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Running two different kinds of winter tires?

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Originally I had planned to park the lude over the winter and to drive my truck to university. However, I commute almost 2 hours between the trip to my campus and back and the amount I've been spending in gas is ridiculous. I went online to try and find some winter tires for my lude and stumbled across 4 winter tires on steelies, however there's a pair of Hancook Ice Bear W300 Extra Load tires and a pair of general Altimax Arctic. They both have 6/32 tread left and I was wondering if it was a big deal to run the two different tires as long as I run the same type of tire on the same axle (ie. Hancook's in front, Altimax in the back).
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Re: Running two different kinds of winter tires?

you should get block heater if you drive through winter(s)!

used parts gets me always sceptical but of course you can do that; that you use same type of tire on the same axle

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Re: Running two different kinds of winter tires?

Imo thicker tread up front. Some disagree including tires stores.
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Re: Running two different kinds of winter tires?

They don't recommend (they being tire distributors) that you run 2 different sets of tires (especially 2 different sets of winter tires), but I've done it for 4 years now and honestly there's really nothing to worry about. If you can find Bridgestone Blizzaks in your size, those are hands down the best winter tires you can get for our cars. If you can't find them in your size, try to find some Dunlop Graspics (DR-2 or DR-3), I've been using those for 3 winters or so and they are almost as good as the Blizzaks.
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If you can find Bridgestone Blizzaks in your size, those are hands down the best winter tires you can get for our cars.
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Re: Running two different kinds of winter tires?

i've been running all different tires since I got my lude, I say it's fine..
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Re: Running two different kinds of winter tires?

I tried it on x2 hakkas and x2 nordics and VERY good set up! never had a single problem and we got absolutely dumped on one of those years I drove on them.

it'll work great just as long as one set isn't bald.

there's probably a combo out there that can make your car a monster in snow.
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Re: Running two different kinds of winter tires?

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Nope, I haven't. Sorry, I forgot that I was supposed to consult you before I post in the forums since you know everything. Once again, I apologize and don't worry, I won't let it happen again.

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Re: Running two different kinds of winter tires?

I don't see why it would matter as long as you don't do something stupid like run tires with different diameters. a lot of people just buy 2 winter tires and put em on the driving end of the car.
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Imo thicker tread up front. Some disagree including tires stores.
Better tread is should always be on the rear for the best traction even on fwd cars. The reason being is that if you have the best traction on the front and the rear slips you have hardly any control over it, vs having the best traction on the rear if the front slips you have much more control because of the steering. Ask any tire manifacture out there and they will tell you the same.
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Better tread is should always be on the rear for the best traction even on fwd cars. The reason being is that if you have the best traction on the front and the rear slips you have hardly any control over it, vs having the best traction on the rear if the front slips you have much more control because of the steering. Ask any tire manifacture out there and they will tell you the same.



It's really a double-edged sword on FWD cars.
More traction in the front means if the tail is kicking out, you can control the throttle and use that extra traction from the front wheels to counteract the oversteer, but on the same hand, less traction in the rear makes you more prone to sliding out.

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More traction in the rear will make it harder to slide out, but if you eventually do slide and you have no traction in the front, you won't have ANY control via throttle to correct it.


Me personally would run more tread/traction in the front and drive VERY carefully.
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Re: Running two different kinds of winter tires?

Agreed. Better tires in the front x2
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It's really a double-edged sword on FWD cars.
More traction in the front means if the tail is kicking out, you can control the throttle and use that extra traction from the front wheels to counteract the oversteer, but on the same hand, less traction in the rear makes you more prone to sliding out.

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More traction in the rear will make it harder to slide out, but if you eventually do slide and you have no traction in the front, you won't have ANY control via throttle to correct it.


Me personally would run more tread/traction in the front and drive VERY carefully.
Trust me this is what I do for a living, I have also been to Texas on continental tier's road course to test the difference of having the better traction on the rear and vise versa. In the track having the better tires on the rear sitting at 6/32's vs the fronts at 4/32's there was no spinning out and not only that we did a brake test on a straight line applying the brakes a 45 mph having the better tires on the rear we stoped 6 feet shorter. That 6 feet could meen having an accident or not. And as for ur commont on putting them on rhw front and driving safe its not just about u driving its about others as well if u have to swerve to avoid hitting something in a rainy situation ur r more likely to spin out and loose control if u don't have better traction on the rear. There's a lot of things I do not know and still learning about cars however tires r my strong suit. That's y at 19 years old I became an assistant manager at the number 1 tire dealer in America.
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Good info there.
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Re: Running two different kinds of winter tires?

Different tires is no big deal as long as they are on different axles. each axle must have the same tires.
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Yea I would say as long as they are the same size tire you should be fine.

And whats up with tire companies saying that new tires belong on the rear?????
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Re: Running two different kinds of winter tires?

In va we usually use the same tires year round.
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