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I was wondering for my 98 scort lx, what size tires should I buy for fall/winter driving. I have stock 14" rims...
 

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well first what is your driving style, i have 14 inch wheels with weather handlers on them for fall and winter
 

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well first what is your driving style, i have 14 inch wheels with weather handlers on them for fall and winter
 

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FSRA said:
well first what is your driving style, i have 14 inch wheels with weather handlers on them for fall and winter
Well generally I'm fairly aggressive, although I'm fairly rusty on standard driving in the winter, so I won't be quite as aggressive.
 

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I guess what it comes down to is, I'd like a tire that's not going to slip around much in the snow, but will let me if I "want" to...if that's possible.
 

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for my summer needs i have a W rated tire, i know its a bit much, but if the tire can handle 168 mph on a vette it can handle 55-100 mph on a scort
 

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Im not sure what kind of advice I can give you on sizes, but I have the Falken Ziex ZE 512s on my car, in 17 inch size. They are the best overall performing tire I've had on the 'Scort to date. They track straight and true in the rain, handling is very good and wet and dry braking distance is great. The road noise is less than all of the other high performance tires I've tried. My Toyos that cost quite a bit more were crap in all areas of performance except steering responsiveness, but I credit that to the harder tread blocks. The Falkens are a great all weather tire, and Consumer Reports number one rated performance tire.
 

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But how are they in snow?
Barring their exceptional performance in the white stuff, I'd highly recommend Nokian's passenger all-season. Amazingly inexpensive, I've yet to loose any kind of grip in dry and heavy rain thus far. Hasn't been any snow yet, but the tread certainly looks like it could handle the stuff with ease.
 

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DirtyJim said:
Im not sure what kind of advice I can give you on sizes, but I have the Falken Ziex ZE 512s on my car, in 17 inch size. They are the best overall performing tire I've had on the 'Scort to date. They track straight and true in the rain, handling is very good and wet and dry braking distance is great. The road noise is less than all of the other high performance tires I've tried. My Toyos that cost quite a bit more were crap in all areas of performance except steering responsiveness, but I credit that to the harder tread blocks. The Falkens are a great all weather tire, and Consumer Reports number one rated performance tire.
I'm using the same tires, but I will not use them in the winter. What SIZE tires should I use, not brand.
 

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Where do you live? How many days a year do you see snow?

The more snow you see, the narrower the tire should be.

Lots of snow = 175 or 185
Less snow = 195 or 205
 

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Where do you live? How many days a year do you see snow?

The more snow you see, the narrower the tire should be.

Lots of snow = 175 or 185
Less snow = 195 or 205
what's the reasoning behind that?
 

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Beaverboy said:
Where do you live? How many days a year do you see snow?

The more snow you see, the narrower the tire should be.

Lots of snow = 175 or 185
Less snow = 195 or 205
I live in Maine, period heh. Also, should I go with a taller or shorter tire, like a 60 series, or 70 or what?
 

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if i were to get a winter tire....id go for cooper lifeliner SLE(185 65 14) they are good winter tires.....and if not id go for goodyear aquatred 3 or for the cheapest one id go for aquaflow GTX......any size no matter 40-75 series tire.....it also depend on how you drive on winter time/snow/ice......i myself is using aquaflow gtx and is supposed to grip well.....but thing is if you don't assume that is slippery it will mostlikely to slip.......ans oh goodyear assurance triple tred is also good in winter/wet seasons.......


hope i helped....
 

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thescortgt said:
Beaverboy said:
Where do you live? How many days a year do you see snow?

The more snow you see, the narrower the tire should be.

Lots of snow = 175 or 185
Less snow = 195 or 205
what's the reasoning behind that?
A narrower tire A) heats up better in cold weather B) deforms more than a wide tire to create a long stable tread patch that's good for gripping snow & ice C) cuts a narrower path through thick snow... and D) provides a smoother ride.

Remember.. no matter how wide a tire is.. the tread patch size depends on air pressure and the weight of the vehicle (the stiffness of the sidewall has a little to do with it as well). Some people think they're upgrading to a larger tread patch when they go to wider tires.. not true.. they're going to a wider and shorter tread patch which keeps the tires from deforming as much and overheating. Overheating is a bad thing for soft summer tires, of course.

Even holds true for racing:
 
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