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      09-22-2009, 10:24 AM   #1
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Winter Tire Packages - Best Online Place to Buy

I tried Tire Rack and their pricing is pretty good (considering....), Tiretrends were ok.

Anybody else?
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just realized you are in Ottawa and you want online... nevertheless their pricing is competitive although I dont think they have online sales
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good fx rate - go to tirerack
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I've bought from Tire Rack a few times - they're excellent. I've also used TireTrends (when the exchange rate was very low), but their current pricing is not so good. This is the winter set that I'm using:
  • 17x8 Rial Salerno Silver rims
  • 225/45R17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-60
Total with shipping to Ottawa (no additional taxes or duty) is ~ $1500 USD.

Here's a post from a Tire Rack rep on popular options for winter sets.
Winter tires sticky 2008-2008 season

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The popular 17X7.5" 32mm offset Sport Edition A7 and the 17X8" 30mm offset Rial Salerno wheels continue on from last season and are excellent options. These have brake clearance for 335i cars without having to use spacers. Both wheels accept BMW center caps (which I can include for you for $9 each - simply refer to 'Gary/add caps9' as your previous contact at the end of your online order, or call in the order to me directly).
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Tires23 is awesome. Billy is a great guy.
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I was thinking of going with 205/50-17's, I live in the outskirts of Ottawa (Cumberland), thinking that a narrower tire is better in snow.
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just realized you are in Ottawa and you want online... nevertheless their pricing is competitive although I dont think they have online sales
Yea, they're good. What I didn't like about them is the phone quote they give you is a cash or debit price. I run everything through my credit card for the points. They wanted to mark up 3% for credit. I paid debit. Competitors didn't come close to their prices when I bought set of winters with rims last year.
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I was thinking of going with 205/50-17's, I live in the outskirts of Ottawa (Cumberland), thinking that a narrower tire is better in snow.
I think size 215/45/17 is better suit the 335's power and handling.
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I was thinking of going with 205/50-17's, I live in the outskirts of Ottawa (Cumberland), thinking that a narrower tire is better in snow.
Struggled with exactly that question, went with the 225-17ss from Tirerack last week (I live in Orleans, neighbour . They arrived with wheel weights that fell off 3 of the 4 wheels - sent Tirerack a note and they said no problems, fax them the bill when I re-balance and they'll refund. Great customer experience!
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      09-23-2009, 06:23 PM   #11
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I tried www.ottawatiresdirect.com, they buy in bulk off Tire Rack. Whatever price you get with shipping, duty, taxes etc on Tire Rack, they match.

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http://www.ottawatiresdirect.com/200...e-p-18590.html

So you think 225's are OK in Snow?
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I tried www.ottawatiresdirect.com, they buy in bulk off Tire Rack. Whatever price you get with shipping, duty, taxes etc on Tire Rack, they match.

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http://www.ottawatiresdirect.com/200...e-p-18590.html

So you think 225's are OK in Snow?
I've used 225's on my 2004 325i for 5 Ottawa winters without problems. However, these were dedicated winter tires (Blizsak WS-50), not performance snow tires like the DUNLOP SP WINTER SPORT 3D tires you are considering.

For Ottawa winters, I prefer the increased traction of dedicated winters (and give up some dry handling) over performance snow tires.
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Buy tires from small independent tire shops in Orleans.
613-834-7325.
It's not the width of the tires but the grips that matter in snow.


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      10-06-2009, 11:41 PM   #15
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Tirerack +1

My local shop (KalTire) is pretty competitive after you figure in exchange, duty, shipping, etc. For and extra $100ish the locally bought tires come with road hazzard, free roataion, etc.
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They arrived with wheel weights that fell off 3 of the 4 wheels -

sent Tirerack a note and they said no problems, fax them the bill when I re-balance and they'll refund.
Huh. That just happened to me too. The weights had fallen off one of my wheels when they arrived. Thanks for the heads up.
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I run 225/40/18 all around no problem, anything smaller is too puny. Stick some 15mm spacers in the rear and it looks money for winter.
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