Dunlop D40 M2 and winter

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Posted by Jeffrey Ingalls on October 08, 1996 at 13:47:25:

I have an '86 Mustang GT with Dunlop D40 M2s on it (225 60ZR15). I have been extremely
happy with them. They ride a bid harsher than my previous tires, which were Michelin
XGTVs. The Michelins didn't seem to hold the road as well in the dry as the Dunlops,
but they definitely gave more warning before you lose it.

I am from Minnesota and I watch many people with cars similar to mine expecting to be
able to run on their performance tires during the winter. My advice to all of them is:
"DON'T DO IT!" In the winter, I switch my Mustang to 195 75R 14 snow tires. It is one
of the best cars in the winter I have ever driven when making this change. With the
performance tires (any type), I could not make it up a 1% grade. With the snow tires
(and properly maintained limited slip rear axle) it goes anywhere. The biggest limiting
factor is ground clearance in heavy, semi-packed snow.

One other piece of advice, don't load the rear end with weight (salt or sand or
otherwise), it shifts the balance of the vehicle and reduces predictability on ice
(especially with posi-traction).

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