[Biturbos4] Snow Tires

Grant gfl1 at optonline.net
Sun Jan 23 20:10:35 EST 2005

First, thanks to all for quick, and good common wisdom, with which I 

I certainly understand the narrower / "-1" rationale ... but still ....
What I was asking was collective experience, and how it compared or 
contradicted my own (surprised) finding that the 16" (one size smaller, 
2 sizes narrower) snow tires rode poorly compared to my stock 17" 
tires.  Since I spend MOST of my time on dry roads, but do need good 
snow traction (braking, cornering, not forward motion), I'm considering 
the two sizes mentioned.

I'm also checking *clearance* for one size *larger* specifically to get 
more sidewall, since I have bent 4 AT italia wheels ("s5") from tire 
rack. they appear to be made from peanut butter, and I'm making my 
local wheel straightening shop rich.  So now I'm rethinking "common 
wisdom" as well as TR's advice on brands.

The AVUS S4 wheels, while heavy, seem to be pretty strong, and a 
235/45/17 snow might, or so I postulate, do well on the S6. But maybe, 
and on that car, others have experience with 215/55/-16.  Note that 
stock on the S6 is 255/40-17 (same OD and circumference as S4 +/- 

I also asked about the Hankook because they are part of a decent 
package I've seen, and get good reviews in Canada.  My fav's are 
NOKIA(n) and Vreedstein, given full freedom to choose whatever I 
want.... (pirelli's take a belt set in cold weather adn the michelins 
are good but very soft)

On Jan 23, 2005, at 7:51 PM, sub wrote:

> The rule of thumb is that winter tires should be narrower...idea is 
> that the narrower tire will sink more and penetrate down to the more 
> solid stuff.
> Now when it comes to tires
> http://www.nokiantires.com/
> these are the only winter tires I can recomend, I have driven on many 
> diffirent winter tires and so far nothing can compare to hakkas 
> (hakkapeliitta 2), without studs these are awsome tires BUT with 
> Quattro and studs, driving on ice, snow, slush, or any combination of 
> these, is mearly just another drive on a rainy day !
> (no I do not own nokian stock :-)
> Grant wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I need to get snow wheels/tires for a 2002 S6 avant.  I know this is 
>> not the S6 group, but a few questions anyway:
>> 1. Is there an S6 list?
>> 2. What do people know about hankook tires?
>>     Particularly the W300 V-rated snow tire?
>> 3. Any opinions on 17 vs 16" tires for the S6 for snow?
>> I always went "-1" before, but the ride on my S4 has been,
>> oddly enough, much more jiggly with my 205/55-16 (H) michelin Pilot 
>> Alpins
>> (I'm thinking single oversize of either 215/55-16 or 235-45-17;
>> the oversize to give a bit more sidewall height to protect
>> the delicate wheels from potholed-and-iced winter roads)
>> What I know for sure is that W-rated 255/40s are not usable during 
>> the winter!
>> Thanks,
>> Grant
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