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I know that this may sound crazy but does anyone know of a winter tire that will fit on the factory rims? If not what about on L-type rims. I had an 80' Supra but tires were easy to find for it and it did well in the snow with some extra weight in the rear and some decent snow tires on it and it didn't have the limited slip rear end. Thanks for any info.
 

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I used to use Michelen EP-X (m+s rated, good tyres) on my older Supras that I drove year round.

I still have them on factory 14X7s, though I don't use them anymore (haven't used them for 5 years). Don't drive '85 in the winter.
 

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Bridgestone Potenzas come in 225/60 - 14 but expensive. Lots more options for the L type rims. I don't winter drive the mk2 much but I use L type rims with Michelin snows on all 4 wheels. Skinny tire but the street tires are just plain scary on ice and useless in snow.
 

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Best setup, is to go w/ the L-Type wheels & go with the stock size L-Type tire of 195/70's. Lots of snow tire choices here & the narrower tire helps plow through the snow better.

I have a set of Dunlop Qualifier M+S studded snow tires in the stock 225/60 size on a beater set of P-Type wheels that I bought 12 years ago. As it was, even back in January of 1992, 225/60/14 snow tires were becoming pretty scarce..... Now you can't get them at all.
 

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I have a set of L-type wheels with 195/70/14 Michelin Arctic Alpin snow tires. I used them for 1 Winter on my old '84, a little over 2000 miles. They were great to get around, even went through up to 5-6 inches of snow a couple of times. I had them listed in the For Sale section a while ago. Let me know if you are interested.
 

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If you're going through the trouble of getting snow tires go get the narrow 195/70R14 tires like Chris recommended to plow through the snow. I used to run truck mud/snow tires in that size (huge knobby tread pattern) Made a huge difference in the winter. I could out accelerate a FWD car with all-season tires. (Not that I was getting jiggy with the car in the winter.) But snow tires make a big difference for the mk2's handling in the winter time. Throw in a bag of sand in the hatch for extra weight and you'll be golden.

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Supra GTR said:
Throw in a bag of sand in the hatch for extra weight and you'll be golden.

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James
Or a big sub box!

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Just a note too when purchasing winter specific tires:

Winter tires/snow tires come with a Q rating vs. S, H, T, V, Z (W, Y)

This Q rating means the tires stay soft at sub-freezing temps...(Notice how the high-performance tires become practically worthless at anything below 40 degrees F.) M+S rating means almost the same. The tire will stay pliable at 40 degrees.

Anything below 40 degrees and Q ratings are preferred.

But.. the Q rated tires are somewhat worthless at anything above 60 degrees. They will experience greater tire wear. They have a super soft compound. This is not to say that everyone run out and get Q rated tires for racing. They are not designed to handle super high speeds at high temps.

A dedicated snow tire will have more sipes (the little grooves in each tread block). The more sipes that better the ability to bite into the snow.

Nokian Hakkapelittas are probably the best snow tire you can find anywhere. There are also Michelin Alpins (for cold weather but not necessarily a lot of snow). Dunlop Graspics, Pirelli Scorpion Ice&Snow, etc. You can get tires that are designed specifically for your climate... whether you get a lot of snow or a little and a lot of cold weather.

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When I replaced the bubbled tire my car came with, the only one 225/60/14 tire they had was a winter radial :lol: Then another tire got tread seperation, so I'm running on one new winter tire, one normal tire (the spare that came with the car was almost new) and two nearly bald ones on the back. I know I shouldn't be doing that, but my student loan is taking forever to come through.
I'll check the brand in the morning for ya.

Edit: Yokohama mud & snow tire (that seems to be all it says) it has 2000 K on it, and is for sale! Price is whatever a new tire will cost me + shipping :p :roll:
 

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I live in northern Utah so the snow is.. well it's Utah. I run four pacemaker 235x60SR14 tires and they seem to do just fine. I have a sub box in the back which adds a little weight. But I've never skid or anything since I've had my new tires.
 

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For stock profile, how about Summitomo HTR+? I had them on my S4, they seem to be relatively decent tires. They are not full blown winter tires, but may not be a bad compromise if you don't want to switch rims and tires.
 

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i have...

I know they arnt the best tire, but Cooper makes a weathermaster Mud and snow Q rated tire in a 215/60R14.

I recently bought 4 for my car and they seem to do alright. Nothing compared to a Hack, but then, what is? :) They only cost me $75CDN each.

They are sure a hell of a lot better than a GT Qualifier... god, what a terrible tire... arg!

Aaron
 

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Well I friend gave me a set of L-type rims and I had some Pacemark winter tires put on at Sam's club(195/70-14). They seem to work well. Now when the snow melts I will get new summer tires.
 
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