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View Poll Results: What do you run on your truck during the winter months?
All seasons 16 48.48%
Winter tires 9 27.27%
Winter tires with weight 4 12.12%
Studded winter tires 2 6.06%
Bald tires with canvas showing 0 0%
Other combination 5 15.15%
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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-17-2013, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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What do you run during the winter?

Curious as to what everyone runs on their trucks during the winter months.

1. All seasons
2. Winter tires
3. Winter tires and some weight
4. Studded winter tires
5. Bald tires with canvas showing
6. Other combination

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-17-2013, 07:41 PM
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Blizzak DM-V1's or something like that......studded snow tires are illegal in Ontario incidentally.

Be curious to see which provinces still allow them.

Never used them myself, but I do recall seeing ( and hearing ) them as a kid in N.B.

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Blizzak DM- V1's on the white truck ... The red one go's night night ... lol

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Goodyear wrangler territories. Mud and snow rated. Lt265/70r17. They are ready for studs as well. Hear lots of vehicles north of The Sault and out towards Thunderbay with studs when I go up in the winter.

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Can't afford to buy two sets of winter tires so run Cooper Weather Master ST2 on wife's vehicle and BFG All terrain TA's on my truck. BFG's not bad in snow but like to skate in our -30 to-40 temps on ice. That's where four wheel drive and light touch on brakes comes in!

Such is life. Just passing through.

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Studded winters for my vehicles (wife's Escape and my beater Mazda Protege). It can snow a bunch here and turn into packed snow and ice in a hurry. I pretty much want the best tires for the wife and because my kids drive my car car, I don't need them getting into an accident because of tires that don't grip well.

I'm surprised at the comment that says studded tires are illegal in Ontario!

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I run Michelin LTX-AT2 in winter, only because I got them for free from my dad since I couldn't afford real winter tires at the time. I put about 350# of sand in the back and so far no issues.

As for the use of studs in ON I got the following from the MTO website.

Who can use studded tires?

Northern residents living north of and including Parry Sound and Nipissing Districts can now use studded tires on their vehicles.
When can I use my studded tires?

Northern Ontario residents can use studded tires with lightweight studs, anywhere in Ontario, from October 1 to April 30 inclusive. Using illegal studs, driving outside the legal time period, and Southern Ontario residents using studs on their vehicles can result in fines of up to $1,000.
How much does it cost to purchase a studded tire?

On average, a studdable tire could cost anywhere from $90 - $150 per tire or more depending on the make and size of the tire. This is similar to the cost of a winter tire. The price for studding a tire is typically $25 per tire and up.
Where can I get studded tires?

Studded tires are now available and can be ordered by your local tire installer or supplier in Northern Ontario. Follow manufacturers' recommendations for installation, maintenance and operations
What type of studs can I use?

Only lightweight Scandinavian studs can be used in Northern Ontario. The maximum stud weight for each type of vehicle is regulated.
Where can I get more information on the type of studded tires I can use in Northern Ontario?

Detailed information is included in Regulation 625 and is available through E-Laws: Highway Traffic Act - Tire Standards and Specifications
Do out-of-province visitors face fines if they have heavy (steel) studs on their vehicles?

No, as long as they do not stay longer than 30 days. The stud weight regulation does not apply to visitors. Similarly to Northern residents, they can use studded tires, in the legal period, anywhere in Ontario.

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post #8 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-18-2013, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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Studded tires are still allowed in NB between Oct 15 and May 1. After that if you are caught its a $172.50 fine. I ran them on my 2wd Ranger for the last 5 years. They were great on the icy mornings, but sucked on dry or wet pavement. BTW, I had the winter tires studded at Walmart for $15/tire.

I am curious about the stock Hankook Dynapro AT RF08s that came on my STX. Usually stock tires are garbage, and as usual, the reviews are all over the place on these ones..."Worst tire ever!......Best tire ever!" I guess I try them out in the first snowfall, then decide.

Does anyone have experience with these?

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I use P185/70R14 BFGoodrich Winter Slaloms. Awesome tires! Dirt Cheap too!

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Originally Posted by Mrmagoo View Post
BFG's not bad in snow but like to skate in our -30 to-40 temps on ice. That's where four wheel drive and light touch on brakes comes in!

I have BFG's too and they are not the greatest winter tire but they're better than the stock Goodyear AT/S I had.

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