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      08-28-2008, 10:26 AM   #23
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tire rack can be cheaper by HALF. We were shopping for a winter tire for my girlfriends mini and tire rack was $116 and fountain tire was 239. Tire rack also includes mounting and balancing and fountain tire does not. At fountain tire this was $20 per tire. A HUGE savings when you added it all up. (these were goodyear ultra eagle 205/50R16)

Tire trends in vancouver had good prices on sport edition rims. Check out their website but make sure you call them to see if they have the tire you want actually in stock. Just cause it says on their website in stock - it doesn't actually mean it ?!

Here is what I got for my 135
Cool that's what I was thinking of getting as well. Does Gill give you a discount at all?
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      08-28-2008, 10:40 AM   #24
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No but going through him gives him commission to offset the help that he gives in the tire forum on here....so it is worth asking for him.
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      08-28-2008, 10:42 AM   #25
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Plus, he can help you get Roundel center caps because it's impossible to find on the website.
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17's are definitely better for deep snow but if the snow is deep I'm not driving my 1. Even in colder areas of Canada the vast majority of the winter it is either clean roads or wet roads.

When you go to 17's you've changed aspect ratio and therefore their driving feel and accompanied with the lower feel of snows it seemed too much of a drop to me so I'm going wth 18's and a snow tire that is good in the dry and wet.

I just didn't want to feel that my 1 was completely crippled for the 5 months it has winter tires on it. Just my opinion.
You're in Van....why would you need winter tires for five months...you just need rain specific tires! :wink:

With our wacky weather in Calgary, winter driving can be pretty challenging. Especially with snow falls then warmer temps which make everything nice and icy. After having a 4x4 for the last five years, driving the 1 should be exciting.

With the 17 rim, you can get a taller tire (to maintain the same overall tire diameter) which gives more sidewall and better traction in slippery conditions.
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      08-28-2008, 12:09 PM   #27
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I'm going to get something similar to PeeJay (hopefully from Gill).
17" Sport Edition KM11 (anthracite) with Blizzak WS-60 (maybe the LM25).
I'm also considering these M5 reps from tiretrends: http://www.tiretrends.com/wheel_cata...p3?wheelID=164 Will they fit???
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      08-28-2008, 12:37 PM   #28
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You're in Van....why would you need winter tires for five months...you just need rain specific tires! :wink:
I hear you. But, due to climate change or whatever else, we've had a lot more snow in the past couple winters than we normally do. Last year we had snow last for almost 2 weeks. That never happens here. It usually snows and then 3 days later the rain washes it away.
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      08-28-2008, 12:44 PM   #29
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Yay, global warming!
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      08-28-2008, 01:22 PM   #30
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Yay, global warming!
I've seen what it does to your city. I was there about a month ago.

We're going up Deerfoot I believe it was and suddenly it gets really dark and it starts raining buckets full. Even wipers at full blast couldn't keep up. Then it starts to hail dime sized hail and the Deerfoot is flooding so we're driving in 5 inches of water. We drive for another 10 minutes and its gone. Spectacular weather!
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      08-28-2008, 01:24 PM   #31
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i see i see

so what's a good brand for tires ? and what kind of rims are they (those that have been listed here)
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      08-28-2008, 01:26 PM   #32
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The Blizzak LM-25's listed above and the Dunlop WinterSport 3D's. The rims are TireRack sport edition alloy wheels. Decent for a winter set.
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      08-28-2008, 01:37 PM   #33
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Tire rack has done some tests on various tires. When you are looking at their selection of tires - you can clilck on consumer reviews and the tests they have done. They are very informative.

Also - here is consumer reports data
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      08-28-2008, 01:49 PM   #34
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Just my opinion, but not much has been talked about with the WS-60's. I went with the Blizzak WS-60's 215/45/17. Gill had said on another forum he would recommend these tires over the LM-25's.

http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9066
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      08-28-2008, 04:43 PM   #35
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I've seen what it does to your city. I was there about a month ago.

We're going up Deerfoot I believe it was and suddenly it gets really dark and it starts raining buckets full. Even wipers at full blast couldn't keep up. Then it starts to hail dime sized hail and the Deerfoot is flooding so we're driving in 5 inches of water. We drive for another 10 minutes and its gone. Spectacular weather!
That has nothing to do with global warming. Just abnormal pressure trends in Calgary. Ever notice how Deerfoot dips in and out of the valley? That's what you're experiencing. Bizarre, eh?
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Wonder if Gill can chime in here.. maybe put together a deal/package for us? Seems like most of us are looking at sport edition rims and some sort of performance winter tire.

At least a recommendation, perhaps.

@bye bye GTI: how'd you add the BMW center caps?

Decided on 17" KM11's with LM25's.
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KM'11's with either the LM25's or the WS-60's would be fine. Those wheels take the OE center caps.

LM25's are higher speed rated for better dry road handling. Not nearly as much snow and ice traction as the WS-60.

With 300hp and RWD, I'm going KM11 and WS-60 but that won't be the best package for everyone. It's the one I'm most comfortable with where I drive.

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Thanks Gill..
Can BMW center caps be added?

EDIT:
So I checked out Tiretrends for a Canadian comparison against Tire Rack..

Here's what I decided on.
17x8 Sport Edition KM11
225/45/R17 XL Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25

Shipping to Calgary, tax included.
Tiretrends: $2204
Tirerack: $1528


Tirerack also has free balancing.. !
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KM'11's with either the LM25's or the WS-60's would be fine. Those wheels take the OE center caps.

LM25's are higher speed rated for better dry road handling. Not nearly as much snow and ice traction as the WS-60.

With 300hp and RWD, I'm going KM11 and WS-60 but that won't be the best package for everyone. It's the one I'm most comfortable with where I drive.

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This is what I just ordered last night.:thumbup:
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      08-28-2008, 06:24 PM   #40
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KM'11's with either the LM25's or the WS-60's would be fine. Those wheels take the OE center caps.

LM25's are higher speed rated for better dry road handling. Not nearly as much snow and ice traction as the WS-60.

With 300hp and RWD, I'm going KM11 and WS-60 but that won't be the best package for everyone. It's the one I'm most comfortable with where I drive.

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WS-60 are not available for the 128 (sport package) :iono:

I'm looking for that kind of tire ( snow and ice ) more then wet pavement what can I get ?
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Tirerack also has free balancing.. !
Not to mention that the balancing is on a Hunter Road Force balancing machine. I'm not sure TireTrends has one of those babies.
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That has nothing to do with global warming. Just abnormal pressure trends in Calgary. Ever notice how Deerfoot dips in and out of the valley? That's what you're experiencing. Bizarre, eh?
+1...Calgary weather is peaky...keeps things interesting. The best is riding to work in the morning in shorts and needing a parka for the ride home!
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That has nothing to do with global warming. Just abnormal pressure trends in Calgary. Ever notice how Deerfoot dips in and out of the valley? That's what you're experiencing. Bizarre, eh?
I know. I just like blaming everything on global warming. You guys have had the whole 4 seasons in a day thing happening for a long time.

I did get to experience a Chinook once in November about 10 years ago in your city. Very impressive climatic event.
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I know. I just like blaming everything on global warming. You guys have had the whole 4 seasons in a day thing happening for a long time.

I did get to experience a Chinook once in November about 10 years ago in your city. Very impressive climatic event.
I like to think of chinooks as vacations from the ice daggers that usually stab us in the face. I was born in Vancouver.. in some ways I miss the temperate climate.. but on the other hand the variety is nice.

As any smart Calgarian would do, I've started looking into winter tires at the end of August.
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