[Biturbos4] Winter Tire Help - why two sets of wheels?
quincy.chiang at globalte.com
Tue Dec 16 11:58:27 EST 2003
Same here. The taller side wall of 16" tires makes more sense for driving on packed snow/ice, not to mention significant cost saving over 17" tires. This is assuming you don't plan on upgrading the brakes of course. If you go through a set of winters every year, the saving by going to 16" will pay for the 16" rims in a few short years.
From: David Kavanagh [mailto:dak at rochester.rr.com]
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2003 9:54 PM
To: Single Malt
Cc: Bi-Turbo Audi S4 Audi Fan Group; ama-list at mltp.com
Subject: Re: [Biturbos4] Winter Tire Help - why two sets of wheels?
I've used a second set of wheels because I can do the changeover myself.
My snows last for many seasons, so I save quite a bit of $$ that way,
plus the hassle of taking the car someplace. On a car like the S4, it
makes good sense to get some 16" rims for the snow tires. the taller
sidewall has advantages in un-even surfaces of snow and ice. I'm looking
for some S4 rims to use on my A6 2.7T so I can use my stock 16" rims for
Single Malt wrote:
>Due to my mileage, I have the unfortunate privilege of using a set of snows per
>season and have tried a number of them! The Blizzak's were great, but did not
>last a season ... the spring snows here in Colorado were no fun with the
>Blizzak's second layer exposed. The wife has used a number of "Discount Tire
>specials" ... studded of course, with great success, but her Subaru Legacy (now
>drives '03 A4 3.0!) couldn't tell the difference for handling. I liked the
>Hakkapalita 1's for several years (also studded) .... like driving a tank in my
>'00 Passat 4-motion. With the S4, I've been driving Dunlop Winter Sport M3's
>.... WOW! When the roads are dry and clean, they handle well and quietly (even
>up to 110mph! ... watch the thrown wheel weights though!). I put a set on the
>'03 A4 too. Don't know about wear yet, but the handling in the snow, wet and
>dry is GREAT!
>I am a BIG believer in good tires and good tread .... $1000 or so is nothing
>compared to sliding into oncoming traffic!
>I have a question to the list though (at the risk of sounding like an idiot)
>.... Why a second set of wheels? The cost of snow tire changeovers in the
>spring and fall are nothing compared to a second set of wheels! Are the wheels
>in some way weather dependent as well?
>--- "Aurangzeb M. Agha" <ama-list at mltp.com> wrote:
>>Having just moved to the North East (Western Mass.), I'm exposed to
>>extreme weather conditions for the first time in my S4 and need some help
>>with winter tires.
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