blur at sympatico.ca
Sun Sep 15 12:19:33 EDT 2002
For the last few years I've been using Goodyear Eagle Ultra-Grip
(GW-2) all year round on my quattro. They are great in winter
conditions and also behave themselves on dry pavement. Not too loud
and they actually handle somewhat. YMMV as I don't primarily drive
the Audi in the summer months.
I guess the thing is, you can use a winter tire all year round, but
you can't use a summer tire all year round, as Kneale says, the
Kneale Brownson wrote:
> The trouble with using a tire year-around that isn't specifically designed
> as an all-season tire is that the rubber compounding normally is too hard
> to work well on frozen roads. A couple winters ago, I delayed installing
> the Hakka's on my 200q20v, and we had an unexpected cold snap with light
> snow toward the end of October. I spun out going around a street corner at
> between 15 and 20 mph. The high performance summer tires just plain had no
> grip on the frozen pavement. I'd previously used all-season tires (mostly
> Cooper Cobra's) on my quattro-equipped cars, and never experienced the
> difference in performance. Of course, they don't give the grip on warm
> pavement a summer performance tire gives either.
> Anyway, I went home and exchanged tires and went right back to the same
> intersection, where the winter tires worked as expected on the frosty
> pavement. If you're going to drive where it gets cold, you don't want a
> Florida tire. If you don't care about maximum grip, get an all-season model.
> At 07:27 AM 09/15/2002 -0400, Roger M. Woodbury wrote:
> >Here in Downeast Maine, I have never used winter tires of any sort on any of
> >my Quattros. I maintain my tires at not less than 1/2 tread depth, and they
> >work just fine.
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