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Old 12-03-2013, 04:24 PM
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

Projected highs during the trips is 38F, brrr LOL. I did forget answer your question about what I have on now, they are the OEM 17" Forteras.

Hoping to get to Durango by noon and leave there before it gets dark.
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:36 PM
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

Check the weather forecasts and if it looks bad order the chains 72hrs before you leave and pay to have them overnighted? Unless someone has them local

I use accuweather and NOAA and this website SailFlow - Search Results. Weather Channel is worthless. Accuweather is only good about 72hrs out. My sis has access to paid forecasts since is volunteer firefighter which are more accurate


ORAII with 17" wheels and Forteras? Didnt know you could get it that way.

I have the ORAI with Latitudes on my 2012.

How comfortable are you driving the Forteras in snow, slush etc? So you live Phoenix and are driving to Durango?
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

Yeah, my WK2 is an odd duck. It has the all weather package that includes the tow hooks, remote start, qt2, and probably some other things I can't remember. This is not ORAII though.

This is my first time taking the WK2 in snow/slush, just trying to think ahead. I would probably do what you suggested and check the forecast 3 days before. I have Amazon prime so I can get the chains overnight with minimal cost if needed.

Yep, home in Phoenix and just driving to Durango.
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

How comfortable are you driving in snow, slush etc?

Not sure how much snow Phoenix gets buts its rare.

Your Forteras according to reviews arent that great in the snow.
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

No snow here, well it did once last year in the outskirts. I am comfortable driving in the snow so no problem there, just being prepared.
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

Reporting back from the first ventures with the Blizzaks and I must say, these tires are the shit. I'm so thankful I got them before the snow hit and I don't even want to imagine how slippery the Forteras would have been.

Starting the day with no snow, then quickly building up to 5-7 inches brought on an apocalypse type situation around town. You'd think living in the high Sierras, that locals would get it by now, but they don't. I passed countless people, avoided a couple near accidents from drivers going too fast and I helped take some people home who were stranded at their uni. Main feature I noticed was the increased stopping power and how well they push through fresh to fairly well-packed snow that had built up all day. With that said, I still did slide around corners taken a bit too quickly, but nothing out of control. (Pics from adventure forthcoming)

The Blizzaks have made me even more confident in the extreme conditions and I'm excited to go out again tomorrow morning!

Bottom line, if you live in an area that sees any kind of moderate to heavy cold conditions and snowfall, you're a fool if you don't use winter tires. Plain and simple.

*Also been wondering how much of our tax dollars could be saved if they required people to use winter tires here...
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

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No snow here, well it did once last year in the outskirts. I am comfortable driving in the snow so no problem there, just being prepared.
Then keep an eye on the weather, fill up with washer fluid and have a safe trip.
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Re: Should I get Winter wheels/tires?

I personally would never put chains on an 4x4 SUV. Unless I was driving in the arctic or something. If your trip is just a trip I would imagine you can survive on stock tires if you take it easy. I'm getting winters since I deal with snow on an almost daily basis where I live now and my wife needs to take the 3 little ones places. I could survive with stock tires if I wanted but the extra peice of mind for turning and stopping with my wife and kiddos in the car make it worth it.
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