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 Post subject: Planning a set of Michelin Xice tires for winter.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:34 pm 
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Last winter we had 7-8 of snow on the ground at one point. One of my cars couldn’t leave the driveway. This is my get to work car. My backup is a Cessna 172. 2014 Spark EV

Edit: tires are ordered!


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 Post subject: Re: Planning a set of Michelin Xice tires for winter.
PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:01 pm 
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Update, having only driven two days on the factory Ecopas I was not prepared for the lack of traction of the Michelin Ice X i3 at 75* in the dry! I was leaving town for work and wanted as many loose ends tied up as possible. Under hard throttle the fronts just whirr like a sewing machine with wheelspin. I will definitely have to accelerate (pun) my efforts to get a spare set of wheels for warm weather tires!


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 Post subject: Re: Planning a set of Michelin Xice tires for winter.
PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:16 pm 
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I have dunlop direzzas on mine, there's a 20% range penalty, but it makes the car so much more fun. I can still break traction when accelerating, but it's a lot less than the ecopas. The motor in this car is insane!


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 Post subject: Re: Planning a set of Michelin Xice tires for winter.
PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:23 pm 
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When I had the crappy Kuhmo's on mine,,, it would spin from anything below 30mph and bark the tires at 40mph...with the fuel fighter tires..zero spinning unless under 10mph. Its pretty nice. 400ft-lbs is hard to tame on a skinny tire below that speed no matter the compound.


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 Post subject: Re: Planning a set of Michelin Xice tires for winter.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:54 am 
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Planerench wrote:
Update, having only driven two days on the factory Ecopas I was not prepared for the lack of traction of the Michelin Ice X i3 at 75* in the dry! .... Under hard throttle the fronts just whirr like a sewing machine with wheelspin.....

Traction Control should not let that happen... Do you have TC turned off to get this wheel spin?

It's my understanding that you want to save winter tires for snow season. They wear quickly and the best winter traction is when they are new down to about 50% used. And shouldn't be used in warm weather.

I have a bank courier friend who goes through tires like we go through tooth paste .. :lol:
He has a spare set of wheels with Blizzaks, a battery impact wrench, fast floor jack and times himself doing the swap the night before snow is in the forecast! He uses up old winter tires in warm weather just to get done with them so he has a fresh set for winter.
I get all my info from him.

I have not gone that route. I like Snow Days ! It's an excuse to stay home, pop corn, and binge watch....

And for some unexplainable reason,,, Winters are just not that bad anymore..... :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Planning a set of Michelin Xice tires for winter.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:49 pm 
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Could be tire noise but feels like wheelspin. It’s October and we will be below freezing every morning from here til spring. I’ll wake to snow before you know it. I’m not risking my car in the winter.


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 Post subject: Re: Planning a set of Michelin Xice tires for winter.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:51 pm 
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I wish there was a way to make them spin like that lol!!

Unfortunately the software is far too invasive and stops the spinning with T/C off and Stabilitrak off (which turns back on immediately for some reason)

I find it silly...but what can we do lol


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 Post subject: Re: Planning a set of Michelin Xice tires for winter.
PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:30 am 
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TC and SC come back on automatically above a certain speed.

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 Post subject: Re: Planning a set of Michelin Xice tires for winter.
PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:36 am 
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So day one I left the tire shop and drove a mile to the body shop. Upon leaving the body shop I was shocked by wheelspin when I tried to jump out and join the traffic. The next two times was demonstrating acceleration with SC and TC selected off. Still, much more drama than the Ecopas!


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 Post subject: Re: Planning a set of Michelin Xice tires for winter.
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:32 am 
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I am back in town. First thing this morning I increased the pressure in my new snow tires to the maximum cold published on the sidewall (50psi). Let’s see what that does!


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