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Cadillac SRX First Generation Forum - 2004 - 2009 Discussion, Same Size Tires on AWD in Cadillac SRX Forums; Wider tires for better traction in snow, that's new please explain how that works....
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    conedoctor is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Re: Same Size Tires on AWD

    Wider tires for better traction in snow, that's new please explain how that works.
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    Re: Same Size Tires on AWD

    If you go outside do you wear high heels or snowshoes at the north pole?

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    Re: Same Size Tires on AWD

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepish View Post
    If you go outside do you wear high heels or snowshoes at the north pole?
    Interesting question, but I think it's well accepted that a narrow tire "cuts through" snow conditions better.
    With snowshoes you're looking for less unit loading to float on top of the snow pack.
    With a snow tire, you're looking for more unit loading to get down to the pavement (if possible).

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    Re: Same Size Tires on AWD

    Quote Originally Posted by nascarnation View Post
    Interesting question, but I think it's well accepted that a narrow tire "cuts through" snow conditions better.
    With snowshoes you're looking for less unit loading to float on top of the snow pack.
    With a snow tire, you're looking for more unit loading to get down to the pavement (if possible).
    Umm, ya what he said.

    When in doubt turn to racing for the answer, until you see WRC cars with big tires for winter events I will stick with narrow.

    Think about a dually and why you need more wheels when moving large loads.

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    Re: Same Size Tires on AWD

    Lots of opinions and information which is great, but does anyone KNOW why GM did this? My Corvette has two different sizes front to rear and that is for a traction/handling issue. My CTS (non V is a whole different animal in both catagories. To me that would be the same as putting Z rated on my 3.6 machine, try as I might it wil not 'light them up'.

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    Re: Same Size Tires on AWD

    For looks IMO.

    Z rated is a speed rating and does not mean they stick better or worse than another tire.

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    Re: Same Size Tires on AWD

    Quote Originally Posted by rcssr View Post
    Lots of opinions and information which is great, but does anyone KNOW why GM did this? My Corvette has two different sizes front to rear and that is for a traction/handling issue. My CTS (non V is a whole different animal in both catagories. To me that would be the same as putting Z rated on my 3.6 machine, try as I might it wil not 'light them up'.
    This goes back about 15 yrs so my memory is not too good...but I think they were using the BMW X5 as a handling benchmark and wanted to exceed it for advertising purposes...

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