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Old 11-21-2016, 12:05 PM
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Northeast - Who's changing to Snow

I gotta say, the last 3-4 years, it's been mild enough that I have not switched to snows. Traditionally, I've always followed the following guidelines

- Winter Prep Car *detailwise* by 2nd week of November
- Snow tar swaps on all cars on post T-Day - Friday-Weekend

Maybe I jinxed it but I'm thinking about resuming the tradition and snows it goes. It's just not fun when it's warm and the gummy bears are on
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Old 11-21-2016, 12:14 PM
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I just dropped it off this morning to swap out to my winter set up. I've been watching the weather and these cold temps don't play nice with summer rubber.
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I have been running staggered 20's year round since I got the X (with "no season" Toyo tires) - never had snow tars - sure I'm not going through a blizzard up the Adirondacks with it but its worked fine.

Got my winter prep dialed in this weekend, clayed a month ago so I just did H2 on the wheels, dressed tires/wells with Adams VRT, engine bay detail and dress/wipedown of under hood of dirt, dressed engine bay rubber and door jamb seals, and 2 coats of Reload on the paint and glass. Just got to finish polishing my 4.8iS exhaust tips and a quick coat of dressing on the trim and I should be gtg for winter
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Might as well do the PSA while I'm at it.....

For those that don't check your tire pressures, please do so if you live in a area that's get's the seasonal change.
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switched over to Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow a couple of weeks ago. My staggered 20's are only good at 40 degree and above.

I remember last Thanksgiving being chased out of NJ by a snow storm
that I finally lost somewhere around New Haven CT on the way back to RI

And this year they are calling for snow on the way to NJ
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Anyone know if style 130s will fit over 4.6 brakes? I know BMW recommends style 99 or something for 4.6iS. I'd definitely like to add a dedicated snow wheel/tire to the X5, though maybe not this year.
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130's are 17" so I think you will need to keep looking as the 4.6 needs at least 18's
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130's are 17" so I think you will need to keep looking as the 4.6 needs at least 18's
Figured. Thanks
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Haven't done it yet...but usually mount the dedicated winter tires (18" Michelin X-Ice xi2) sometime between Thanksgiving and New Years. Last year...it was warm enough to get by until the last day of the year.

Since we got a good snow flurry last Saturday...looks like the snows might have to go on before Xmas.

BTW, I like them not just for snow...but anytime the temps remain below 45° F...it can be dry, rain, sleet, or snow...the Michelins just perform better than my 20" Nitto Motivos.
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Snow? That is why people move into the south to get away from that stuff. We usually get 2-5 hits that last 2-3 days then its gone. The traffic is worse than the stuff on the street here. If it is all ice, I choose to telework that day. Seen one too many hits in that stuff.
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