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don't get too worried about layerd compounds
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Posted by AeroEd [Email] (#582) [Profile/Gallery] (more from AeroEd) on Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:31:38 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: winter tire compounds, TML [Profile/Gallery] , Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:00:55
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Honestly, I don't know how the different premium winter tires manage the compound levels/layers, but even after a Blizzak has worn away the top tread which excels at ice, the rest of the tire will still run rings around any all-weather tire in (especially) the snow and (even) the ice.
I opted for Nokian WR's for the 2007 three winters ago as my winter tire, as I was prepared to loose some "winter" performance to gain dry pavement grip.
My wife's 9-3 had some Blizzaks on it when bought 4 years ago, and even though the "best" part has been gone for some time, they still perform great as winter tires, perhaps better than my Nokians.
Unfortunately, this spring when I swapped her tires, I saw what looked like a slice in the tread, but I think is an actual crack in the rubber. Even though there's still a good amount of tread in the other three, I'm ditching all four as they've got to be somewhat old, I don't trust them.
Not sure what I'll get her in the next month or two, but Blizzaks are on the short list.
Ed
2007 9-5 Aero SC [60th]
2004 9-3 Aero
2005 9-5 Aero
2005 9-5 Arc
2002 9-5 Aero SW (taken out by Bambi)
1999 9-5 SE(6) SW (brief interim between the '02 and the '07)
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_______________________________________ now SAABless, effective 4/2022 -- previous -- 2007 9-5 Aero SC [60th Anniversary] 2005 9-5 Aero (son's) 2005 9-5 Arc (daughter's) 2002 9-5 Aero SW (1st SAAB, taken out by Bambi) 1999 9-5 SE6 SW (brief interim between '02 & '07) 1999 9-5 SE (taken out by daughter on icy rd) ex-2004 9-3 Aero SS (ex-wife's)


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