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I wonder how well Silent Armors (A/Ts) do in the snow compared to dedicated winter tires like some blizzaks
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Re: Worth switching to winter tires?

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I wonder how well Silent Armors (A/Ts) do in the snow compared to dedicated winter tires like some blizzaks
from my limited experiences - blizzaks will more likely perform better in all categories in snow/ice i would believe?
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Re: Worth switching to winter tires?

Tire rack reviews give the silent armor a 8.8/8.6/7.8 in light snow, deep snow and ice. The general grabber AT 2 and Firestone Destination are rated better.

The Blizzak DM-V1 has a 9.5/9.3/9.1 rating, significantly better. The DM-Z3 about the same, the W965 a little less but still better than the silent armors.

I purchased the DM-V1 last year primarily on the ice traction rating, reviews, and comments on this forum. The General Altimax Artic LT is the only tire rated that comes close on ice but they are noisy.
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Tire rack reviews give the silent armor a 8.8/8.6/7.8 in light snow, deep snow and ice. The general grabber AT 2 and Firestone Destination are rated better.

The Blizzak DM-V1 has a 9.5/9.3/9.1 rating, significantly better. The DM-Z3 about the same, the W965 a little less but still better than the silent armors.

I purchased the DM-V1 last year primarily on the ice traction rating, reviews, and comments on this forum. The General Altimax Artic LT is the only tire rated that comes close on ice but they are noisy.
I have always assumed these ratings are relative to their category as well, which is something to keep in mind. I doubt that any all season would rate more than a 6 on ice if you were including winter tires in the same test. In other words, people generally aren't comparing the all season rated tire with the winter tire when they come up with the ratings.
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Re: Worth switching to winter tires?

Does any one know what is the proper ET for 18" rims?
I would like to buy a wheels/tires set for winter but Dotz Hammadas I've found have ET 35 and I don't know if they will fit...
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I have always assumed these ratings are relative to their category as well, which is something to keep in mind. I doubt that any all season would rate more than a 6 on ice if you were including winter tires in the same test. In other words, people generally aren't comparing the all season rated tire with the winter tire when they come up with the ratings.
Your point is 100% correct.
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Re: Worth switching to winter tires?

I have just switched from summer tires to winter tires (Blizzaks) on the Cayenne and it is amazing in snow. I also have a set of wheels with Bridgestone Dueler AT tires for the WK2 which I use for Trail driving and snow conditions. I have not yet switched to them but if there is snow in forecast, I will quickly swap the wheels.

The stock Latitude tires suck in snow... but I think the WK2's 4wd does make the best out of it. If there is not too much accumulation or icy conditions on where I drive, I would just leave the stock tires on.

Also, the Continental DWS are good all-season tires. A friend of mine has them on his Cayenne and he says it performs very well in snowy conditions (this guy lives in the mountains).
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Re: Worth switching to winter tires?

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Did that GC in the 2nd video even have 4 wd?
That is a good question. I thought I recalled seeing that it is a 4x4 in the comments. But on second look it could be a 4x2. Why someone who lives in an area that gets that much snow would get a 4x2 JGC is beyond me...
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Re: Worth switching to winter tires?

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You could be this guy with winter tires on:


Or this guy with all seasons:
I hope you know there are big differences in snow. The first vid is of dry snow that has obviously fallen straight and accumulated whereas the second vid is a more wet snow that has been compacted further by drifting (as evident by the drift near the garage).
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I hope you know there are big differences in snow. The first vid is of dry snow that has obviously fallen straight and accumulated whereas the second vid is a more wet snow that has been compacted further by drifting (as evident by the drift near the garage).
Yes, I understand. The examples provided were obviously two extremes.
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Yes, I understand. The examples provided were obviously two extremes.
OK, cause I have an 08 Laredo with 4low and I even got stuck due to drifting snow in my driveway. It was a nightmare. Damn snow was so packed it just acted like concrete underneath. Took me over an hour to dig out.

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