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Which winter tires to go with?

  • Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70

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  • Falken Eurowinter HS439

    Votes: 1 10.0%
  • Hankook W409 i*Pike

    Votes: 3 30.0%
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Hey guys.
I will be going to a snowy area (around Banff, AB) and I wanted people's opinion on couple winter tire options that I found.
I understand that people in this forum had really good experiences with the Blizzar LM60s, but I was looking at other options as well due to limited budget (student on his final year of his degree).

As well, I found out that XL rating has something to do with the load (apparently can handle higher load?), but I am not too knowledgeable on the load ratings.

I know that 225/55/17s on Steelies can clear the 2.0 Premium, but will it matter if I used XL rated tires?

The tires I found are...
1. Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 (Still same quality as LM60s???)
Rated T Load Rating 97

2. Falken Eurowinter HS439 (This is the one that's 225/55/17 XL)
Rated V Load Rating 101

3. Hankook W409 Winter i*Pike (This one is that XL rating as well, and it was one of the only tires that were pretty much sold out on all of their sizes)
Rated T Load Rating 101 Also, these tires looked really attractive because of its low price point and the fact that these can be studded!

Please let me know what you guys think and any other options that you guys might have in mind.

Thanks!
 

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I was born, raised and have spent a total of 27 years in Fairbanks, Alaska. I have had personal experience with many winter tires and would suggest to anyone able to do so to purchase nothing other than a Bridgestone Blizzak. I had the LM60's on my SRT-4, my buddy has Blizzaks on his truck and another friend of mine has the WS70's on his fully built SRT-4 (built motor, big turbo, the whole 9) and ALL of us will recommend the Blizzak over any studless or studded snow tire.

The load rating won't make any difference on fitment. I still recommend asking a tire specialist to verify whether my statement is true in case I am wrong.

Get Blizzaks. =) Happy driving, be safe, give yourself AMPLE room to slow down and stop when approaching cars, intersections and stop signs. Remember, if you're sliding/spinning you're not stopping/moving. Cars corner better on slick surfaces, then you try to stop O.O and you have trouble. Always test the roads and drive responsibly.
 
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