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Other Winter tyres: how to choose the right ones

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by Hippo, Nov 14, 2015.

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  1. West Slope Rover

    West Slope Rover Well-Known Member

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    That's one piss poor all season tyre.
     
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    The question on the investment... My winters on my Audi are £50 cheaper each than my summers, I payed £150 for some 2nd hand wheels, 3 years on I'm quids in and safer to boot
     
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    This threads getting fun! Sipes increase grip in the snow, nothing do do with allowing water to get away.
    If I can find it, Ive got a video I did a few years ago of me and the family rocking along very nicely at 90 kph on a snowy road over here.
    Very sure footed, on some old studded Michelins I think, studs are nice if you dont mind the noise, but you cant leave them on all year round!
    Mark
     
  4. mikescuba

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    Didn't know studded tires were still allowed in the UK, they are not allowed in France.
     
  5. mikescuba

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    Actually, they work quiet well on the Auris. Especially in the wet.
     
  6. West Slope Rover

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    It looks like they'd be a bit sketchy in the snow, lacking the siping the way do.
     
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    Haven't used the all season in the snow, I switch to the Michelin Alpine snow tires for the winter and they work very well. On my Defender I run General Grabber AT2's which are OK. They are good for straight line and stopping but can loose grip when cornering..
     
  8. Nodge68

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    That's not what I'd call a 4X4 tyre. It's a road tyre and so is of little use in a car in winter. Even a nimble Freelander would struggle in the snow on those.

    This is what I call a 4X4 tyre. Screenshot_2015-11-15-19-16-05.png
     
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    I prefer these Avon ice touring, though I do like the vred snowtrac too.
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  10. redwood

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    We don't get much snow here but we do get black ice occasionally, I remember waiting at traffic lights in a defender and suddenly with the camber of the road I slipped sideways into the kerb.
     
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    I spend most of my time in Estonia, they are def allowed here! Snows late this year so you can hear studded tyres from quite a away away!
     
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    Scorpion ATR? Run those on my Disco3. Brilliant all purpose tyre, but I still swap them for winter tyres (Dunlop Winter Sport 255/55/19) when temperatures on the morning commute are < 5°

    Currently running Conti CrossContact AT on the Freelander and did debate winter tyres last year, but from experience have found many true winter tyres are utterly woeful in cold, wet mud (the fine sipes mean they tend to slick up very quickly). As we have winter tyres to hand for the Disco I decided to stick with an AT for the freelander, as it's mainly used for offroad, while the Disco handles family/long distance.

    The Jag tends to just sit there looking all sad from November - March. 510bhp and RWD don't go well with wet, cold, muddy Dorset roads :(
     
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    I just run a slightly lower PSI in snow and drive sensibly

    illy
     
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    Yep Scorpion ATR ;) I have them on my D3. I've not found a need for anything else. They are a good all rounder in the Disco with a huge following on the D3 forums, as you'll know.
     
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    Have you still got the twig and if so how are you getting on with it?
     
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    gen grabber AT2's never let me down in 4 years on my 4x4.

    on my road car am going to try Falken AS200's = for £38 ea - and good write ups.
     
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    Epicuser Ex Freelander Owner

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    Love it. My bank balance loves it even more!!! It has cost me 2.7p per mile for the last 10,000 miles. That is over 16p per mile less than my Hippo. Then there is the £1000 I have saved on VED.

    On top of that it is great fun to drive. I've taken it to Devon without any issues. The charging infrastructure is improving all the time.

    Yes I miss driving off road, but for the cost of keeping the Hippo on the road, I can live with it.

    I never thought I would be driving an electric car, but I have got to the point now where I hate driving anything that isn't electric. I had to hire a van the other day, and it was awful. Noisy, slow, smelly, and it was a new van!
     
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