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Summer tires in winter

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    Do Summer tires work in winter?

    Who knows why Tire Rack etc warn not to use summer tires and drag radials in the winter below 32 degrees outside? Does something physical happen to them and they are ruined for the next summer or do they just loose traction when its cold and how much ie behave like you are driving on snow flurries all the time?
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    I have only noticed that they suck when it is cold out...they still work great the next summer. I like having summer tires on my WS6, so when it gets cold I drive my truck.

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    I like the idea of summers too but couldnt get enough info or feedback to feel comfortable so I bought the BFG all-seasons they probably hook just as good as most anyway.

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    I have summer biased tires on my Formy right now. I got stuck in a snow storm we had here a few weeks ago. I didn't know it was going to snow, so I drove the Bird and not my Jeep to work, 30 miles away.

    Driving VERY slowly and carefully, I made it halfway home. Then I came to the long, somewhat steep, hill I have to go up on my way home. Yeah, needless to say, I didn't make it up. 3/4 of the way up and I lost all momentum. I had to back down, which was fun, and I ended up leaving the car overnight at a CVS, and having my roommate come pick me up in my Jeep.

    There's a good reason right there not to run summer tires in the winter.

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    I wasnt planning on driving in the snow but as you point out it could happen. I was more concerned that Ive heard summers get hard in the winter and you loose traction on dry ground sort of like using Nitto in the rain. No sense driving it if you have to baby the gas all the time.

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    We don't have winter per se, but my Fuzions still suck when it gets below 70. Don't think I'll buy them again. They blow in rain.

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    Yeah I miss the old Firehawk tires that were based off the Indy rain tires. The local Firestone here has a set that will fit on vette rims. Prolly the last set in existence.

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    I love my firestone truck tires.... Need to find a suitable Firestone for the Z.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmassner View Post
    We don't have winter per se, but my Fuzions still suck when it gets below 70. Don't think I'll buy them again. They blow in rain.
    Are they they summer ZR1 Fuzion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickssz View Post
    Are they they summer ZR1 Fuzion?
    Yeah. I liked them when they were new (and liked the price), but 10K later, I can't wait to be rid of them. Might try Firestone Firehawk Wide Ovals next.
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    They are made to run dry or wet & above 40.
    They are a soft rubber compound b-low 40 they start to get hard then you will have a prob.

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