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Hi Ive been readin this post with great interest as have been tryin in vain to purchase 4 winter tyres?.............sold out or mega bucks from what I can see.

Did however find some 205 65 15 94H tyres yesterday but dont know if 94 load rating will be enough as standard is 99 or 104 for a T4? has any one got 94 on their vans?

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Brought some secondhand alloys about 6 weeks ago with part worn winter snow tyres - not the reason for buying them at the time.

Look like normal tyres, possibly a little chunkier, the difference is in the compound more silicon meaning they warm up quicker?

Anyway the van felt great this morning driving into work, no problems. Obviously they don't turn you into a Nordic rally driver, you still need to drive cautiously but it felt a whole lot safer.
 

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Hi Ive been readin this post with great interest as have been tryin in vain to purchase 4 winter tyres?.............sold out or mega bucks from what I can see.

Did however find some 205 65 15 94H tyres yesterday but dont know if 94 load rating will be enough as standard is 99 or 104 for a T4? has any one got 94 on their vans?

Cheers
I found mine on fleabay, not nearly as cheap as they were in the summer :confused: still a few sets of 195s on there;)
 

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I would love a pair of these :D
Will they go on my standard steelies?? and can you get anymore?? :*[/QUOTE]


Just to add my input as I was tyreman with the Subaru World Rally Team for 10 years so I do know a bit.

1) forget tyres like this (looks like a Colway or Maxsport rally remould) A forest rally tyre be it new or remould is no good on ice and snow, OK it may be better than a fat tarmac tyre but not much!

2) Ice tyres work because of compound and tread design. The fact that they have sipes (not snipes) means they provide lots of edges to grip and because the tread moves about more it gets warmer and therefore grips better too.

3)I would use tyres from the larger manufacturers with more experience or go on other peoples recomendation, theres no point using price only, what's the point of buying a cheap snow tyre that's useless in snow.

4) Studs come in all sorts of lengths,material,design etc, they are not all like the type used for ice and snow rallies. The most usefull for road use(even though I think they may be illegal in the UK) are called button studs and are only a couple of mill long.

5) I'm coming back to UK tomorow with my Michelin Agelis snow tyres (with button studs!!!) front and rear and hopefully shouldn't have too many problems. The biggest pain is other people who haven't got the right kit getting stuck and blocking everyone else so fingers crossed that they stay home!!!!*<:)>
 

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Well I have driven on my cheap mytyre snow tyres in the snow now and cant believe how good they are. Its almost like being on normal tarmac. I can accelerate I can stop and I can steer.
Im well happy at £46 a corner
 

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Well I have driven on my cheap mytyre snow tyres in the snow now and cant believe how good they are. Its almost like being on normal tarmac. I can accelerate I can stop and I can steer.
Im well happy at £46 a corner
That's great, like I say now you've taken the chance and they do work everyone else can buy them knowing that they work OK,good for you!
 

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Just to add my input as I was tyreman with the Subaru World Rally Team for 10 years so I do know a bit.

1) forget tyres like this (looks like a Colway or Maxsport rally remould) A forest rally tyre be it new or remould is no good on ice and snow, OK it may be better than a fat tarmac tyre but not much!

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These have proven to work a treat for me they get me through just about everything...unsure how they compare to snow tyres :*
 

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Took my wives car out last night, first time its been off the driveway since the snow - most of the snow is now gone in our area.

Normal tyres, it was slipping and sliding all over the place, made me realise how good winter tyres are.
 

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Just to add my input as I was tyreman with the Subaru World Rally Team for 10 years so I do know a bit.

1) forget tyres like this (looks like a Colway or Maxsport rally remould) A forest rally tyre be it new or remould is no good on ice and snow, OK it may be better than a fat tarmac tyre but not much!
These have proven to work a treat for me they get me through just about everything...unsure how they compare to snow tyres :*[/QUOTE]

Guarantee that snow tyres will be a major step up from them but if they do the buisness for you that's great.
 

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Board Paul, did you get those Barum Cargos when they where on offer? I got 5 of um for under 200 quid! Work really well, havent spun up or slid anywhere yet. Definately a massive improvement to summer tyres on big alloys!
 

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i havent had snow tyres but my escort van has low tread michelins on the front about 2.5mm not really used it much this past week but used it thurs/fri and its horrendous! no grip at all. the missus corolla has new tyres on front only nexans but the grip is pretty good.

so new tyres for me after new year i think (i aint using it till then)
 

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Not sure if it been asked before but as I have my original steel wheels sat down the side of the house I was thinking of swapping them back over to the van for the rest of winter. The alloys have been pretty good in this snow and ice but its only a matter of time before the get damaged or salt attacks!!.
As 2 of my steel wheels have virtually new tyres I was thinking of putting these on the rear and need 2 new ones, so was thinking of getting x2 winter/snow tyres.
My Q is... is this legal??
 

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yes it's legal you can have 4 different tyres on your car if you choose as long as the tread depth is within the limit.
 

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Not sure if it been asked before but as I have my original steel wheels sat down the side of the house I was thinking of swapping them back over to the van for the rest of winter. The alloys have been pretty good in this snow and ice but its only a matter of time before the get damaged or salt attacks!!.
As 2 of my steel wheels have virtually new tyres I was thinking of putting these on the rear and need 2 new ones, so was thinking of getting x2 winter/snow tyres.
My Q is... is this legal??
Depends on what your handbook says?

yes it's legal you can have 4 different tyres on your car if you choose as long as the tread depth is within the limit.
I think you would be on dodgy ground if your handbook says (as mine does for my Audi), that winter tyres must be fitted as a set of four, and you only fitted two.

Here is a very interesting thread:

http://www.pistonheads.co.uk/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=23&t=933323&mid=187956&nmt=Just fit winter tyres to the drive wheels?

I personally have 4 winter tyres fitted.

Note, they are WINTER tyres, not "snow" tyres, not "Mud and Snow" tyres (which I think it just a designation for a percentage of tread to gaps).

They contain more natural rubber which increases traction below 7C, and they have the sipes.

I have fitted 4 Nokian WR C on my T4 Caravelle.





In the recent snow we had (7cm in Wiltshire) they were unstoppable, and we drove about without getting stuck anywhere, whereas people on summer tyres were sliding all over the place and couldn't get started.

Personally if someone drove into the back of me in snow, I would find out what tyres they had fitted. If they had 2 summer tyres and 2 winter tyres (and that was against the manufacturer's advice), then I would make sure it was noted in the insurance claim.

Here are some videos of my 2WD Audi 80 with winter tyres (Vredestein Snowtrac3):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR4napg53uY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0jNYysXXjU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz3M3SySCNA

If you had snow chains you would be stopping every 5 minutes to put them on and off.
 
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