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Chains vs Studs?

Discussion in 'Wheels/Tires/Brakes' started by Hardline, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. Hardline

    Hardline FEOA Member

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    Ok, i got stuck in the snow last night, Friggin Colorado Winter storms. We got 11 inches of snow in 3 hours. Anyways I eventually got free using engine heat and spinning the tires incessantly. Needless to say I have almost no treat left now........... So I have decided to prevent this from happening in the future. I have an excuse for not being prepared, as I just moved here from the south where an 1/8th inch of snow means the whole city shuts down. I need to know which do better in deep snow, chains or studded tires?
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    get some blizzaks and you'll never get stuck in snow again. as long as you're being smart anyway.
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    Just a set of snow tires will do you good. Blizzaks are good tires, my mom has them on her Taurus. I have Hankook iPike s on my Escort and have never been stuck. I have never had studded tires on my car as I feel I don't need them though the iPike's are pinned for them. Studs only give you an advantage on ice, not deep snow and alot of the new studless snow tires (Blizzak) have actually been proven in testing to be as good or better than traditional studded snow tires. Snow chains also work well but they are a pain. You have to pull over to put them on, can't drive fast with them on, and if they aren't tight enough they can wreck your inner fender.
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    yes, chains should be avoided.

    blizzaks and ipikes are where it's at.
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    my issue is at the moment I cannot afford 2 sets of tires. My neighbor let me drive their car which has iPikes on them and they are very soft, cornering feels mushy. I couldnt deal with that in the summer. For the moment, i am stuck with chains..
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    You aren't supposed to run them in the summer anyway. You could just buy 2 for the front.
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    i currently work at a tire store. hankook ice pikes are extremely soft and have very thin soft sidewalls. even for snow tires. i currently still have studless dean wintercats on my escort and the sidewalls are way way stiffer than ice pikes and they still feel soft and mushy when it's not super cold out. i couldn't imagine what the hankooks would feel like.

    tests have shown that even on pure ice, good studless snow tires work much better than most studded snows. if you live in colorado, you need some dedicated snow tires. bottom line.
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    You could also carry a set of 'cable chains'. These go on like tire chains, but are cables not chains. The part of the cable that contacts the ground has steel tubes over the cable. They are about as effective as tire chains, but are a lot less annoying when on dry pavement. They are only -very slightly- easier to put on than chains.
    After you put on chains, or cable chains on a few times it gets easier. Its till a pain though. Especially is you are already stuck!!
    I have driven in enough snow with all kinds of snow treads, and never had snow treads that were as good as the chains or cable chains. And for ice - the snow treads werent much help to me. I drove with a borrowed set of ice studs during an ice storm and found them to be really great - for ice. In snow, even packed snow, they were okay, but still I didnt buy a set of dedicated studded tires. This was in Pennsylvania and Virginia, where really bad snow is rare.
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    don't drive with chains on dry pavement ever. not even just a little bit. ney should never for any period of time be driven on dry pavement. NEVER EVER!

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