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Old 11-21-2003, 04:33 PM
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Washington state wants to ban studded tires

Anybody used the alternatives? Those Blizzaks for instance? Do they do the job?

here's our states rather long, windy statement:
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/winter/studtire/default.htm
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Old 11-21-2003, 05:14 PM
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I remember decades ago when Illinois banned them.

I NEVER found anything as effective as studs for ice-covered streets (for obvious reasons).

We're talking the 70's when radials had barely made the scene.

Present-day all-season tires do a pretty effective job of traction in snow.

Ice is treacherous no matter what your car is shoed with!
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Old 11-22-2003, 01:55 AM
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Once Blizzaks are more than half-worn, you might as well as ride on them through the summer, as they have essentially become just a set of all-season tires.
the new Blizzaks (WS-50) have the ice compound (the soft grippy stuff) on the upper portion of the tread, and ordinary winter compound on the rest of the tread depth (the original Blizzaks had an all-season compound on the rest of the tread depth). This means that once the ice compound is worn off, it still functions as a winter tire, albeit with less grip. But since you need a minimum tread depth for good snow traction, it will just be about time to have to replace them.

personally, I would like to try the Nokian Hakka-Q, but there are not that many suppliers here. These have a longer life than the Blizzaks albeit less grip on ice.
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Old 11-24-2003, 01:38 AM
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The ML has Nokian WR tires. I’ve used them for about a year now. They are quieter than the General tires they replaced, plus ride softer and handle wonderfully on everything from gravel to slush and water coated anything. Nokian makes what are widely considered to be the best developed winter tires around...
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Old 11-24-2003, 07:40 AM
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Michigan has not allowed chains or spikes in my lifetime. Get Blizzaks and slow it down.
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Old 11-24-2003, 10:03 PM
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I can remember having studded snow tires on a 62 Buick Special in Michigan. They worked great, especially on ice. I think Michigan pulled the plug on them in the late 60's cuz they were tearing up the roads.
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