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Old 03-08-2001, 12:56 PM   #1
Travis R
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Question snow tire help

Hey folks, I'm going to be bringing my RS to New Mexico to go skiing this spring break and I'm wondering what is a viable option for tires.
Right now I drive on a set of 215/50-16 BFG KDW's. They are great for central Texas where the we never see a freeze for any length of time, but I think they would be death in snow and ice. The cheapest option I think would be to keep a set of snow chains in the trunk in case the roads got bad. But will they fit? Are chains a bad idea in the first place? I've never used them before.
The other option is to buy a set of real snow tires, mount them to my autocross wheels (Forester 15") and then try to sell them after I'm done with them. I know this isn' a ceap option, but I guess it's better than putting the car in a ditch.
How bad will the roads be? I have experience driving in snow, but in a front wheel drive car with appropriate tires. Will the combination of summer tires and AWD sort of balance each other out? Any ideas, or suggestions?
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Old 03-08-2001, 05:09 PM   #2
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don't think I've heard of anyone with a RS using chains.
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Old 03-09-2001, 01:31 AM   #3
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well its nice here now, not sure when it will get cold again.
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Old 03-09-2001, 11:06 AM   #4
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I think you'll be fine on the KDW's. Just don't drive like you're from Texas... hehehe...

Unless you get caught in a blizzard, the roads will probably be better than what you are expecting.
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Old 03-11-2001, 06:48 AM   #5
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He he El Kabong, I know what you mean, we've got some idiots here that can't even handle rain.
I figured you guys keep the roads pretty clear, but I'll do my best not to stuff it.
Thanks
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