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Old 11-19-2007, 02:46 PM   #1
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So there's a lot of chatter about when to switch from summer tires over to winter tires. However, there's not a lot said about when to go back. How warm can it get before winter tires are far enough above their preferred temps to cause accelerated wear and reduced grip? 50F? 60F?

We're getting a warm snap for a few days and I'm trying to figure out if I need to switch back to the summer tires.
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:29 PM   #2
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40-50? 45! ;-)

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Old 11-19-2007, 03:31 PM   #3
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So there's a lot of chatter about when to switch from summer tires over to winter tires. However, there's not a lot said about when to go back. How warm can it get before winter tires are far enough above their preferred temps to cause accelerated wear and reduced grip? 50F? 60F?

We're getting a warm snap for a few days and I'm trying to figure out if I need to switch back to the summer tires.
Hmm, depends on the snow tire really, my Dunlop M2's drove like regular all-seasons when I drove home from rallyx in around 50-60F weather.

I don't think some of the really soft wintertires (like blizzaks) can be driven that high without noticing how soft and squishy it is...
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:50 PM   #4
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Winter tires can be driven in all temperatures, but they will tear up MUCH easier in hot weather. They will be very squishy in the heat, but VERY grippy on the launch. If you drive them year round, you'll probably trash them before the next winter.

If you want to be able to drive on them all season, I'd suggest getting an aggressive all season that gets good ratings in the Snow/rain categories.
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:54 PM   #5
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I don't want to be able to drive on them all season, I just want to know if I'm going to destroy them on days in the winter when the temp spikes up to 65F+ Stupid global warming...
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I don't want to be able to drive on them all season, I just want to know if I'm going to destroy them on days in the winter when the temp spikes up to 65F+ Stupid global warming...
They ain't going to be trashed just because of one or two indian summer days, just don't leave them on all summer for 10k miles.
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They ain't going to be trashed just because of one or two indian summer days, just don't leave them on all summer for 10k miles.

Or, you could do what I did on a 240SX and leave them on for some summer beatings.... You lay soooo much rubber d000d!
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Old 11-20-2007, 01:37 AM   #8
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I don't want to be able to drive on them all season, I just want to know if I'm going to destroy them on days in the winter when the temp spikes up to 65F+ Stupid global warming...
You'll be fine... remember, it's not just the ambient temperature that puts heat in the tires, it's rolling resistance and cornering too. Just don't beat the crap out of them when it's warmer out, as you'll dramatically accelerate the wear... and the heat cycling, too.
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Old 11-20-2007, 01:42 AM   #9
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Don't beat the crap out of them??? How do you do that?
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