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Community Lounge, Introductions and General Discussion Discussion, Winter tires in General Discussion; Friend has new boss 302. Drives it in winter. Got snow tires for his 19" rims? First off, he is ...
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    Friend has new boss 302. Drives it in winter. Got snow tires for his 19" rims? First off, he is crazy. Says winter/summer tire swap is easy. I say buying 2nd set of cheaper rims is better? Maybe 18" size? Might even be lower cost? The car is $44k. So it's not like he is into cheap cars. I know he has money. Not sure if 302 package has big brakes. Maybe

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    Re: Winter tires

    I would say 2nd set of rims so some tool don't dork the good rims up swapping tires twice a year, plus maybe a light winter you don't even put winter tires on and they'll last forever.

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    Re: Winter tires

    Get very good all seasons and you won't have a problem with driving in winter conditions. I've never had a problem with just good all seasons, but I'm also in a FWD car that might as well be a snow plow.

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    Otherwise, I agree with the second set of rims idea.

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    Re: Winter tires

    All good comments. That hi-po car has to be light in the rear, right over the driven wheels. It's going to be a PITA in snow and ice no matter what. If it's bad enough to swap tires, I'd swap to a winter beater.
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    Re: Winter tires

    If this current breed of Mustang is anything like the '80, '83 and '85 Fox-body cars (I had all 3) it is plain flat stinking LOUSY in snow/ice. Even with 180# of bagged sand in the hatch rear - and good "all season" tires.
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    Re: Winter tires

    ^^^ Hey but if you really know how to drive .... and know how to drive in the ice and snow any rwd should be a piece of cake. Just ask Bigjimshow.
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    Re: Winter tires

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    ^^^ Hey but if you really know how to drive .... and know how to drive in the ice and snow any rwd should be a piece of cake. Just as Bigjimshow.
    We had this figured out last time. The way the thebigjokesho theory works is:

    When you see a FWD spun out in the snow, it's the car's fault. There was nothing the driver could have done to prevent it.
    When you see a FWD moving competently through the snow, you didn't see it. Successfully driving a FWD in the snow is impossibro in the real world. Loss of control is inevitable.

    When you see a RWD spun out in the snow, that didn't happen.
    When you see a RWD moving competently through the snow, it's because the car is awesome.

    Those are the possible scenarios. Your successes or failures of winter driving are not tied to your driving habits, but are completely dependent on your car's drive config .
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    Re: Winter tires

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    ^^^ Hey but if you really know how to drive .... and know how to drive in the ice and snow any rwd should be a piece of cake. Just as Bigjimshow.
    ^^^ Horse crap. After flogging the named cars around Maryland to Maine in the winter, including a rather wild run to Ballston Spa in the '85 GT one January (ice, snow, salt, sleet, snow, ice etc.) the car was squirrely even with an egg on the accelerator pedal. The front/rear suspension/weight ratios were horrible. Yes, Posi helped, but not much. I pushed an MG-TD and a Healey around coastal CT in the 60s - far better than the Ford and NO ground clearance.

    EDIT: Also pushed a late 50s Dodge Power Wagon down Skyline Drive in February of '58 - 2' of snow from Front Royal to west of Warrenton. Not a problem.

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    Re: Winter tires

    If I were to own and restore a vintage truck it would be a Dodge Power Wagon!
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