: Any pics of Vs with 255/40/19s all around for snow tires?



V-Ruminator
09-27-11, 09:51 PM
Lots of V owners out there with 255/40/19s all around as there are more choices for winter performance tires and some say theoretically better than stock sized rear in the snow... does anyone have a pic? Just wanted to see how this looks before pulling the trigger on a set of Alpins, Blizzaks, etc as the Sottos are on backorder...

Thanks! :thumbsup:

V-Ruminator
09-29-11, 10:45 AM
Lots of snow tires out there but no pics, huh? :quagmire:

Cub Cadet
09-29-11, 10:57 AM
I do not think that you will like the look of the 255 on the rear... it will not look wide enough for the wheel. The fronts already don't look wide enough for the wheel and the rear wheels are 1/2" wider.

V-Ruminator
09-29-11, 02:17 PM
I do not think that you will like the look of the 255 on the rear... it will not look wide enough for the wheel. The fronts already don't look wide enough for the wheel and the rear wheels are 1/2" wider.

I take it you have the stock sized Sottos? How are they in the snow?

Cub Cadet
09-29-11, 02:37 PM
I actually have Bridgestone all season tires in 255/35 front and 295/30 in the rear. This will be great for getting around in the snow and I can leave them on all year.

SleepTight
09-30-11, 12:39 AM
These pictures should give you a good idea of how the 255/40R19 Sottos look in comparison to a V on stock tires. My car ("Hangon") has the Sottos and is on the far right in the first picture The car next to it is on the stock V rubber 285/35R19s.

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V-Ruminator
09-30-11, 11:12 PM
These pictures should give you a good idea of how the 255/40R19 Sottos look in comparison to a V on stock tires. My car ("Hangon") has the Sottos and is on the far right in the first picture The car next to it is on the stock V rubber 285/35R19s.

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Thanks; that is helpful. Any side shots? Is there much of a difference looking at them from the side or is the difference only noticed from behind the car?

SleepTight
10-01-11, 12:31 PM
Thanks; that is helpful. Any side shots? Is there much of a difference looking at them from the side or is the difference only noticed from behind the car? Sorry, those are the only shots I took that day. (It was f'ing cold out!) My personal opinion is that there's not much of a difference visually between the stock rears and the Sottos in the smaller size from the side or the rear. The depth of tread on the Sottos is what gives it away, but they do work well in the snow. If you can wait until November when I mount the Sottos again, I'll be happy to provide some side shots.

V-Ruminator
10-01-11, 01:08 PM
Awesome. Thanks.

zevee
10-03-11, 12:37 AM
I had ASA GT1 19" with Blizzaks they looked good, I don't have the car anymore but still have wheels and tires if u interested
I am going to post them in classified

velopod
10-03-11, 01:14 AM
I had ASA GT1 19" with Blizzaks they looked good, I don't have the car anymore but still have wheels and tires if u interested
I am going to post them in classified

I'm interested! Wheel color (silver vs. black) photos for treadlife, etc.

Club Malibu
10-04-11, 07:59 AM
I actually have Bridgestone all season tires in 255/35 front and 295/30 in the rear. This will be great for getting around in the snow and I can leave them on all year.

What Bridgestones do you have? On stock wheels right???

Cub Cadet
10-04-11, 08:59 AM
970AS pole position tires on stock wheels. They work out to be 1" smaller in diameter to stock. However, now, my sidewall sizes will match front and rear. The front size is the same width as factory, but it REALLY needs a 265 tire to fit better on the front wheel rim width. I could not find any matching all season sets that had a 265 front and at least a 285 rear... 19" wheels are HARD to work with. So, I went with these and have the 295 wide tire in the rear.

Club Malibu
10-04-11, 10:17 AM
[QUOTE=Cub Cadet;2734475]970AS pole position tires on stock wheels. They work .......QUOTE]

Cool. Thanks.

How are they on grip? Handling?

My stock PS2's spin on the entrance ramp to my freeway going to work in the mornings when temps gets below 40F.

Cub Cadet
10-04-11, 01:19 PM
This is an all season tire with no issues for cold grip. These tires do just fine and are a great compromise for snow and summer driving. I do not use my car to carve corners... I just use it for straight line acceleration.

V-Ruminator
10-14-11, 12:34 AM
TTT

November approaches...

Cub Cadet
10-14-11, 08:37 AM
See my post made today about the All Season tires.

caddyx2
10-14-11, 03:55 PM
Nonsense! The car looks just fine with 255's all around. I've had Blizzaks on my white diamond '09 since I picked up the car from the Dealer in Nov. '08 and already have 3 seasons on them. Driving in snow with these tires is a piece of cake. Anyone who is used to driving in snow will tell you that skinny tire perform better than wide ones ...in snow!

Ontario_CTSV
10-16-11, 11:59 AM
I'm looking at a set of Pirelli Scorpion 255/50/19. A little taller than stock so any issues running these? Also in the Spring looking at some Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta to replace the Michelin's (hoping for better grip). Anyone on here run these?

cheers

Garycoral
10-24-11, 02:57 PM
Does the TC give you any problems w/this tire size?

Same question...

V-Ruminator
11-06-11, 10:54 AM
Question Answered!

I had the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3s put on a few days ago in 255/40/19 all around. Zero problems with traction control. My goal was to get a set of winter tires that can get us through the slop and snow but not drive like squirmy snow tires on dry pavement. I hate road noise, too. So far these tires have done very well in being pretty quiet and the fact that my wife and I can't tell much difference in everyday driving is a good sign they are performing as advertised. I would have preferred not having concerns re: size difference but the Sottos were not available until December and I didn't want to wait. The Tire Rack reviews for the Alpins were a bit better than the Sottos anyway, and there is the argument that if the Alpins are not quite as grippy in the deep stuff as the Blizzaks, at least the narrower tire should help compared to the wide rear Sottozero.

In terms of size and appearance, which was the original question of the thread, the front are stock size so besides a more aggressive tread for the elements they look the same. I picked up a set of stock refurbished rims on eBay (TPMs on eBay, too) in stock sizes and had the center caps switched to the winter set. The wider rims on the rear with the 255s actually look fine. If you look closely you can see that the rim of the rear wheel sits flush with the body of the tire but there are a few mm of space between the bead and the rim, but I now look right past it. In theory, the wider, slightly exposed rim on the rear may be a little more prone to curb rash, but we'll see.

How about some pics!

Comparison pics: summer PS2 pics on top then Alpin pics on bottom

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a348/vette_ruminator/CTS-V%20Pics/DSC01977.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a348/vette_ruminator/CTS-V%20Pics/DSC01983.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a348/vette_ruminator/CTS-V%20Pics/DSC01978.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a348/vette_ruminator/CTS-V%20Pics/DSC01988.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a348/vette_ruminator/CTS-V%20Pics/DSC01980.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a348/vette_ruminator/CTS-V%20Pics/DSC01984.jpg

Here's what I was talking about re: the rear tire not flowing over the rim compared to the front stock size, with a good pic of the front tread pattern as well:

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a348/vette_ruminator/CTS-V%20Pics/DSC01987.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a348/vette_ruminator/CTS-V%20Pics/DSC01989.jpg

As we poor souls in the frozen north prepare and buy winter shoes for our babies, hope this answers some questions...