saves your alloy wheels from contact with salt
-prolongs the life of your summer/all season tires
-during a snow storm you'll be really glad you have them
You can get a good setup with rims and tires for under $1,000 even less if slightly used.
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I recently switched from the all season OEM Turanzas to Blizzak LM-25 and the difference is BIG. No placebo effect, even my wife noticed.
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