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Re: Are Studded Snow Tires Overkill on a Quattro?
On Mon, 30 Oct 1995, Greg Koehler wrote:
> I have an Audi 80 Quattro. I need to get snow tires for the ski season
> come in handy on the ice?
> Do they create lots of interior noise?
depends on what kind you buy. pirelli 210's (not studdable) are just
very slightly louder than regular snow tires. i have some very agressive
rikens on my v8 with deep square blocks and they are noisy.
> you have to drive significantly slower on dry roads?
if it is not snowing, i take them off. the few occasions that i use it
in the dry i tend to keep it below 70 on the sweepers.. on the straights
maybe below 85. i don't drive these speeds a lot.. i am mentioning them
as an upper limit for what would feel "safe". these are my hard core
snow tires, studded and T rated. definitely very single minded in
the pirellis on my corrado can handle anything. they are great except
> Or is it plain
> overkill? If it weren't for the fact that many times, traction devices
> are required on mountain passes (meaning studs or chains) I probably
> wouldn't bother. I hate putting on chains. Thanks.
studded snow tires on a quattro transforms it into a virtual tracked
vehicle in the snow. i can't even spin the wheels or lock the brakes
(abs disabled). the peace of mind and confidence is easily worth
the 5 to 700 bucks for a set. besides, around here it gets icy,
so i really do need it on mine..
but nobody should be satisfied with being just past the point of
adequate. how about safety margins for unexpected encounters?