TaosEV
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Tis the season: snow tires!

Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:01 am

It was +26F here this morning, and I'm thinking snow isn't far behind. Just wondering if anyone's bought snow tires yet?

My local tire shop is recommending Dunlop Graspic DS-3 tires for the i ... they're not the most aggressive snow tire out there, but the shop says they've had happy customers with these on small rear-wheel drive cars (think Miata).

The car will be stored and charged in a heated garage, but Taos can get some decent snow and ice accumulation on the roads.

Suggestions?
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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:50 am

As a plus, an early Miata ('90 - '93) 5.5 inch wide 14 inch wheel with a 185/60-14 tire on it is almost the same exact circumference as the factory rear tires and the wheel has the same bolt pattern as the i - Could be a cheap way to have a pair of dedicated snow tires without using the factory wheels . . . . easy to swap them on and off anytime you need them

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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:47 pm

Has anyone found the Dunlop Graspics? Tirerack has them back-ordered.

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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:16 am

So I called Tirerack and was told these tires are "dealer restricted" meaning the only way to get them is through Mitsubishi.

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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:09 am

What about the front tires, are you able to find snows for them?

Take this for what its worth. I've driven some of the most god-awful snow packed roads from Rochester, NY to Niagara on the Lake, ON down the I-90 thruway for a period of ten years starting from 1999 to January 2010 with just all season tires with four different vehicles (1998 Nissan Frontier, 2002 VW Jetta VR6, 2000 Mazda MPV DX, 2008 Nissan Versa). I've never had any problem with slipping and sliding with any of the vehicles. Its mostly wet around here, the plows usually get out regularly to get the snow off the roads. I'll just wait and see how the car does, but more than likely I'll not be upgrading my tires to snows for Mitsubishi i.

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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:45 pm

An alternative to the Tire Rack is http://www.tires-easy.com. They have two styles of 145/65-15 and two styles of 175/60-15 winter tires in stock, including the DS-3. Prices start at $72.90 for the front and $59.80 for the rear. The DS-3 for the rear are priced at $112.80 for comparison.

Contact them at 877-253-6191 to see if other styles are available.

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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:38 am

On that note has anyone looked into getting steel rims for snow tires ? I checked online but did not find anything.

I have some Honda civic rims that I have not tried on the iMiev but they are 15 inch so I wonder if they will fit. The iMiev mags are the same 15 inch size front and rear but I think they are not interchangeable.

Does anyone know the deal with the tires and rims on the iMiev ?

Ideally I would like to get winter tires on steel rims. I found tires at Costco so that's fine but finding rims is a bit more challenging.

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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:03 am

I think keeping the original Dunlops on here in the winter wouldn't be a good idea. While it often gets warm enough during the day to melt the snow on the roads, the wet roads then freeze as sunset approaches. The local road maintenance is plowing and sanding, no salting. My concerns with the car are rear wheel drive and relatively light weight.

Our local Tire Factory store can get the DS-3s for me, no problem, in both front and rear sizes. They'll charge me $20/wheel to change the tires. Ideally, it'd be nice to have winter steel wheels here too. The early Miata wheels look promising as rears; any ideas for the fronts?

BTW: dealer restricted doesn't mean you have to get them through your Mitsubishi dealer; a tire dealer who sells Dunlops can get them too.

Overnight low here last night was +12F. The snowflake has appeared regularly on the miles remaining gauge.
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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Sat Oct 27, 2012 4:54 pm

Gosh, I haven't used snow tires in...35 years. If it gets that bad in NYC, I either walk or take the train, or just sit tight. The plows get to it in a day or so.

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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:35 am

I have an appointment with my dealer to mount snow tires tomorrow. ( Mitsubishi Boisevert in Blainville ,QC.)
He said he could get jobber steel rims for the rear at a reasonable price, but not the front.
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