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Old 08-29-2006, 10:56 AM   #1
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Anyone using winter tires on their Yaris?

Hi, just wondering if anyone in Canada running winter tires? And what do they use? I'm about to put in a set to the Yaris as the stock tires aren't great performer in snow, just want to see what people recommand here. Thanks!
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Old 08-29-2006, 10:59 AM   #2
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Good question... us "southerners" (Ohio is a boat ride from Ontario) will start seeing winter here in a few months, and I'm stoked to ride on some 14" steelie snow burners!
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Old 08-29-2006, 11:17 AM   #3
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And while we're on the topic, studded or non-studded?
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Old 08-29-2006, 12:03 PM   #4
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Are the stock tires decent for moderate snow?

I just stay home if we get a lot.
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non studded.. i've been driving on pirelli 210 snowsport.. very good snow control.. ok on ice (nothing's really great on ice unless you have studs), and great for winter driving in general.. i'm thinking about going w/ the tirerack survey and trying out the Dunlop wintersport M3's...

always better than stock... all season's are crap...
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Old 08-29-2006, 03:15 PM   #6
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I was actually looking into Nokian's, but heard they raised the price by 25% this year, so forget it. Another choice is GT Radial, anyone has experience on them?
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Old 08-29-2006, 06:33 PM   #7
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Sorry never heard of either... how much do these cost?
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Old 08-29-2006, 08:09 PM   #8
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I test rode the yaris in the snow back in March/April. Even in a foot of powder, slush and ice conditions the car plowed through the winter crap with ease with the stock all seasons. Braking was still stabil and predictable.
I'm use to driving cars with 4 wheel disk brakes and without ABS as well as trucks in the winter so going back to a FWD car with ABS it handles the snow and ice great with the stock tires compared to other cars/trucks i've owned in the past even with top quality winter tires

If I do get winter tires it will only be on the front.
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Old 08-30-2006, 06:12 AM   #9
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That's good to hear. Thanks.

Nobody uses snow tires around here - the roads are clear most of the time - but good all-seasons are a must.
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Old 08-30-2006, 02:45 PM   #10
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Hi! I'm from Montreal and used to drive in the snow. My suggestion would be the Nokian Hakkapeliitta. It's the best winter tire around, great on snow and ice. If you really want you can even put studs on them but I don't recommend. Unless you live in the mountains or something. But I lived in TO for 3 years and there is no need for studs over there, you'll be in paradise with these tire! Studs are very noisy and ruins your fuel economy.
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Old 10-17-2006, 09:48 AM   #11
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I'm going to put up the snow tires this week, was thinking about Gislaved or GT snow. Anyone tried these brands? Any comments? Thanks.
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Old 10-17-2006, 09:49 AM   #12
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Hi! I'm from Montreal and used to drive in the snow. My suggestion would be the Nokian Hakkapeliitta. It's the best winter tire around, great on snow and ice. If you really want you can even put studs on them but I don't recommend. Unless you live in the mountains or something. But I lived in TO for 3 years and there is no need for studs over there, you'll be in paradise with these tire! Studs are very noisy and ruins your fuel economy.
I have the Nokian AWP for my del Sol. It is good tire, however, they up the price by 25% this year, and the dealer doesn't sell them anymore unless special order. So have to find another alternative...
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Old 10-17-2006, 01:27 PM   #13
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I am waiting for some Kumho KW19 175/65/14. I will try to update the thread with my impressions.

Tire studs are essentially prohibited anywhere in Ontario that is south of Parry Sound District because of road damage.
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/faq/vehicle.htm#studs

Ontario Hwy Traffic Act - Tire Stds and Specifications:
http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/DBLaws/R...h/900625_e.htm
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Old 10-17-2006, 04:18 PM   #14
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I though about putting on snow tires. But I won't be.
I spent the weekend driving in some gnarly deep slush, freezing rain, snow you name it.
I can plow through this kind of crap with all seasons on the yaris better then my laser with 4 snow/ice tires.
Even though I have ABS braking is VERY controled and seldom does the ABS even kick in and traction is great.



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Old 10-17-2006, 05:31 PM   #15
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wow, that's a lot of snow, was that from last week?

I actually found the stock 4 season a bit slippery... it's the Potenza on mine... that's why I'm thinking about snow tires.
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Old 10-17-2006, 05:33 PM   #16
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Sorry never heard of either... how much do these cost?
The GT Radial is $89 + tax for one, 185/65/15
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just put my nexen winguard ...

cheap tires good for 3 winters with that 350$ instaled tx-in
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Gabl I dunno how good those tires are, but if ya want to spend a little bit more and get yourself some pirellis lemme know... I also have hook ups at WD.
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