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So I got my winter tires installed and did a quick wash today. Even though the rims are basic black steel, they really give my car that rugged look! Absolutely love this look, especially paired with the rhino roof bars! Anyways, adding the photos I took 30 mins ago :p
 

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Super! Looks ready for the predicted worst ...

I've all sorts of questions:
– Original vs. winter set-up: Brands, Makes, Models, Sizes?
– Did you go through a winter with the originals?
Thanks ... enquiring minds want to know :)
 

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Q1: Original: Stock 16" rims and yokohama all-season tires.
Winter set-up: Walmart brand 16" steelies with 16" hakkapeliitta r2 non-studded tires (Had these installed on my GMC envoy and really liked the grip on them).

Q2: Last winter I drove with the stock set-up. Surprisingly, they were pretty good. A little slight slip here and there (especially on icy roads, of course). But they held up well and I had no accidents :). Mind you, I was driving extra careful last winter due to the fact that I was using all-season tires. I've driven in slush and fresh snow with stock and they performed OK, but if I installed winter tires, they would definitely out-perform the stock. I did notice ice freezing between the tread of the tires which made stopping a bit dangerous (like a car on skates lol). There were times I drove through 3 inches of fresh powder and had no issues, again driving carefully. It's definitely all about how mindful you drive. Use your brain and common-sense and you'll be OK!

Since I had previous experience with the hakkapeliitta r2, I know safety and traction will increase. Especially coupled with the AWD system. I seriously can't wait till we get a blizzard *prays* HAHAHA. I can't wait to test these tires out, now that they're on and ready to go!!! :) It's snowing right now as I type away :p

Side note, I noticed a good reduction of tire noise after switching the tires. Since these tires were made by Nokian (Finland Company), I felt they were going to perform well (apparently summers are really short up there).
 

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Update. So my tpms turned on today. Umm yeah not happy about that. Will top off the air this coming weekend and see how it goes.

Update on driving capabilities with winter tires: so the winter tires definitely helped with traction on snow. My city received about 30cm of powder today. Drove through my back lane with high level snow and my car was able to plow through easily. Never hesitated to go through shin/thigh high snow, nor did I get stuck! This little beast is amazing, especially with the AWD system!
 

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Update dec. 11th: so after topping off my tires and resetting the tpms for the second time... it turned on again today after driving to and from a sledding facility. Drove to my nearest gas station with air and checked my tire pressures with the air pressure tool I bought at Canadian tire. Apparently all tires were filled properly so I'm kind of perplexed as to why it keeps turning on, I was traveling through highway in -20 degree weather so idk if those are potential factors (they could be). I didn't top the air off since they were inflated to the designated PSI. Anyone else having the same problem? I guess I just have to periodically assess the tire pressures when the tpms turns on again.
 

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Are the tires evenly worn?
 

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Last time I checked, they were all at 10 but can you explain to me how it would effect the tpms?? Thank you!!
 

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It probably shouldn't but the system works by detecting the difference in rolling radius of a partially deflated tire - a smaller radius has to turn quicker to keep up. I just wondered if you had an odd tire that was causing the system to flag up. You might find it settles after a few resets but don't press it more than twice in the same journey (ignition on period) or it will detect you trying to override a puncture warning and lock you out. That requires a dealer reset.
 

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Thank you for that vital piece of info. I would have had to unnecessarily visit the dealer if that ever happened. Note to self, turn car off prior to inflating tires/resetting tpms.
 

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Yeah mines are still off since my last posting. So far so good! Travelled roughly 100km since then. YAY for indirect ABS tpms! :)
 
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