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    What tire?

    I just move to Minot North Dakota and now my summer tires are struggling with snow and ice. What do you recommend for a decent tire. Are snow tires worth it, or could I get by with all-season rubber? Thanks!
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    If you're in an area that already has snow on the ground, then I'd recommend getting snow tires. All seasons won't be that great.

    Bridgestone Blizzaks are good.. so are Nokians. It really depends on your budget.

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    Last winter I bought a set of 16 inch steelies with general altimax arctic tires (full snow tires) from tire rack for my 09. They were really awesome in the snow. I had all seasons before that and they weren't very good at all, especially compared to the setup i got last winter. I would definitely go with a second set of wheels and snow tires.
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    I have the general altimax artic tires with studs and they work well on snow and ice. They got me through mountain passes to the ski areas last year with no trouble what so ever. Granted not the snowiest year, but there were moments of measurable snow and ice.
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    What tire?

    Thanks for the help. What size tires did you get with the 16 inch rims?
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    I'm about to pick up 16" steel rims and Blizzaks from TireRack: Winter / Snow Tires

    Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 (Studless Ice & Snow) Size: 215/55-16
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    All seasons = sub par for all seasons. If you already have nice warm weather tires then you might as well get nice cold weather ones. No use using all seasons for one type of weather
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    Up there, yes you will want dedicated winter tires. All-seasons aren't really that good in any season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twister8008 View Post
    I just move to Minot North Dakota and now my summer tires are struggling with snow and ice. What do you recommend for a decent tire. Are snow tires worth it, or could I get by with all-season rubber? Thanks!
    Had a new set of Blizzack lm60's installed a couple of weeks ago. They've performed great on dry roads at highway speed (no boat feel) and are noticeably more quiet than the stock tires I replaced. Haven't had to much snow here in Colorado yet, but I have had the chance to drive with them on ice and slush. They performed admirably and are truly confidence inspiring from what I can tell.

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    What tire?

    I would love to get blizzack tires, but they are so darn expensive! .
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    Santorex, what does that setup cost?
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    Quote Originally Posted by twister8008 View Post
    Santorex, what does that setup cost?
    $875 that includes shipping but I did not get the TPMS monitors installed. I'll just deal with the light i guess


    Item Description Availability Qty. Price Each Item Total
    New Steel Wheel 16X6.5 Black Painted IN STOCK 4 $58.00 $232.00


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    REQUIRED LUGNUT FOR VEHICLE (NICKEL PLATED) IN STOCK 20 N/C N/C


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    215/55R16 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 IN STOCK 4 $134.00 $536.00


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    RETAIL TIRE REGISTRATION CARD IN STOCK 1 N/C N/C
    BASIC LIMITED WARRANTY IN STOCK 1 N/C N/C
    MOUNT AND BALANCE (NO CHARGE) IN STOCK 4 N/C N/C

    Item(s) Total:
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    Blizzaks are expensive, but there are also other options that aren't as expensive that still perform very well...search Tirerack and Discounttiredirect.
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    I bought Michelin X-ice xi3. They have a $70 rebate this month too! I got 4 full wheel sets for $912!
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