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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:34 am

Wouldn't the dealers have stock wheels for the i at the parts desk? Couldn't you buy the alloy wheels aftermarket to put on for summer, then switch back to the steel wheels for winter (if you have the US ES model)?
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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:46 pm

PV1 wrote:Couldn't you buy the alloy wheels aftermarket to put on for summer, then switch back to the steel wheels for winter (if you have the US ES model)?
There are no 'aftermarket' alloy wheels available in 4.5 X 15 for the front . . . . apparently no steel wheels either, so it's Mitsubishi or nothing, at least for the fronts

You could buy a set of factory alloys from the dealer, but I'd be very surprised if a set of 4 could be had for less than $750

If I needed snow tires, I think I'd try just getting the rears and see how that works out. With regenerative braking coupled with the traction control, I think the car should be pretty driveable on slippery roads and of course we have ABS for friction braking as well

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TaosEV
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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:20 am

My local Tire Factory shop got me a set of four Dunlop Graspic DS-3s for the car and are holding them for me, pending some snow here. I'll just swap them onto the factory alloy wheels. I'll be sure to report back on how they work out.

Buying an extra set of factory alloys isn't an option for us at $450/wheel. Yikes.

Could snow here anytime now, though we've been having daytime highs in the 60s (F) with overnight lows in the 20s.
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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:09 am

For those looking for another snow tire brand -
These we included with the negotiated purchase price for my Miev - my dealer just installed..

Yokahama Ice Gaurd tires

175/60/15 81R

145/65/15 72R
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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:28 pm

I just checked my EU specs Peugeot iOn and it has different size rear tires!

front is same: 145/65/R15
but rear is: 175/55/R15

so a bit lower... I wonder why?

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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:26 am

Accidently tried the i-MiEVs all terrain capabilities today.

Hill climbing with one side in the mud the other on the street. Our ICE car would not have passed that test. Sounded a bit peculiar and it was creeping after I let the other car pass.

It was the brakes gripping the free turning wheel. The other side managed to get us going again and brought us back to the tarmac and up the hill. That should help on snow and ice as well.
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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:51 pm

Just had winter tires installed at our local iMiev dealer on steel rims - CAD$880+ tax. Pricey! But what can you do? We phoned around and could not locate another source for those skinny front tires...

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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:49 am

I've had the Dunlop Graspics on the car for a couple weeks now ... I guess I jumped the gun a bit since we haven't had more than a couple of flurries. I have noticed the tires have a softer feel, even running them at 43 psi, and they have taken around 10% off my range. Not bad for a grippy snow tire running on dry pavement.
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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:58 am

I hear ya oakvilleblake,

Just did the same thing and got the rims and the yokohama tire set at the dealer it was just over $1000.00 with tax.

Anyways that's it for tires for us for awhile and we can swap them ourselves if we want.

Don........

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Re: Tis the season: snow tires!

Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:23 pm

I'd love to see how the winter tires look on the cars. Can any of you please post some pictures?
Mike

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