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    Re: Winter Tyres

    having now been out and about in some proper snow for a few days, and then through the slush and other muck on the roads, and having covered over 3k miles on them through all winter weather, I'm happy as a pig in poop.

    In fact.. once the rear regular tyress are down a bit I'll get two more of these Kleber Quadraxers and put the new ones on the front and the part worn's on the rear because they make me smile

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    hey zakk nice of you to tell us how fitting the winter/all season tyres makes a difference, i got a honda jazz, i got two pirelli snowcontrol fitted on my fronts, the back are the regular bridgestone potenza, the difference is as the temp fall the tyres still got the grip as if they are in the dry.

    in fact in the snow last time i was the only car going up the hills whilst the rest were watching with amazement.

    thinking of changing the potenza to all season

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    pirelli snow controls.. NICE

    mammoth money on my size of tyre though.. but lovely tyres

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    I think I'm going to need a second set of rims to get winter tyres at a reasonable price - 235/35 and 265/35 R18's seem to be an uncommon size for some reason
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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Yup just to confirm that the wife's car (kleber quadraxers all round) coped with everything in this snowy/icy snap. Mine (Michelin PS3s) is a nightmare. Our road is kind of like an ice-rink - compacted snow that has slightly melted then frozen several nights in a row. I wheelspin at idle in second gear even when already moving (and yeah, traction control can't reduce engine revs below idle..). Luckily the engine is mapped to have less torque in first gear, but I have to crawl along because turbo spool up also breaks traction. Corners are only possible because after a moment of understeer the car finally works out what I want and brakes the inside rear wheel to pull me around, which is handy, because the fronts aren't contributing anything meaningful.

    But on the quadraxers it's just like driving on a muddy road - a little slippery, but basically things go where you want them to.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    I have been quite surprised how the Quattro system has coped with the snow and ice, considering it has Dunlop sports fitted to it at the moment. Been going up hills without a problem.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    im dreading the drive back down south in my Type-R next weekend, i really hope the weather improves otherwise its going to be hairy! I suppose i could look at swapping out for some all weathers until it gets a bit nicer.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Quote Originally Posted by 1stRaven View Post
    I have been quite surprised how the Quattro system has coped with the snow and ice, considering it has Dunlop sports fitted to it at the moment. Been going up hills without a problem.
    Must be a proper quattro system then, not that haldex ****e they put on A3's and TT's
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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Quote Originally Posted by badass View Post
    Must be a proper quattro system then, not that haldex ****e they put on A3's and TT's
    Yeah, the A8 has the full quattro system. Can't believe that the haldex system would last long with V8 and W12 engines attached to it.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Just to echo the comments about Conti Sport Contacts. (I have Sport Contact 5s on my C30). Great tyre, but in this weather they have trouble doing ... anything. Turning, stopping its all a bit of a challenge.

    I have difficulty with the concept of Winter tyres though. Winter tyres are meant to be sub 7 degrees, which down here on the sunny south of England, is actually only likely for a very short period of the year. I was looking at the car thermometer last year and there were very few days when winter tyres would have been appropriate, so to fit them for 3 months a year seems ill advised, maybe All-weather are the answer. I think I can make do with Summer tyres and limiting my driving when its icy.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Very happy with the Dunlop Winter Sports in this - driving home today with snow on the roads it was like driving ion a muddy road, really stable at speed, no ABS, no understeer.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Quote Originally Posted by Champman99 View Post
    Just to echo the comments about Conti Sport Contacts. (I have Sport Contact 5s on my C30). Great tyre, but in this weather they have trouble doing ... anything. Turning, stopping its all a bit of a challenge.

    I have difficulty with the concept of Winter tyres though. Winter tyres are meant to be sub 7 degrees, which down here on the sunny south of England, is actually only likely for a very short period of the year. I was looking at the car thermometer last year and there were very few days when winter tyres would have been appropriate, so to fit them for 3 months a year seems ill advised, maybe All-weather are the answer. I think I can make do with Summer tyres and limiting my driving when its icy.
    all good points, except maybe that in snow, it's not a case of limiting my driving.. gotta get to work... and it's not exuberance... i just couldn't go anywhere up hills of any sort !

    the Kleber Quadraxers are not really winter tyres.... just bloody good all rounders.


    very good in muddy fields too... I can now attest

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    You've convinced me. Just bought a spare set of wheels so that I can have a bolt-on-bolt-off solution.
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    Re: Winter Tyres

    good

    now buy them and FIT THEM THE RIGHT WAY AROUND!!!


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    Re: Winter Tyres

    http://lovetyres.com/tyre/Kleber-Qua...FY7MtAodsmoAMA

    I got mine here.. but there are lots of places.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Yep. Also been looking at Camskill, Blackcircles etc
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