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so what did people ended up getting?
I know a few people got Konig Reigns..

I just ordered Konig Burner and Yokohama Guardex tires

cost me less than I expected..
 

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I just got the Sport Edition Valores wrapped in Blizzak MZ 01 tires from tire rack.

I wanted Konig Reigns but they were out of stock. I wanted a lot of other more expensive rims too but couldn't justify spending a lot of money for a winter rim. I just wanted decent looking but cheap rims for the winter.

For the tires I went with were the Blizzak MZ 01s instead of the LM 22s. LM-22s had the better handling for a snow tire but what MZ 01 had the better over all snow and ice traction.

It'll be interesting to see how this car handles in the snow!
 

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Has anyone purchased a spare tire with their winter wheel/tire package? I'm wondering if I should spend the extra $200+ for a fifth wheel...
 

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Konig Reign in 16" with Michelin Pilot Alpin tires. They should be here in a couple of days.

And no, I didn't buy a fifth for the spare. The 205/55-16 tires are the same diameter as the stock 17" tires, so there should be no major problems running the stock spare briefly if it comes to that.

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2001 IS300
Spectra Blue Mica/Ivory
LS, LD, HH, SR, 17" wheels
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
4.7L, QuadraDrive, UpCountry
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Since the roads won't always be covered with snow (I hope), why would you go with a Q rated tire (MZ 01) as opposed to H rated (LM 22)?

also, what's the tread life of winter tires? Does it affect fuel mileage?
 

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PXM,
I went with MZ 01 because I don't plan on driving agressive at all in the winter. I wanted the best ice and snow traction possible. The MZ 01 get better ice/snow traction then the LM 22s. If you don't want to give up some of that dry road handling then the LM 22s are for you.

But for my wife and I saftey is our top priority, performance and fun can come in the summer.
 

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Wazzup - I was considering the same thing. The only reason I'm hesitant is because the other day I was driving on I-90 (interstate for those of you not in the area) and the wife points out we are passing cars pretty fast. Look down at the speedo and I'm doing about 90 (didn't feel like it). Just 9 mph shy of the Q-rated limit. What happens when you exceed the limit?

When did you (or planning to) put the tires on the car?
 

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This may be a stupid question, but why buy special winter rims? Are the stock rims not winter rims? Is there such a thing as winter rims? Enlighten me, please!

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Originally posted by Killerfred:
This may be a stupid question, but why buy special winter rims? Are the stock rims not winter rims? Is there such a thing as winter rims? Enlighten me, please!

snow tires for 17" rims are much more scarce and more expensive. For that add'l cost you can get 16" rims and save the 17s from the salt...
 

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Originally posted by Killerfred:
Another potentially stupid question... What do the three numbers mean?

215/45 17.


First # is section width of the tire. Second is the sidewall height in terms of % of the width, the aspect ratio. The last is the size of the rim. So a 215/45 17 is a 215mm wide tire, the sidewall is 45% of the 215mm, and fits 17 inch rims.
 

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PXM,
I see your point. I don't speed much anyways though. With a pregnant wife, I gotta be more carefull. I don't plan on putting my winters on till perhaps the first snowfall. Guess I'll have to keep my eyes glues to the weather channel and use my Explorer more often.
 

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wazzup,
Don't use your explorer, from the recent news you may be better off with the IS3, just joking.


[This message has been edited by Gand (edited October 11, 2000).]

[This message has been edited by Gand (edited October 11, 2000).]
 

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I already swapped out the 16" Firestones on my truck....even though they're only recalling the 15" ones.

Oh well, I'll hang on to them just in case they do get recalled.

Here's stupid question...should I be concerned that I bought Bridgestone Blizzaks which is essentially a Firestone owned company? Damn companies now a days are only interested in profits...trying to hide as muc of the dirt a possible.
 
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