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posted November 20, 2000 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Huntp     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Is a narrower tire or a wider tire better for traction in the snow? One dealer says the wider tire puts more tire on the snow, which means better traction. Another dealer says the narrower tire sinks down into the snow and therefore grips deeper into the snow and doesn't slide around on the snow surface. Specifically, I'm considering a width of 155 vs 175, for a Toyota Tercel.

Also, anybody have a preference between the all-season radials of Michelin vs. Toyo, in terms of performance in snow? Other favorite brands, if I'm buying all-season tires? (This is for my girlfriend's car - I have Michelin Arctic Alpins on my Honda, and they're great.) Thanks.

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posted November 20, 2000 10:15 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Narrower is generally thought of as better.

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Paul L
posted November 21, 2000 12:11 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I put 155 Hakka1 instead of regular size 175. They ripped through the snow like maniacs. Go at least 1 size narrower, but 2 sizes down is a kind of optimal.
Good luck!

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