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Old October 31st, 2012, 11:07 AM   #21
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All the best stability control doesn't mean shit if the tires aren't reacting with the pavement.
That's a good story, but clearly you aren't driving the car, or reading the post I made.

even with the all seasons the stability control does a very good job of keeping the car straight. I am considering snow tires to make the car a better performer for my girl so she doesn't have to be concerned in the snow at all.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 11:12 AM   #22
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X whatever on all 4, and in all seriousness, teach the woman to be a better winter driver.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 11:16 AM   #23
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X whatever on all 4, and in all seriousness, teach the woman to be a better winter driver.
She isn't a bad winter driver. In the three years we have been together I have never needed to pull her out of a ditch, call her a wrecker, or fix a car due to an accident where she was at fault (she did get t-boned by a guy who ran a stop sign once).

I just wanted to simply know if anyone ever put snows on just the front. It was a pretty simple question.

The concern is for getting OUT of our neighborhood moreso than anything else.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 11:23 AM   #24
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That's a good story, but clearly you aren't driving the car, or reading the post I made.

even with the all seasons the stability control does a very good job of keeping the car straight. I am considering snow tires to make the car a better performer for my girl so she doesn't have to be concerned in the snow at all.
Physics still apply, regardless of how awesome your stability control is.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 11:27 AM   #25
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Physics still apply, regardless of how awesome your stability control is.
I will pay you $1,000 to make my car spin out with out the use of the e-brake.

I've tried.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 11:28 AM   #26
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I will pay you $1,000 to make my car spin out with out the use of the e-brake.

I've tried.
Oh fukc yeah!!! IN!!!!!!!
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Old October 31st, 2012, 11:30 AM   #27
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I ran snow tires year round in the subaru. Real cheap to buy come springtime. Worked fairly well offroad too.

Not adding anything to the conversation though.

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Old October 31st, 2012, 11:32 AM   #28
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She isn't a bad winter driver. In the three years we have been together I have never needed to pull her out of a ditch, call her a wrecker, or fix a car due to an accident where she was at fault (she did get t-boned by a guy who ran a stop sign once).

I just wanted to simply know if anyone ever put snows on just the front. It was a pretty simple question.

The concern is for getting OUT of our neighborhood moreso than anything else.
I got stuck once in my altima with snow tires. However it was about 8 inches deep of fresh snow with minimal tracks, none from a car, and it was lowered.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 11:43 AM   #29
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Thinking about getting snow tires for the old lady. Her current all season tires that came on her car have like 10,000 miles on them, I just rotated them the other day and they have plenty of tread.

I drove my focus trhough the winter last year and had no complaints, but thought she may like the peice of mind/added safety of snow tires. She commutes about 65-80 miles per day.


Is it imperative to buy all 4, or will 2 for the front tires be enough to add a little help with braking and enough traction to avoid being stuck?
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She isn't a bad winter driver. In the three years we have been together I have never needed to pull her out of a ditch, call her a wrecker, or fix a car due to an accident where she was at fault (she did get t-boned by a guy who ran a stop sign once).


I just wanted to simply know if anyone ever put snows on just the front. It was a pretty simple question.

The concern is for getting OUT of our neighborhood moreso than anything else.

I guess I read more into that than you actually wrote. Just trying to help.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 11:59 AM   #30
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Oh fukc yeah!!! IN!!!!!!!


I realise it's entirely possible, just not very likely in most avoidable situations.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 11:59 AM   #31
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That's a good story, but clearly you aren't driving the car, or reading the post I made.

even with the all seasons the stability control does a very good job of keeping the car straight.
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Nothing works on ice.
Hmmm.... Pretty sure driving in the snow, there is a good bet the tires will be on slippery snow/ice, not pavement, rendering the most awesome stability control ever made useless.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 12:00 PM   #32
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I guess I read more into that than you actually wrote. Just trying to help.
No worries.

Just wondered if anyone had ever just done the fronts, the car handles snow fine (packed snow, plowed roads, etc) it just struggles to get out of our unplowed neighborhood due to hills, thought snows up front may help.
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I will pay you $1,000 to make my car spin out with out the use of the e-brake.

I've tried.

I'll do it for $950 on dry pavement, or $500 in the snow, since it would be a lot easier.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 12:05 PM   #34
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I will pay you $1,000 to make my car spin out with out the use of the e-brake.

I've tried.
On dry pavement or on snow/ice?
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Old October 31st, 2012, 12:09 PM   #35
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if it means the difference between stopping short of an accident or being in one, my wife and kids are worth four snow tires, not two
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Old October 31st, 2012, 12:35 PM   #36
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All four Kickstand. If you only buy two, for the front, and something does happen you will always wonder if two more would have helped. Just clear your conscience now and know you have done all you could to make the car safe for winter.
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I'll do it for $950 on dry pavement, or $500 in the snow, since it would be a lot easier.
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On dry pavement or on snow/ice?


I realize it can be done, but it's very unlikely in the everyday style of driving of the old lady.

However, it's a lot tougher than I thought it would be, it's damn hard to get a good fishtail out of it.
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No worries.

Just wondered if anyone had ever just done the fronts, the car handles snow fine (packed snow, plowed roads, etc) it just struggles to get out of our unplowed neighborhood due to hills, thought snows up front may help.
I've almost always done all 4 on a FWD, the few times I cheaped out on a beater car I ended up with squirrelly handling- it would feel 'loose' changing lanes, or just seem off in an undescribable way
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Old October 31st, 2012, 01:27 PM   #39
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4 winter tires, and 2 big bags of softener salt or sand in the trunk will make any FWD car handle great in the snow IMO. Done it to all my FWD cars in the past with great results, sometimes way better than 4x4's. When winter is over i simply use to salt in my softener.

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Old October 31st, 2012, 03:19 PM   #40
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believe it or not if you can only afford 2 tires then the best tires go in the rear. I argued it all day long but when in trade school they proved me wrong
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