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Old 01-23-2017, 08:03 PM   #1
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This is my first winter going up the the mountains regularly so I bought a set of Michelin X-Ice. However, I live in Northern California where winters are mild so Ive only been throwing the snow tires on right before I head up then pulling them off to preserve the trend. Swapping tires has become quite the chore though since I go up 2-3 times a month so I'm considering just leaving the winter tires on for the whole season. I know the trend will wear faster but I'd be content getting 1 full season out of them. Anyone else in a similar situation? Trying to guage whether or not the winters will last at least one whole season when the majority of driving will be in mild winter climate.
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Most of us in the Pacific Northwest put the winter set on after thanksgiving, and take them off after spring break, or when skiing is over. 1/3 a year for the snow set, and that's all the swapping that will be done. Tires will last years.
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My plan is exactly he above and will run dws06s during the rest of the year. I don't expect the winter wheels to be on the car more than 4 months a year, sometimes less.
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I'd expect the the XIce to last at least a year or better if used "all season", but the primary concern we have is not the durability but the safety aspect of using a snow tire in warm weather; the added tread depth / siping combined with the soft rubber compounds will feel like they "squirm" at higher speeds affecting steering response and lateral stability. The rubber compound also tends to be a little slippery in wet conditions (when in the 70's or warmer), so we would never recommend using the XIce as an all season / daily driver tire. The tire will perform the best and wear the most when temps are in the 40's and colder.
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