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Old 11-26-2019, 10:56 AM   #21
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Yeah, I don't know about buying another E46, I've owned mine about 4 years now, and they get more and more ragged out from kids where I live anymore, I was looking at the studdable Artic 12s

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General Arctic's with studs would be pretty serious hardware for the winter. We got great service out of ours(sans studs). Handed them down to the people who bought our last BMW. With approximately 3 seasons on them, they looked like day one. With 4 snows on the car and studs in the rear, it should give you a vastly better experience then the previous. I installed the Conti Winters on an extra set of Style 137's to make the change overs easier from season to season.
Good luck with them. Having grown up on the east coast, I know the winters can be bad in PA. Stay safe.
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Old 11-26-2019, 10:58 AM   #22
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General Arctic's with studs would be pretty serious hardware for the winter. We got great service out of ours(sans studs). Handed them down to the people who bought our last BMW. With approximately 3 seasons on them, they looked like day one. With 4 snows on the car and studs in the rear, it should give you a vastly better experience then the previous. I installed the Conti Winters on an extra set of Style 137's to make the change overs easier from season to season.

Good luck with them. Having grown up on the east coast, I know the winters can be bad in PA. Stay safe.

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Well if I decided on these, I've never done studs yet, I wouldn't need studs on all 4 you're saying?

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Old 11-26-2019, 12:31 PM   #23
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Well if I decided on these, I've never done studs yet, I wouldn't need studs on all 4 you're saying?

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On a RWD car, I would "not" do studs on the fronts. We had standard General Artics on our old e36 without studs, and it was amazing in the snow(even on some pretty serious inclines). Having said that, the snows with an old style factory limited slip diff probably helped to a great degree.
Some people run all 4 with studs out here(PNW), but they usually live towards, or in the mountain areas where road quality is mixed. The noise and lack of steering control would drive me crazy. Having said that, each to their own. Even with a RWD, I've found 4 snows without studs really has done the job.
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Old 11-26-2019, 08:32 PM   #24
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Studs are great on ice.

A hinderance on ANYTHING else.

Moderns snows are just sooooo good these days, studs I leave to the ice racers.


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Old 11-26-2019, 08:52 PM   #25
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Studs are great on ice.

A hinderance on ANYTHING else.

Moderns snows are just sooooo good these days, studs I leave to the ice racers.


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Our winters are just wet and slushy anymore so I kinda wanna over kill it if I'm able to for that extra precaution

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Old 11-27-2019, 01:32 PM   #26
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I can get to work in any lake effect snow storm with Blizzaks. Current model in your size is the WS90.
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Old 11-27-2019, 03:19 PM   #27
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I ran a pair of Blizzaks on my open dif e36 and went through a number of snowy Wisconsin winters, never got stuck even when pushing snow with the front bumper. Now if it snows I drive my xi with General Ultimax Artics, unstoppable considering both difs are open.
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Old 11-27-2019, 10:13 PM   #28
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Our winters are just wet and slushy anymore so I kinda wanna over kill it if I'm able to for that extra precaution

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Check to make sure studs are legal if you decide to get them. As stated above they can be detrimental on the wet.
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Old 11-27-2019, 10:15 PM   #29
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Check to make sure studs are legal if you decide to get them. As stated above they can be detrimental on the wet.
We are allowed to have studs in PA from Nov 1st to april 15th

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Old 11-28-2019, 07:51 AM   #30
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We are allowed to have studs in PA from Nov 1st to april 15th

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They outlawed studs in Wi back in the early 70s except on emergency vehicles.

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Old 11-28-2019, 08:07 AM   #31
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I am also very curious which winter tyres are decent for the E46. I have a lot of experience with winter tires, which are good for snow, which are slightly less good, ... grip-wise. But what I have learned the hard (and expensive) way, is that the E46 is REALLY ****ing sensitive to the type of tires you run. Meaning softer tires will result in sloppy handling.

So what is a good winter tire for handling for the E46? Because a lot of people here recommend certain brands/types of tires, but is this with regards to handling?

I'm asking because simply putting brand A in front and brand B in the rear results in shitty handling for the E46.
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Old 11-28-2019, 08:22 AM   #32
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I can get to work in any lake effect snow storm with Blizzaks. Current model in your size is the WS90.
The Blizzaks are fantastic tires. I got a set of WS80 on closeout because the WS90 came out (check TireRack or something similar) and I haven't had a single issue living slopeside at a Vermont ski resort. Highly recommend.
As stated a few times already in this thread, studs are not a good idea if you want to drive on anything other than ice.
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Old 11-28-2019, 09:28 PM   #33
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Is it just a few days you need to deal with black ice and snow? I have good experience with pirelli Sotozzero 2 but these are not all out winter tires. More like winter leaning all seasons that do ok on snow if needed. I live in dc and they are fine there


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Old 11-29-2019, 08:06 AM   #34
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Is it just a few days you need to deal with black ice and snow? I have good experience with pirelli Sotozzero 2 but these are not all out winter tires. More like winter leaning all seasons that do ok on snow if needed. I live in dc and they are fine there


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Our winters are unpredictable in NE PA anymore, alot of it has been really packed slushy snow the last 2 years


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Old 11-29-2019, 08:39 AM   #35
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ugh, ever year this is the weekend i put my snows on , and it just so happens a storm is coming, so you know what

f it , parking it till the sun comes out , everybody panics lol


oh my god, gota put my tires on and get bread lol
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Old 11-29-2019, 08:59 AM   #36
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ugh, ever year this is the weekend i put my snows on , and it just so happens a storm is coming, so you know what

f it , parking it till the sun comes out , everybody panics lol


oh my god, gota put my tires on and get bread lol
I'm not really panicking the current tires I have on my winter wheels are shot to crap, and need a new pair, and since this car is my only source 9f transportation this year around and I have to be at my job whether there is a inch or 6inches on the ground. Haha. So since money isnt an issue with my tire budget I think I might go with the blizzak WS90 since I can't get the WS80 so hopefully they are as good as the old ws80 I hear everyone praise

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Old 12-03-2019, 09:38 PM   #37
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I ran Michelin winter sport tires which they no longer make. They were great. Had a set of non performance winter tires installed as I was told they matched what I had previously and they were terrifying to drive at freeway speeds. Had them replaced after just a few days. Tire rack has good info. Stay in the high performance winter tire category unless you really want to do 45mph all winter long.
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yeah, you have to pay attention to speed rating of your snows, i've pushed mine past it ,you shouldn't , but people p me off
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