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Old 10-13-2011, 11:10 AM
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Conti DWS in Winter / Snow

Anyone with 20inch Conti's on 214 wheels considering running them this winter or had experience with them in winter / snow?
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You are here in CT like I am?

And, you are asking this question after a winter like the last one?

I know I am searching for 18" rims with winter tires, because there is no way I want to run my 214s with summer rubber in the snow.
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:13 PM
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I run DWS on 87's 20" stagg all year. I ran them last winter and didn't skip a beat.
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You are here in CT like I am?

And, you are asking this question after a winter like the last one?

I know I am searching for 18" rims with winter tires, because there is no way I want to run my 214s with summer rubber in the snow.

I actually do have 19's with all seasons that I've used in the winter. I purchased the DWS's this past spring and was just curious if they would be suitable vs. having to go through the trouble of a change over again before the snow flies.
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:20 PM
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I'm purchasing them for this very reason. I travel through the Smokies (Ashville, NC) to visit my folks in Charlotte quite a bit. It snows here, but nowhere near the kind of stuff up there.
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Ashville? Last December I got caught in an ice storm from Knoxville to Ashville and managed to move along with my 20" BDs. My primary hesitation about snow and ice where I live is worry about other people that do not know the basic laws of physics.
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I'm debating between going with the DWS (all season) which I know won't be as good as winter dedicated rubber, and doing a set of replica (staggered 9.5/10.5) with dedicated winter rubber.

The DWS would be around $1,200 OTD and reps with dedicated winter rubber would be $2,000 roughly. So I save $800 and the headache of having to switch in and out. The key difference is having a 315 tire in back (DWS) vs 295 or 275 across a 10.5 inch rim with reps. I'm not conviced that marginally narrower of a tire is worth the trouble and $800.

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1. Winter rubber vs all season isn't a huge deal for me. Just drive slower, wait if it's really crappy out and I'll just be fine. Much as I have all the other years that I've been using all season tires on my trucks and SUVs.

2. 9.5 all around or narrower are off the table as the look would be horrid with the wide rear flares. Removing and reapplying the rear flares would also be a pain and I'm sure would contribute to some tab breaking somewhere.
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For me, I don't see the change out of summer to winter sets as that big of a deal. Yes, twice a year I'll have to pull out the jack, jack the X up each side and switch the rims out. Not so big a deal to me, as it will also be an excuse for me to clean the rims each time instead of having all the gunk continue to build up on the inside of the rims that I can't really reach while washing normally.

I used all season rubber on my 530xi last winter during the hellish season we had and I was fine, although it was hairy at times during some storms. I drove right around a lot of drivers stuck right in the middle of the hills around here because they had front wheel drive and/or no winter tires. Since I don't want to use the 214s, I am looking into 18" rims with all-season or dedicated snows and I'll change them out.
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