Taken your winters off yet?

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Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:21 am

Im soon to take mine off and have almost finished my tedious yearly ritual of deep cleaning the classics before they get put back on....

im going to be retiring the michelin pilot alpins this season and would be keen to hear from anyone that has run a set of winters that they were really happy with

whilst the pilot alpins are fine in the snow, i do find them a little tricky in the wet at colder temps. in fairness, they are about 7 years old so well past their best
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Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:57 am

Running Continental WinterContacts on mine. Still keeping them on until we get sustained 10 degree plus temps. Drove back from Crufts on Sunday night and it was only 2 degrees on the M40!
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Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:35 am

Keeping mine on until April as I find that, whilst the temperature during the day is pleasant enough, early morning starts still bring low temperatures.
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Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:22 pm

With highs of up to 10 degrees forecast into April and lows of 2 degrees I'll be keeping mine on until at least the end of this month.

Runnging Bridgestone Blizzaks on the D3MT and whilst I don't have any other winter tyre to compare them too , in snow, rain and ice or even the dry I haven't had any issue.
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Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:57 pm

I was warned that the car would be unuseable through the winter without winter tyres. I spent the winter worrying and driving carefully, even in snow up to 3 inches deep. My car never missed a beat or put its rear end out, once. Well only when i wanted to power slide around my private road!

I am running Federal 595R tyres - i know, the car came with them and do live down 'souf'.
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Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:51 pm

Winters off three weeks ago but I am now down in the South East where they are very rarely necessary anyway.

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Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:00 pm

Still got mine on the 335d - plan is to swap out in April when I have a day spare.

Conti WinterContacts on the back - still good at 9 years old but been stored in the cool/dark for the last 6 years & not used. Grip is still good.
Rikens on the front. - new in November. Half the price of the Contis and am surprised at how good they are. Quiet, great grip and really good in the cold and heavy rain we've had recently. Oh...and made by Michelin.
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