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Old 12-22-2007, 03:21 PM
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Question G35 snow tires life expectancy

Hi folks,

I have a 2006 G35 coupe with sport-tuned suspension and high performance tires, I found out with the first snowfall
and the car is practically impossible to drive on these tires,
I am going for the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 snow tires
(225/40R19) and I am wondering if anyone has experience
with these tires, I am worried about how many miles I will get on them.

my driving is going to be 20% snow and 80% dry highway,
are the tires going to wear out real soon? I dont want to spend 1000$ and have them wear out in 1 winter, what do you guys think?

Please advise, thanks.
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Old 12-23-2007, 04:13 PM
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any advice on this folks? how many miles can I expect
to get on Blizzak 225/40R19? I cant find this info online
anywhere (checked the Bridgestone website).
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Old 12-26-2007, 03:16 PM
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hi folks, any advise on this? I plan to get the tires
this week, so any help would be appreciated, thx.
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Snow and Ice tires WORK because their rubber is formulated for cold conditions. Higway and speed can overheat the compounds shortening their life [time when the compound gets too hard for usefulness in cold].

If highway speeds are necessary AVOID Q rated tires chose at least an H rated snow tire!

Possibly 17" wheel and snow tires will fit.

You chose a vehicle with 19" wheels/tires therefore you get to PAY every year for tires...........expensive ones at that!
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Well....I think you should be able to get 2 seasons out of a 17" snow tire/wheel combo. Even if it is a mild winter and you do a lot of highway driving.

As far as your 19s....expect around 25k on the set of tires on there now.

Are you from Boston?
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Well....I think you should be able to get 2 seasons out of a 17" snow tire/wheel combo. Even if it is a mild winter and you do a lot of highway driving.

As far as your 19s....expect around 25k on the set of tires on there now.

Are you from Boston?
25k? Thats highly optimistic considering people have gotten as little as 12k out of them. I would say average is around 15-18k so that is all I would expect
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I get new winters every other year. I found that the traction degrades quite a bit after two winters. For me that's about 20,000 on the winters. I still have tread left, but they do not grab nearly as well and tend to clog with snow. I use Enkie 17" wheels for the winter as well because 17" tires are far cheaper!
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hi folks, thanks for all the responses, yes I am from boston,
thing is I have to go for 19s since my current rims are 19s,
so looks like I can hope for around 15k miles on these tires,
hopefully that should carry me thru 2 winters, I also do a
good bit of driving in New Hampshire so I really need the
tires or else I will get banged up sooner or later.

what are ur thoughts on changing the rims to 17/18 and
going for a cheaper set of tires? looks like the tires get a
lot cheaper once you come down to 17s, so I could go for
225/50R17 and the tire size is practically the same except
for the sidewall (sidewall increases from 3.5 to 4.4 inches),
you guys think this is a good idea?
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Absolutely. 17" rims will fit. In fact I know that in 2003-2004, 17's were standard.
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You are better off buying a set of 17's with snow tires... It'll probly run you around 700 bucks? Its def. much cheaper than buying 19inch snow tires for $1000 and have it mount, dis-mount and balance for winter ($100/winter).
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Thanks, but the 17in rims are 125$ (at least for good quality rims) and Blizzak 50R17 tires are 150$ (on tirerack) so its
coming to pretty much the same cost as 19in tires since
I will have to change rims too.
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No need for good quality on winter wheels. Find a set of coupe 17's in the marketplace. The benefit of dedicated sets is that the factory wheels are less likely to get damaged (changing tires and the elements) and the cost of the 17" tires is far less expensive.
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I'm on my 4th winter on my original set of snows for my 04 coupe (Dunlop Winter Sport M3's), but I don't put a lot of miles on my car - only ~6k per year, and it's 90% local/city driving.

I probably have <5k miles on these snows. The fronts look close to new but I will definitely replace the rears before next winter.

I also highly recommend a second set of 17" wheels - the swap is easier and saves damage to your nice 19" wheels. Also, you have more margin for error in big winter potholes/snow drifts/ice blocks with a taller sidewall on a 17" tire.
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I'd go with a 17" or 18" winter setup depending on what stock wheels you can find in the marketplace. With that setup, you'll have more sidewall protection for potholes and sliding into the curbs. Also, there's a better chance of finding a replacement tire in the event you destroyed a 17" or 18" winter tire. In the middle of winter, good luck finding a 19" winter tire locally. Cost wise, if you buy a set of used OEM 17" wheels for $4-500, you can recoup most of that if you decide to sell them again.
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I would also say definitely get a set of 17" winter wheels/tires package. 17" tires will give you that much more tread than 19" snows. The 17"s will be better.

Ok, so 25k is a bit optimistic but 12k??? Come on now...that person is just driving too aggressively. From doing mostly highway miles...he'll get into the 20k range.

It doesn't matter that the 17" with regular tires is the same size overall as the 19" with low profiles....the 19"s just look so much better. hahahaha
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