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    Just wonderd what others on here think about the grip from there tyres on ice/snow. I have Falken FK452 ON 19" snowflakes, and grip is terrible to say the least.
    I`m not sure if this is a characteristic of this size of wheel, or whether its the rubber or even to higher tyre pressure. Any thoughts welcome

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    ice or snow grip will always be bad due to the levels of friction involved. The tyre width and weight is also a factor.

    Thats why winter tyre's are normally narrower and a smaller diameter.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    And the compound used,most high performance tyres are "summer" tyres below 7 degrees they just don't work,michelin even say the Ps2 isn't suitable for use in snow or ice !

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    I suppose its hard for the tyre manufactures to make an all year round performance tyre.

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    You have got to remember to adjust your style of driving to suit the conditions.
    Narrow tyres ars best fro snow or soft ground, but if you just use a little less gas and take it slow but steady most modern cars will get you where you want to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shadow View Post
    Just wonderd what others on here think about the grip from there tyres on ice/snow. I have Falken FK452 ON 19" snowflakes, and grip is terrible to say the least.
    I`m not sure if this is a characteristic of this size of wheel, or whether its the rubber or even to higher tyre pressure. Any thoughts welcome
    my 912s very bad in snow or ice, these Falkens just don't work below 7/10 degrees

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnsdutton View Post
    You have got to remember to adjust your style of driving to suit the conditions.
    Narrow tyres ars best fro snow or soft ground, but if you just use a little less gas and take it slow but steady most modern cars will get you where you want to go.
    "Less gas" I could not stop from 10 mph on a slight downhill slope even though i applied the brakes (gently) 40 yards from a junction. Luckily nothing was coming so I let the car slide into the main road and regain grip on the well gritted surface.
    This has never happened to me in my nearly fully loaded transit van before, running on the cheapest tyres that lease companies fit.

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    I have 452's on the front of my 20's its pretty much down to the width..as said narrowness wins in this weather.

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    Is it really about the tyre? I know to a degree yes it is as they all perform differently (at warmed temperature) but if thick snow fills the tread on your tyre it doesn't matter what tyre you have, your on slicks and ice skating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadow View Post
    I suppose its hard for the tyre manufactures to make an all year round performance tyre.
    They could, but if they did.... The tyre would be SO soft it wouldn't last a summer, it'd be considered to expensive and car forums like this one would be slagging them off relentlessly. What we get as a result is a compromise :/

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