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Simple - I've heard a lot of you talking about your 'winter wheels' so I just wanted to know how many people are or aren't changing. Also (if you are), when are you going to swap them over and why?

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I change mine to a lovely set of 15" steelies.. yes, I look like a taxi, but they're brilliant in the snow - they are actual winter tyres which chuck snow out the way rather than get stuck in the tread.
 

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I read somebody saying it was so their good wheels didn't get wrecked with grit/salt etc.

The thing that might bother me is when it's snowy not being able to see where the kerbs end.
 

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Depends on how where you use your car. With my own cars I have always done this as I seek out the snow. Unfortunately now I have a company car so this is not an option. I really missed it last year [:(] The traction and safety element is great. Plus if you have nice alloys it stop them getting trashed as I for one hate cleaning a car in the winter icy cold.
 

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Change em, it only takes a second to wreck em if you beat the gritters out on an icy morning.

Plus i can't face getting cold and wet every other day just to wash the rocksalt off the wheels, it's more fun staying in the warm and waxing the good wheels for the spring!!
 

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Down here in Cornwall a lot of roads are not gritted in the mornings and as i leave for work 04.30 in the morning wide tyres are rubbish on ice. you cant beat a set of 15" for icy roads they have loads more grip than my 215-40-17
 

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Thanks for the replies guys. I haven't forgotten about this - in fact, I've thought about it practically every day I drive (especially when it's wet & horrible).

Just decided today for definite, after re-reading the comments - going to take them off. Even though survey says leave them on, sensible head says take them off - as do most of the comments here. It's just too risky, and even last night when it wasn't snowy, just really wet, I noticed the lack of grip in the tyres compared to my smaller alloys. And they're trashed anyway, so salt/grit/kerbs - bring it on*, I'll be sitting in the warmth by the fire!

*(Ok, maybe not the kerbs... [:eek:)])
 

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Don't wan to sound negative cat but it sounds a load of tosh, changing your wheels for winter, tsk tsk tsk[V]

I do a minimum of 500 mile a week & have never had trouble with my wheels getting corroded through the winter.

A few tips:

1.Take your wheels off, give them a dam good clean inside & our, & then apply at least TWO coats of quality waX, like P21S canuba or NXT if you cant get the P21S.

2. Make sure you jet wash them every week with out fail, using an acid free wheel cleaner, like P21S wheel gel.

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3. Leave the car at home & take the bus all winter...lol[:)]

Besides you should clean your car at least once a week in winter to keep the salt at bay anyway.
 

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Quote: posted by Cat1.4 on 25/10/2004 14:53:16

It's just too risky, and even last night when it wasn't snowy, just really wet, I noticed the lack of grip in the tyres compared to my smaller alloys.

what tyres have u got? In the dry, the wider ur tyres, the more grip u'll have! This may not be the case in snow. But in the wet I guess it depends on the design of ur tyre. I certainly have LOTS LOTS LOTS more grip in the wet with my 18" Goodyear Eagle F1s than some cheap 14" tyre that looks like it's come off a bus. I can practically drive like a loon in the wet, 30mph sharp corners and still not lose grip! With my 14" wheels, I can skid out at 10mph! I guess it depends on ur tyres, but I wud have thought the ones on ur 18's wud be better!
 

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I'm going for overkill this winter! Got some proper winter tyres for a laugh, so i'll keep you posted if i go exploring the scenery on the first proper icy morning we get!!!![:D][:D]

They're sitting in the garage at the mo, and the tyres that are on (20k done) look bald by comparison!!!!!
 
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