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Having moved up into the hills of Yoprkshire im looking forward to being snowed in from work this winter.
The problem I have is I want to be able to take the T4 out then I can do some snowboarding.
Can anyone reccomend a good set up for snow?
Would i want 4 snow tyres or just the front 2?
Am on the look out for a free set of steels after I gave mine awy or a very cheap set of alloys that would not cost the earth to put winter tyres on.
Any tips please?
 

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I Just put front two on mine... they're propper chunky not even road legal!! but they dont get you everywhere i got snowed in last year for 2 weeks T:
 

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These are mine...but like i say its not the be all and end all my syncro was loads better even with baldys on T:



 

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Ilove winter compond tyres, the difference is amazing. I drove a long wheel base transit around the alps for 6 months using a set of winters, never needed to put my snow chains on once! I would recommend all 4 if you can, 2 front will obviously help you steer but under breaking if the rear wheels lock first (due to having normal tyres on) the van will spin! not fun.I:
 

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Im loving those chuny tyres. Did you get them local? They look just the ticket. What size are they and what price?
Will need some wheels as well though. Better get hunting.
 

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Im loving those chuny tyres. Did you get them local? They look just the ticket. What size are they and what price?
Will need some wheels as well though. Better get hunting.
I payed £20 for the pair off a guy in Leeds...i'll give a few local guys a call today... someone will have some spare steelies you can have..T:
 

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Yea,
Thats great, I gave mine away when I lived in Preston.lol
Will havbe to look on the bay for some tyres.

Cheers
 

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Looking for some of these in the Leeds area too - for the same reason as well. Turning the van into a Snowboard ATV! Be interesting to see what you can find. Also need some steelies or 16" winters to pop on the alloys I have.
 

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What size tyres would I want for the steels. I take it the off road tyres are even better than the snow tyres?
I like the nice chunky ones but what can I get on with it being low? Maybe have to wind it back up for the winter.
 

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So are we all agreed that snow tyres are better than chains? I'm looking to do a few trips from Cardiff to the Scottish highlands. I only want to be changing my tyres in Nov & April if possible.

From my understanding snow chains will be a poorer option in the UK as we don't get that much snow and often have patches of clear/bare road ... which will ruin or snap chains before you know it.
I like the 'winter tyres option' but I am unsure if they are that safe to drive about in normal dry conditions all winter or wear alot faster?
 

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What size tyres would I want for the steels. I take it the off road tyres are even better than the snow tyres?
I like the nice chunky ones but what can I get on with it being low? Maybe have to wind it back up for the winter.
No offroad wont be better than snow tyres, but imo better than standard summer/road tyres.
The compounds in snow/winter tyres are designed to work in under +5C, and all those little cuts in the tread add a lot of grip on ice, where as off road tyres are usually desinged to grip rocks etc and have chunky grips usually missing the small grooves that winters have... if that makes any sense.

So are we all agreed that snow tyres are better than chains? I'm looking to do a few trips from Cardiff to the Scottish highlands. I only want to be changing my tyres in Nov & April if possible.

From my understanding snow chains will be a poorer option in the UK as we don't get that much snow and often have patches of clear/bare road ... which will ruin or snap chains before you know it.
I like the 'winter tyres option' but I am unsure if they are that safe to drive about in normal dry conditions all winter or wear alot faster?
Yes winter tyres are a far better starting point than chaining up ur standard tyres. the extra grip is unbelivable. Driving in normal dry conditions is ok, its just that you can wear out the benefits you need when it gets icy again. Like they're not really gonna wear much faster than a normal tyre, but the sharp grooves that add the grip in the snow will blunt/lose they're edge. T:
 

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Like they're not really gonna wear much faster than a normal tyre
.....as long as you change back to summer tyres when the weather warms up. The soft rubber compound on winter tyres will start to wear much quicker in temperatures above around 15C.
 

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Ah cool - cheers. Now where we all buying from then? I got some steelies ready for x2 (maybe x4) new winter tyres. I'll try to change them back to norm if I get the chance in winter too.
 

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I live in the Scottish Highlands and swap up for winter tyres from November till April. All 4 is the best option and as already said proper snow tyres are best. There are sites online that do part worns from europe at a good deal, get some soon as they are selling fast after last winter! They make a MASSIVE differenceT:
 

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I live in the Scottish Highlands and swap up for winter tyres from November till April. All 4 is the best option and as already said proper snow tyres are best. There are sites online that do part worns from europe at a good deal, get some soon as they are selling fast after last winter! They make a MASSIVE differenceT:
is 4 a must you think? i go skiing a lot so im all ready thinking i need 4 anyway
 

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is 4 a must you think? i go skiing a lot so im all ready thinking i need 4 anyway

I always fit snow tyres in the winter but usually just at the front and have no problems at all. I've worked as a snowboard instructor on cairngorm for years and have never been stuck or had an uncontrolable slide with 2 snow tyres up front.
 
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