Unless you're getting the sport package, the stock tires should be fine in the cold and wet. Remember, there's a ton of guys in the UK who drive these as daily drivers all year, and half of their year is cold and wet. It's the snow you have to worry about and we have snow on our roads less than ten days a year.Evl said:Anyone have an opinion about these? We don't get a lot of deep snow down here in Baltimore, so I'm wondering if the DS-2s might be overkill. Would the Kumhos be better in cold/wet than the DS-2s, while still being ok for some light snow?
Yup, thats me. ...And the answer is mainly because I'm getting the sports package, and I think tires probably aren't very good in the cold let alone the wet and or snow. I probably can wait for the to plow the streets before going out, altho there hhas been some talk about a winter autox series, which might be hard to resist. So anyway, I'm having a hard time finding anything aside from the LSS tires and the DS-2s that will fit on the LSS rims. These seem to straddle either side of the type of tire I want, so I'm looking around to see if I can find an all season that will work on the rims ok.rob said:Wait a minute. Aren't you the guy who posted that it's quicker to walk to work anyway? Why would you want to take your Elise out in the snow if you don't have to?
IMHO, I disagree. I believe they typically are good in rain, but snow tires are very much about compromise. The direction of the cuts impacts the way water flows away from the center of the wheel and unfortunately a good cut for rain is not necessarily a good cut for snow traction and vice versa. Furthermore, the additional sipes on the Dunlop Winter Sport M2s are great for grabbing onto ice, but they add a spongy edge to the handling in both rain and in the dry.Cisitalia said:Rob,
Absolutely not, any good snow tire will be an excellent rain tire. That is by design default.
I have had a great time in the winter. We got about 50" of snow this year over various storms, and I have never been stuck of felt unsafe. I have Bridgetone Blizzaks and 1" smaller rims front and back. It plows through the snow no problems. In fact, I checked today and there is snow behind the front grill from scooping through my driveway last storm (Tuesday). Call HRM for details for the rims and tires, they got me a great deal.ted said:So, with most of a winter behind us, what have people done? Anyone want to post their experience?