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      11-02-2010, 12:42 AM   #1
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✚WHEELSTO | Winter Tires - From Blizzak to Vredestein: Be Prepared This Winter!



With Winter just around the corner, most are looking to do a quick change to some winter tires on your daily BMW. Most consumers have very little experience when it comes to Winter Tires, and it is certainly information that is not easy to find.

This is by no means a comprehensive list but rather a guide to choose the tire that really suits your driving and weather conditions. Since many members, have different needs when it comes to widths and specs, i am not listing any specific combination.

Please feel free to inquire about the perfect setup for this winter~!



Performance Winter


Blizzak LM-60 (Performance)



Bridgestone Blizzak designed to combine the basic tread design of the Blizzak WS60 with a high-silica tread compound to blend high-speed durability and dry-road cold weather handling with snow traction.

Application:
- Sports cars
- Sporty coupes
- Luxury performance sedans

Features:
- Stable winter driving on dry/wet and snow-covered roads
- High silica content tread compound
- Bridgestone's Uni-T technology
- H - Rated (130mph)
- Available in RFT version (in limited sizing)

Sizes:
17" / 18" / 19" / 20"



Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 (Performance)



The Alpin PA3 was designed to retain the feel and precision of your ultra high performance sports car during the deep winters. Focus is on enhancing traction, handling on dry, wet and snow covered conditions.

Application:
- Sports cars
- Sporty coupes
- Luxury performance sedans

Features:
- Sunflower oil-enriched Helio compound to increase low temp traction
- Asymmetic tread design with Variable Thickness Sipes (V.T.S) for both dry and wet handling
- Polyester cord body under twin steel belt construction, reinforced by BAZ technology for superior comfort and high-speed capability
- V - Rated (149mph)

Sizes:
16" / 17" / 18" / 19"


Pirelli Winter 240 Sottozero Serie II (Performance)



Pirelli's premier winter performance tires developed for the sports car in mind. Developed with the philosophy that winter/snow tires must perform in a variety of unpredictable weather conditions, not just in the snow belt states.

Application:
- Sports cars
- Sporty coupes
- Luxury performance sedans

Features:

- Features Pirelli's Temperature Dynamic Compound technology which optimizes wet and icy surface traction
- Interactive Brickwork Siping that increases both lateral and longitudinal stability with more biting edges for snow traction
- Twin steel belt reinforced with spiral wrapped polyamide construction (less sensitive to temp change)
- V - Rated (149 mph)
- Available in RFT version (in limited sizing)

Size:

17" / 18" / 19" / 20"


Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D (Performance)



Dunlop developed the SP Winter Sport 3D for those cars that come equipped with low profile tires. They are designed to provide dry, wet and snow-covered road competence by delivering traction throughout winter's cold temperatures.

Application:

- Sports cars
- Sporty coupes
- Luxury performance sedans

Features:
- Reactive Silica mixing providing high elasticity at low temperatures for dependable grip
- Directional tread design reduces hydroplaning
- Three distinct traction zones: central for traction in acceleration and braking, Intermediate for high stability and control, 3D sipes in shoulder for increased dry road stability and handling
- Twin steel belt reinforced by Nylon to optimize contact patch
- Mix of H (130mph) / V (149mph) / W (168mph)
- Available in RFT version (in limited sizing)

Size:

15" / 16" / 17" / 18" / 19" / 20"



Vredestein Wintrac xtreme



Designed by Giugiaro, this is the premier high performance Winter tire by Vredestein. Low noise and enhanced tread life through even tire wear are key signature features of the Wintrac Xtreme.

Application:
- Sports cars
- Sporty coupes
- Luxury performance sedans

Features:
- Straight sipes across the tread for a good grip on snow Zigzag sipes in the tread shoulders for perfect handling
- Increased grip on wet surfaces Excellent aquaplaning stability Good performance on snow and ice
- Low noise levels throughout the tire’s life-span Perfect driving performance in winter conditions
- Mix of H (130mph) / V (149mph) / W (168mph)

Size:
15" / 16" / 17" / 18" / 19" / 20"




Studless Ice/Snow



Blizzak WS60 (Studless Ice/Snow)



the Blizzak WS60 is Bridgestone's signature Studless Ice and Snow winter tire, developed for the everyday car. It is designed to deliver wintertime traction and control that inspires driver confidence by getting the most out of the vehicle's potential

Application:
- Coupes
- Sedans
- Minivans
- Light crossover vehicles

Features:
- Dual compound tread with silica-enhanced Tube Multi-cell compound (enhanced water repelling)
- Directional tread design that features independent tread block with 3-D zigzag to enhance grip
- Enhanced hydroplaning resistance
- R - Rated (106mph)

Sizes:
15" / 16" / 17" / 18"


Michelin Pilot X-Ice Xi2 (Studless Ice/Snow)



Michelin's studless ice and snow winter tires for the everyday driver that combines enhanced ice and snow traction with predictable wet and dry road handling.

Application:
- Coupes
- Sedans
- Minivans
- Light crossover vehicles

Features:
- Silica-based winter tread rubber compound
- Firm at high temperatures for wet and dry stability with flexibility at lower temps for snow and ice traction
- Directional tread design that helps evacuate water and slush
- Independent tread blocks for traction on ice and snow conditions
- Cross Z-sipes increase tread and shoulder block stability to provide lateral and longitudinal stiffness
- Twin steel belts reinforced by spirally wound nylon
- T - Rated (118mph)

Size:
13" / 14" / 15" / 16" / 17" / 18" / 19"


Nokian Hakkapeliitta R (Studless Ice/Snow)



Nokian Tyres invented the Winter tires in the 1930s. The Hakkapeliitta R is designed to function on all winter conditions and temperature fluctuations while maintaining grip on any road surface; ice, snow, wet or dry.

Application:
- Coupes
- Sedans
- Minivans
- Light crossover vehicles

Features:
- Pump Sipes efficiently wipes the wet ice dry and remove water at the point of contact
- Sharp shoulders improve lateral grip, Break booster and center rib to increase driving stability
- Ultra-low rolling resistance for increased fuel efficiency.
- Canola-silica compound in the tread improves the tire’s wet grip and reduces rolling resistance without compromising the tire’s good winter properties
- The Single Wire Bead structure ensures the durability of the tire, while lowering the tire’s rolling resistance, i.e. the tire rolls lightly
- R - Rated (106mph)

Size:
13" / 14" / 15" / 16" / 17" / 18" / 19" / 20"




All-Season Performance



Nokian Hakkapeliitta WR G2 ("Forget the Forecast" All Season)



This "All-weather Plus" tire is pretty unique to Nokian and truly offers the best performance in every season. The asymmetrical inside-out tread pattern different areas of the tread to focus on the different driving conditions you will encounter throughout the year.

Application:
- Sports cars
- Sporty coupes
- Luxury performance sedans

Features:
- Asymmetrical treat pattern for diverse properties
- Unique design and siping of outer shoulder for easy handling and stability on all surfaces
- Innovative slush edge design ensure superb grip in winter conditions
- Center design features 3D siping for better handling and stability on wet and dry conditions
- Power on/off stabilizer improves stability in all driving conditions, especially in powerful accelerations
- Ultra-low rolling resistance for increased fuel efficiency.
- Mix of H (130mph) / V (149mph) / W (168mph)

Size:
13" / 14" / 15" / 16" / 17" / 18" / 19" / 20"


For Those looking to do a full wheel and tire package: we have the following wheels for winter packages:






How to Order or Get More Information:
Call: 312.880.7767
Email: info@wheelsto.com
PM the WheelSTO Crew:
Julius ● Julius@WSTO
Dave ● Dave@WSTO
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WheelSTO Wheel & Tire Package Program
WSTO also offers wheel and tire packages. Please Let us know what your favorite tire is, when asking for price quotes . If you are not sure, just let us know and we can make some suggestions for your intended use! WheelSTO uses a Hunter Road Force balancer to ensure your setup is perfectly balanced. Each order includes a printout showing the accuracy. Ask Your WheelSTO Rep about our FREE Mount and Balance Program Today!


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Can i get prices on all of the above options to fit OEM 18's (dont want prices for the studless ones though). Just the first 4 or 5. You can email me at Simo27@att.blackberry.net

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Can i get prices on all of the above options to fit OEM 18's (dont want prices for the studless ones though). Just the first 4 or 5. You can email me at Simo27@att.blackberry.net

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you call got PM/Email from me.

Also, one other tire that we can provide is the Hankook Ice Bear W300.

Here is a consumer report showing the breakdown of some of the most popular winter tires.

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PM and email sent... I need a winter setup.
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PM and email sent... I need a winter setup.

sent you email. Check out some of the options that i gave you and feel free to call me at 312.880.7767

Popular set ups.

18": VMR VB3 (18 - 8.5/9.5) with these tires (235/40-18 & 255/40-18)
- Vredestein Wintrac Extreme
- Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
- Blizzk LM60
- Pirelli Sotto Zero 240 Serie II

19" VMR V710 / VB3 (19 - 8.5/9.5) with these tires (235/35-19 & 255/35-19)
- Vredesetin Wintrac Extreme
- Blizzak LM60

For those doing a simple square setup, there are more choices.
Contact me for details. Don't get stuck in that snow this year.
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Vredestein is all out of stock on 235/40-18 in the US (nationwide back order).
In the mean time we have been providing our customers with the 245/40-18 in the front.
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most popular set up that we are doing right now.

the VMR VB3 with Dunlop SP Wintersport 3D

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the other option that is in demand is the TSW nurburgring (19 - 9.0 et20) with 245/40-18 vredestein Wintrac Extreme all around.

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Do you guys have anything left in a 255/35/19 and a 265/35/19 snow tire?
Thanks very much.

Do the TSW nurburgring (19 - 9.0 et20) clear AP BBK?
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Do you guys have anything left in a 255/35/19 and a 265/35/19 snow tire?
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Do the TSW nurburgring (19 - 9.0 et20) clear AP BBK?

the 255/35-19 is available in Vredestein Wintrac Extreme but not in combination with the 265/35-19.

not too many guys make the 265/35-19. Blizzaks are avaialble in both the LM25 and LM60. again, not in combination with the 255/35-19.

Although, that does sound like a good size, i don't really recommend that for the winters. i would do the 255/35-19 all around from VRED on the 19 - 9.0.

the TSW cleared the Stop Tech (to the best of my knowledge) and i am going to say yes, but i can find out for sure.
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the 255/35-19 is available in Vredestein Wintrac Extreme but not in combination with the 265/35-19.

not too many guys make the 265/35-19. Blizzaks are avaialble in both the LM25 and LM60. again, not in combination with the 255/35-19.

Although, that does sound like a good size, i don't really recommend that for the winters. i would do the 255/35-19 all around from VRED on the 19 - 9.0.

the TSW cleared the Stop Tech (to the best of my knowledge) and i am going to say yes, but i can find out for sure.
I got some OEM ZCP rims that I was hoping to mount 255/35 and 265/35 LM60s.
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right now, the Blizzak in 255/35-19 is on nationwide back order.
for those that still need the 19" winters, i highly recommend the 235/35-19 and 255/35-19 set up by Vredestein Wintrac Extreme.

Also, we still have good deals on the 18" full wheel and winter tire packages for the M3!
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