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    Winter tires

    Bought a new truck about a month ago.
    I ran winter tires on a set of shitty rims last year on my old truck and wow what a difference that made!
    North Shore has itís fair share of hills and 4wd does jack shit going downhills.
    Sadly the wheels are different now on the new ride so I couldnít use the old winter rims/tires(sold them with the truck anyways).
    New truck came with BFGOODRICH All Terrain KO2ís which feature the mountain peak/snowflake symbol indicating itís an ďall weather tireĒ.
    Anyone on here experience using all weather tires compared to a true winter tire?
    Soft powdery snow is one thing...ice is a whole new can of worms!!

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    I've been using the all weather for years. What I've noticed is they work just as well as winter tires. It's summer time you lose some of the performance. They have more road noise and don't handle the corners quite as well. Not a big deal, just can't take the clover leafs as fast. Nice thing with the all weather, no extra rims and tires, no swapping twice a year.
    I like them.

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    I have a Sierra z71 with Bridgestone Dueller AT for snow in Manitoba.

    Vancouver hovers around freezing so a specific ice tire is best. I haven't tried Pirelli Scorpion but someone I know likes them.
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    Very happy with my KO2s in the snow. I go over the Malahat daily and I've never been let down by these tires.

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    BLIZZAK TIRES.....never let me down...
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    I am running the BFG A/T as well and it is a great all around tire, even in snow. But when it comes to any sort of traction on ice, only a winter tire can perform like a winter tire.

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    I have always been on all season ones. Only exception is that a long time ago I used to own a Chevrolet Impala. Those rear wheel monsters were a pain in as*phalt to drive during snow. I had snow tires on it, but only on the rear wheels. The front tires were still crappy all season ones.

    Now a days, you have to have same kind of tires on all the four wheels or so a grease covered, blue overall clad, highway robber said while raising my car on the hoist.
    At my age, they all look good and luckily there is a nerve that connects my eyes to my one-eyed monster.


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    Go get yourself a good set of winter tires if you live on the north shore . All weather or 4 seasons are made with the same compound as summer tires with a slightly more agressive tread to expulse heavy fall rain but not made for real snowy surfaces.

    Winter tires have a softer compound for a better grip and often silica is added to the compound . The treads are made to expulse snow while the small grooves in the treads act as suction cups on icy surfaces.

    Nokian as become the standard these days for pick up trucks

    Years ago it was the Goodyear F32 until they changed the compound by going cheap to maintain the pricing I suppose .

    Good luck
    Last edited by carvesg; 11-21-2019 at 02:56 PM.

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    I drive a mid-sized sedan with all wheel drive and have a set of Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires. With all of the snow that we get during the Winter here in Winnipeg I find that I really haven't had an issue at all over the years and they have been surprisingly good on ice as well. Have always bought my Winter tires as Costco and the price has usually been right up there with Fountain Tire or actually somewhat cheaper.

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    KO2's for trucks and SUV's are a very good winter tire. I would stick with them. You may have noticed some road noise at freeway speeds (most common customer concern) That is the trade off for good winter traction. There are people that use KO2's as their winter tires then switch to Michelin for their summer tire. You haven't mentioned a noise issue, stay the course, keep them on all year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 204fun View Post
    Have always bought my Winter tires as Costco.
    Costco has unbeatable service. Car is ready when they say it will be ready and they don't try to scam you.

    I had a flat on my way to work and limped to a Kal Tire. Big mistake. Picked out a replacement, came back at agreed time. They hadn't even started, they hadn't got the tire off the rack yet. But they had looked at my air cleaner, to try and sell me a new one. Also wanted to change my oil, book a tune up etc.

    KAL TIRE ARE SLEAZY ASSHOLES.
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    Quote Originally Posted by westwoody View Post
    Costco has unbeatable service. Car is ready when they say it will be ready and they don't try to scam you.

    I had a flat on my way to work and limped to a Kal Tire. Big mistake. Picked out a replacement, came back at agreed time. They hadn't even started, they hadn't got the tire off the rack yet. But they had looked at my air cleaner, to try and sell me a new one. Also wanted to change my oil, book a tune up etc.

    KAL TIRE ARE SLEAZY ASSHOLES.
    Never had issues with KAL TIRE....which one did you go to..??
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    KO2 is a good multi use tire but on the prairies I've always run studded tires for the last 15 years. My Nokians are awesome, come from factory with the toughest studs that never fall out. Also, worked at a Kal Tire they're no worse or better on average than anybody else.

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    Totally agree that a true winter tire is the best bet!

    My BFG KO2’s have about 11,000 km on them.
    Have a 2019 Sierra I just picked up. GM ran the same bolt pattern and wheel offset for years then changed the offset in 2014. Now it’s the same offset as the 2014-2018 but they put massive callipers on the newly designed trucks so the ‘14-‘18 rims don’t fit.
    I’ll probably just run the KO2’s for at least this year until I can find a set of used wheels. And I’ll be sure to keep the salt off my nice 20’ rims!
    Absolutely nothing on Craigslist, getting a set of wheels from GM would cost a fortune and I don’t trust the aftermarket yet.

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    For years I used 4 season tires, have gone over the #5 at Christmas time and never had a problem (always watched the weather forecast before). Now driving the Malahat you need winter tires, because its the law.

    In Victoria I can get away with just 4 seasons all year, just stay at home when/if it snows. But still alot depend on how you drive your car. Dont drive as fast and break before you usually do if snow covered... But I stay off the roads usually because their are idiots who think they can drive in the snow or just have to get to work....

    I have snow tires for my car (on second set of rims) and the winter tires stops better in winter conditions (snow covered) than 4 seasons. But in snow conditions I'm not so heavy on the gas pedal...

    I'm not sure about the snow tires working that good on ice (black ice- a slick surface), I think you will still slide alot, compared to snow covered ice with snow/ice tires... maybe its the rougher surface...

    For the most part highways and roads are kept open due to good road clearing, and salting and sanding.... Which is one key to good traction in winter.....

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