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Old 02-10-2007, 04:24 AM   #1
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Default Kumho ECSTA MX, snow and AWD ?

By Mid Spring I'll need tires, I'm kinda stumped on what to get. I feel the stock RE92s are good enough for what I do with the car (DD) but the prices EEKK!

So here is my question.

Has anyone run the Kumho ECSTA MX in stock size 205/55-16 and used them in snow?

I tried the MXs two years ago with my ITR and could not even make it to the end of my street in 3 inches of slush. But with AWD I thought it might be a different thing.

Thoughts please!?!
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Old 02-10-2007, 04:29 AM   #2
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www.tiredepot.com or http://www.treadepot.com/

LOL~ You live in BK and can't get tires for cheap???

TreadDepot has great prices....
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Old 02-10-2007, 04:34 AM   #3
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Physics > AWD.
Its the tread design and rubber compound that determines traction, and high performance summer tires have neither one right for cold and snow. AWD will help get you moving from a stop better, but turning and stopping traction is still going to be almost nil.
Driving in snow you should have at worst all-seasons that are M+S rated, and best case is dedicated winter tires.
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Old 02-10-2007, 09:03 AM   #4
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Putting summer tires on an AWD in winter just means you'll be able to slide off the road with a lot more speed.

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Old 02-10-2007, 09:27 AM   #5
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I didn't like the MX in the rain, I can't imagine driving with them in the snow.
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Old 02-10-2007, 09:29 AM   #6
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I tried my Kumho MX 245/40's in the snow and they are downright scary. Even with just some salt on the roads I can get sideways from a 3rd gear roll with 14psi and low compression on #4.
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Old 02-10-2007, 11:43 AM   #7
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MX's are "summer only" tires, and should never, ever be driven in the snow. If you can only afford one set of tires, you need to look at some all-seasons. If you're on a tight budget, maybe look at the Kumho ASX.
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:40 PM   #8
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I'm surprised no one has said this yet...all wheel drive doesn't affect your brakes. MAYBE you could get down your street in the snow, but good luck turning or stopping once you get to the end.
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:42 PM   #9
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I'm surprised no one has said this yet...all wheel drive doesn't affect your brakes. MAYBE you could get down your street in the snow, but good luck turning or stopping once you get to the end.
Try post #3
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:59 PM   #10
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Reading was never my best subjakt.
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Old 02-10-2007, 02:38 PM   #11
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Old 02-10-2007, 05:30 PM   #12
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So are all of you speculating? LOL

I guess I'll have to find another tire that can handle four seasons.
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Old 02-10-2007, 05:58 PM   #13
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So are all of you speculating? LOL

I guess I'll have to find another tire that can handle four seasons.
I'm for damn sure not speculating. My MX's sucked ass in cold rain, forget about snow.
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Old 02-10-2007, 09:29 PM   #14
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Honestly... I have MXs for (I think) 3 years and only drove them once in snow and a hand full of times in very cold weather. They are on my ITR, which never sees winter :P

But for a fwd car they are one of the best rain tires I have had, warm or cold weather. That is why I thought I could squeeze by with them for winter/snow duty on a AWD car...
I appreciate all the input guys.
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Old 02-19-2007, 05:43 AM   #15
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I have a set of Avon M550A/S and they are great. Quieter than the RE92s, and blow them away in dry, wet and snow performance. At $80/tire, they equal a super deal.

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Old 02-19-2007, 09:55 PM   #16
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Asx..., but wth.... if you have that much snow...
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Old 02-19-2007, 10:28 PM   #17
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I use the asx on my sti
I would consider them decent in the snow
but far from great, if you live where you need to drive in snow 5-10 times a year then fine, otherwise I wouldn't recommend them at all
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Old 02-21-2007, 12:03 AM   #18
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I agree with the other MX owners.

Rain - Drive carefully.
Snow - Become friends with your body shop guy
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