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tires- blizzak vs. studded

my girlfriend went to get studded tires (at my request) for her front wheel drive eclipse and the tire guy told her to go with blizzaks b/c they are much better than studded, but he WILL NOT sell just 2 - only sets of 4, for safety reasons. so the bill will be around $500. i didn't pay that much for my 31's on my jeep. has anyone used both and can give me some feed back? i understand the theory behind the blizzaks, but would they do as well on ice that is covered in snow?

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Re: tires- blizzak vs. studded

Blizzacks are the best tire I have seen for ice and snow for a car for a plain old tire. Studs are still king. Blizzaks have an unusual tread compound and wear fast on hot dry pavement. The material is almost spongy. Go for studs and take them off when you don't need them.

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Re: tires- blizzak vs. studded

Go with the Studded tires. The blizzaks are great if you cannot run studs, but they are expensive, they wear real quick, and they do not provide the traction on icyroads like a studded tire does. BUT, listen to the tire man, put good tires on all four wheels when using front wheel drive. If you only put them on the front, stopping will be something you will regret when conditions are slippery.

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Re: tires- blizzak vs. studded

IMHO studs are the ONLY way to go. When I lived in the Cascade Range the studs went on November 1st and came off March 1st. The expense for a second set of tires was nothing comparied to what could have happened. Get a set of four of the least expensive tires and have them studded. Use them only for winter driving. You'll not go wrong.

4WD and Studs were made for each other! Braking characteristics do change a little with studs, but you'll soon get used to that. Just like plan ahead, provide plenty of breaking room and avoid fast lane changes... kinka like driving on ice, ain't it? Just pretend you are and the studs will serve you well.

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Re: tires- blizzak vs. studded

so for front wheel drive, you should definitely go with 4 winter tires? (whether it be blizzak or studded.)

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Re: tires- blizzak vs. studded

On any car, never put better traction tires in the front than in the rear. You will hate braking if you do. If the fronts have better traction, the rear of the vehicle will try to pass the front whenever traction is reduced.

So yes, if you put snow tires on the front, put them on the back also.

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