: Snow Tire setup [forgive me, I did search, didn't get the result]



Sky_7
10-15-12, 02:12 AM
Hi guys!

I'm picking up my V in 2 weeks and winter is coming. I searched almost every thread about snow tires (I live in Toronto) and didn't get a clear answer to my question.

What is the proper setup for the winter? Should I go with 19 255 from and 285 rear with snow tires (sottozero or blizzak) or I should go with 18 245 front and 18 245 rear?

Winter here isn't that bad, I survived with my charger srt8 last year with snow tires but V is monster (285 rear from the V vs 265 rear from the srt8)

Thanks in advance guys! Please please let me know!

jzchen
10-15-12, 06:21 AM
Someoone might comment if I don't give you a matching front and rear set...

Tirerack lists 3 different winter tires for the front, and 2 for the rear. Sottozero Serie II looks promising. Doesn't sound like you need to buy wheels from your description of conditions...

Tedboss1
10-15-12, 10:10 AM
Use Google to do your search for "Cadillac forum ctsv 2009 winter tires" and you will get a tons of results.

Welcome to the the V world.

burt99
10-15-12, 11:02 AM
I am also from Toronto, what type of V did you get? I run 255 blizzaks on all corners and had no problem last winter.

Sky_7
10-16-12, 01:20 AM
@burt99 I have a Cts-v sedan and I asked my tire guy to look up staggered setup 255 and 285 rear since some posts claiming that staggered is the best set up even in the winter time.

@Tedboss1 Thanks! I did searched two different forums, but seems like ppl either have a second vehicle or they picked a brand of snow tires but never went into details.

@jzchen My charger srt8 survived okay last winter, but my friend's s4 is just stupid fast during snow time lol.

Kado
10-16-12, 01:54 AM
I have stock size sotozeros and they work just fine in Wisconsin

Sky_7
10-16-12, 02:20 AM
@Kado Hah, same longitude as Toronto! Do you have to be super cautious in winter? I think if you don't floor it and being nuts, driving normal should be just fine. Let me know what you think! Also I'm debating on Sotto or Blizzak.

neuronbob
10-16-12, 07:00 AM
Summary of the hundreds of snow tire threads from the last four years:

Stock sized Sottos work fine. (bias: I use this setup.)
255s all around also work just fine.
Sottos give better dry cold weather grip than Blizzaks.
Blizzaks give better snow grip than Sottos.

Ultimately, modulating the throttle and the use of winter tires are necessary to operate this car in the winter and you will be fine.

Kado
10-16-12, 08:29 AM
As long as you use common sense and have snow tires you should be fine.

Sky_7
10-22-12, 02:14 PM
So, I ended up with 255 18 40 all around with i cept evo from hankook! It WORKS!

baabootoo
10-23-12, 02:21 AM
Last winter tip; the thinner the better on roads.

mschena
11-26-12, 11:33 AM
NeuronBob,
I have a 2011 V Sedan and looking for the winter tires. It looks like they don't make the Blizzaks for the rear (285/35 R19) what are you running in the back? They make a 275, but not sure that it would fit on the rim correcty. Pirelli Sotto's come in all the right sizes, but wanted to see all the options. So far, options = 1

neuronbob
11-26-12, 11:54 AM
I don't use the Blizzaks myself. However, most people who report using them on the V use the front size (255/40-19) all around. In theory, the slightly thinner rear will improve snow traction.

HTH!

baabootoo
11-26-12, 12:06 PM
NeuronBob,
I have a 2011 V Sedan and looking for the winter tires. It looks like they don't make the Blizzaks for the rear (285/35 R19) what are you running in the back? They make a 275, but not sure that it would fit on the rim correcty. Pirelli Sotto's come in all the right sizes, but wanted to see all the options. So far, options = 1
Remember here that they went with the wide rears for dry traction only. As long as the tire is rated for at least 1100# each, you will be all set. The wet weight of mine was 4350#, and almost even front to rear.

Smokin80
11-26-12, 03:34 PM
I have 255 40 19 hankook icept evos all the way around and they seem to do pretty well. Gotta be friendly to the loud pedal but corners and breaking feel good for a 4300 lb rear drive car.

I dont drive it in the snow unless its a nice cold clear day with no slush on the roads. Hate throwing sandy slush all over the car!

MacBuster
11-26-12, 03:40 PM
Remember here that they went with the wide rears for dry traction only. As long as the tire is rated for at least 1100# each, you will be all set. The wet weight of mine was 4350#, and almost even front to rear.

I think the "narrower is better" argument is quite overplayed. It's only a benefit in certain situations, which really aren't all that common.

mpouls1
11-27-12, 01:46 AM
NeuronBob,
I have a 2011 V Sedan and looking for the winter tires. It looks like they don't make the Blizzaks for the rear (285/35 R19) what are you running in the back? They make a 275, but not sure that it would fit on the rim correcty. Pirelli Sotto's come in all the right sizes, but wanted to see all the options. So far, options = 1

I got 275/35. If I did it over again I would probably go 275/45 but have no problems with current setup.