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Old 06-29-2001, 09:53 AM   #1
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Question Perf Tires and Cold Weather

Luke, Pilot, or others,

Thanks for the information on the performance tires, kinda affirms what I've read and heard. But, here's something nobody has mentioned yet: what happens when it gets cold out? I usually run my summer tires till first snowfall here in New England which is between end of October and beginning of December. The temps are usually dipping into the 20s and 30s around that time. Once it snows, I switch to the steels with snow tires.

How are today's performance tires holding up when it's cold out? I've heard many stories (AVS intermediates and others) of people going off the road with high-perf tires from the tire glassing over, but this was a couple of years ago.

- Ken
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Old 06-29-2001, 10:41 AM   #2
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As far as I am aware (and have experienced) Summer tires still have an issue of reaching their glass point, this is usally between 30-45 degrees F. I usually change to my winter wheels whne the temp stays in the mid to upper 30s and doesn't seem to want t get any higher.

Now I will say that the newer perofrmance tires have a much broader temperature range than the older generations, it used to be summer tires would glass over at 45-50 degrees F (Dunlop D40 M2 anybody?), now the glass point range (as I indicated above) is much lower.
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