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Old 12-10-2012, 01:34 PM   #176
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I wouldn't say pot holes, but it isn't smooth. You have to do a little bit of dodging around lol.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:28 AM   #177
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Totem Rally 03 by jay and sandi, on Flickr
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Totem Rally 12 by jay and sandi, on Flickr

A little bit dirtier, but still ready for winter.

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Old 12-11-2012, 12:40 PM   #178
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Finally ready for the snow

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Old 12-11-2012, 12:59 PM   #179
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Cousin, you epic fail on the photo taking/posting :P
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:11 PM   #180
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Ya i did it all from phone, dammit all and taking pics in landscape mode

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Old 12-11-2012, 02:49 PM   #181
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Here, let me fix that for you...



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Old 12-11-2012, 05:25 PM   #182
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hey Guys, driving up to kamloops and whistler over christmas and the whole winter tires thing is new to me (from australia)
Looking to pick up a cheap set this week and just need some advice.

Do I need a "winter" tire or will a "mud and snow" one suffice?

If M&S are alright, has anyone got an opinion on Goodyear Nordic M&S or Firestone M&S?

Only planning on driving on them for about a week and then I'll be back in Victoria
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:02 PM   #183
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Those nordic's are the cheapest you'll find, the quality reflects the price as well. M/s tires tend to work good in snow but not as good as a winter tire on ice/black ice. If you live around a major city and stick to well used roads you'd be better off with a winter tire.
Try checking out costco. They're usually the cheapest and have a great warranty. I've always been a lil sketched about michelin xice's since there first batch. Since then, roughly 5 years ago, they've done pretty good. Another option would be a bfgoodrich winter slalom, hankook ipike, arctic claw. There's tons of winter tires out there, the previous listed are a few mid range tires. Reasonably priced, good wear life and traction.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:32 PM   #184
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hey Guys, driving up to kamloops and whistler over christmas and the whole winter tires thing is new to me (from australia)
Looking to pick up a cheap set this week and just need some advice.

Do I need a "winter" tire or will a "mud and snow" one suffice?

If M&S are alright, has anyone got an opinion on Goodyear Nordic M&S or Firestone M&S?

Only planning on driving on them for about a week and then I'll be back in Victoria
Have Firestone Winter-force on wife's fwd escape they work great I would get a tire with a snow flake on it as it's an approved snow tire. A lot of M & S are still not a snow tire especially in bigger sizes. I Have Goodyear wrangler duratracs on my fronty as it was one of the few Winter rated M&S in a 33". Suby I had blizzacks and Continental conti-winter and like the continental better.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:49 PM   #185
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The Cordovan Winter Claws are half decent for the price if you're wallet is particularly thin this time of year, as is most people.
You can get four 205/55/16 for under $600 installed, tax included.
And they do have decent reviews considering they are about 2/3 the price of large brands.
I have them on the fiance's car.
Good tread pattern, plenty of sips, and relatively soft (stays soft) in cold weather.
We drive up to whistler twice a year. Countless times up local mountains.
And they held up pretty well for a bit over two years now.

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Old 12-11-2012, 08:56 PM   #186
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hey Guys, driving up to kamloops and whistler over christmas and the whole winter tires thing is new to me (from australia)
Looking to pick up a cheap set this week and just need some advice.

Do I need a "winter" tire or will a "mud and snow" one suffice?

If M&S are alright, has anyone got an opinion on Goodyear Nordic M&S or Firestone M&S?

Only planning on driving on them for about a week and then I'll be back in Victoria
Check Usedvictoria as well. You definitely will want a snowflake approved tire, plus if you are planning on running those roads if you have M+S you will need to carry chains (that fit).
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:16 PM   #187
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Check Usedvictoria as well. You definitely will want a snowflake approved tire, plus if you are planning on running those roads if you have M+S you will need to carry chains (that fit).
Yeah thats what I figured.. Thanks guys

Also stock for my car is 205/60R15, what would be the largest I could go to? Theres 4 GF Goodridge winter slaloms on usedvic for $200 but they're 205/70R15. Apart from the speedo being a little off im guessing they should still fit?

Otherwise theres 205/65R15 Firestore Winterforce for $300 but no rims so would have to get them changed over at CT or somewhere

bit of a tire noob

Not looking to spend too much, under $400 at the worst
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:24 AM   #188
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205/70/15 is too big, pretty sure you'll rub. Had them on my legacy and they rubbed over bumps.

stick with 205/60 or a 195/60, 195/65

sometimes you'll find deals with rims, a 205/55/16 is safe as well.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:11 AM   #189
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I have two 195/60/15 General Articmax on 5x100 that are fairly new if you can source two more. Wear on them is minimal.

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Old 12-12-2012, 03:10 AM   #190
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Check Usedvictoria as well. You definitely will want a snowflake approved tire, plus if you are planning on running those roads if you have M+S you will need to carry chains (that fit).
Hmm. Is it naive of me to think I should just get cable link chains since my current tires are AVIS Touring-S M+S?
I only plan on driving during the daytime, from Vic to Van to Whistler and Kamloops (through vancouver again)

Honestly all the suggestions you could throw at me since the whole driving in snow conditions like these is fairly new to me. The roads back in Australia up in the mountains there were pretty well plowed and de-iced. They also wern't that long in snow effected areas, and I drove a FWD car that had to have chains if they decided everyone going up needed them

I really don't want to have to spend the already lack of money I dont have and have to live off noodles for the next few months :P I'm well out of University for that haha..

edit: also im only planning on using them for about 10 days and then its back to purely Victoria city driving.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:30 AM   #191
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Cousin, you epic fail on the photo taking/posting :P
Dammit I need to learn how to post pics too! I only know how to link from photo bucket!
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:35 AM   #192
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Dammit I need to learn how to post pics too! I only know how to link from photo bucket!
This is all I got! Don't know how to properly post photos from my phone
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:52 PM   #193
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Hmm. Is it naive of me to think I should just get cable link chains since my current tires are AVIS Touring-S M+S?
I only plan on driving during the daytime, from Vic to Van to Whistler and Kamloops (through vancouver again)

Honestly all the suggestions you could throw at me since the whole driving in snow conditions like these is fairly new to me. The roads back in Australia up in the mountains there were pretty well plowed and de-iced. They also wern't that long in snow effected areas, and I drove a FWD car that had to have chains if they decided everyone going up needed them

I really don't want to have to spend the already lack of money I dont have and have to live off noodles for the next few months :P I'm well out of University for that haha..

edit: also im only planning on using them for about 10 days and then its back to purely Victoria city driving.

okay my dude, I'm going to have a bunch of people flame me for this but here I go:

If you are only doing 1 trip to Whistler and 1 to Kamloops you may be able to get away with your all-seasons. God knows there will be hundreds of other cars on worse tires with worse cars that will get there fine. Go slow. Stay in your lane. Give lots of space and be careful going down hills. I've done it many, many times. Just know that winter driving is always dangerous and get some winters when a used set pops up at a price you can afford.
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:34 PM   #194
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ya it comes down to the buck. Victoria isn't a place where you'll need winters so it's a big expense for one trip. I recommend winter tires to everyone but if it's not realistically in the budget and you only need them for a short trip don't buy them. As long as your all seasons are in good condition you should be fine. Don't get carried away on the sea to sky (it is fun) drive the limit and drive cautiously. I would definitely get a set of chains. If you get a dump of snow and it warms up the roads will be absolutely trecherous. If it stays below zero driving in snow isn't that bad with all seasons. Just drive like a grandpa.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:36 PM   #195
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okay my dude, I'm going to have a bunch of people flame me for this but here I go:

If you are only doing 1 trip to Whistler and 1 to Kamloops you may be able to get away with your all-seasons. God knows there will be hundreds of other cars on worse tires with worse cars that will get there fine. Go slow. Stay in your lane. Give lots of space and be careful going down hills. I've done it many, many times. Just know that winter driving is always dangerous and get some winters when a used set pops up at a price you can afford.
My all seasons are fairly new, plenty of tread. I'll pop along to CT this arvo and check out their cable chains. Theres a set on usedvic that i'm waiting to hear back on too

Just a shame 205/70r15 wont fit. theres a set of winter tires off a outback in sooke on usedvic for $275. I have a feeling once the car's loaded with gear and people though it'll most likely scrape like people mentioned before. bummer.

I've driven the Sea to Sky a fair bit earlier in march in my old roommates truck, but this was well into spring when it was dry.. and its a truck. when you have a sled it the back they dont really slide much.. I did live up in whistler last season so I have a fair idea of how bad the roads can get, especially when you're able to board down them in the morning before they get plowed

I guess I'll keep an eye on the weather cameras too on the roads and try make a call by next week if I bite the bullet

Thanks for all the help and advice
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:34 PM   #196
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got my snowies put on today!

does anyone know if the road to seymour is open all night? do they close it down overnight? wouldnt mind doing a midnight run up with a couple other people while theres nobody else on the road.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:46 PM   #197
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got my snowies put on today!

does anyone know if the road to seymour is open all night? do they close it down overnight? wouldnt mind doing a midnight run up with a couple other people while theres nobody else on the road.
I tried cypress, closed at night. I don't know about seymour though. Zagarus might now. That'd be a fun run
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:47 PM   #198
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Pretty much start clearing parking lots and roads around 10. Gates shut at 11
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:28 AM   #199
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Pretty much start clearing parking lots and roads around 10. Gates shut at 11
So they man the gate all night?
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:09 AM   #200
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Drove up to cypress at 10:30pm the other night, back down just after 11pm.

Theres a minivan with a guy sitting in it and the little house thing with the light on, both on the left. And I'm guessing that gate and cones on the right will be moved to block the lane down when everyone has left.


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