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    Default Snowflakes, whats the deal?

    Having read a few threads on them it seems there are two camps. Those that like them and those that don't.

    I've read the posts about being fragile, then some claim they've never had a bother with theirs.

    They're not a common thing here in Ireland. I'd like aset for my car, but of the two that were for sale recently one set had two that needed welding, one that was good and the last was (in the seller's description) knackered. No tyres so essentially he was selling scrap.

    The other set seem o be in good condition but cannot get a reply from the seller.

    In the North they not commonplace but there are a few more. However with travel restrictions eased i still cannot go "international". That aside there are only two sets for sale and both have problems (more than i think are worth buying for).

    The UK seems to have a good few floating around but they are harder, actually impossible, for me to go after so i'm stuck searching for sale sites and pages nightly for something local, but that is getting tiresome.

    So what is the thing with snowflakes. Are they are poor as some say? Are there any "hidden" issue that owners could share to be wary off? Do they drastically or negatively effect performance/handling or are they a benefit in any way?

    I've been after a set for a while, as a second set of wheels, so i'm wondering if my pursuit is worthwhile.

    Any advice or opinions welcomed.

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    Wider wheels and tyres aid with handling and grip don’t they?
    The common consensus I kept reading since joining is to keep the pressure high 44 I think, I run mine at 42 and have done with both cars using the Speedline snowies or Ronal VXR alloys.
    And use good quality tyres, that’s all I know. Both types are known to crack, in fact I’m sure I’ve seen 19” irmisher ones up for sale cracked. They are all crap really, unless it’s just idiots who didn’t check tyre pressure regularly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dog_Book View Post
    Wider wheels and tyres aid with handling and grip don’t they?.
    They do, except when snow is on the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
    They do, except when snow is on the ground.
    No issues with full on winter tyres will all the siping
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dog_Book View Post
    No issues with full on winter tyres will all the siping
    Is there a translator in the house

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
    Is there a translator in the house
    Did I spell it wrong?

    Not that I can see https://www.dunlop.eu/en_gb/consumer...ter-tires.html
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    They would be a summer tyre/wheel. Well thats my intent.

    When i bought my car the lad had Oz racing alloys on it. They are 17" and actually a nice wheel. I never got, as he sold them, the original wheels. I like the idea of the snowflakes and i had a jeep with the same thing. 16" heavy duty tyres/wheels on her during winter/bad months and the 22" alloys on during summer.

    I need two front tyres, actually i want to change all four, that are currently on the car. She currently sits on 225/45/17s but i'm going back to 215/45/17 tyres. The snowflakes will require refurbishment (got a contact today for a set that were guaranteed no cracks/welds but in need of refurb) and it'll take some time, and money, to get them, refurb and then stick some rubber on them.

    I'm happy enough that i'm keeping the car for a while, actually forever , so the money cost doesn't matter to me but the reviews i've read are a combination of the above. Some say good, others say bad so trying to cut through the bull-excrement and get some first hand reviews, dos & don', tips and advice. Have a lead on a twin exhaust system and a few other bits. So want the car sitting, aesthetically nicer, but not "boy-racer". Nice wheels, subtle exhaust, thats it. The rest is basically done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dog_Book View Post
    Wider wheels and tyres aid with handling and grip don’t they?
    I would agree with this and I also think the 19" snowies widen the track slightly, mine certainly seem to fill the arches more than the 17's did, probably a slightly different offset along with the increased width. This along with the increased rubber footprint gives much better grip IMO.
    Despite the cost of living it still seems popular!

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    Think i'll take the leap. If nothing else to satisfy an "itch" for them. They sell quickly and are as rare as Hen's teeth so if all else fails they should shift on pretty quick.

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    Iíve taken two Vectra cís back to Ireland , both had 19ís , the first were the snowflakes and second were VXR type , Iíve had numerous sets and never had an issue once , but when driving back there I was overly cautious as the roads around my familyís place arenít the best , I think if your careful and have the right pressure in the tyres youíll be fine ...
    That all said the latest daily has 20ís .... not so sure how theyíll get on back in Ireland when Iím allowed back ....

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